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USERS MANUAL

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, without prior written permission by Native Instruments GmbH, hereinafter referred to as Native Instruments. All product and company names are or trademarks of their respective owners. Manual written by Irmgard Bauer Document Version: 1.3 (08/2009) Product Version: 1.2 (08/2009) Special thanks to the Beta Test Team, who were invaluable not just in tracking down bugs, but in making this a better product.

GermanyNative Instruments GmbH Schlesische Str. 28 D-10997 Berlin Germany [email protected] www.native-instruments.de

USANative Instruments North America, Inc. 5631 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 USA [email protected] www.native-instruments.com

Native Instruments GmbH, 2009. All rights reserved.

Table Of Content1 2 3 Welcome ........................................................................................................................ 15 System Requirements ...................................................................................................... 16 Installation ..................................................................................................................... 17 3.1 Software Installation ............................................................................................. 17 3.1.1 Installing the Software on Windows (Vista and XP) ...............................17 3.1.2 Installing the Software on Mac OS X...................................................18 Audio Device Driver Installation ............................................................................. 18 3.2.1 Installing the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ Audio Device Driver on Windows (Vista and XP) ....................................................................18 3.2.2 Installing the Audio Device Driver on Mac OS X....................................19 Uninstalling of TRAKTOR .......................................................................................20 3.3.1 Uninstalling TRAKTOR on Windows (Vista and XP) .............................. 20 3.3.2 Uninstalling TRAKTOR on Mac OS X ................................................. 20 Starting the Software ............................................................................................21 Product Authorization............................................................................................21 The Setup Wizard..................................................................................................23 Setting Up TRAKTOR .............................................................................................24 4.4.1 TRAKTOR with an On-Board Sound Card ........................................... 24 4.4.2 TRAKTOR with External Audio Interface and Internal Mixer .................. 25 4.4.3 TRAKTOR with External Audio Interface and External Mixer ................. 27 Setting Up TRAKTOR SCRATCH...............................................................................29 4.5.1 TRAKTOR SCRATCH with Turntables ................................................. 29 4.5.2 TRAKTOR SCRATCH with CD players ................................................ 31 Test Drive TRAKTOR ..............................................................................................32

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3.3

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First Steps with TRAKTOR ................................................................................................21 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4

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The User Interface ..........................................................................................................34 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Overview ..............................................................................................................34 The Application Menu............................................................................................35 The Header Section ...............................................................................................36 Global Section ......................................................................................................38 5.4.1 The Master Panel............................................................................ 38 5.4.2 FX 1/FX 2/FX 3/FX 4 Panel.............................................................. 39 5.4.3 The Master Clock .............................................................................41 5.4.4 The Audio Recorder......................................................................... 42 The Decks ............................................................................................................43 5.5.1 Transport Controls ........................................................................... 45 5.5.2 Loop Controls ................................................................................. 46 5.5.3 The Advanced Panels ...................................................................... 47 The Mixer .............................................................................................................50 The Browser .........................................................................................................52 Loading Tracks......................................................................................................54 The Deck Heading .................................................................................................54 The Waveform Display and the Stripe View .............................................................55 6.3.1 Waveform Display ........................................................................... 55 6.3.2 Stripe View .................................................................................... 55 6.3.3 Deck Cache ................................................................................... 56 Input Modes ..........................................................................................................56 6.4.1 Internal Playback ............................................................................ 56 6.4.2 Audio Through ................................................................................ 56 6.4.3 Scratch Control .............................................................................. 57 The Transport Controls ..........................................................................................57 6.5.1 Play .............................................................................................. 57 6.5.2 Cue ............................................................................................... 57 6.5.3 Cup (Cue/Play)................................................................................ 58

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5.6 5.7 6 6.1 6.2 6.3

The Decks ......................................................................................................................54

