31 October 2010
30 October 2010
Your controller is going to be shipped out on time within 24-48 hours after november 1st.
• In order to ensure that your controller would be shipped out with no delay we are starting to accept the remainder of payments now.
• Once your controller has been shipped you will be sent a tracking number to your email. Please allow 24 hours for your tracking information to update.
• If we encounter any errors or problems with your order we will contact you immediately.
Thank you for your support of DJ TechTools and enjoy your new controller!
|Pretty cool looking piece of equipment.|
It also makes it possible for two DJ's to switch setups on the fly! Sweet!
|Easy to connect and switch between two DJs!|
28 October 2010
How many of you are backing up all your music? When do you do it?
It's really important to be on a regular backup plan and make sure that your data is safe.
You can either do this manualy or use an automated backup system.
There are a couple of things you should back up:
1. Music folders (Where ever they are on your computer)
2. Traktor setup folders (C:\Users\[user]\Documents\Native Instruments\)
3. Traktor Install folder (Put the latest version of Traktor and updated drivers for your soundcard and controller here)
Backing up these folders will make you able to quickly get back on your feet if you have a hardware malfunction. As long as you are able to get to the backup source you can quickly get a new installation of Traktor runing with all your music and settings. We'll look more closely at the restore procedure in part three.
Manual backup routine:
The simplest way to make a backup is to use an external harddrive and simply copy your tracks and settings to the disk. The best thing about this is that you will now be able to use this while on the road
Another way to do this is to use a Network Storage (NAS) like drobo or a hardware connected.
Automated online backup:
Depending on how much music you've got you can use free online backup options.
Services like mozy and idrive can give you great online backup posibilities. And for about $50 USD you can backup all your files online and the folders will automatically sync once you connect to the internet.
Virtual syncronized backup:
Dropbox is a super tool for backing up and working with you music.
You can use this service to manage your folders on other computers then your performing computer and sync them. More about this in part two.
Go to: Part 2
27 October 2010
25 October 2010
DJ Hero controller:
My Traktor is normaly pretty reliable, but when I play music directly from an external drive it some times just gives my computer some hickups.
Just want to recommend you NOT playing directly from an external source, but copying your tracks to your local drive. It could just be my computer acting up, but it's better to be safe than sorry. :)
24 October 2010
They got some good tips here, so it's worth the read.
Read more right here...
21 October 2010
Designed for Traktor Duo
Looks pretty cool
Back lit buttons
Touch sensitive jog wheels
Two Shift buttons
Vu-meter pr channel (LED volume indicator)
Four BIG buttons for play, cue, cup and Sync (SHIFT: CUE1, 2, 3 and 4)
Dedicated filter knob (SHIFT: Pan)
Loop length knob (SHIFT: Beatjump)
Reloop button! (...offcause...)
Effect on/Selector (Only one...) (SHIFT: Master/Keylock buttons)
Buttons for Vinyl mode and Search mode
Big search wheel with buttons to load and jump through crates
Three band EQ and Gain
Built-in sound card.
Buttons and knobs for effects to work fully with all parameters on Traktor Pro (But since it's made for Traktor Duo that might not count)
Gemini just released their second Digital DJ Controller and it looks like quite a versitile controller. It's got alot of buttons and a built-in soundcard like most controllers... The exciting thing is that you get all this for about $250 USD!
It's got big buttons and rotary buttons, but are missing two rotary knobs and som button placement to fully support the design of the effects section in Traktor. It's also got a led indicator on each channel, but that requires som heavy duty hardware to support. They have however a section that would support a very good workflow on jumping, moving and looping. The transport buttons are a bit small.
It's got alot of connections both XLR and RCA. The built-in Soundcard is said to have a frequency from 20 Hz-20kHz, but the specs doesn't say anything about the sample or bit rates... Probably not top notch, but it has to be atleast 16 bit... :)
I haven't thought about or looked on Gemini products since I started DJing. Then only reason why we used Gemini was because it was the cheapest products on the market and that also reflected the poor quality of their products, but that was back in the 1990's. :) Hopefully they've improved in the last 20 years and are now delivering reasonably good quality products. Who knows? :)
Check out the comments...
