Replay: Check out the livestream episode from Powerbox.

What a great evening! We had a quick bite before we landed at muziekodroom in Hasselt.
Powerbox invited me to play a set at their studio, and I really couldn’t resist to go. For me these streams are a great way to express myself in a short period of time. If feels different everytime, and it definitely feels different then playing in front of a crowd. But.. I LOVE IT!!! Have fun watching and listening! Continue reading →

Featured in the new Poppunt Mag 66

The people from Poppunt and Fuzz wrote a short story about my mix submission I did for them. To be honost, this is the first time my name is in a magazine so I’m pretty honored for this.
Thank you all for making these things happen! See you soon on stage!

This mag contains a lot info about Peter Decuypere, founding father of the I LOVE TECHNO events in Belgium. They talk about his book “We love events” and what to do with it.
A great interview with Raving George gave me the guts to keep on doing what I’m trying to do.

Five techno orientated intro tracks

5introtracks1We all search new tracks every week or month, and sometimes that search can be a little bit dissapointing. Last week I had my jump into the jungle on beatport, and discovered a couple nice intro tracks, and peak hour techno tracks as well. Have a great time when you check out this collection. All selected with one idea in mind, techno.

 

Here we go!

 


Oli Furness delivers us a breakbeat orientated track, and I think the title Jungle Book was a great choice!


Big up to spires for this one. very energetic breaks and four to the floor beats. Calm inspiring start for a set with a twisted groove in it.


With it’s repetitive pattern from the synth this killer is easy to play with when you take over from another DJ or Live set. No big intros needed. Just a steady beat to get things going.


The same as the previous one… 🙂


Every played a techno set on a sunny field with a bit of air rushing trough your hair? Well I think this is a nice opener for such an occasion. Adapted to the sun.

Everybody comes up with their own opener tracks, and some are very interesting as we all want to catch the audience from the first beats.
Do you have other opening tracks you want to share with us? Comment below to help out other colleagues.

Materia Oscura #07 is launched today!

Materia-Oscura-07Have fun listening folks!
Here’s a recording I made at “I ♡ Scorcio.” Actually the first time I played on a newer model of the Behringer mixer family. In my opinion this was a 4 channel rubbish! 🙂

In fact I never seen such annoying kill switch buttons on the right of the EQ knobs. Bad illumination from the leds definitely made it much worse. But we had a HELL of a night! Energised by all you fistpumpers it made my birthday into a real amusing party. Thank you and thanks to Scorcio!

Feel free to listen & download. Play it loud!

× Tracklist included for all information!
× Enjoy and don’t forget to ♡ and share!

× Download: http://goo.gl/Is5fwq

Materia Oscura 7 @ I ♡ Scorcio 17-04-2015 – Underground Techno podcasts by Ben Solar / Techno, Tech-House on Mixcloud

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Geothermal EP – Remix Decks

Traktor Remix decks

I would like to share this remix deck with you.
This deck is made by all samples extracted from my tracks on the Geothermal EP.

Feel free to use these in any sets, but I still recommend techno. 🙂

Here's the "LINK" to the files

How to install and use:

Step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

To import these files all you have to do is right click on the Track collection bar at the top of your navigation in Traktor.

Step 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To load these files into a new remix deck you have to right click on the first file of the remix deck and select load in remix deck C or D.

Step 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you turn the sync on for the remix decks!

If you have any problems installing these files then please let me know by email or comment in the section below.

Syncing Traktor & Ableton: Simple mac version

I think everybody who clicked on the title knows what Ableton & Traktor is, what they can do, and what they are capable of.
Maybe many of you are using timecode cds or vinyl but it works with them as well.

The things you need are:

  • Traktor 2.6 (with midi clock send function)
  • Audio 6 or 8 for the timecode setup
  • Ableton Live 8 or 9
  • Jackpilot (Mac OS X only) – This is an internal audio routing application

 

Download Jack OSX (free download) by going to www.JackOSX.com.

