Out of curiosity, how do you set up the OT for DJing? If you don’t use the OT for DJing, maybe think about it with your OT knowledge - how would you set it up?
I found a setup that works well for me. As the OT is so flexible though, there might be a lot of space for additional creativity on the OT. I think the OT’s morphing power is really unique for a DJ setup.
My OT DJ setup:
- Filename preparations: bpm, key (small for minor keys), artist name, album abbreviation, index on the album, track name. Example: 128c#_Name_TA3_Track.wav for a 128 bpm track in C# minor of artist Name, third track on album Test Album. When setting up the OT filename display with “begin only”, you see the 128c# in the display, which is the most important info. The infos I just take from the infos displayed in Traktor (not always correct but a good starting point).
- Audio preparations: I currently do that in the tiny audio editor, which is much more efficient than it seems to be. Set bpm in the attributes, set the start point, set the end point such that the length in bars shown in the display equals 128, 192 or 256 bars. Afterwards slice the trimmed track into 16, 24 or 32 slices. Cutting off audio after 128, 192 or 256 bars is a limitation of my current approach. I’m still searching for a workaround.
- OT Track Setup: T1 - Deck 1 (HP/LP + DJ filter), T2 - Sampling/Remixing of T1, T3 - Deck 2 (HP/LP + DJ filter), T4 - Sampling/Remixing of T3, T5 - Deck 3 or Thru, T6 - Sampling of T5, T7 - Sampling of T8, T8 Master Track with a Filter and a Delay or Reverb. T7/T8 may be replaced with something else, but with two OT’s atm I have no need to save tracks.
- OT Scenes: the scenes blend between the inputs, e.g., Deck 1 only, Deck 1 lows and highs with Deck 2 mids, Deck 1 lows and mids with Deck 2 highs, etc pp. plus FX + LFO settings.
- OT Patterns: The patterns play segments of 16 bars of the decks, with different positions in the different wav’s. For instance, in a two-deck setup, the first pattern plays the 1st 16 bars of the wav in T1 but the 9th 16 bars of the wav in T3.
- OT Arranger: The arranger automatically cycles through patterns 1-16 and loops infinitely. Of course, you can easily skip forwards or backwards or leave the arranger in between. When just letting the OT play and changing nothing, the arranger plays the currently active wav from start to end and cycles the last 16 bars when reaching its “end” (as trimmed above).
- Timestretching: I use the internal timestretching for transitions from one bpm to the other and try to always play the tracks in focus in the correct bpm, because I respect the original bpm’s of the tracks. Alternatively, one could save different bpm versions of the tracks for instance prepared via Wavelab Pro, but I see no need for this additional overhead.
The main challenge lies in the preparation of audio files (start/end points, slices), especially with synth intros or unconventional lengths. Inside the OT, this setup works really well and is a lot of fun.
I’m very interested to hear what you think and how other OT DJ setups look like.
EDIT: changed the thread title from “OT DJ Setup” to “Standalone OT DJ Setup”, as I’m interested in approaches using one or two OT’s as sound engines, not just as mixers or FX units etc.