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The Laptop DJ Handbook: Setups and Techniques of the Modern Performer

Book Description

The purpose of this book is to present the ever-evolving DJ world with a fresh approach towards the redefinition of what it means to be a "DJ". Powerful computing combined with innovative design has provided the modern DJ with branching options for creative expression. Through description and example, readers are presented with fundamental tutorials as well as various creative performance configurations for three of the more popular audio software applications: Traktor Pro, Serato and Ableton Live.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. What You Will Find in This Book
    2. Companion Website Downloads
  5. 1. Redefining the DJ
    1. Where Do We Start?
    2. Options
    3. Goals of This Project
    4. Online Content
  6. 2. The Evolution of DJing
    1. History
      1. From Science and Experimentation
      2. To Popular Culture
      3. To Genre
        1. Reggae
        2. Hip-Hop
        3. Turntablism
        4. Disco
        5. House
        6. Techno
      4. Jungle and Drum ’n Bass
        1. UK Garage to Grime and Dubstep
      5. To The Future
  7. 3. Gear
    1. Computer Specifications
      1. Mac or PC?
      2. Processor Speed
      3. Memory
      4. Connectivity
    2. Audio Interface (Soundcard)
      1. Why Do I Need an Audio Interface?
      2. What Audio Interface Is Best for Me?
        1. Connectivity
        2. Outputs
        3. Inputs
        4. Converters
        5. MIDI
        6. Drivers
    3. The Software
      1. Native Instruments: Traktor Scratch Pro
      2. Serato Scratch Live
      3. Ableton Live
    4. The Hybrids
      1. Native Instruments: Maschine
      2. Native Instruments: Kore 2
      3. Monome
    5. The Controllers
      1. Native Instruments: Traktor Kontrol X1
      2. Akai Professional: APC20/APC40
        1. Other Noteworthy Controllers
    6. Traktor Certified versus Traktor Ready
    7. Other Hardware Considerations
      1. iPhone/iPad
  8. 4. Finding, Organizing, and Storing Your Music
    1. The New Crate Digging
      1. The iTunes Music Store
      2. Beatport
      3. Other Essential Digs
        1. Specialists: 1s, 0s, and Vinyl!
        2. Everything: Music and Gear
        3. If You Know What You’re After
        4. Streaming Tunes
        5. Other Resources
      4. Hard Drives: The New Record Crate
        1. Do Your Research
        2. Speed
        3. Connectivity
        4. Final Thoughts
  9. 5. Traktor Pro: Intro
    1. The Digital Vinyl System
    2. Traktor Scratch Pro
      1. Installation, Registration, and Updating
      2. The Setup Wizard
      3. Manually Configuring Your Audio Setup
        1. Internal Soundcard
        2. External Audio Interface: Internal Mixing
        3. External Audio Interface: External Mixing
        4. External Audio Interface: The Audio 8 DJ and Traktor’s Control Vinyl
        5. External Audio Interface: The Audio 8 DJ and Traktor’s Control CDs
      4. Navigating the User Interface
        1. Application Menu
        2. Header
        3. Global Section
        4. Decks
        5. Decks: Advanced Panels
        6. The Mixer Section
        7. Crossfader
        8. Browser
  10. 6. Traktor Pro: Getting Started
    1. Your Music Collection and the Traktor Browser
      1. Loading Your Music
        1. Importing Your Music Folders
        2. Importing Your iTunes Playlists
        3. Alternative iTunes Import Options
        4. Even Further Import Options
        5. Importing from Serato
        6. Creating Your Own Playlists
        7. Creating Playlist Folders
        8. Sorting Playlists
        9. The Favorites Playlist
        10. The Preparation Playlist
        11. The History Playlist
        12. Exporting Playlists
        13. Importing Playlists
        14. Other Playlist Functions
      2. Maintaining and Navigating Your Music Collection
        1. Editing Track Information (Metadata)
        2. Deleting Tracks
          1. Track Icons
        3. Adding Cover Art
        4. Crate Digging (Searching)
        5. Collection Maintenance
        6. Analysis
        7. Automating Collection Management
    2. Creating, Customizing, and Saving Your Traktor Profile
      1. Layout Appearance
      2. The .TSI File
        1. Import/Export Settings
      3. The Traktor Root Folder
      4. Maintaining Multiple Collections
  11. 7. Traktor Pro: Loading, Playing, Mixing, and Syncing
    1. Intro to Loading Tracks
    2. Intro to Playing and Mixing Tracks Internally
    3. Intro to Syncing Tracks
      1. Deck Master Manual
      2. Deck Master Auto
      3. Clock Master Internal
      4. Clock Master External
