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Yeah, that's slack right there, man.
>> I know it.
>> Yeah, man, you got a mic, man?
Bust out a freestyle on that right now.
>> [INAUDIBLE] Some rhymes or what?
>> Yeah.
>> Let's go.
>> Yeah.
>> There you go.
>> Mic check, one, two.
>> Yo, let me set up this thing real
Hold up.
>> What you setting up man?
You on the internet, man?
Check out my stuff on
>> Nah, nah, nah.
I'm gonna show you some recording stuff.
Check this out, man.
Let me hear your rhymes.
>> I'll show you a little piece of my new
It's called, I got 50 million limos.
>> Damn, that's the crack.
It's cracking.
>> That's what it's called, man.
I'm gonna show you.
Watch, play I Fly
>> No, no, no, no, no.
Hold up, hold up.
I'm gonna show you something real quick.
>> Oh, all right, right.
What's up?
>> Come here check this out, man.
you gotta play with that right there, man.
>> What?
You got my voice on the record?
>> Yeah.
>> Yeah, I can be my own DJ, yeah.
Hey that's what's up right there.
>> Flat 2 dot com.
Type this in.
>> Na, na, na.
We got some more stuff to talk about man.
We'll get back to it.
We got more stuff we gotta do.
>> All right man, we'll do it man.
>> Yo, yo, so now that I showed you guys
something real quick.
>> Who you talking to?
>> We hooked up a mic over here man.
We got the mic set up over here, and we
recorded some vocals.
We drop the vocals on the deck.
We cut them up.
Now I'm gonna get back to that in a
second, but before we do that,
I'm gonna show you guys a little bit about
audio recording inside a Traktor.
That's pretty cool.
In Traktor, we can do several different
things with the audio recorder.
We can record all of our DJ sets.
From the beginning to the end,
we can even encode old vinyl records that
might be collector items to you and
you want to encode them to digital files
so that you could DJ with them.
So we're gonna get started by want you
guys to pay attention real quick to
the details section or the global section
of software that we talked about earlier
which is a section up here at the top.
Where the effects processors and all that
stuff is.
Over here, remember the top we got effects
processor one and two.
Right below effects processor two where it
says right here we have the little
cassette tape that we briefly went over.
If you click that cassette tape, that
launches our audio recorder.
So our audio recorder is what we're gonna
use today.
First of all, just to understand a little
bit about the audio recorder.
We're gonna go over to the preferences
section and you'll notice that in
the preferences section, about halfway
down, there's a recording function.
When we click on Recording, we have a
series of different options here.
The first one you could see is Internal or
Internal mode is what we talked about once
before about DJing internally.
You can actually just have your laptop.
Set up, set it to internal mode, hit
You can record all your DJ sets internally
inside the computer.
But right now, we're dealing external,
because we're dealing with turntables and
a mixer.
So we're gonna set it to external mode.
And the next thing you'll note is it's
gonna ask me which input do I wanna use.
Now on tractor, it's pretty self
explanatory on the interface.
You can see on the sound card,
it says channel A, channel B, channel C,
channel D.
And these inputs are all labeled here in
the back as well, A, B, C, and D.
We have the mic, currently right now, is
the microphone,
we got the microphone plugged into channel
So right now what I was doing right now,
was I had the external mic set up on the
software program here to channel C,
that way I can record whatever's coming in
on the mic.
So it's pretty simple, you just plug the
mic in, you hit the record button and
whatever you say you can record it and cut
it right on the spot.
>> I've got 50 Million limo.
>> So, there's that.
If you wanna record your DJ sets off of
your mixer, its pretty easy.
In the back of your mixers all your mixers
got record outputs or
maybe sometimes a booth output, you
basically wanna just get an RCA cable that
comes out of the mixer and you wanna plug
it into one on these two inputs on
the front of the interface, either input C
or input D, whatever one of your choice.
If you plug it in input C you'll notice
that there's a button here in the front
that switches between the microphone and
the line input.
We're not using a mic so we're gonna
switch it over to line input.
That way you can use the line input to
record whatever you want off your
Once that's set up you can go ahead and do
your DJ sets, you could record,
it doesn't matter if you're using digital
records or even if you want to put a real
vinyl record and you switch it from line
to phono.
And you play a regular vinyl record, it's
just gonna mix everything off your decks.
So it's pretty cool that way, because
sometimes you're not playing only digital
files, you're playing vinyl records as
well, and you're switching before,
back, back and forth between each, and
bam, tractor will record it all.
So once again, it's pretty simple.
Basically you just hit the record button.
The software obviously starts recording.
You start doing your DJing.
When you're done with it, you can hit
When you hit the stop button, it shows up
in your audio recordings folder,
which is placed on the far left-hand side
of tractor in the browser section.
It's way at the bottom, you can see where
it says audio recordings.
But you click on audio recordings.
You got a list of all the audio recordings
that you've done.
You could select it.
You can even click on it and change the
name of it.
You know, like I just did a DJ set drum
cell at scratch.
And you can name them whatever you want.
That way you have all those files.
And you can also in the preferences menu,
when I click on preferences and
go to recordings, you can see under file
there's a directory here.
And the directory tells me where it wants
to save those audio recording files.
Personally, I just hit these little three
dots here on the side, and
I set all my audio recordings to be saved
to my desktop.
Now there's no rendering process involved,
or nothing like that.
You don't have to hit Export, nothing like
The second you hit Stop on the audio
recorder, it automatically saves that file
as a WAV to your desktop.
So it instantly saves for you You've got
the WAV file there.
You can chop it up, edit it, do whatever
you want with it.
So once again just a quick recap.
You can record your DJ sets from the
digital turntables or
even from regular vinyl records.
You can put a regular vinyl record in
there and code it to a digital file so
you can have it on your computer so you
don't have to play the vinyl anymore.
Put it away.
And you can also record your voice as well
as any other input inside the system, so
you can scratch with it.
I've even seen people hook up drum
machines to the input of the sound card,
record drums off them and scratch them
live on the set.
So it's completely up to you to do with
it, take the tools that are available to
you, available to you and get creative
with them.
That's it for recordings.