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Loop Controls........................................................................................................58 6.6.1 Auto Looping .................................................................................. 58 6.6.2 Manual Looping .............................................................................. 58 Tempo Controls .....................................................................................................59 6.7.1 Manual Tempo Controls ................................................................... 59 6.7.2 Phase Meter................................................................................... 60 6.7.3 Beat Syncing .................................................................................. 60 The Advanced Panels ............................................................................................62 6.8.1 BeatJump and Loop Move Panel (Move Panel) .................................... 62 6.8.2 Cue Point and Loop Management Panel (Cue Panel) ............................ 64 6.8.3 Cue Point Types.............................................................................. 65 6.8.4 Hotcues and Hotcue Mapping ........................................................... 67 6.8.5 Beatgrid Panel (Grid Panel) .............................................................. 68 Importing Tracks and Playlists ............................................................................... 71 7.1.1 Compatible Music File Formats ......................................................... 71 7.1.2 Importing Music Folders .................................................................. 72 7.1.3 Playing Tracks managed by iTunes .................................................... 72 7.1.4 Importing a Selection of Tracks from iTunes ....................................... 73 7.1.5 Importing iTunes Playlists ................................................................ 73 7.1.6 Alternative Import Methods .............................................................. 73 Finding Tracks (Search) .........................................................................................74 7.2.1 Filtering Playlists............................................................................. 74 7.2.2 Refining a Search ........................................................................... 75 7.2.3 Searching for Similar Tracks ............................................................. 75 7.2.4 Search in Playlists .......................................................................... 75 Working with Collection & Playlists .......................................................................76 7.3.1 Creating a Playlist ........................................................................... 76 7.3.2 Adding Tracks to Playlists................................................................. 77 7.3.3 Showing Tracks in Collection ............................................................ 77

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The Browser ................................................................................................................... 71 7.1

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7.3.4 7.3.5 7.3.6 7.3.7 7.3.8 7.3.9 7.3.10 7.3.11 7.3.12 7.3.13 7.3.14 7.4

Deleting Tracks ............................................................................... 77 Sorting Playlists .............................................................................. 78 Organizing Playlists in Folders........................................................... 79 Collection Subfolders ....................................................................... 79 Favorites ........................................................................................ 79 Preparation Playlist ......................................................................... 80 Exporting Playlists .......................................................................... 80 Importing Playlists .......................................................................... 81 Printing Playlists ............................................................................. 82 More Playlist Functions .................................................................... 82 History Playlist ............................................................................... 83

Editing Track Meta Data ........................................................................................84 7.4.1 Editing Track Properties via Inline Editing ........................................... 84 7.4.2 Editing Track Properties via the Edit Dialog ........................................ 84 Track Icons ...........................................................................................................86 The Preview Player ...............................................................................................87 Cover Art ..............................................................................................................87 7.7.1 Show Cover Art............................................................................... 87 7.7.2 Editing Cover Art ............................................................................ 88 Collection Maintenance .........................................................................................88 7.8.1 Consistency Check .......................................................................... 89 7.8.2 Analysis ......................................................................................... 90 7.8.3 Data Location ................................................................................. 91 7.8.4 Other Maintenance Functions ........................................................... 92 Working with Audio CDs ........................................................................................92 7.9.1 CD Text ......................................................................................... 92 7.9.2 Audio CDs and Favorites .................................................................. 92 7.9.3 Eject CD ........................................................................................ 93 Working with MP3-Players ....................................................................................93 7.10.1 iPod .............................................................................................. 93

