As 2012 starts to wind down, the Dubspot staff looks at our last 12 months of videos and compiles our best YouTube posts of the year. In this first edition we collect 2012′s most popular videos for DJs, with performance and tutorial videos from DJ Shiftee, DJ Endo, and Matt Cellitti as well as our first Stylus Session earlier this year.
NI’s Kontrol F1 + Traktor Pro 2.5 Update — Tutorial + Overview w/ DJ Endo
In this video tutorial, Dubspot instructor Mike Henderson a.k.a DJ Endo explores the creative possibilities of NI’s F1 DJ controller and Traktor. In past versions of Traktor you could create and play one-shots and loops in Traktor’s dedicated sample decks; with Traktor 2.5, you can take playing and creating samples to a whole new level with Traktor’s Remix Decks, which allow you to store up to 64 samples on one deck.
DJ Shiftee’s Traktor + Maschine ‘Slaughterhouse’ Routine (Rinse FM, Joker)
“This is a routine I put together for my recent appearance on the legendary Rinse FM (big shouts to DJ Wonder for having me on!). It’s meant to show my softer side. Yes, you may know me for my manly feats of strength and untapped primal aggression on delicatessen waiting lines. When you think Shiftee, you probably think of a brute who opens jars, lifts heavy boxes, and attends the gym regularly (big shouts to my trainer Sergi for keeping me toned!). But there’s more to me. I take long walks on the beach. I gaze wistfully at setting suns and old people. I once watched a trailer for The Notebook and felt something deep inside (it was indigestion, but still). Please watch the following video, and get to know the real me.” - DJ Shiftee
Dubspot Presents: The Traktor Kontrol F1 Finals w/ DJ Shiftee – The Routine Breakdown!
Native Instruments unveiled their Traktor Kontrol F1 DJ controller with a video featuring Dubspot instructor and turntablist extraordinaire DJ Shiftee showcasing his skills alongside the one and only Greg Nice. Dubspot correspondents Jim Albert and Bob Barkley were live to cover the event at the Native Instruments F1 Finals in Long Island City, New York. In this exclusive footage, the reporters breakdown Shiftee’s performance, from his flawless double-time beat juggling and backspinning abilities to his teammate Greg’s tremendous wordplay and energy. Albert and Barkley offer analysis of key moments in an overwhelmingly entertaining manner. And do stay tuned for the half-time report and post-game interview with the man himself…
Traktor Pro Guide – Preferences Pt 1/4: Audio Setup + Timecode Configuration
In this four-part video tutorial series, Dubspot instructor and Native Instruments DJ product specialist Mike Henderson breaks down everything you ever wanted to know about Native Instruments’ Traktor 2 preferences. Throughout the series, Endo will be exploring Traktor’s inner-workings and explaining the myriad of features and creative DJing possibilities Traktor offers. In part one of the series, Endo walks us through Traktor audio setup and timecode configuration, revealing all the nuts and bolts and showing you how to make Traktor work the way you want it.
DJ Shiftee’s Traktor / Maschine Tutorial Pt 2/3: Using MIDI to Map LEDs + Modifiers
In the second installment of the Shiftee Trilogy video series, the Dubspot instructor and DMC world champ explains how to map LEDs and lights Traktor Pro 2 using a MIDI controllers and further sinks in the wonderful world of modifiers. “For many years, I sought to unravel the vast wonders of LED mapping and modifiers. My quest took me to the farthest reaches of the land, places like Tibet, Pluto, and New Jersey. Finally I encountered the truth I was seeking on a warm summer’s day in my apartment. The only place I needed to look was within… Traktor! Let me save you a very costly and pointless trip across the world in my tutorial on the very same subjects.” – DJ Shiftee
DJ Shiftee’s Traktor / Maschine Tutorial Pt 3/3: How to Midi Map + Free Mappings (Settings)
In this video, Dubspot DJ instructor, DMC World Champ, music producer and demanding critic of sandwiches DJ Shiftee shares one of his most prized possessions–his Maschine mapping file for Traktor! In part one, he demonstrated an incredible routine using Joker’s “Slaughterhouse” track. In part two, he went into the complex world of LED mapping and modifiers. And now for the final installment of the Shiftee Trilogy, our generous instructor takes you through his Maschine settings, offering a detailed explanation of his mapping setup and showing you some very cool options for mapping to pads, along with some basic functions for cue points setting, looping and syncing.
