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

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Chapter 6. Traktor Pro: Getting Started

If you found the previous chapter a little bit dry, please wake up. It’s time to start fiddling about!

Your Music Collection and the Traktor Browser

Bearing in mind music’s overwhelming availability, it’s hardly surprising that the success of a digital DJ application is partially balanced on its organizational features. As an example, consider the image of a DJ turning around, rifling through his vinyl, physically earmarking a handful of “maybes,” and then cueing and dropping the mix just at the right moment. How can a software company capture this experience? DJs have historically sought the shortest distance between two points, so why not ask them?

Native Instruments did precisely this, and the artist/developer ...

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