Beginner APC DJ setup - Ableton or Traktor?
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    Default Beginner APC DJ setup - Ableton or Traktor?

    Hey guys, I'm pretty new to DJing but I've been doing a whole lot of reading anything I can get my hands on, and I think I've got the basis of my setup going. Ideally I wanted to venture into production (and still do, that's why I bought the Live upgrade) but I'm more focused on Djing after watching some of Ean's videos among others! Digital is definitely the way to go, I've decided. I've already got a small but growing collection of tracks from when I discovered beatport 9 months ago.

    Altogether I have:
    Macbook 2.4 Ghz (plans to max out my RAM soon)
    Akai APC20
    Akai LPD8
    M-Audio Keysation 88E
    and a pair of KRK Rokit 6s.

    The KRKs are the newest addition, the APC and LPD8 I've been playing with for a couple months now.

    I'm also running a full version of Live 8 that's been serving it's purpose quite well but I was curious about using a more traditional DJ software. From what I've read Traktor Pro would be perfect using one of the custom mappings floating around here. A local guy on Craigslist is selling his copy of Traktor Pro and an Audio 2 DJ sound card for $100. It seems like an awesome deal and would kind of tie up my kit. I was also thinking of a dedicated mixer, any ideas? I've seen a lot of good things written about the BCF2000, but I dunno if it's necessary. I'm really interested in doing a lot of beat and cue point juggling, mixing up tracks on the fly.

    If I buy the copy of TP does he need to unregister it or anything?

    Thanks guys

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I'd say definitely go for that deal. In exactly 1 month they're releasing Traktor Pro 2 which has a reasonably cheap update price from TP1, and the A2DJ is a very good quality soundcard.

    There's not necessarily any need to go for a mixer just yet since you have the faders on your APC, but it certainly wouldn't do any harm since it's not exactly designed for straight up 2 or 4 deck traditional mixing. You'd have better control of EQs etc.

    Read the native instruments online support guide to handing over a licence, I don't think it's that difficult.
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    As someone who has an APC40, and has tried to use it for Traktor, here's my 2 cents:

    With your setup, stick to Ableton. With Traktor you really want the streamlined 2 deck symmetrical experience (I don't know how else to word it).

    But if you want something inexpensive to round out your setup, go with an X-Session Pro. Though these days, there are even better controllers out there that are pretty cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biosyn View Post
    As someone who has an APC40, and has tried to use it for Traktor, here's my 2 cents:

    With your setup, stick to Ableton. With Traktor you really want the streamlined 2 deck symmetrical experience (I don't know how else to word it).
    Good define !!
    Some body had to name it !!
    "2DSE" from now on, stands for: 2 deck symmetrical experience
    (sorry i had to remove "streamlined", to fit the 4 letter word category)

    Controller: Reloop Digital Jockey Master Edition
    Laptop: Acer Travelmate 4101 Wlmi (WinXP)
    Dj Software: Traktor Pro

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    make sure that the guy has unregistered his Traktor pro. seriously

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    Quote Originally Posted by biosyn View Post
    As someone who has an APC40, and has tried to use it for Traktor, here's my 2 cents:

    With your setup, stick to Ableton. With Traktor you really want the streamlined 2 deck symmetrical experience (I don't know how else to word it).

    But if you want something inexpensive to round out your setup, go with an X-Session Pro. Though these days, there are even better controllers out there that are pretty cheap.
    I love my apc40 with traktor. As much if not more than my vci.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falseads View Post
    I love my apc40 with traktor. As much if not more than my vci.
    How do you search/scratch tha track with the APC40?

    Controller: Reloop Digital Jockey Master Edition
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    Dj Software: Traktor Pro

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