How I PLAY: Carl Cox MODEL 1 DJ Set-Up

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How I PLAY: Carl Cox MODEL 1 DJ Set-Up

As you know I’ve been doing this a very long time and still enjoying it even now more so than even when I started I think. And every time I get behind the equipment and I see the dancefloor, and I see the people, I’m at home. This is where I want to be, and where I need to be, where I feel most at peace. Well my setup always primarily started off with two turntables. So I perfected the art of DJing through playing vinyl, but my setup was always based on having an extra turntable. The program I’m using today is Traktor program, which I’ve been using for a long time. It does utilise four decks: one, two, three, four. So the outside players is what I can control overall, like turntables. The other two channels I have on the computer, they work internally with the computer. So as you can see, I don’t have a player for those, but these work internally with Traktor. So I’m able to kinda lock groove, kinds of make rhythms and sounds with those two running on the inside where I can kinda manipulate, cut, and still play as a DJ on the outside. Be able to go beyond DJing and go into kinda remixing and producing music live, while I’m playing. Having the MODEL 1 mixer, you are working and sculpting the sound on each channel. And that’s one thing why I kinda really enjoy playing on here, because there’s no boundaries to it, there’s no barrier. It’s interesting, if you’re able to enhance the record manipulating the sound through frequencies on this mixer, and then basically working this mixer like a musical instrument to make things sound a little bit more soulful. I always start one of my sets with the external players. People want to see something from me that’s tangible. So, if I am playing a track, for instance, they want to see that action they want to know that it’s live. If I do that, you hear that. So that for me, I’m able to do spin-backs, cuts. I’m able to loop and also kinda manipulate track marks so I can basically move the track left and right, back and forward to get to anywhere that I want to work on. And I’ve got two separate controllers which basically work with Traktor. I’m able to look at the actual controller without looking at the computer. I have to tell you, I’ve never ever planned a set, not once. So what I normally do, if I’m going to do a set, I’ve made a selection of a hundred records in the Traktor as a set, so it’s like a record box in some ways when I choose my set. And in that set something has to happen. If I can’t make a good set out of a hundred records for that night then I may as well basically work in a fish and chip shop [Laughs]. So first and foremost, I’m going to be producing my record on the far right of my mixer. Now once I’ve got that track running, I can basically change the deck inside the D2 and choose my next record. What I like to do is loop the inside player. So now that’s just running on a loop; I can manipulate that any way I like… and still have the outside track running. So at the moment I’ve the right hand side player playing. I can loop that, then come over to the left hand side… …and just mix it in. Then you can kind of filter that out, so you can hear the baseline coming in. I was a clubber before I was a DJ, so I know what it’s like to be on that dancefloor. So now I’m on the other side of the fence, what I’m able to transmit is exactly what I’d like to hear on the dancefloor. I almost get jealous, because I’d like to be on the dancefloor while I’m playing certain records or certain tracks, or creating certain moments. So this is basically, it’s called a T3 delay. Yeah, so when I punch it in it gives me like a second on the record. So if I just want one element, or one kind of delay: punch it. So already it’s already enhancing and remixing the track. With the looper, you find a specific area you want to loop on, and then work it. So… then you can basically fill that if you want to. Then I go on to the flux. Now the flux is a thing that really enables me to get really funky with the D2. So I hit flux… …and then I can ask where I want to manipulate the track whether it’s half-time beats, whether it’s quarter and basically just get funky with it… And then with the mixer I can still manipulate the sound. What’s so good about this mixer, at any one time you can really manipulate the frequency of sound, because it has the ability to find and search for any frequency. I’ve just got a half-beat going at the moment, and I can kinda manipulate that whole thing… …Almost into nothingness. I don’t know any other mixer that you have the ability to go this far, in a sense of its scope of its frequencies, and that’s what I really like about it. So, even though I’m able to do this with this mixer… …with the D2s as well… and really get funky with it… When I do play, it’s all to do with how I feel, and what I want to give to people. I’m not just playing a record, I’m actually creating and making moments for you to take away. From a technical point of view, we’ve come to a plateau of excellence. All that these things are is excellent. So now, it’s down to the person behind them to make this work. Having the D2s and having the MODEL 1 mixer gives you so much ability to be even more creative. I like to think that’s my setup; that’s what I’ll be using for the future. I’ve been using this for about a year, and with no desire to start introducing anything new, because it almost feels like the mixer and the way I’m playing it becomes like a musical instrument, not just a DJ or producer setup. The eyes are closed, all of a sudden you hear something momentous. You feel something coming out. It’s the spirit within that’s driving your creativity. It means that you’re playing with heart, spirit and soul.


