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Manual

Disclaimer

The information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a
commitment on the part of Native Instruments GmbH. The software described by this document is subject to a License Agreement and may not be copied to other media. No part of this
publication may be copied, reproduced or otherwise transmitted or recorded, for any purpose,
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Document authored by: Native Instruments GmbH
Software version: 2.1.1 (08/2011)
Special thanks to the Beta Test Team, who were invaluable not just in tracking down bugs, but
in making this a better product.

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Germany
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1

Welcome .................................................................................................................. 16
1.1

1.2
2

The TRAKTOR 2 Documentation .................................................................................................. 16
1.1.1
Where To Start? ......................................................................................................... 16
1.1.2
In This Manual ........................................................................................................... 17
System Requirements and Compatibility .................................................................................... 19

Upgrading from TRAKTOR (SCRATCH) PRO/DUO, TRAKTOR LE, and TRAKTOR Manufacturer Edition .............................................................................................................. 20
2.1
2.2
2.3

Backup ....................................................................................................................................... 20
Installation ................................................................................................................................. 20
Importing Your Data ................................................................................................................... 21
2.3.1
Importing Your MIDI and Hotkey Mappings ................................................................ 21
2.3.2
Importing Your Music ................................................................................................ 21

3

The Setup Wizard ...................................................................................................... 22

4

The User Interface ..................................................................................................... 28
4.1
4.2

5

The Big Picture ........................................................................................................................... 29
Main Elements ............................................................................................................................ 30
4.2.1
Application Menu Bar ................................................................................................ 31
4.2.2
Header ....................................................................................................................... 31
4.2.3
Global Section ........................................................................................................... 34
4.2.4
Decks ......................................................................................................................... 37
4.2.5
Mixer .......................................................................................................................... 41
4.2.6
Browser ..................................................................................................................... 42

The Browser .............................................................................................................. 45
5.1
5.2

The Track Collection ................................................................................................................... 45
Importing Music Folders ............................................................................................................. 46
5.2.1
Alternative Import Methods ....................................................................................... 48

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5.3

5.4

5.5

5.6

5.7

Tracks Managed by iTunes ......................................................................................................... 48
5.3.1
Playing Tracks Managed by iTunes ............................................................................ 48
5.3.2
Importing a Selection of Tracks from iTunes .............................................................. 49
5.3.3
Importing iTunes Playlists ......................................................................................... 49
Finding Tracks (Search) .............................................................................................................. 49
5.4.1
Filtering Playlists ....................................................................................................... 49
5.4.2
Refining a Search ...................................................................................................... 50
5.4.3
Searching for Similar Tracks ..................................................................................... 50
5.4.4
Search in Playlists ..................................................................................................... 50
Working with Collection & Playlists ............................................................................................ 51
5.5.1
Creating a Playlist ..................................................................................................... 51
5.5.2
Adding Tracks to Playlists ......................................................................................... 52
5.5.3
Showing Tracks in Collection ..................................................................................... 52
5.5.4
Deleting Tracks .......................................................................................................... 52
5.5.5
Sorting Playlists ........................................................................................................ 53
5.5.6
Organizing Playlists in Folders .................................................................................. 54
5.5.7
Track Collection Subfolders ....................................................................................... 54
5.5.8
Favorites .................................................................................................................... 54
5.5.9
Preparation Playlist ................................................................................................... 55
5.5.10 Exporting Playlists ..................................................................................................... 56
5.5.11 Importing Playlists .................................................................................................... 56
5.5.12 Printing Playlists ....................................................................................................... 57
5.5.13 More Playlist Functions .............................................................................................. 57
5.5.14 History Playlist ........................................................................................................... 58
Editing Track Meta Data ............................................................................................................. 58
5.6.1
Editing Track Properties via Inline Editing ................................................................. 59
5.6.2
Editing Track Properties via the Edit Dialog .............................................................. 59
Track Icons ................................................................................................................................. 60

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5.8
5.9

5.10

5.11

5.12
6

The Preview Player ...................................................................................................................... 61
Cover Art ..................................................................................................................................... 61
5.9.1
Show Cover Art .......................................................................................................... 62
5.9.2
Editing Cover Art ....................................................................................................... 62
Collection Maintenance .............................................................................................................. 63
5.10.1 Consistency Check ..................................................................................................... 63
5.10.2 Analysis ..................................................................................................................... 64
5.10.3 Data Directories ......................................................................................................... 65
5.10.4 Other Maintenance Functions .................................................................................... 66
Working with Audio CDs .............................................................................................................. 66
5.11.1 CD Text ...................................................................................................................... 66
5.11.2 Audio CDs and Favorites ............................................................................................ 67
5.11.3 Eject CD ..................................................................................................................... 67
Working with Digital Audio Players ............................................................................................. 67
5.12.1 iPod ........................................................................................................................... 68

The Decks ................................................................................................................. 69
6.1
6.2
6.3

6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7

Deck Flavors ............................................................................................................................... 69
Loading Tracks ........................................................................................................................... 74
The Deck Heading ....................................................................................................................... 75
6.3.1
Deck Focus ................................................................................................................ 75
6.3.2
Deck Flavor ................................................................................................................ 75
6.3.3
Playback Mode ........................................................................................................... 75
6.3.4
Deck Layout ............................................................................................................... 76
6.3.5
Deck Audio Drag and Drop ......................................................................................... 76
The Waveform Display and the Stripe View ................................................................................. 78
The Transport Controls ............................................................................................................... 80
Loop Controls .............................................................................................................................. 81
Tempo Controls ........................................................................................................................... 82