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The Internal Mixer & the Crossfader ................................................................................94 8.1 8.2 Channel Faders .....................................................................................................94 Crossfader ............................................................................................................94 8.2.1 Crossfader Assign Buttons ............................................................... 94 8.2.2 Manual Crossfade ........................................................................... 94 8.2.3 Automatic Crossfade ....................................................................... 95 Equalizer ..............................................................................................................95 8.3.1 Equalizer Types............................................................................... 95 Gain, Cue and Pan .................................................................................................96 8.4.1 Gain .............................................................................................. 96 8.4.2 Cue ............................................................................................... 96 8.4.3 Pan............................................................................................... 97 Filter, Key and Effect Insert....................................................................................97 8.5.1 Filter ............................................................................................. 97 8.5.2 Key ............................................................................................... 97 8.5.3 Effect Insert ................................................................................... 98 The Internal Mixer in External Mixer Mode .............................................................98 Requirements........................................................................................................99 9.1.1 The Mixer ...................................................................................... 99 9.1.2 Audio Device .................................................................................100 Hardware Setup .................................................................................................. 100 Software Setup ................................................................................................... 101

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8.5

8.6 9 9.1

Using TRAKTOR with an External Mixer ............................................................................99

9.2 9.3

10 Using the Global Section ............................................................................................... 103 10.1 Master Panel ...................................................................................................... 103 10.1.1 Master Volume Control....................................................................103 10.1.2 Headphone Controls .......................................................................103 10.1.3 Control Modes ...............................................................................104 10.1.4 Cruise Mode ..................................................................................105

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10.2 Master Clock Panel ............................................................................................. 106 10.2.1 Modes ..........................................................................................106 10.2.2 MIDI Clock Send............................................................................108 10.3 Effect Panels ...................................................................................................... 109 10.3.1 Chained Mode ...............................................................................109 10.3.2 Advanced Mode ............................................................................. 111 10.3.3 Send Effects ................................................................................. 112 10.3.4 General Notes ............................................................................... 112 10.4 Audio Recorder Panel .......................................................................................... 112 10.4.1 Recording your Mix ........................................................................ 113 10.4.2 Broadcasting ................................................................................. 113 11 Mouse Control for Faders and Knobs .............................................................................. 114 11.1 Basic Controls .................................................................................................... 114 11.2 Advanced Control ................................................................................................ 115 12 Control via Keyboard & MIDI Hotkeys ............................................................................. 116 12.1 Keyboard Hotkeys ............................................................................................... 116 12.2 MIDI Hotkeys ...................................................................................................... 117 13 Setting Up TRAKTOR Scratch ......................................................................................... 118 13.1 The Turntable Setup ............................................................................................ 118 13.1.1 Connecting Turntables with the Multicore Cables ................................ 118 13.1.2 Test Drive TRAKTOR SCRATCH with Turntables ................................. 118 13.1.3 The Control Zones on Vinyl .............................................................. 119 13.2 CD Player Setup .................................................................................................. 120 13.2.1 Connecting CD Players with the Multicore Cables ...............................120 13.2.2 Test Drive TRAKTOR SCRATCH with CD Players ................................120 13.2.3 The Control Zones on CD ................................................................121 13.3 Mixed Setup ....................................................................................................... 121 13.4 The Calibration ................................................................................................... 122 13.5 The Scope .......................................................................................................... 123

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13.6 Playback Tracking Modes .................................................................................... 124 13.6.1 Absolute Mode ..............................................................................124 13.6.2 Relative Mode ...............................................................................124 13.6.3 Internal Mode ................................................................................125 13.6.4 Emergency Mode ...........................................................................125 13.7 Further Information ............................................................................................. 126 14 Preferences .................................................................................................................. 127 14.1 Audio Setup ........................................................................................................ 127 14.2 Output Routing .................................................................................................... 128 14.3 Input Routing ...................................................................................................... 129 14.4 MIDI Clock .......................................................................................................... 129 14.5 Timecode Control Setup ...................................................................................... 130 14.6 Loading .............................................................................................................. 131 14.7 Transport ............................................................................................................ 132 14.8 Mixer..................................................................................................................134 14.9 Effects................................................................................................................ 135 14.10 Recording ........................................................................................................... 136 14.11 Broadcasting ...................................................................................................... 136 14.12 File Management................................................................................................. 137 14.13 Data Location ..................................................................................................... 138 14.14 Layout Manager .................................................................................................. 139 14.15 Deck Details .......................................................................................................140 14.16 Browser Details................................................................................................... 141 14.17 Global View Options ............................................................................................ 141 14.18 Controller Manager ............................................................................................. 142 15 Advanced Operation of TRAKTOR ...................................................................................145 15.1 Hotkey and MIDI Mapping ....................................................................................145 15.1.1 Keyboard Mapping .........................................................................145 15.1.2 MIDI Mapping ...............................................................................146