Simon price · September 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Large cod and chips with curry sauce please Carl……
Yeah like that'll EVER happen. Big up bro…

Ravur Movie · September 16, 2019 at 10:09 pm


Joni Papillon · September 17, 2019 at 9:23 am

There can only be one king!! 🔊🔊

Costinel Bobonete · September 18, 2019 at 9:51 am

Song name please?

J79 C2136 · September 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm

How much for that complete set up Carl has excluding the speakers, anyone?

stopnotplayin · September 19, 2019 at 7:45 am

sorry shazamers

Blood/Gold/Life Theory · September 21, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Nothing To Do with House Music.

Todd Terry and Armand van Helden are My Hero's

Nadir Iskandarov · September 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Oh yes!

Handsome_Hero · September 22, 2019 at 1:03 am

Big black cox <3

David Y · September 23, 2019 at 2:38 am

Saw him in the early/mid 2000s in Montreal.. the man knows how to get the crowd going and his energy is awesome too! I'm glad he's still doing his thing!

Stephen Lozada · September 26, 2019 at 1:31 am

Where the fuck is the color!!! You would get more views.

Jesse Masters · September 26, 2019 at 2:23 am

The ABSOLUTE KING of true 4 deck mixing.

Bobby Zlatevski · September 30, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Track ID @ 4:48mins ?

Mick FullFrequency · October 1, 2019 at 5:35 am

He’s The Godfather but I can do everything that was just shown on a 400 dollar pioneer controller…. and what point is an analog mixer when the music is all coming off a laptop or digital source?

karl joseph · October 1, 2019 at 12:45 pm

One of the best.
Some of his albums= F.A.C.T
and ,"Recorded live",were landmarks of the EDM.

Piotr L. · October 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm


Roger Miller · October 8, 2019 at 9:16 pm


Dreux Donelan · October 10, 2019 at 12:16 am

Sir, aren't your D2's functionally decks 3 and 4 (thru traktor)?

StopDropandLOL · October 11, 2019 at 5:37 am

That’s a sweet Panerai he’s wearing

Jess A. · October 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

I've had the privilege and honor of being in Carl's parties and listened/danced to his sets since the early 90's here in NYC (Tunnel, Limelight, Roxy, Twilo). EVERY TIME I absolutely destroyed myself on the dance floor with his music! This man is an utter master of his craft!

Felix The Cat · October 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

@ PLAYdifferently Can you explain VDJ 2020 from a big shot as you are on the bussiness? since Mac OS iTunes XLM files going out whats the best platform on the market? 2019

breaksradio · October 14, 2019 at 6:06 am

excellent video, thank you

Yves Smolders · October 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

313 peeps have no respect

DavidFrost · October 14, 2019 at 8:21 pm

How i Care…..

Mind Locks · October 15, 2019 at 2:53 am

would love to mix with you brother

GFMRLL · October 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

All tracks plz

Aidan Falls · October 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Absolute charlatan like all the rest , no skill in this without actual vinyl records sorry

Borjigin SuRi · October 19, 2019 at 12:16 am

Expect to see Carl Cox b2b Richie Hawtin and both of them use model 1 and their specific gears to make the set magically and mysteriously and unpredictable. That would be the greatest moment of DJ history IMO.

Lisa Daisley · October 25, 2019 at 10:18 am

I've wanted to be a female DJ since 1997. It's something I will regret forever. I love music. All types of music. Music is the answer to EVERYTHING. LOVE YOU CARL COX

BF5 Hacks · October 25, 2019 at 4:26 pm

This is not just the best dj in the entire planet, he is an amazing person

LoveTech · October 26, 2019 at 3:55 am


Mac Attack1420 · October 29, 2019 at 4:04 am

Love the video, but does anyone know that first song he was playing?

Sir Shiitake · November 1, 2019 at 1:59 am

Please do a masterclass Carl, please.

