It starts with some weird deep house and flows slowly to acid and techno vibes…
Here’s the playlist, as usual…
1 Worst Friends – Short Stopped (instrumental) Future Classic DJs Compilation Future Classic
2 Yuki Suzuki – Need Your Love (Lee Douglas Remix) Future Balearica Vol 2: A New Wave Of Chill (Unmixed Tracks)
3 Midnight Magic – Drop Me A Line (Mano Le Tough Remix) Drop Me A Line Permanent Vacation
4 Filipsson & Ulysses aka Filipsson & Ulysses – Escape From New York Escape From New York Internasjonal
5 Recondite – Haptic Plangent#002 Plangent Records
6 Ricardo Villalobos – Miami Thé Au Harem D’Archimède Perlon
7 Tale Of Us – Valiant Dark Son EP Visionquest
8 Pional – Where Eagles Dare Last House On The Left EP Permanent Vacation
9 Black Van – Moments Of Excellence Moments of Excellence Permanent Vacation
10 Tornado Wallace – Underground Sugar Caves (Original Mix) Underground Sugar Caves Delusions Of Grandeur
11 Bicep – You The Top 100 Tracks of 2012 Bleep
12 Daniel Avery – Taste (Special Request Remix) The Top 100 Tracks of 2012 Bleep
13 Tin Man – Remain Stream WastelandAcid Test
14 Tin Man – Nonneo Acid Test 01 EP Acid Test
15 Cassegrain – Sear Carnal Killekill
16 Loin Brothers – Garden of Vargulf (Acid Re-Rub) Garden Of Vargulf Future Classic
17 John Daly – Equinox Aurora International Records Recordings
18 Basic Soul Unit – Afternoon Sun Afternoon Sun EP New World Japan
19 Recondite – Jaded (Scuba Remix) On AcidAcid Test
A new mixtape made as a first try to mix analog and digital stuff. I made it with a vinyl TT to spin a few vinyls, a Xone DB2 as a mixer, a Xone K2 to control Traktor and a Kaossilator Pro to add a few sounds…
*Redshape* Dead Space Mix (Edit) |The Dance Paradox| [Delsin Records]
*Alex Smoke* Paracelsus |Lux| [Hum and Haw]
*Answer Code Request* The Host |The Host| [Marcel Dettmann Records]
*Battles* Toddler (Kangding Ray Remix) |Dross Glop 3| [Warp]
*Diamond Version* Sense of Urgency |EP 3| [Mute]
*Perc* Chromamoan (Original Mix) |Slim / Chromamoan| [Perc Traxx]
*Alex Bau* Noise A (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) |Best Of Sleaze Vol. 4| [Sleaze Records]
*Seismal D.* Narkos (Steve Parker Remix) |Narkos| [Sleaze Records]
*Hans Bouffmyhre, Lex Gorrie* Sibling Rivalry (Original Mix) |Best Of Sleaze Vol. 4| [Sleaze Records]
*Wax* A1 |No. 50005|
*Wraetlic* Rats (SCB Edit) |Wraetlic| [Convex Industries]
*DyL* Cryptic |Science and Thoughts EP| [Secrets of The Sun Recordings]
Here’s a very good Electronica/IDM EP I was told of by Najeem Saledzay, the Secrets of the Sun Label Manager.
And I must say he didn’t try to deceive me!
Thoughts and Science is a huge thing, made of four distinct tracks :
- Cryptic is a dark IDMish track, wich open the EP with some dark vibes and a nice duby flavour,
- Ianuarie continues the EP with a brighter atmosphere, and reminds me of some Tympanik Audio stuff as c.db.sn most atmospheric tracks.
- Lumi Paralele is a kind of a variation with Ianuarie : the track seems to be a bit in the same mound at start, but his distant glitchy beats give a kind of a darker atmosphere.
- But Zena’s Tear, is definitely my favorite track of this EP. Everything in this is at its right place : the lead, the breakbeated drums, the cords… Everything gives me the feeling I like to feel while listening a good IDM track. You never know oif this track is the OST for the birth or the end of the world.
I’ll publish a mapping guide in the coming weeks (months : It’ll be a huge one…).
This guide won’t be something that will learn you how to map basic controls in traktor pro and draw a mapping that mimic your djshapped midi controler. It will helps you, with a few meaningfull exemples, on the way to map your own mindblowing controllerist tools from traktor functions.
In this first post, I’ll clarify an important point :
Why (and when) do you need (or not) to do your own custom mapping ?
Reasons to not start :
You don’t master each function of the mapping provided by the manufacturer : Don’t try to tweak something you don’t master. Most of times, the provided mappings give you the essential functions you need to mix tracks properly. Start to master these ones before trying something different.
You want to map slightly the same thing the manufacturer mapping do : you’d better slightly modify this mapping. It will be easier than building a mapping from scratch.
Your dream mapping already exists somewhere and/or you haven’t tested existing custom mappings : you have to know that a lot of custom mappings can be found on those sites :
Traktor Bible : a lot of things, finished, unfinished, stable, bugged… It’s a bit messy, but as there’s a lot of things, you would perhaps find something wich suits you.
maps.djtechtools.com: I find this one really really interesting… There you’ll find most of times polished mapping (especially on high rated mappings) with unique features that’ll realy boosts your performance.
Good reasons to start :
You start to be bored by the possibility of the mapping provided by the manufacturer.
Your Midi controller doesn’t have a traktor mapping provided : especially for non “dj shaped” midicontroler or controller for advanced user (i.e. Xone K2, which is made to be customised to suit your workflow).
You want to do something really specific and define deeper your workflow.
You want to do thing you can’t do on TTs or CDJs : In my opinion, that’s for me the best reason to create a mapping. If you want to push up your level with only tracks spinning (no loops, no sampling, no fx), you’d better switch to a turntable or CDJ solution. If you want to do something “different”, Midi+Traktor is the key…
The intro is other… In the next episode, we’ll see the essential steps you have to follow before starting mapping your controller :