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15.1.3 15.1.4

Tips .............................................................................................153 Native HID Support ........................................................................160

15.2 TRAKTORProfiles ................................................................................................ 161 15.2.1 The TRAKTOR Root folder ..............................................................161 15.2.2 The Recordings folder .....................................................................162 15.2.3 Complete Backup...........................................................................162 15.2.4 Restoring TRAKTOR from a Backup .................................................163 15.2.5 Creating a portable version of TRAKTOR ...........................................164 15.2.6 Automatic Collection Backup (Security Backup) ................................165 15.2.7 Repairing a Corrupted Collection ......................................................165 15.3 Syncing via MIDI Clock ........................................................................................ 166 15.3.1 TRAKTOR as Tempo Source (MIDI Clock send) ..................................166 15.3.2 Syncing TRAKTOR to an external MIDI Clock Signal (External Sync) .....166 15.3.3 Syncing two versions of TRAKTOR ...................................................167 15.4 Broadcasting ...................................................................................................... 168 15.4.1 Streaming Protocol.........................................................................168 15.4.2 Configuring TRAKTOR ....................................................................168 15.4.3 Starting the Broadcast ....................................................................169 15.5 The Effects in Detail ............................................................................................ 169 15.5.1 Introduction ..................................................................................169 15.5.2 Common Parameters ......................................................................169 15.5.3 Gater............................................................................................170 15.5.4 Flanger ......................................................................................... 171 15.5.5 Phaser..........................................................................................172 15.5.6 Filter LFO .....................................................................................172 15.5.7 Filter:92 LFO .................................................................................174 15.5.8 Filter ............................................................................................174 15.5.9 Filter:92 .......................................................................................175 15.5.10 Flanger Flux ..................................................................................175 15.5.11 Phaser Flux ...................................................................................176

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15.5.12 15.5.13 15.5.14 15.5.15 15.5.16 15.5.17 15.5.18 15.5.19 15.5.20 15.5.21 15.5.22 15.5.23 15.5.24 15.5.25 15.5.26 15.5.27 15.5.28 15.5.29 15.5.30 15.5.31

Flanger Pulse ................................................................................176 Phaser Pulse .................................................................................178 Filter Pulse ...................................................................................178 Filter:92 Pulse ...............................................................................179 Delay ...........................................................................................179 Delay T3.......................................................................................181 Reverb .........................................................................................182 Reverb T3 .....................................................................................183 Iceverb .........................................................................................184 Transpose Stretch ..........................................................................184 Reverse Grain ................................................................................186 Ring Modulator ..............................................................................187 Digital LoFi ...................................................................................188 Mulholland Drive ............................................................................189 Beatmasher ..................................................................................190 Beatmasher 2 ...............................................................................191 Turntable FX .................................................................................192 BeatSlicer Buffer ...........................................................................193 Formant Filter ...............................................................................195 Peak Filter Cont .............................................................................196

15.6 Upgrading from TRAKTOR 3 & TRAKTOR SCRATCH ................................................ 197 15.6.1 Running TRAKTOR/TRAKTOR Scratch side by side with older versions ...197 15.6.2 Importing your Collection ................................................................197 15.6.3 Importing your Playlists...................................................................197 15.6.4 Importing your MIDI and Keyboard Mappings .....................................197 16 Whats new in TRAKTOR and TRAKTOR SCRATCH ? ......................................................... 198 16.1 User Interface ..................................................................................................... 198 16.1.1 Global Section and Advanced Panels ................................................198 16.1.2 Layout Manager .............................................................................199

