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

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Chapter 5. Traktor Pro: Intro

From the early days of Digital Vinyl Systems (DVS), the laptop quickly became ubiquitous inside a DJ booth. Although vinyl remains DJ culture’s nostalgic medium, a computer presents an artist with considerably more dynamic performance tools. As masses of established DJs go digital, DJ culture’s youth is forming new understandings of what DJ performances are supposed to be.

The intention of this chapter is to expose the essentials of one DVS bundle in particular: Traktor Scratch Pro. Traktor is currently the strongest example of DVS technology’s bright future, because it offers the most progressive feature array; an enormous, dedicated user base; helpful technical support/quality assurance resources; and, of course… ...

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