Andrew Cole · November 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

funky arse the bomb for me

Andrew Cole · November 1, 2019 at 8:07 pm


Callum Brady · November 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Anybody knows the track at the start? 😄👍

Mark Todd · November 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm

I bought and still have his studio release on vinyl – I want you (forever) on Perfecto, great tune even now. the Guy is a Legend

Radek Šudoma · November 5, 2019 at 4:52 am

King of Electro ♫♥

dj wild · November 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Carl Coxl! Carl,
you can play a tambourine whit zero experience as far as i am concerened., and i would still pay some money to come listen to you 🙂 ! I grew up listening to his mixes… awesome Dj.

MickeyF_K_NMouse · November 7, 2019 at 4:01 am

Signs of a true DJ. A DJ makes art, he doesn't play music.

ORTIS_pt.2 · November 7, 2019 at 9:32 pm IT’s my mix

Svetoslav Kazan · November 9, 2019 at 8:22 am

Good example for doing what you like and enjoining life! Keep surprising us Carl we love you.

The Romano Mix · November 9, 2019 at 2:59 pm


Rich · November 10, 2019 at 2:57 am

you gotta love the big black cox !! he's a leg end !!! his Fantazia CD got me raving !!!! then F.A.C.T

Marco Diaz · November 10, 2019 at 11:53 pm

last track id? the vocals are lucky in vicky but i need to know that beat he's playing it over

officesound · November 11, 2019 at 12:03 am

Yes Traktor is a good program.and it quite easy to control with all those toys…not to mention sync.button.;)yes yes i know…I do not want to say he can't dj (thats obvious) .was there long before most of us.would be silly no to use some technology…I just wanted to say that if you want to start dj-ing it will be better to start from traditional vinyls.:)

Die Gurke · November 11, 2019 at 1:00 am

someone knownthe trackn at 7.40?

Jack Quinn · November 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm

Proper DJ ya dig

Maurizio Picone · November 12, 2019 at 9:36 pm

What track is at 4:47 ?

airgabor76 · November 14, 2019 at 12:19 am

There is point when no more idea left and all is left the name. after everything is a commercial illusion .

Saad · November 16, 2019 at 6:25 am

Carl cox is a monster

sites kris · November 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Can anyone tell me their opinion if Carl is saying the truth about this equipment, this seems like a Model 1 sponsored video, so how can it be subjective?

Billy London · November 17, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Carl Cox aka Don Robbies long lost brother

Andreia Rodrigues · November 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm

1996-2005 were carl cox best years in my opinion

EMar · November 19, 2019 at 5:10 am

Saw him on the ol one's n two's back in 2000 at dance valley amsterdam, think there were choppers flying over head at some point, or maybe I was hallucinating, great venue!

Rob Wightman · November 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Sorry Carl I prefer to loop on the Atlantic

Dr. Barry BassBox · November 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

He is not dj, he is a musician. You can call him legitly a performing artist. He is performing.

Besim Sherifi · November 20, 2019 at 1:28 pm

the track on the beginning anyone??

Doom Guy · November 20, 2019 at 9:36 pm

I miss his 90's rave era. What a DJ he is!

Murada · November 21, 2019 at 1:51 am

I thought dude would have a deep voice like Isaac Hayes. Instead he sounds like he's sipping on tea and crumpets.

Deven Das · November 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Probably the most grossly underrated DJ in History

Ady P · November 22, 2019 at 10:18 pm

if you don't know how to spell this man's name, it sounds a lot like this

Paweł Warowny · November 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

I would love to have setup like him but I know that I won't know what to do with it xD

kyle johnson · November 24, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Last track slaps

THE OPERATOR 101 · November 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Carl Coks is a BOSS in the Tecno and House Music Industry 🎶🎧🎵🎼🔊🎛️🎚️💽🏆

Yute Hube · November 29, 2019 at 5:40 am

The DJ's DJ. A God.

Santi · November 29, 2019 at 11:47 pm

Keep rockin it Coxy!

Dany AL · November 30, 2019 at 8:37 pm

This guy is Mythological belongs to a different kind of DJs.

My Names Kobe · December 5, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Ion know why people dont consider the decks an instrument. Pretentious fucks.

Danilo Verschoor · December 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Basically, you just got to get funky with it

BigUpVideo · December 7, 2019 at 6:31 am

Oh yes, oh yes ! ! !