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16.2 Cover Art ............................................................................................................200 16.2.1 Import of Standard Tags ................................................................ 200 16.2.2 JPG Import .................................................................................. 200 16.2.3 Crate Flick ................................................................................... 200 16.3 Effects................................................................................................................200 16.3.1 Effects Architecture .......................................................................201 16.3.2 Additional Filter per Channel ...........................................................201 16.3.3 Single & Group Control Mode ..........................................................201 16.3.4 Effect Pre-selection ....................................................................... 202 16.3.5 New Effects ................................................................................. 202 16.3.6 Pulse - Modulation ........................................................................ 202 16.3.7 In Comparison to TRAKTOR 3 ........................................................ 202 16.4 Browser ..............................................................................................................203 16.4.1 Current Playlist ............................................................................. 203 16.4.2 Collection, Tags and Playlists .......................................................... 204 16.4.3 Playlist Management ..................................................................... 205 16.4.4 Saving and Loading TRAKTOR Settings ........................................... 206 16.4.5 Changed Name and Path of Root Directory ....................................... 206 16.5 Transport ............................................................................................................208 16.5.1 Looping ....................................................................................... 208 16.5.2 Cue Point and Loop Management .................................................... 209 16.5.3 Synchronization .............................................................................210 16.6 Beatmatching...................................................................................................... 211 16.6.1 Automatic Beatgrids ....................................................................... 211 16.6.2 Permanent Sync ............................................................................212 16.7 Control ............................................................................................................... 213 16.7.1 MIDI Pages become MIDI Modifiers .................................................213 16.7.2 Range Controllers Direct Mode.........................................................213 16.7.3 CD Mode ......................................................................................214 16.7.4 JOG Control Type ...........................................................................214 16.7.5 Timecode Control and External Input ................................................214

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16.8 More Features..................................................................................................... 215 16.8.1 Resizable Browser Line Height .........................................................215 16.8.2 Setup Wizard ................................................................................215 16.9 Dropped TRAKTOR 3 Features .............................................................................. 215 16.9.1 Native Mix Recorder .......................................................................215 16.9.2 Integrated Beatport Shop ................................................................215 16.9.3 Browse Back Function ....................................................................216 16.9.4 Punch, Talk, Booth .........................................................................216 17 Troubleshooting ............................................................................................................ 217 17.1 TRAKTOR wont start ........................................................................................... 217 17.2 Tracks load but do not play .................................................................................. 218 17.3 TRAKTOR SCRATCH Troubleshooting .................................................................... 219 17.4 TRAKTOR crashes ...............................................................................................221 18 Getting Help .................................................................................................................222 18.1 Additional Documentation ....................................................................................222 18.2 Software Updates ...............................................................................................222 18.3 Support ..............................................................................................................222 19 Default Keyboard Mappings ...........................................................................................224 19.1 Performance Layout TRAKTOR .............................................................................224 19.2 Performance TRAKTOR SCRATCH (additions) ........................................................227 19.3 Preparation Layout TRAKTOR ...............................................................................227 20 Assignable MIDI Controls...............................................................................................232 20.1 General Controls .................................................................................................232 20.2 Browser Controls ................................................................................................240 20.3 Global Controls ...................................................................................................243 20.4 ModifierControls ................................................................................................243 20.5 Output Controls ...................................................................................................244

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1 WelcomeThank you for choosing TRAKTOR! As a legal owner of this software you are contributing to its maintenance and the creation of future updates. TRAKTOR and TRAKTOR SCRATCH introduce a new level of usability and creativity into software based DJing. This manual will show you how to use TRAKTOR and all of its features. We hope you enjoy using TRAKTOR and that it stimulates your creativity as a DJ. Sincerely, Your Native Instruments TRAKTOR Team

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2 System RequirementsFor system requirements and compatibility information with the latest operating system versions, please see our website at: www.native-instruments.com/traktor

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3 InstallationThis chapter provides a step-by-step explanation of how to install TRAKTOR and an audio device on your computer.