    4. Intro to Playing and Mixing Tracks with Timecode Vinyl/CDs
      1. When Should I Calibrate?
        1. Additional Timecode Configurations
      2. Mouse Control
        1. Track Control
        2. Mouse Sensitivity
        3. Advanced Mouse Control
    5. Preparation and Performance
      1. Beatgrids, Cue Points, and Loops
        1. Working with Beatgrids
        2. Working with Cue Points
        3. Working with Loops
        4. Beatjumping
    6. Intro to Effects (FX)
      1. Configuring the FX Panels
      2. Advanced FX Mode
      3. Chained Mode
      4. Insert versus Send Effects
        1. Configuring Send Effects
        2. Using Traktor’s Effects
        3. Saving FX Presets
    7. Traktor (Pro)ficiency
      1. Understanding Quantization
      2. Mixing in Sync: Phrases, Beats, and Bars
        1. Mixing in Key
        2. EQ
        3. Filters
        4. Additional Deck Settings
  12. 8. Traktor Pro: The Controller Manager
    1. Intro to Controller Assignments
    2. Assigning Controls
      1. Creating a New Control Device
      2. Assigning Traktor Controls to MIDI
    3. Modifiers
      1. Tutorial Control Examples
        1. One-Touch Expandable Track Browser
        2. One-Button Deck Sync
        3. Synchro Start
        4. Autoloop Loading
        5. Setting Looping Controls
        6. The Hot-Cue Sampler
    4. HID Devices
    5. Traktor Kontrol X1
      1. The X1 Layout
        1. Under the Hood
        2. Assigning X1’s Controls
    6. LED Output
      1. Assigning LED Outputs
    7. Syncing Traktor via MIDI Clock
      1. Traktor as Master
      2. Traktor as Slave
    8. Moving Forward
  13. 9. Serato Scratch Live
    1. Getting Started
      1. Installation, Registration, and Updating
      2. Manually Configuring Your Audio Setup
        1. Setting Up the SL3 Hardware
        2. Setting Up the SSL Software
      3. Navigating the User Interface
        1. Display Modes
        2. Library View
    2. Your Music Collection and the Serato Browser
      1. Loading and Importing Your Music
        1. Analyzing Your Library
      2. Organizing Your Music Library
        1. Crates
        2. The Song Browser
        3. History
        4. File Management
    3. Preparation and Performance
      1. When Should I Calibrate?
      2. Scratch Live Modes
        1. Absolute Mode
        2. Relative Mode
        3. Internal Mode
      3. Aux Deck Plug-In
        1. Third Deck Setup
      4. Cue Points and Loops
        1. Cue Points and Hot Cues
        2. Looping…Looping…Looping…
        3. Recording
      5. DJ-FX Plug-Ins
        1. Intro to the DJ-FX Plug-Ins
        2. Customizing the DJ-FX
      6. SP-6 Sample Player
        1. Intro to the SP-6
        2. Using the SP-6
        3. SP-6 Play Modes
        4. Additional Vinyl Behaviors
        5. Additional Deck Behaviors
    4. Intro to Controller Assignments
      1. Keyboard Shortcuts
      2. Assigning MIDI Controls
      3. Serato Approved
      4. Serato ITCH
  14. 10. Intro to Ableton Live
    1. So, What Is Live?
    2. Installation, Registration, and Updating
    3. Live’s Preferences
      1. Configuring Your Audio Setup
        1. Audio Device
        2. Sample Rate and Latency
      2. Configuring Your MIDI/Sync Setup
    4. Creating and Saving Your Live Set
    5. Live’s Interface
      1. Arrangement View
      2. Session View
        1. Session Mixer
        2. Live’s Tracks
        3. The Crossfader
        4. Signal Routing
      3. The Live Browser
        1. Live Device Browser
        2. Plug-In Browser
        3. File Browsers
        4. Using the Browser
      4. Live’s Control Bar
  15. 11. Ableton Live: The Clip Concept
    1. “Playing” Live Clips
    2. The Clip View
      1. The Clip Box
        1. Groove
      2. The Launch Box
        1. Follow Actions
      3. Envelopes at a Glance
      4. Sample Box (Audio Clip)
        1. Sample Display
        2. Mmmm, Warp Markers…
        3. Using and Setting Warp Markers
        4. Warp Modes
  16. 12. DJing with Ableton Live
    1. Advantages and Disadvantages
    2. What Are the Best File Types?
      1. Ripping Vinyl
      2. Ripping Other Sources
        1. Cycling ’74 Soundflower
        2. Audio Hijack
    3. Configuring Live for a DJ Set
      1. Preparing Your Music Collection
      2. Previewing Tracks
      3. Editing Tracks
        1. Slice to New MIDI Track
      4. Looping
      5. Effects
        1. Insert FX
        2. Send FX
        3. Live’s Virtual Gear Racks
      6. Mapping Live’s Controller Assignments
        1. Key Mapping
        2. MIDI Mapping
    4. Syncing Live
      1. Live as Master
      2. Live as Slave
    5. And Next…
  17. 13. Parting Thoughts for Next Time