Traktor Tips & Tricks: Hybrid DJ/Live Set With Allen & Heath Xone:96 & K2

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Berlin-based (but Miami-born) SpinnZinn is a pioneer of the hybrid DJ/live performance, playing highly textured techno sets based heavily around loops, layering and FX.

In today’s Traktor Tips & Tricks, he gives us a three-minute snippet of how he plays, and then breaks it down in detail for us afterwards, including how he also incorporates Ableton Live into his sets alongside Traktor – clever stuff, made a LOT easier by the gear he chooses to use.

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  • Honest question, but if the mixing is done in the computer, then why would you need a big expansive mixer like this? Couldn’t the same be done with a big USB midi controller with a lot of faders and knobs?

    FuZZbaLLbee June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • So an 96 makes me sound like Richie Hawtin, got it!

    Dennis Offline June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Does anyone know if the Xone 96 has its own internal midi clock? I couldn't find it mentioned in the docs. 🙁

    earnest gildon June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Good skills show and equipment performance

    Michael W June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Phil, any idea how the audio out of the Xone 96 was captured here? Looks like the the RCA cables from the record out are heading somewhere….

    André June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • so 2 years late but am here, is spinnzinn still using the same setup ? any upgrades or new ideas ?

    Jad Bouhadir June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • "im a big pioneer" and the other guys was like ohh noo

    GoKilLmaTe June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Hello Digital DJ tips , great clip and very good mapping .I have a question , can I use the mapping with only one K2 controller ?

    stanislav doychev June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • For anyone who is still looking for the Ableton Project-file / Traktor Mapping: I've just found it in the description box of another Xone96 Video of him.

    Tim Strauch June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • How does he apply traktor effects to each of the 4 channels here? I see that he can only assign them to the first two channels as the second 2 are the drum loops in ableton?

    André June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • This is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!

    svperuzer June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • What record is playing on vinyl

    SirArthur Asamoah June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • ah richie u ve shown the world so much

    Constantine Slik June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Great to have all traktor decks + send return + ableton instruments connected to the 96 with just one cable…but the problem is that the club standard mixer is still xone 92.. so if you want to do this at clubs u have to bring ur 96 which is not really cool

    B. Burger June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Hi,I’m come from Hong Kong! How can I setup xone px5 and k2 with traktor pro 3? Please

    Van Cheung June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • hello please provide midi channel number (1-16) and latching layers mode for the tsi mapping! 🙂 thanks in advance

    Sergiu Pascu June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Lease a loft next to a freeway interchange or some obscure corner if the city, unplug from the internet, put this mixer between your decks, cdj's, laptop, whatever, and immerse yourself in, well, yourself. And if you can't get anything out of the experience and you need to resort back to emulating star DJ's like Richie, emulate Richie from the 90's for fuck's sake. More button pushing and knob twiddling does not equate to more dj skill or better sound. We need "more substance, less flash." This mixer could take you to another level. Maybe it's time to replace the pmc37.

    Tony King June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • This is impressive, thank you for your advices! I have a question. As a DJ, I sometimes go for the classic, simple setup, (2 CDJs), and sometimes I prefer to build a custom set in Ableton, with pads, midi controllers, Xone k2s, to be creative. But right now I'm struggling to find a way to mix those 2 ways of djing! I try to find a way for my CDJs signal to be transformed into midi, and send that midi clock to Ableton. Without this feature, I can not begin a set with CDJs and then start a song on Ableton, because I cannot manually beatmatch Ableton to my CDJs! I can only begin my set on Ableton, and then switch to CDJs with a manual beatmatching on the CDJs, and at this moment, I can not really come back to Ableton because there's no clock from the CDJs to Ableton. So please, if someone knows a tool, a device, or a Mixer with this built-in feature to turn audio signal into midi and then send that to Ableton, I would like to hear you. Thank you!