19 October 2010
The prices vary from 20 to 50 USD + shipping.
17 October 2010
A run through of the four deck controller from Allen & Heath. Even though it's made for Itch, it still would do great on a Traktor setup aswell.
The controller gets minus points for not having touch sensitive jogs... As I said earlier: Allen & Heath makes good products, but I personally don't like the faders, jogs or buttons. The faders just feels off some how and the buttons tend to have a long travel and does not feel very accurate. But for you Allen & Heath fans out there: I reccon this unit will support your Traktor setup very well.
15 October 2010
For my Japanese friends... :)
Check out the startup pattern. :)
However... The guys at skratchworx.com has been lucky enough to be taken back to Numarks secret lair durring BPM 2010. Numark let them play around with their newerst creation. A controller made for a four deck environment and they say it looks to be a knockout.
|"||Think NS7 (minus 7" motorised platter) but in the vein of other competitive units.|
They also said that there where two other "incidents" durring BPM 2010 but that they where secrets. How annoying and exciting...
Read more: skratchworx.com
08 October 2010
The slideshow features the DN-MC6000, DN-X600 and DN-SC2000.
Denon products are allways high quality and I think the feel of the buttons are just amazing. Hopefully the new products will be of the same caliber as the earlier products.
I'm realy excited about the MC6000, the SC2000 is a super product and the X600 looks like a simple mixer, but it's just so much more.
The solid steel cased, four channel MIDI controller with built-in soundcard is one of the most amazing controllers to hit the market in a long time. It's geared towards Traktor and it looks actually to be one of the best controllers I've seen... Apart from the Native Instruments S4 offcause.
The X600 is a two channel mixer but is made for DVS DJ's and has some cool features under it's hood. It's got a built-in 4 channel in / 4 channel out soundcard and a 32-bit DAC Output for excellent soundquality. It's got an effects processor with 8 effects (Delay, Echo, Flanger, Filter, Reverb, Loop, Beat Scratch and BeatBreaker). All buttons and faders are MIDI assignable.
05 October 2010
Currently I'm using the VCI-100 because it's just a very good controller. I bought the black overlay from DJ Techtools and got the nice rubber knobs and I think it looks really nice. The only problem I have with the current one it that the effect section is way off from what Traktor needs and that looks to be fixed on the new one. This pro/con list is partly weighted on the upgrades from VCI-100 to VCI-100 MKII and info from DJ Techtools.
Price: $699 / €499 / £369
Available: November 2010
- Fancy new design
- Lighter than the previous version (2 kg)
- Effect section ala Traktor
- Dedicated buttons for Filter and Beatjump!
- C/D Deck toggle
- Big transport buttons and rotaryknobs
- Built-in Soundcard
- Shipped with Traktor LE
- Plastic casing (But this makes it lighter)
- Joystick for browsing and loading.
- Only two faders.
The best news is that it looks like Ean Golden and the DJ Techtools guys will make a special edition to this controller. Hopefully they will improve the quality according to their own review and make this a smashing product.
If the quality is according to the Vestax standard this will definitely be one of the best Traktor Controllers on the market and offcause the DJ Techtools edition will probably kick ass!
Check out the video from DJ Techtools here.
More info on djtechtools.com and Vestax Pro
02 October 2010
01 October 2010
The design of the controller is really nice. It's in the entry level and you will get alot of gear for the money if you buy this controller. With both balanced Jack and RCA outputs and alot of inputs (both for line and mic) the options are pretty good. It's got a 6 button cuepoint area for both decks and I like the layout for the trasport buttons. All the buttons are back lit and the jogwheels are pressure sensitive.
A two fader mixer designed for a four deck environment? In my mind this isn't a very good combo. I would need my faders for all decks to be available at all time, so clicking a button to access my other decks isn't really favorable. It hasn't got enough rotary faders to support the effect units (but you can re-map and create a effect mode or use the EQ for a dual purpose, but again you would loose the dedicated controls)
It's shipped with Virtual DJ LE and looks to be made for this software aswell.