Recently Josh from B Kuhl Entertainment came in to the shop with his DJM-900SRT, 2 CDJ-2000NXS (Thanks for the business) and a newer Mac Book Pro. His audio files played fine but the visual feedback was choppy. We checked his activity monitor, and found Serato was using over 100% of the CPU. Because we have experienced problems with iTunes intergration into Serato in the past, we found success when we removed the cursor from the iTunes crate. We then went into Serato setup, choose the Libary + Display tab, we then unchecked the Show iTunes Libary box. This lead to the visual feedback playing back smoothly, even with 4 decks playing simultaneously.
Our in house Ableton Certified Trainer and adjunct professor at Madison Media Institute Wyatt Agard saw a tweet from DeadMau5 complaining about Ableton not having any way to deal with pan law (the fact that something is louder when in the center of the mix than when panned to one edge). So he decided to do something about it. Here’s his set of three effects racks to deal with the problem. Each works the same way: the first macro of the effect rack should now be used as your pan knob. 64 is center mix. As you pan, the rack will automatically boost volume as you move farther from the center. Depending on what console or program you are used to you would load the appropriate DB Pan Law Rack.
Download: Pan Law Racks
We go through the process of replacing these key components, step by step. Proper techniques and detailed close up views to guide you through the process.
Here’s a quick clip of our very own DJ Amos Smith demonstrating his Serato setup.
He uses the Vestax VCI-380 not as an Itch or Serato DJ controller, but as a mixer in conjunction with a Serato SL-1 box, the turntables, and Scratch Live. Check it out!
Here’s a brief clip showing how we grounded a Technics SL-1200 turntable externally through a 3-pin grounded power cable and a bit of soldering. This significantly lowered the amount of noise produced by the table, and resulted in overall superior audio quality.
Check it out:
We got this great video and write up from our guy P3096 who holds it down out in Oakland, CA as part of the Dead Man Sound Crew. This is a real life saver for those times when a needle breaks or a turntable isn’t functioning up to par.
Here is a quick video demonstrating how to beat juggle with the Rane TTM57 and one turntable using Serato. This technique can also be used for mixing and will save your butt if you show up at a gig with only one control record.
Before you start, you have to change some settings within Serato. First, enable “instant doubles” in the playback section of the setup menu. Load a track onto the left deck and put that deck in relative mode (REL). Put the right deck in internal mode (INT), and eject any loaded track on this deck so it’s empty. Next, click on the hardware tab and locate the joystick controls. Assign “instant double” to the right joystick in the up direction.
Now for the fun part…
Find a good break and set a cue point for visual reference. Play the left deck. Hit the right joystick control for “instant double” and you will see the track load onto the right deck in the same song position. You can now move the crossfader to the right deck and proceed to cue up the left deck. Repeat as needed. (This happens fast in the video so watch close!)
-Put a sticker on your record for visual reference
-Crossfade quickly so the tracks won’t overlap and phase
Street Price $169.95
This is a well built, compact, bus powered, midi controller. Perfect for the artist on go, don’t let the size or cost fool you. This unit is equally at home in the studio, at home, or on the go. This is a efficient clip launch controller for Ableton, it comes with Ableton Launchpad edition, basically the LE version of Ableton. Also very popular for Bridge/Serato integration, we have also used it as a DMX scene and video clip launcher.
The pads are not velocity sensitive, limiting some of it’s studio potential. It’s compact size doesn’t allow for simultaneous control of multiple parameters.
A great value for the price. Perfect as a first piece to introduce you to the world of ableton, while still being useful to even to the pros.
We started DJing this with out any lighting at all, after a couple nights we decided to bring down a couple of Chauvet MinLaser’s and an Eclipse. We’ve since added various other kinds lighting to create a unique and highly successful evening.
Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 in Madison, WI. The Great Dane downtown in the beer garden.
DJ’s/Lighting Set-up: Mike Carlson, Nick Nice, and Rob Allegretti.
Lighting supplied by MC Audio
The lights used are all Chauvet:
Step by step process for replacing the RCA cables on a Technics SL1200.
Introduction to sending MIDI from Ableton to control DMX lighting via Chauvet’s ShowXpress software and the Xpress 512 USB to DMX interface.