    BradTheCat June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • What effect in ableton is he using to change the pitch/ and it sounds like a delay of the claps- hi hats etc ??? It's like the richie hawtin effect

    Paul Sweeney June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • I like how the mapping link is busted, and has been for a while. 👶

    Whoisthyne June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply

    AFRORICASON Afrorika June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Don't waist your money on one like I did!
    My Send A,B,C,D stopped working after hardly any use!
    I am extremely disappointed with this product I've been a happy Pioneer owner for the last 12 years, never had a single issue with their mixers Thought I'd try a different brand, what a big mistake. My Xone 96 broke down just after a month and a half use! I'm losing out over 3 weeks of pay as I use my mixer on weekends for DJing. Allen and Health service centres a joke. Not once have they contacted me or asked if I would like a replacement, I'm just still waiting on a part that never comes!
    I must state that I am very disappointed and a dissatisfied customer I shall not be buying any more of your products in the future for sure!

    MADhauz Productionz! June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • JAJAJA this guy has the well known, LO EQ cut addicted syndrome.

    Juani Lopez June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Wow. Can someone maybe please tell me how I can setup my Settings (audio channels and effects) in Ableton to sent the effects to channels 9/10 and 11/12 ?????

    I would love to learn how I set this up exactly how spinzinn did this ?

    I use Traktor on 4 decks on my xone 96. That already works now.
    But I also want maschine and Ableton running on two separate channels. And of course the effects (reverb and delay out of Ableton) connected so that I can use the sents on my 4 Traktor channels. HOW??????

    That Midlife Vlogger June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Really fucks up the drop through 0:45 <try to act cool> and explains how to do so at 11:15 
    "Gives the user a freedom of expressibility"

    parth myatra June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • 4:12 So true! Beatmatching is getting old. Great live work! The only question is can you use Maschine Studio software instead of Traktor?

    RedDepo June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Hey Alex, is that you're own midi mapping settings with ableton or with traktor?

    Ivan Velez June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • great review alex, i'm quite impressed with allen & heath with their dj mixers over the years. i'm an allen & heath user and happy with the mixer I purchased from a store. I own the xone s2 rotary mixer. Now i'm looking to purchase the xone 96 mixer. and start using the xone k2 more often. but if I do purchase the xone 96 it better come with that nice t-shirt like the one you're in this video.

    Ivan Velez June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Is there any chance to see a step-by-step tutorial that explains how to get the set-up up and running from scratch?

    elninodelsol1 June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Love the mixer! Ordered one to replace my 92. On a side note, you’re totally wrong by saying “you don’t care what music being played vs how it is played”. I could care less for all of your knobs twisting actions that produce nothing musical but a weird noises, that sit uncomfortably in the mix! Poor demonstration of the mixer imo. A great example of Andy Rigby back in the days showcasing the DB4. That was an awesome mix he put out, just with a few samples, mixing them the way it should be done. I’d rather hear 2 great records being mixed properly and enjoy that great sounding analogue 96, instead of watching you hit every possible knob on both 96 and K2s.

    Anton June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • No .tsi mapping file for Traktor? Its not in the zip folder

    Nick Perry June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • ive been trying to build a setup like this for quyite some time using a K1 and a Xone DX but ive failed miserably… for some reason i cant get all 4 decks to send audio from Traktor > Ableton > Master Out. seems like it is a limitation on the Xone DX's audio channels since the last deck sounds like a collage of the other channels.

    Sid Gallup June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • one problem its A&H I've gone through 5 DB4's build quality sucks lets see shall we!!!!

    Fifth Element June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Thats a really good set. I love my techno, wish i was that good. I love this mixer too.

    Noizy Dreams June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Any chance you can provide the mapping to work in Ableton 8? Many thanks, Max

    Maxwell Burgoyne June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • he talks about booring and he put the same loop for 3 min. 😛

    Tarot Marsella Esoterico June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Is there much latency using the send / return, say via ableton or maschine as an effects unit?

    Darren L June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • That was awesome ! Love effects big time lol ! Thanks for sharing it !

    Silkmaster4200 June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • Imitating Richie Hawtin !!! dont do it anymore !!! stop copy Richie !

    Darius Popa June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply
  • great video and nice performance!! all i wanted to know 🙂 i love that you just need one usb cable to run it all

    JoneTEK June 12, 2020 11:59 pm Reply

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