After djing with just USB-sticks this past weekend I realized I really love djing with Traktor. So here’s a few words about what setups I prefer.
Traktor + X1 + DJM-900
This setup is pretty basic. I use the Traktor Kontrol X1 for everything and the mixer DJM-900 Nexus acts as a soundcard. Sometimes I have added a Korg NanoPad to control decks C and D, but that’s not perfect at all. The workflow isn’t made for a sweaty DJ-booth.
Traktor + X1 + CDJ-2000 + DJM-900
Last time at the local club I tried this out. With the update of Traktor to 2.5.1 the HID-functions on the CD-players got really advanced. Everything you can do on a CDJ-2000 is now connected to the same function in the Traktor software. Almost.
I added the X1 for some control over some of the FX I love with Traktor and to have more control over the loop length. I guess modding the mapping of the CDJ-2000 to control the loop length more easily is a pretty simple task. If I could do that, I would love to try out the X1 to control decks C and D to really get going with some extra loops, sample and additional layers.
You just have to remember bringing a USB-hub, since you need at least 4 USB-ports. And remember to connect the DJM-900 directly to the computer and not through the hub.
I’m amazed on how easy this was to setup. Plug it in, on the CDJs you choose Link – USB and choose which deck you want to control. Do the same in Traktor. Done.
Traktor + X1 + X1 + CDJ-2000 + DJM-900
This would pretty much be the perfect setup. I don’t think adding extra CD-decks, or a Maschine or an Traktor Kontrol F1 would do it for me. With two X1′s I could have control over 4 FX-setups, I could control loops and hot cues and samples and tracks and everything on 4 decks and still have that feel of proper djing with the CDJs.
It’s so much simpler to use the CDJs to nudge the track in either direction and using the pitch slider to speed up, or down, things. I just need to remember to change the pitch take over or make it relative instead of absolut.
Traktor + X1 + vinyl + soundcard
I have tried this out, mostly at home, and it’s awesome. The X1 is just there to navigate and choose songs. This is a bit of a hassle to setup and I only have the Audio 4 DJ soundcard. But I would love to find a good decently priced mixer with Traktor soundcard built in.
UPDATE: Traktor + 2xCDJ-2000 + DJM-800
I just djed for two nights in a row with only a computer, a mixer without soundcard and two CDJ-2000. I used the CD-players as both soundcards and controllers and it was great. The setup took a few minutes only. One USB in every player, choose Link as above. On the computer, use an app called CDJ Aggregator that takes the two CDJs and make them as one soundcard. Choose that soundcard in Traktor and off you go.
My only problem is that the CD-players screen shows the browser and not the tune playing. And both displays shows the same.