The Complete Traktor Pro Video Tutorial Guide From Setting Up Your Gear To Mixing In Key Like A Pro

DanoEFCreator of TDJC

This course will show you the fast way to master Traktor Pro and become a professional DJ. After learning and implementing what I teach, you’ll be ready to rock any party and start playing paid gigs around the world.

When I bought my first Traktor S2 Controller in 2012 I was really excited to get it up and running. Which did not take me too long - after one hour or so I had figured out how to set it up, drag my first track into a deck and press "Play". Yey! I was now a Traktor DJ. Or so I thought...

Soon thereafter I began to feel overwhelmed with all of the options, functions and settings. Where to start? What do all these buttons do? Which ones are important and which are not?

After didling around for a while I started digging through the manual. 349 pages! Are you kidding me??

349 Pages - Are You Kidding Me?

What to do. I was serious about becoming a great Traktor DJ and read the manual back to back. Just to find out that most of the stuff wasn´t really necessary for me to know.

At one point I think I spent 6 hours straight, just checking the preferences! 
(Remember, there is only a few important things you need to know to get started and do amazingly well right away)

I knew that what I needed to master was the decks, effects, EQs and cue points. So, I started organizing my playlists and analyzing tracks. And -finally – I began mixing! But I quickly found out that reading up on stuff in my bedroom and playing live were two very different things.

"Reading up on Stuff in my Bedroom and Playing Live were Two Very Different Things"

Since then I have played well over 250 gigs and my setup now looks very different from when I first started out. I spent a lot of time optimizing my sets, created loads of controller mappings and deleted them again.

Tried out all the effects to end up using only two and invested a lot of time on the Mixing-in-Key topic. I love mixing in key. But when you first start doing it, it's very challenging to get it right.

After I had become successful I remember one day thinking:

"I wish I had all this knowledge, I have collected thorough trial and error, back when I started, in a compact, comprehensive video tutorial. Hey, why not make one now, to make it easier for people who are just starting out?”

And that's how this
Traktor DJ Course was born

All of the information is something I have “Battle-tested” at gigs and trust me when I say that these are the nuts and bolts of being a great Traktor DJ. If you know these basic things you’ll know 80% of what you will ever need to know. (And I have some great bonuses that will give you those last 20% for free! more on that later…)

In the Tutorial you’ll learn:

  • The fast and easy way to become a professional Traktor DJ
  • Everything from A to Z regarding DJing with Traktor Pro
  • Exactly what mixing-in-key is and why you need to learn it to get ahead of your competition
  • How to save weeks and months of painful trial and error (imagine making mistakes at a live gig with people depending on you? Not fun…) by learning from my mistakes
  • The way to accelerate your learning curve so you can become a pro in a matter of weeks rather than years…
  • How to avoid the typical “newbie” mistakes that can mess up your night and ruin future gig opportunities

Best of all:

the course will make you confident in your abilities as a DJ because you KNOW that you can deliver. Leading to more fun and success in your career.

Sounds exciting?

Damn right it does!
I got started right away and 3 months later I had the final result which I am now publishing on my website for your benefit.

I divided the course into three parts to give it an overall structure and so that you could quickly and easily find whatever you need help with right now.

Now, let’s look into the course content.

The course is divided into 3 parts:

Part 1: "Getting Started"

Part 2: "Mixing Techniques"

Part 3: "Mixing In Key"

Here are the details:

Traktor Tutorial Part 1: Getting Started

In part 1 of the course I will explain all you need to know about setting up your gear: wiring, connectors, function of software / controller, finding, organizing and loading tracks.

1.1 What is Traktor?
1.2 What's in my DJ bag
1.3 Organising tracks on your computer
1.4 Software overview and preferences
1.5.1 Importing and loading a track
1.5.2 Setting hot cues
1.6 Organising tracks
1.7 Track sourcing

traktor tutorial part 1

Traktor Tutorial Part 2: Mixing Techniques

Part 2 is about understanding the tracks structure and mixing. How to select tracks, Headphones / CUE function, Where to mix, Beat matching, Using Effects and EQs.

2.1.1 FX and decks
2.1.2 Mixer
2.2 Find matching tracks
2.3.1.1 Beat matching intro
2.3.1.2 Beat matching exercise
2.3.2 Find the right mix point
2.3.3 Using EQ
2.3.4 Mixing example
2.4 Playlist arrangement with dummy tracks

traktor tutorial part 2

Traktor Tutorial Part 3: Mixing In Key

One of the huge advantages you have with Traktor is the option to Mix in Key. This part will make sure you make good use of it. We will find out how to identify the track key, mix in key and adjust track keys using the custom KeyMap included in the course for download.

Intro
3.1 Why mix in key
3.2 How to detect the track key
3.3.1 Which keys match?
3.3.2 Circle of fifths
3.4 Why key shifting 5 custom key map
3.6 Example

traktor tutorial part 3

All videos are in HD quality (can be viewed in full screen), recorded and edited professionally, with properly engineered sound, custom made info graphics and voice over. See for yourself:

Here are some sneak-previews:

But that's not all...

Remember how I told you about the last 20% that you could get for free?

