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Suggestions for Hot Cues

Discussion in 'Feature Suggestions' started by Almaz, May 10, 2020.

  1. Almaz

    Almaz NI Product Owner

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    Hello friends, I would like to suggest improvements for the hot cue section. I think that the potential of this feature is not fully realized and improving this section will open up new opportunities for DJs to be creative and flexible

    I have heard that Ni has not made support for color pads as in other similar programs, because this would confuse the existing cue color system
    I've been thinking about how to combine different hot сues modes and so that it doesn't create confusion,I have a few ideas
    We use the pad colors and captions as usual, as we do in rekordbox or Serato

    But other functions that can be assigned to a hot cues we can use white icons (white, so that they do not interfere with the colors of hot cues):

    An explanation of each Cue Mode is under the picture.

    A, B
    - Sample Cue - wave icon
    C - Hot loops - loop icon
    D - Usually hot cues and signed - empty button
    E, F - Skip mode- skip icon
    G, H - Fade in,Fade out - raise and lower icon

    HOT CUES.png

    Energy mode-this mode should be done on a separate pads tab,but displayed on the waveform of the track

    View attachment 92763 1. Pad Colors and captions.
    After using serato and pioneer, I went to traktor, but I honestly still suffer from not being able to assign a color to each pad. I usually assigned different parts of the track with a color meaning, for example, green pads were assigned to the places where I should start mixing, purple was a build-up, etc. That is, looking at the colors of the cues, I was understanding the entire structure of the track, which was very convenient.
    I can partially use orange cues at the end of tracks, but I can't call it good way. Please color is required.

    Ability to see each signature.
    Now we can only see the cue signatures if we click on it, and this is not usable.In Serato and rekordbox, this is made more clear and convenient. If we go further, I also suggest making it possible to prepare signatures for each point in advance.
    https://prnt.sc/se0tea rekordbox with color pads and signed

    2. The level of energy in the track
    The new mode that I would like to see is mark energy in the track in different places. This is similar to how it is made in Mixed and key. Where the energy level inside the track is automatically determined. I think the computer can't understand the groove or the degree of saturation of the sound pressure in the track and I would prefer to set it manually. I suggest making this a separate mode in hot cues, but showing this curve on the waveform in the deck, for example with a semi-transparent color, or if a semi-transparent color doesn't fit, we can make a thin line under the deck. Where the color will change, depending on the set energy.
    https://prnt.sc/sqjbe0 - example
    https://prnt.sc/se0n1w mixed in key
    https://prnt.sc/se0o73 traktor pro 3
    https://prnt.sc/se0u5l something similar is in the rekordbox, but only applies to the light mode

    3. Advanced SKIP function.
    Often, I put in the track two cues and mark where I want to skip some place. Now we can do this using beatjump or hot cues, but the hot cues and beatjump often do not operate cleanly, i.e. audible artifacts, especially in high dynamic music (trance, hard techno, etc.) or places that I want to jump too different in volume or sound and it doesn't sound good.
    I suggest making such a function for hot cues, when we can put two cues, assign it the SKIP IN, SKIP OUT function as well as the volume curve and traktor Pro 3 during the game, just skip this place. This will give possible for DJs not using the DAW to edit tracks. Something similar is called FLIP in Serato, but I did not like how it is implemented in Serato, it is better to make a prepared skipped using cues.
    https://prnt.sc/se0w3g

    4. To improve the function of fade in, fade out.
    This type of hot cues can be used for another useful function. To the amount of time the playlist was considered for this type of cues, that is, if every track I put fade in and fade out, the total time of the playlist Traktor considers these cues, not from the beginning or end of tracks, it will more clearly to prepare the mix and understand how much time has already been done, because now is the time into the playlist shows just the total entire time of tracks, not in the mixed condition, which has no practical use.

    5. Third mode for the hot cue. Sample Mode Cue
    This improvement seems to me to be useful for RnB / hip-hop DJs, but also for house DJs.
    Hot cues usually have two States:
    - When we click on a cue, it starts and then plays itself
    - Second mode - while we hold the cue, the track plays, as soon as we release it-it stops
    - I suggest the third mode-this is the sample mode. This is similar to the Capture function, but it will be much easier for DJs and faster in preparing tracks. For example, we manually select a fragment of a track, notes, voice, or something else, and save it as a loop, and this third mode plays the sample and stops. In this case, DJs will not need to prepare tracks in DAW, cutting out notes and samples and leaving 10-15 seconds of silence between them

    6. Removing the cues.
    Removing the cue is conveniently implemented in Serato and rekordbox with a cross on top, I think this is a more elegant solution than a separate button in the traktor, where all the buttons become crosses for removal. This looks like an extra element and an encumbrance.
    https://prnt.sc/se0y6s rekordbox
    https://prnt.sc/se0zqj serato

    For the Traktor DJ2, I suggest another option, use a long press to make the cues become crosses, it's like deleting apps in an iPhone
    https://prnt.sc/se1fpz

    7. Automatic hot cues placement.
    I don't remember which version of mixed in key introduced the automatic hot cues feature, which I think is a very cool solution that speeds up the process of preparing tracks. Because in most cases, DJs put cues in the same places (I guess), it would be nice to see this in a Traktor as well.
    https://prnt.sc/se0zlc


    Thank you friends for your time and attention, if you have any other thoughts, please write

    Let's make the Traktor even better!
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2020 at 2:33 PM
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  2. Almaz

    Almaz NI Product Owner

    Messages:
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    I've been thinking about how to combine different hot сues modes and so that it doesn't create confusion,I have a few ideas
    We use the pad colors and captions as usual, as we do in rekordbox or Serato

    But other functions that can be assigned to a hot cues we can use white icons (white, so that they do not interfere with the colors of hot cues):

    A, B
    - Sample Cue - wave icon
    C - Hot loops -
    loop icon
    D - Usually hot cues and signed - empty button
    E, F - Skip mode- skip icon
    G, H - Fade in,Fade out - raise and lower icon

    Energy mode-this mode should be done on a separate pads tab,but displayed on the waveform of the track
    Explanation of the function of each cue in the main post
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2020 at 2:33 PM