Learn to DJ with Traktor


Authored by Mike Henderson


Course Code: OMPRD-208

Next semester
starts June 24

12 Weeks

Level 2

Level 2

3-Credit Tuition


Non-Credit Tuition


The definition of DJing has changed drastically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged alongside traditional turntables and CDJs, smashing the barrier to entry. With today’s technology, it seems like anyone can become a DJ. On the wave of this digital DJ revolution, Berklee Online has created the Learn to DJ with Traktor course. In this course, not only will you learn all of the creative possibilities of Traktor, but you will also learn the concepts and techniques of the modern DJ, using the Traktor Pro software from Native Instruments.

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In the early levels we will study Traktor’s intuitive interface and get up and running with playing and mixing songs. We’ll study the history of DJing and Traktor and also learn the fundamentals of DJing, including beatmatching, dropping on the one, and EQing. We’ll also cover Traktor features like Cue Points, Looping, Beatgridding, and the ever so controversial topic of Syncing.

Later in the class we’ll blast off and learn things like four-deck DJing, effects combinations, remix decks, stems, MIDI Mapping, Harmonic Mixing, BeatJumping, and even Ableton Link.

Throughout the course, you will record your work and build your portfolio of original DJ mixes, all while learning the nuts and bolts of Traktor. At the same time, you’ll develop a solid skill set and a unique style. You’ll receive both technical and musical guidance from your instructor and all styles of music are welcome and supported!

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Beatmatch
  • Phrase mix two or more songs
  • Use EQs and filters to blend songs more seamlessly and creatively
  • Perform gain staging
  • Understand the history of DJing
  • Navigate and customize the Traktor software
  • Remix songs live
  • Manage your computer’s CPU usage
  • Make custom MIDI Mappings
  • Set up and troubleshoot your DJ setup and audio configuration
  • Set up inputs and outputs
  • Organize and tag your music collection
  • Record audio
  • Work with Cue Points
  • Make, save, and edit Loops
  • Use BeatJump for advanced phrase mixing
  • Use Flux mode for advanced looping and cue point triggering
  • Use Traktor’s Freeze mode and Slicer
  • Use the Loop Recorder to capture loops and audio live
  • Beatgrid and Sync your songs
  • Create four-deck mixes
  • Mix harmonically using Mixed in Key and Traktor’s Key Detection
  • Perform with and create remix decks
  • Perform with and create Native Instruments Stems
  • Program DJ sets
  • Work a dance floor
  • Make custom effects chains and know Traktor’s effects in depth
  • Use Traktor’s step sequencer to add in your own drum patterns and samples
  • Synchronize Multiple Traktor setups
  • Promote yourself as an artist
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Lesson 1: Welcome to the World of Traktor

  • Traktor Pro Software Installation and Overview
  • Traktor Kontrol S4 Overview
  • Getting Music
  • Importing Your Music
  • Audio Quality
  • Working with iTunes
  • Analyzing and Organizing your Music
  • Traktor's Browser and Creating Playlists
  • Collection and File Management

Lesson 2: Let There Be Music

  • Hit the Decks
  • Get in the Mix
  • Why Is There No Sound?
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Searching and Customizing the Browser
  • The Theory of DJing
  • Playing Songs: Scratching, Scrubbing, and Cueing
  • Record Everything
  • Adjusting Levels
  • Exporting Playlists

Lesson 3: The Fundamentals: DJ 101

  • Dropping on the 1
  • Manual Beatmatching
  • Counting Beats, Bars, and Phrases
  • How to Listen to Songs
  • Using Your Headphones
  • Pushing and Pulling
  • Tempo Bending
  • Halfway Method
  • BPM Mixing
  • Blending and Fading

Lesson 4: The Fundamentals Part 2: DJ 202

  • Song Structure
  • Unlock the Magic with Phrase Mixing
  • Beat Counter
  • Cue Points: Your Traktor Roadmap
  • Working with Hotcues
  • Types of Cue Points
  • Snap and Quantize Mode
  • Drop Cuts and Spinbacks

Lesson 5: Cut the Midrange, Drop the Bass

  • EQ - Low/Bassline Swaps
  • EQ - Mids and Highs
  • History of the DJ Mixer
  • EQ - Kill Switches
  • EQing in the Mix
  • Filters All Day

Lesson 6: Beatgrids, Syncing, and Looping

  • Beatgrids: the Backbone of Traktor
  • Sync or Swim?
  • BeatJump and Deck Duplicating
  • Beat Juggling
  • Let’s Get Loopy!
  • Flux Mode, Baby!
  • Visual Mixing with the Phase Meter
  • Mastering the Master Clock

