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Skratch Lessons: Screen Layout Part 1

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All right so that wraps it up talking
about Beatgrids today.
We're gonna go ahead and move onto the
next segment now.
>> Hold, hold on.
Hey, can I check it out on my website
right here?
Check it out.
>> What's going on man?
>> I got this new song at
Check it out.
How do you use it?
>> Oh, no, no, no, no.
>> Type that in right there.
>> We're not done yet.
We're not done yet here.
>> We got more stuff to cover, we got more
things to do here.
All right.
So the next section
I wanna briefly talk about with you guys
is customizing your layout for
Traktor, so that you're familiar with it,
it's comfortable with you,
and that it, it suits your personal needs.
Very often I hear things from people.
Sometimes, some DJs are kinda crazy, like
to do a bunch of weird stuff.
They're all into effects, they're into
dropping loops,
they're into doing all this crazy stuff.
And then there's also some dee jays that
like to just keep it simple,
they're good at what they do and they
wanna rock it.
And they wanna keep it simple and
they just think, sometimes maybe Traktor
my look a little too confusing for them.
Maybe it looks like your flying an
airplane or something, I don't know.
But if that's the case, there's a lot you
could do to the interface.
The cool thing about Traktor is that it's
100% completely customizable.
You can make the software look any way you
want it to look and whenever you want.
So we're gonna start off just talking a
little bit about it.
Remember, we talked about the Global
section of the software.
We talked about the deck section, and we
talked about the browser section.
And I wanna show you guys something.
I've already set up a couple of screen
For instance I do different kind of DJ
sets in different scenarios.
Sometimes I'll play live and I'll do DJ
sets with up to four individual decks and
we got different things going on with
effects and a bunch of stuff.
And sometimes it's really simple, it's
just two turntables.
So, I have the options here in the top
right hand corner.
I want you to pay attention to the screen.
If I drop down this menu here, I got a
list here.
And this list is a small list of all the
different types of
screen layouts that I have set up.
Like I was talking about a second ago,
I've got the screen layout where I have,
I can open up to four individual decks and
I can have, you know, either two
turntables and two CD players or
four turntables hooked up to it, or maybe
just even two turntables and
two of them are just internal or something
like that.
Regardless, sometimes I just wanna play
with two decks in an effects processor.
So I can just go ahead and hit that, I got
my two decks, I got my browser,
I got my effects left and right.
And then sometimes you might just want to
have an extremely stripped down DJ set,
something that is really simple and easy
to look at.
When you drop it down I have my scratch
slim set up.
And there you go bam, it's really easy.
You've just got the left deck,
you've got the right deck, you've got your
browser, and that's all you need.
So I can briefly go into with you guys and
explain to you how you set these up.
We're gonna move over into the preferences
section, and
in the Preferences section we're gonna go
down to where it says Layout manager.
When I select Layout Manager,
this is where I can actually start to
create my own individual layouts.
I can hit the Add button, and when I hit
Add it's gonna give me a, a,
a couple of choices to select from like
starting points.
Kind of like reference points.
Let's say for instance I wanna start off
with just Traktor Scratch Pro 2 decks.
When I select Traktor Scratch Pro 2 decks
I can begin to remove and
take things in and out of the software as
I want.
For instance, in the middle here,
where we have the effects processor sign
buttons that we talked about earlier.
We also have key locks, so you can lock
the key of the track.
As well as a filter, a high-pass, low-pass
If I'm not gonna use any of that, and I
don't wanna see it.
I can just hit this checkbox, which says,
Filter Key, Gain and Q balance.
I take that out.
Boom, you'll see that it just disappears
right out of the software
interface right there.
That's it.
I can also if I want, add an EQ so I have
high, mids, and lows in there.
If I don't want the EQs I can remove that
as well.
I can even remove the global section.
If I uncheck that button, the Effects
Processor panels go away.
So on.
And you'll notice that if you go through
diff, several different segments of,
of the interface, you'll find that there's
a lot of customizing options.
We have global view options where we can
display highlight beat markers,
or just show minute markers.
Or display the deck focus,
or not to display it as well as show
values when you're over the controls.
For instance, if I hover my mouse over a
certain button I could have a pop-up
menu pop up to remind me what that
individual function is.
The most important part is, like I said,
is that the interface is completely
Not only is the interface completely
customizable, but everything else,
like, as far as your hotkeys.
Like the keyboard.
Keys on your keyboard here.
If you want to set it up something that
you're more familiar with
maybe with Serato.
Or if you got just customized buttons.
Like you wanna hit Apple+left to load a
track to the left deck or
Apple+right to load a track to the right
Or hit a certain key to turn something off
and on.
We can go down on the bottom here, or it
says keyboard mappings.
And in the keyboard mappings we've got a
list of every individual function inside
a Traktor that you can control with your
Almost every single button, every knob,
everything that you see in the interface
from, from the ground up is completely
customizable by either your keyboard or
even a mini controller, which I'm gonna
talk to you about in a second.
And it's pretty and it's fairly self
explanatory and easy.
For instance I have Q dec A here,
all I have to do is select which function
I want it to be.
I hit the Learn button, and once the learn
button is selected,
I just hit the button I want it to be.
You turn the learn button off, and there
you go.
That one button's gonna,
is gonna control that one individual
function whenever you want it to.
So like I said it's 1005 customizable.
You can do whatever you want with it.
There's also a, a button here where you
hit Add, and you've got a tree list of
every single button inside of Traktor that
does everything.
We have load buttons here we can duplicate
deck A to duplicate a deck to deck B C or
D, whatever.
You just select the function you want it
to be, you hit the Learn button,
you hit the key on the keyboard and
instantly it learned it right there.
And same goes for for MIDI mappings.
If you've got a MIDI controller that you
like to use,
there's hundreds of MIDI controllers on
the market that you can pick from.
There's so many different things that are
Maybe you like something small that just
sits right here on the top of you mixer.
Or maybe you have like a big keyboard with
a bunch of knobs and stuff like that.
Whatever, maybe a controller that suits
your needs and
you feel that it works good for you, grab
it because you
could take control of over all the effects
processes and everything in Traktor.
And get a really powerful hands on feel,
so you're not sitting with a keyboard,
playing with your little mouse or with
keys on a keyboard.
Everything is just like, like I said
So same thing.
I click on the MIDI Mappings button.
On the MIDI Mappings button I have all the
functions that I could want it to be.
For instance, you can see I have effects
processor on.
I have effects processor buttons.
I have effects processor knobs.
I select the item that I want it to be, I
hit the Learn button.
When I've got my mini-controller set up, I
can just move the knob on the MIDI
controller, instantly the software
recognizes which knob it's gonna be,
and you have control over it.
That's really powerful stuff.
It's really really, be cool to customize
your system like that.