DJ / Producer Tutorial: How to Use Traktor Pro 2.5 Remix Decks w/ Maschine Projects
In this video tutorial, Dubspot instructor Matt Cellitti shows you how to create your very own Remix Sets inside Traktor Pro 2.5, specifically using Maschine as a way to export your projects and use them in your Remix Sets. This tutorial is an example of the easiest way to break out stems from your Maschine project and organize a new Remix Set. Go take your productions live!
Dubspot @ Harvard – DJ / Producer Workshop Recap Video w/ DJ Shiftee + Dan Freeman
Back in May, Dubspot instructors and Harvard alumni Sam Zornow (a.k.a. 2X DMC Champion DJ Shiftee) and bassist/singer Dan Freeman of C0 headed up to Cambridge, MA to present a workshop on DJing and production at their old alma mater. In this recap video from the Harvard workshop, Shiftee demonstrates some digital DJing and performance techniques with Native Instruments’ Traktor Pro and Maschine, while Dan Freeman offers some production and performance tips in Ableton Live.
Controlling Traktor w/ Pioneer CDJ2000s Pt 1- Dubspot Tutorial w/ DJ Endo
In this series, Dubspot instructor and Native Instruments product specialist DJ Endo explains how Pioneer’s CDJ2000 integrates directly with Traktor, offering sound output though the CDJ, extensive MIDI control, and visual feedback through the CDJ’s screen. In this first video of the series, DJ Endo explains how to set up audio preferences, update firmware, and get your gear ready to work together.
Controlling Traktor w/ Pioneer CDJ 2000s Pt 2 – Dubspot Video Tutorial w/ DJ Endo
In this second installment of our two-part series, DJ Endo gives an in-depth analysis of the advanced HID mode integration between the CDJ2000 units and Traktor and introduces some of the features and creative possibilities opened up by this powerful hardware/software combination.
Dubspot Original Programs: Stylus Sessions – Experimental Streaming Lab
Stylus Sessions is an open lab for new millennium turntablists and DJs to showcase skills and collaborate in a creative noncompetitive environment. In this video recap of the first Stylus Session, DJs Excess, Precision, Spictakular, and the legendary Cutmaster DC are on deck.
Dubspot Student Experience – DJ Course: Student Testimonials + Graduates Perform
Students in Level 6 of our DJ Extensive Program talk about their experience at Dubspot NYC and how they’ve developed as DJs and performers ahead of their graduation party at Lower Manhattan’s White Rabbit.
Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato and Traktor.
- DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
- DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
- DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
- DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
- DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
- DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II
Dubspot DJ Courses Starting New York City:
Class just started December 5th in NYC; sign up today! Wednesday + Friday, 5:15-7pm
December 13th in NYC – Tuesday +Thursday 7:15-9pm
January 2nd in NYC – Wednesday + Friday 11:15am-1pm
The definition of DJing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged alongside more traditional turntables and CDJ’s, smashing the barrier to entry. In today’s digital age, anyone can become a DJ. To reflect this renaissance, Dubspot has created the Digital DJing with Traktor program. In both our physical and online schools, students will learn how to DJ entirely with Traktor’s cutting-edge technology. An emphasis will be placed on the concepts of DJing rather than simply learning how to use the software.
Shiftee and Endo offer a preview of our Digital DJing with Traktor Pro 2 Program.
- Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Level 1: Introduction to DJing
- Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Level 2: Phrase Mixing
- Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Level 3: Beyond The Beatmatch
DJ Online Courses:
December 2nd – Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Program
February 3rd – Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 Program
“I love the class, and the content! Shiftee and Endo are very funny, and very clear, so the material is easy and fun to follow! I wish my college teachers were more like these two!” – Leandro Martinez, Chicago IL
More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.
If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.