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[MUSIC]
Alright,
so now that we've got your sound card set
up, which is the Audio 8 DJ,
we're a little familiar with the software
interface all that stuff.
I wanna talk about the Preferences and
Audio setup,
as well as latency and all these settings
that you might need to know.
You'll notice in the top right-hand corner
of the screen over here,
when I click on this little gearbox, it
opens up the Preferences section.
We've seen this a couple times throughout
the other videos.
In the Preferences section, I'm gonna go
straight over to my Audio setup,
which is the first option at the top of
the Preferences section.
In the Audio setup, the first option is
Audio Device.
And I'm gonna just briefly go over the
fact that, keep in mind that [COUGH] if
you're a traveling DJ a lot, and you do a
lot of stuff.
Traktor actually works in internal mode as
well,
meaning that you can open up Traktor on
your computer and
DJ with it without having an external
mixer or turntable set up.
It becomes quite useful in situations when
you're traveling on airplanes.
And you just need some time to just listen
to tunes,
beat grid some stuff, set up some
playlists, so on, so on.
It's a good way to get your routine
together when
you're not sitting in the studio with your
turntables and your mixer.
As well as if you're at a kickback or at a
party or something,
you just wanna play some tunes off your
laptop and
you don't have turntables set up, it's a
great way to do it as well.
To be able to do that,
I want you to notice that if I drop down
the menu I have two options.
The first option, you can see, is Audio 8
DJ,
and the second option's the built in
input.
If you're on a PC computer that might vary
a little bit.
You might see direct audio or ASIO4ALL, or
something like that.
It depends on whatever the built in sound
card in your computer is set up to.
On a Mac here you can see it says,
Built-in Input.
So if I'm on Built-in,
now it's using the sound card that was
built inside the computer, so I can use
the headphone output on my computer, or
the microphone input and so on.
But if I'm going to be DJ-ing with
turntables and
stuff you're gonna want to have it set to
the Audio 8 DJ.
So make sure that if you are at a gig and
you set up your gear.
And you, and you drop everything and
nothing's working, and you're like,
what the heck's going on.
Make sure that you double check that you
have Audio 8 DJ set up.
You need to have the sound card plugged
in.
The next thing you want to notice the
sample rate.
44.1, 48 kiloHertz, 88 to.
It, that's all once again a matter of
preference,
44.1 is pretty standard you might want to
just roll with that.
And then the next setting is the audio
latency.
And the audio latency basically means is
how long is it gonna take for
you to hear audio after you move the
record or the platter.
[COUGH] that's gonna be real useful for a
lot of scratch DJs and
battle DJs and stuff like that, because
you're gonna want to have some
absolutely really quick response time
[NOISE] when you're doing stuff.
I'm gonna grab this tool right here.
[NOISE] You'll notice that right now I've
got my computer set at 2.5 milliseconds.
And I think that's an extremely fast
speed.
I mean, we're talking about 2.5
milliseconds, and
you're not gonna hear any difference.
The system can go all the way up to 1.0
milliseconds,
which would be the absolute fastest DBS
system out there.
And if your computer can handle it, then
so be it, use it.
But my personal recommendation is that if
you stay at 2.5 and
you got a pretty beefy computer a pretty
strong computer that can handle
the bus speed set it at 2.5 and use it.
[SOUND] And you notice that [NOISE] even
really really really tiny chirps.
[SOUND]
Traktor will actually stay right on top of
it the entire time, especially even moving
it really slow motions and
stuff like that.
So.
[SOUND]
There we go.
[SOUND]
So 2.5 milliseconds is really good.
Now if your computer can't handle it when
you're just playing track,
you'll notice that you might hear a few
pops and clicks.
So you might hear a little pop, pop, pop,
every once in a while.
That means that the,
your computer's having a hard time keeping
up with that latency.
And the best way to eliminate that latency
is to raise the latency.
So it's really about spending some time
with your computer, playing the tracks,
and kinda tuning it in a little bit to
work the best with the way it
works on your system.
I've got an older generation MacBook Pro,
and I'm running it at 2.5 milliseconds all
the time when I'm DJ-ing and it seems to
work absolutely perfect.
I've got no problem with it.
So like I said, my suggestion to you guys
is that you spend some time and
actually play with it.
Very briefly before we move on, there's a
few other things that I wanna explain.
Output routing, which is the next option
in the interface right here.
When I click on Output Routing,
you'll notice that the first thing you see
is Internal and External Mode.
Right now I'm set to External, meaning
that I'm using an external controller,
being the turntables and the mixer.
If I set it to Internal Mode, okay, you'll
notice that I have a cross-fader
here like I would, and as well as DJ
faders that go up and down.
And that's because I'm DJ-ing internally
inside the computer and not using a mixer.
So, make sure your computer's on external
mode if you're at a live gig.
Your output channel a should be one and
two.
Your output channel b should be three and
four.
C should be five and six if you're even
using c, and
output channel d should be seven and
eight.
And the only reason why you're gonna use
output c and
d is if you ever move to Traktor using
four decks,
cuz remember that in Traktor we can have
up to four individual decks.
Either four turntables or two turntables,
two CD players, or
two turntables and two internal decks
playing.
Whatever the options are.
But I'm sure for most scratch DJs and
stuff like that, you guys are gonna be
keeping it simple.
Two decks, rock it the way you always rock
it, and it's dope that way too.
So that is just a little of explanation
about your output routing.
Also, one other thing that I want you to
pay attention
to is actually on the sound card itself.
When you're looking at it, you'll notice
that you have an Input Select button
in the front, says Input Mode.
When you hit that, if you're using
turntables,
you want it to be set to Timecode Vinyls.
If you wanna be using the CD turntables,
you wanna switch it so
it says Turntable CD Line.
And that way you get the, the best
reference, the best reference from there.
So you can see it says Vinyl,Vinyl Code
right there
as well as CD Line In right there.
Just take a look at the front of the
interface and
you guys should spot it right away.
So, once again, we're using turntables, so
we wanna set it to Vinyl, Timecode Vinyl.
[NOISE] So that's a brief description
about audio routing
setting up the sound card with your
system.
You guys know how to switch the computer
from both Internal Mode to External Mode
as well as the Audio Setup.
Switching it between the Audio 8 DJ as
your sound card,
or the built in sound card as your primary
sound card.
As well as going to the Audio Setup and
adjusting your latency for the best setup.
[MUSIC]
So that should wrap it up for now,
take care.
[MUSIC]