Lesson 7: Organize Your Music Life

  • Opener, Groover, Banger
  • Smart Playlists in iTunes
  • Making Custom Layouts
  • Organizing Your Music
  • Color Coding and Rating Your Tracks
  • Making Playlists with a Purpose
  • Cruise Mode: Traktor’s Auto Pilot

Lesson 8: Special FX

  • Introduction to Effects
  • Effects: Group FX
  • Effects: Single FX
  • Effects: Chained FX
  • Effects: Saving Snapshots
  • Jog Wheel FX and Filters
  • FX: LFO, Flux, Pulse, Macro, and Distortion
  • Send Effects

Lesson 9: Harmonic Mixing, Four-Deck DJing, and Remix Decks

  • Harmonic Mixing is Key
  • Mixed In Key and The Camelot Wheel
  • Harmonic Mixing in Traktor: Open Key
  • Key Lock and Key Knob
  • Key Compatibilities and Modulations
  • Four Decks or Go Home
  • F1 Controller Overview
  • Playing with the Remix Decks
  • Building Remix Sets

Lesson 10: Stems and More

  • Playing with Stems
  • Making Stems
  • Mastering Stems
  • Loop Recorder
  • Get Stepping with the Step Sequencer

Lesson 11: MIDI Monsters

  • Let’s Get Mapping
  • Keyboard Mappings
  • Controller Mappings
  • Controller Editor and Controller Manager
  • Let There Be Lights!
  • Macros for Breakfast
  • MIDI Modifiers
  • Creating Custom MIDI Mappings
  • Ableton Link: Syncing Traktor, Maschine, and Ableton Live
  • Syncing Two Traktor Systems

Lesson 12: Let’s Go PRO!

  • The Dance Floor and Set Building 
  • DJ Etiquette
  • How to Be an Opening DJ
  • Making a Demo and Self Promotion
  • How to Edit and Master a DJ Mix
  • Getting Gigs
  • Getting an Agent or Manager


Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge, and/or Skills
This course does not have any prerequisites, however students may benefit from taking Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1Ableton Live Fundamentals, and/or Remixing.


  • Recommended: Traktor Pro 2 Bible by Rainer G Haselier (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014)


  • Traktor Pro 2 or 3 (discount available after enrolling)
    • Note: Included with certain Traktor DJ controllers, such as the Kontrol S4.
  • Mixed In Key (provided for free during the course in the relevant lesson)


  • DJ controller that integrates with your version of Traktor Pro. Please note:
    • The Traktor Kontrol S4 (mk2 or mk3) is strongly recommended to fulfill this requirement, as it is used in demonstrations throughout the course. The S4 includes the required Traktor Pro software.
    • In addition to the S4, the Traktor Kontrol F1 is also recommended, as it is also used extensively in later lessons.
    • A discount on Traktor Kontrol hardware is available after enrolling in the course.
  • Over-ear studio headphones, such as Audio-Technica ATH-M20x, Philips SHP9500, or better

Student Deals
After enrolling, be sure to check out our Student Deals page for various offers on software, hardware, and more. Please contact support@online.berklee.edu with any questions.

General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection


Mike Henderson

Author & Instructor

Mike Henderson is known to many as ENDO, a DJ who has no problem holding down a 12-hour set. But he’s also the guy who created the most widely-used Maschine mapping for Traktor Pro. Currently the tour manager for Dubfire, he’s also acted as tour manager for Pete Tong, Deep Dish, Sasha, Felix Da Housecat, and many other top DJs. He's a certified Native Specialist for Native Instruments, the founder of the DJ booking app AGNT, and MIDI Monsters, where he sells his custom Traktor mappings.

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ENDO has unleashed his patented brand of harmonic mixing at events across the globe: Pacha, Marquee, and Cielo in New York, Sound in Los Angeles, Guvernment and Coda in Toronto, Stereo in Montreal, Spybar in Chicago, Heart in Miami, Sands in Ibiza, Club Vertigo in Costa Rica, as well as BPM Festival in Mexico and Electric Festival in Aruba. He has played alongside John Digweed, DJ Craze, Roc Raida, Victor Calderone, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, Chus & Ceballos, Eric Prydz, to name just a few.

He studied at Berklee College of Music as an Electronic Music Production and Music Synthesis major with drum set as his principal instrument. After this, ENDO created and hosted a radio show at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s college station, 88.1 WMBR FM called “Algorhythms.” Here, he broke new ground both musically and technologically with the latest DJ gear. For his final project at Berklee, ENDO put together an exhaustive DVD tutorial for Native Instruments’ Traktor and in the process, created a new harmonic mixing system for DJs working with vinyl. From here ENDO went on to work with Native Instruments as a DJ product specialist and artist trainer. He is also one of the few people who can say they taught Grandmaster Flash how to use Traktor. Read Less


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