Let Go · December 7, 2019 at 6:20 pm


Cicada 3301 · December 9, 2019 at 3:14 am

5:16 “With the looper you find a pacific area you want to loop on”! Carl really travels just to bring us a set! 🤣🤣🤣

Rich Muscle · December 9, 2019 at 3:23 am

What a legend! A real dj

Red 19 · December 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

ive been a dj since i first saw carl cox back in 1998. But after a few visits. many yrs later he did a 4 deck mix at metropolis concert club in perth. around the early 2000s. I believe it was at 'electric2'. with carl headlining and devilfish live. still have the flyer here sonewhere. anyway. it was when fatboy slim dropped star 69. I remember carl cox first mixed star 69 with a record i cant remember the name of. but I bought the exact track that week and was playing it heaps. it was older. I actually had found it while crate digging at my local second hand record shop at the time. Its on the y2k label(light blue cover) cos I remember I had just bought a few older records and it had heaps of y2k records in. but yeah I was watching him and remember hearing this wickid trippy vocal creapin in. they know what is what but they dont know what it is what. they destruct… what the fuck… and i remember thinking far out what a sick tunnne! but far out… his mixing was just soooo bang on perfect. lookin back today and after buying that same star 69 record (weeks later lol). i was pleasantly suprised when i saw it came with an acapella on the vinyl. so i think that has been my most mixed acapella since i have become a dj. and one that brings memories of carl cox back. ^,^ but ill never be able to replicate that moment when the crowd in my city first heard star 69 drop. or of course.. what i think could have just been. . the acapella version first. then the actual track. lol I know for a fact it couldnt habe been planned though. he just made it sound good though.

Evan Graham · December 11, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Where is my original birth certificate from dc general hospital. This is the only way I will be released with out it I can't prove my case.

KnightInShiningASMR · December 12, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Now i understand why the original tracks don't sound as good as when i hear them in Carl's sets.He has enhanced them.Why doesn't Carl remaster tracks for people as well as remixing them?

Gortona Gaming · December 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm

So much love in his doing! Respect!

J Downs · December 13, 2019 at 5:47 am

What are the speakers behind Carl?

BOALJIN · December 13, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Anyone know the last track?

Dan Lettuce · December 13, 2019 at 11:55 pm

No body hair. Big give away
4:33 now im on the otherside of the fence I can TRANSmit….

Oozz Kansas · December 16, 2019 at 1:51 pm

oh boi oh boi he is one my childhood heros 😀 many of my best nights i spend on live events from him! Thanks Mr Cox for giving us insight into your technique, much love from Germany

Dik Beats · December 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Legend. He always new to get that dirty funky bounce

0Imtheslime0 · December 17, 2019 at 5:11 pm

Hey guys.. remember when you had RECORDS.. and you had one chance and 4 bars to bring the record in.

hardg0re · December 19, 2019 at 1:05 am

GODLIKE. This dude CAN PLAY, man. I love his style. Feels like grooooooving all night.

hardg0re · December 19, 2019 at 1:09 am


kmolu · December 25, 2019 at 5:57 am

It looks like he played a set here, do you guys have a link???

donatas pasilis · December 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

What kind of speakers are there ? Subs 2×18 ?

BodziuM · December 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm

Legend !

Carlos Sotomayor · December 27, 2019 at 4:53 am

Get ableton that’s all

Dab Henjiman · December 30, 2019 at 12:02 am

What a really nice bloke

anything goes · December 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm

He makes it sound so difficult all you do us press snyc

kevin williams · December 30, 2019 at 4:12 pm

Nothing will beat when he was on 3 turntable

nick swisher · December 30, 2019 at 4:49 pm

REMIX CARL COX REMIX CARL COX hAVE YOU heard the sound of the 76,000 CARL COX fans

Waxon Junglist · December 31, 2019 at 3:28 am

i like how his shirt says "analog" xD

Shrapner's place · January 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

im already funky when video is black & white

Tuurio · January 3, 2020 at 5:59 am


Thomas Breeze · January 4, 2020 at 12:18 am

At 4:27 on timeline, what does he say? Sounds like he says “I was a cover before I became a DJ” but I don’t understand that. Anyone decipher his words there?

Jack Mercer · January 5, 2020 at 2:43 am

Pablo Hassan!

Jack Mercer · January 5, 2020 at 2:48 am


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