Mulholland Drive and Digital LoFi Effects in Traktor
In this tutorial, we learn how to use Traktor’s Mulholland Drive and Digital LoFi Effects.
This tutorial covers how to use Mulholland Drive and Digital LoFi effects. When used in Single mode, as opposed to the Group mode which allows more effects to be loaded but simplifies the controls, these effects allow for very powerful control over overdriving the signal and degrading it with bit rate and sample rate reduction. We recently looked at using a comparable process using the DSP effects and filters within Maschine’s sampler in an earlier tutorial on maschineskills.com, but these effects in Traktor are appropriately much more intense and extreme than those in Maschine’s sampler.
Mulholland Drive is an extreme and very sensitive overdrive effect. It features two independent overdrive units, along with an unstable feedback parameter. Like many effects in Traktor like the Flanger Pulse and Filter:92 Pulse, which were covered in previous tutorials, this feedback portion of the effect works best with music with space between the transients, as the oscillations of the effect can build and be heard best during the moments of rest or silence in the music. However, the rest of the effect (with the feedback disengaged) works like a tradition (if extreme) drive effect.
Unlike the bit rate and sampl erate reduction in Maschine’s sampler, the Digital LoFi Effect in Traktor does come with a lot of room for subtlety especially in combination with Traktor’s Mulholland Drive effect. Fortunately, the dry/wet control allows us to mix as little or as much of the effected audio in as we would like. The Digital LoFi Effect can reduce the sample rate down from the system setting all the way to just 100 Hz, causing a lot of aliasing almost immediately, and the bit rate reduction can reduce the bit rate all the way down to just one bit.
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