July 16, 2013
There are basically only two external FX units that are currently marketed at DJs. One of them is the obvious KP3, which has become a staple for live performers and producers around the world. If you want to get fancy and have more control, the Pioneer EFX series offers physical controllers that are meant to require as little input from a DJ’s hands as possible. Both of these are workable tools for live DJs, and both have other uses that can be found and had in a production setting. While these tools are meant to make a DJ’s life easier, they both require the use of your hands – which can hamper your DJing skills.
A foot based FX unit seems like an odd thing for a DJ to have, but they are actually quite useful once you get the hang of how they all work. Instead of needing to …
January 9, 2013
With Traktor more so than Serato, effects can be used but they can also be altered and customized to fit whatever need you may encounter. Regardless of how you map your effects, either through a physical mixer or through a software solution, you are bound to run into a few issues. One of them is performance. Anytime effects are used on a computer, it steals processing power from your computer. Beside video effects, audio effects take a decent amount of resources to create and can put a strain on your CPU if you’re trying to use too many functions within one computer program.
The other problem has to do with pre-fader and post-fader effects. Since you’re not routing music through an external device it’s difficult to run your effects independently from you other software; but there are some clever ways to get around it.
One way of using an effect …