Well, here they are.
After mastering this course you’ll want to look into all the other different aspects of being a pro DJ like listening to mixing examples, checking out DJ charts, downloading your music, browsing DJ magazines, getting support with road blocks you might have hit and how to market yourself.

No worries… I've got you covered.

The Members Area contains all these goodies:

Bonus #1: HighTechSoul Charts

Sharing some of my fav tracks with you that I’m sure you will love. Deep & funky House Stuff…

high tech soul charts

Bonus #2: Email Support

If you are stuck at any point in the course and need help - no problem. Just drop me an email and I'll help you out!

high tech soul charts

Bonus #3: Mixed in Key Mixes

Wanna hear what applied Mixing in Key sounds like? No Problem. I posted a few of my favorite mixes for you to check out!

high tech soul charts

Bonus #4: TDJC eBook

Some people like to watch videos, others like to read. If you belong to the latter species - fine. I created an eBook version of the Traktor Tutorial for you to download Free-of-charge.

high tech soul charts

Bonus #5: Web Links for DJs

There is a lot of great stuff out there on the Web. Download sites, Magazines, DJ ranking sites. And I'm sure you have discovered many of them by now. But you might also find a few gems in this list of mine.

high tech soul charts

Bonus #6: Custom KeyShift Map

Key Shifting is one major feature you need to utilize to make Mixing in Key work. I'll explain that in the videos. But Traktor Controllers don't support that - without this KeyMap, you'll have to change your Track Key using the mouse - which is very very inconvenient. This custom Key Map is nothing short of a game changer when it comes to mixing in key. Get the free download in the Members Area! (designed for S2)

high tech soul charts

Bonus #7: Facebook Group

Share your thoughts and get lifetime support in the dedicated Facebook group for TDJC members.

high tech soul charts

Here is what other TDJC Members have to say:

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I was truly blown away by Dano's skills on the decks whilst keeping the crowd moving

I first met DanoEF a few years ago via some mutual friends and was also invited to watch him spin at a local club. I was truly blown away by Dano's skills on the decks whilst keeping the crowd moving.
Dano really has a keen ear for music and a serious passion for the DJ industry as a whole. Dano is ready to help whether you're a novice or just someone who enjoys music. He's also running a truly informative website on DJ'ing with Traktor and over time I believe it will be a definitive guide to burgeoning users of Traktor Pro and other Traktor products.

Sudip Thiagi ,
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I found the course very useful

It was very good that you summarized the content of hundreds of pages of the manual to 30+ pages, emphasizing only what is important and what is actually going to be used in everyday work and practice. For three days, that I have been reading and watching the tutorials, I collected lots of useful information on:
- How to customize settings in Traktor
- How to organize tracks
- How to set hot cues in tracks
- Finding the right mix point
- How to mix in key and why shift keys for one semi-tone

There are also other very useful tips, but these were the ones the most beneficiary for me.
Also, free items (bonus) that you give are awesome :)

Dj Poborsky ,
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Dano’s course is awesome!

The content is well-organized and very clearly presented. Dano focuses on what’s important for getting you up and running quickly so that you can get to what’s most important — making music! TDJC saved me a ton of time and money. I’ve taken a lot of online music courses and I can’t think of another course that’s a better value. I highly recommend it!

Billy Bixx ,
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I was upset with myself for not discovering your course sooner

I am very thankful for all that you have done Dano. I first purchased my Traktor in September. Between September and October, I had purchased a DJ schooling through the Stafford brothers, Master DJ Course. Sure, I was able to learn and gain new understandings through their course, but I didn't really feel like I learned anything from them. The course was $150, and I sat there thinking to myself, how in the world can I start DJing. I didn't feel as if I learned enough to even begin mixing. I continued to search the internet to learn, and luckily discovered Traktor DJ Course at the beginning of November. I asked for a refund from the Stafford Brothers, and without hesitation, signed up for Dano's class. I am being completely honest here, I learned more in three days of your course, than I did with the Stafford brothers course. I was upset with myself for not discovering your course sooner. I could not have asked for a better teacher. Dano is so smooth and professional with his work. I am able to grasp each video that went along with the e-book. Your course has given me the confidence to begin recording mixes and apply what I was able to learn from the video, within days. My learning curve jumped through the roof. It is hard to find teachers for this subject, but you helped save my life with this. I will remember this course as my journey begins to unfold. I currently am a radio DJ, and will begin to be working for a DJing event company. Aside from those two situations, my goal is to be performing live mixes at venues. I can see this possible within the next year or so, and all thanks to you. I would hope to meet you someday in life, so I could learn even more from you. You truly are changing lives. You give such clear enough details and teaching, you can turn anyone into a DJ. That anyone happened to work out with me. I loved the quote that you used in the book, because it will stick to me with everything I apply in life; A smart man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from others. Dano, thank you for teaching us all of your years of practice and energy. You are very inspiring. I would love to be in a position as yours, and teach whoever out there who is willing to learn. Also, Dano is unbelievably professional. I had asked for a question on how to do something, and I kid you not, an hour later, he emailed me back with a full video tutorial. I couldn't believe it. It shows how much he cares about this, and wanting to see his students thrive. I can't thank you enough.

Adam Lerschen , Radio DJ

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