Open Jack OSX and go to the preferences

 

 

 

 

In the next example I used the build in audio, but you can use whatever sound card you have.

To use the timecode you still need the Audio 6 or 8 from Native instruments.

 

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  • Set the Sample Rate to 44100 and Buffer Size to 512
  • Uncheck Hog Mode, Clock Drift Compensation and System Port Monitoring
  • Select the Maximum number of Input and Output channels that your soundcard will allow (Audio 8 DJ = 8 inputs / 8 outputs, Audio 10 DJ = 10 inputs / 10 outputs)
  • Select the Maximum number of Virtual Input and Virtual Output channels that your soundcard will allow (Audio 8 DJ = 8 inputs / 8 outputs, Audio 10 DJ = 10 inputs / 10 outputs)
  • Unselect Auto-Connect with physical ports and verbose logging for debug purposes
  • Click “Save”

Open Traktor

Configure your Audio setup in Traktor by going to the Traktor Preferences.

TRAKTOR-AUDIO-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAKTOR-OUTPUT-ROUTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have an extra out (if you’re using the Traktor Audio 10) you can use your extra output for the preview player, so you can prelisten to tracks before you load them into a deck.

Open Ableton Live

Configure Your Ableton Live Audio Setup by going to the Ableton Live Preferences.

ABLETON-AUDIO-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

Output settings

ABLETON-OUTPUT-CONFIG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live view

ABLETON-SESSION-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can use these record buttons to record the whole set.

I think it’s better when you only record the output of the mixed audio.

This session setup will route all audio back to the soundcard, into the club mixer.
You can choose a complete different setting yourself if you like. Working with one output will be easier to setup the hardware at the club.

Once you are happy with the layout you can save this new project and go on to the next step.

Configure the send and receive ports of Jack OSX

>> This part can be a little bit tricky so watch out where you click!

JACK-STUDIO-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go back to Jack OSX and click on “Routing”

For Each Input in Ableton Live you are going to SINGLE click on the input (ex. In1) and then DOUBLE click on the corresponding output in Traktor (ex out1). Follow these steps very carefully!

 

  • In the “Send Ports” section, click on the dropdown menu next to “Traktor”
  • In the “Receive Ports” section, click on the dropdown menu next to “Live”

 

Single click Live in1, Double Click Traktor out1

Single click Live in2, Double Click Traktor out2

Single click Live in3, Double Click Traktor out3

Single click Live in4, Double Click Traktor out4

Single click Live in5, Double Click Traktor out5

Single click Live in6, Double Click Traktor out6

Single click Live in7, Double Click Traktor out7

Single click Live in8, Double Click Traktor out8

Single click Live in9, Double Click Traktor out9

Single click Live in10, Double Click Traktor out10

Note: If you try this setup on your internal audio you should also check “system”.
Be sure that the traktor outputs are not set to the system audio.

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Once you are done with this studio setup you can save these settings when you click on “File -> Save”.

Test to see if we’re getting Audio from Traktor into Live.

Play a Track in all four Decks in Traktor, and then switch to your Ableton Live Screen. Make sure you are getting Stereo inputs into every channel of Ableton Live.

Over to the Sync part!

You can use this setup with or without sync but because i’m working with sounds and samples in Ableton I prefer the sync option.

The best way to sync Traktor & Ableton is explained in the following movie by Dubspot.

http://youtu.be/4xzldehIsCE?t=1m54s

Beatmatch the two metronomes.

Once you get the clockspeed of the 2 metronomes in sync you can start the magic.

Some artists that are currently using Traktor and Ableton together live are Dubfire, Pete Tong, Carl Craig, Chris Liebing, Davide Squillace, Richie Hawtin and Luciano.

You can always ask me questions about this subject, and maybe I’m uploading a video soon.

Feel inspired on what you do with this function. You can use this technique for many different things.

I promised you the links to all settings and projects so here we go!

One link download (The .jks file are the settings for Jackpilot.)

Source & images: http://blog.dubspot.com/