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6.8

7

The Internal Mixer & the Crossfader ........................................................................... 106
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
7.6

8

Channel Faders .......................................................................................................................... 106
Crossfader .................................................................................................................................. 106
Equalizer .................................................................................................................................... 107
7.3.1
Equalizer Types .......................................................................................................... 108
GAIN, Cue and PAN ..................................................................................................................... 109
FILTER, KEY and Effect Insert ..................................................................................................... 110
7.5.1
Headphone Controls .................................................................................................. 112
The Internal Mixer in External Mixer Mode ................................................................................... 113

Using TRAKTOR with an External Mixer ....................................................................... 114
8.1

8.2
8.3
9

6.7.1
Manual Tempo Controls ............................................................................................. 83
6.7.2
Phase Meter ............................................................................................................... 84
6.7.3
Beat Syncing ............................................................................................................. 84
The Advanced Panel ................................................................................................................... 86
6.8.1
BeatJump and Loop Move (MOVE Panel) .................................................................... 87
6.8.2
Cue Point and Loop Management Panel (CUE Panel) ................................................. 94
6.8.3
Cue Point Types ......................................................................................................... 96
6.8.4
Deleting a Stored Cue Point or Loop ........................................................................... 98
6.8.5
Hotcue Mapping ........................................................................................................ 99
6.8.6
Beatgrid Panel (GRID) ............................................................................................... 99

Requirements ............................................................................................................................. 114
8.1.1
The Mixer ................................................................................................................... 114
8.1.2
Audio Device .............................................................................................................. 114
Hardware Setup .......................................................................................................................... 115
Software Setup ........................................................................................................................... 115

Using the Header and Global Sections ........................................................................ 117
9.1
9.2

Header ........................................................................................................................................ 117
The Global Section ...................................................................................................................... 120

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9.3

9.2.1
Master Panel ............................................................................................................. 121
9.2.2
The Loop Recorder ..................................................................................................... 122
9.2.3
Master Clock Panel .................................................................................................... 123
9.2.4
MIDI Clock Send ......................................................................................................... 124
Effect Panels .............................................................................................................................. 125
9.3.1
Group Mode ............................................................................................................... 126
9.3.2
Single Mode ............................................................................................................... 128
9.3.3
Audio Recorder Panel ................................................................................................. 130
9.3.4
Broadcasting ............................................................................................................. 131

10 Mouse Control for Faders and Knobs .......................................................................... 132
10.1
10.2

Basic Controls ............................................................................................................................ 132
Advanced Control ....................................................................................................................... 133

11 Control via Keyboard & MIDI Hotkeys ......................................................................... 134
11.1
11.2

Keyboard Hotkeys ........................................................................................................................ 134
MIDI Hotkeys ............................................................................................................................... 135

12 Setting Up TRAKTOR Scratch ...................................................................................... 137
12.1

12.2

12.3
12.4
12.5

The Turntable Setup ................................................................................................................... 137
12.1.1 Making Connections for Turntables ........................................................................... 137
12.1.2 Test Drive TRAKTOR SCRATCH with Turntables .......................................................... 137
12.1.3 The Control Zones on Vinyl ......................................................................................... 138
CD Player Setup .......................................................................................................................... 139
12.2.1 Making connections ................................................................................................... 139
12.2.2 Test Drive TRAKTOR SCRATCH with CD Players .......................................................... 139
12.2.3 The Control Zones on CD ............................................................................................ 139
Mixed Setup ................................................................................................................................ 140
Calibration ................................................................................................................................. 140
Tracking Modes .......................................................................................................................... 141
12.5.1 Absolute Tracking Mode ............................................................................................. 141

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12.6
12.7

12.5.2 Relative Tracking Mode ............................................................................................. 142
12.5.3 Internal Mode ............................................................................................................ 142
Relevant Related Preferences ..................................................................................................... 142
TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO/DUO 2 Troubleshooting ........................................................................ 144
12.7.1 Calibration Troubleshooting ...................................................................................... 145
12.7.2 Audio Troubleshooting ............................................................................................... 148

13 Preferences .............................................................................................................. 149
13.1
................................................................................................................................................... 149
13.1.1 The Preferences Window ............................................................................................ 149
13.2 Audio Setup ................................................................................................................................ 151
13.2.1 Audio Device .............................................................................................................. 151
13.2.2 Phono / Line ............................................................................................................... 151
13.2.3 Routing ...................................................................................................................... 152
13.2.4 Built-in Soundcard (only Windows) ............................................................................ 152
13.2.5 Multi-Core ................................................................................................................. 152
13.3 Output Routing ........................................................................................................................... 152
13.3.1 Mixing Mode .............................................................................................................. 152
13.4 Input Routing ............................................................................................................................. 153
13.5 MIDI Clock .................................................................................................................................. 154
13.6 Timecode Setup .......................................................................................................................... 154
13.7 Loading ...................................................................................................................................... 155
13.8 Transport .................................................................................................................................... 157
13.9 Decks Layout .............................................................................................................................. 160
13.10 Decks .......................................................................................................................................... 161
13.11 Mixer ........................................................................................................................................... 162
13.12 Global Settings ........................................................................................................................... 164
13.13 Effects ........................................................................................................................................ 165
13.14 Mix Recorder ............................................................................................................................... 166

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