3.1 Software InstallationThis chapter covers the installation instructions for the TRAKTOR software on Windows XP / Windows Vista and Mac OS X.

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3.1.1 Installing the Software on Windows (Vista and XP)1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Insert the TRAKTOR DVD-ROM in your CD/DVD-Drive. Double-click My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows Vista) on your desktop. Double-click the TRAKTOR icon to open the content of the DVD. Double-click the installer file Traktor Setup.exe. A window initiating the installation process will open. The setup program will guide you through the rest of the installation procedure. Please follow the on-screen instructions. Note that at the beginning of the installation you will be asked whether you want to perform a complete or custom installation. If you are not sure about the custom installation options, choose Complete. If you are planning to use the AUDIO 4 DJ/AUDIO 8 DJ interface with TRAKTOR, make sure to choose Yes when you are asked if you want to install the driver.

If you choose a complete installation, the Audio 4 / 8 DJ drivers will be installed by default. You can choose whether to install the Audio 4 / 8 drivers during both complete and custom installations.

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Do not connect the AUDIO 4 / 8 to your computer until you are prompted to!

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3.1.2 Installing the Software on Mac OS X1. 2. 3. 4. Insert the TRAKTOR DVD-ROM in your CD/DVD-Drive. The TRAKTOR DVD icon will be displayed on the desktop. Double-click it to open the content of the DVD. Double-click the Traktor Installer icon. A window will open which begins the installation of TRAKTOR. The setup program will guide you through the installation procedure. Please follow the on-screen instructions.

3.2 Audio Device Driver InstallationBefore using your audio device with TRAKTOR, the audio device driver must be installed. This section explains how to install the driver for the Native Instruments AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ (If you are using a different audio interface, please refer to the corresponding documentation).

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You cannot install the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ on a USB 1.0 or 1.1 port a USB 2.0 port is required.

3.2.1 Installing the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ Audio Device Driver on Windows (Vista and XP)On Windows Vista Wait for the TRAKTOR software installer to finish. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Connect the AUDIO 4 DJ / AUDIO 8 DJ to any available USB port on your computer. Windows will identify the AUDIO 4 DJ / AUDIO 8 DJ and begin the installation process. Choose No if Windows asks you whether it should connect to the internet to search for a driver. If you see a window from Vistas User Account Control feature saying that Windows needs your permission to continue, please click Continue. A screen will appear during the installation with a message that the driver has not passed Windows Logo Testing; this does not indicate a problem, click on Continue Anyway to proceed with the installation. Note that as multiple driver components are installed, you will see the sequence of installer screens repeated twice; this is not an error just follow along and make the appropriate choices to finish the installation. TRAKTOR Manual 18

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Do not connect the AUDIO 4 / 8 to your computer until you are prompted to!

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On Windows XP Wait for the TRAKTOR software installer to finish. 1. 2. 3. 4. Connect the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ to any available USB port on your computer. Windows will identify the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ and begin the installation process. Choose No if Windows asks you whether it should connect to the internet to search for a driver. A screen will appear during the installation with a message that the driver has not passed Windows Logo Testing; this does not indicate a problem, click on Continue Anyway to proceed with the installation. Please note that as multiple driver components are installed, you will see the sequence of installer screens repeated twice; this is not an error, just follow along and make the appropriate choices to finish the installation.

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3.2.2 Installing the Audio Device Driver on Mac OS XWait for the TRAKTOR application installer to finish. 1. 2. Connect the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ to any available USB port on your computer. It should immediately be ready to use. No additional installation is required. Check whether the NI USB Audio Preference Pane is shown in your system preferences. If you open this, you will see your interface displayed in the panel.

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3.3 Uninstalling of TRAKTORThis chapter provides step-by-step instructions on how to uninstall the TRAKTOR software from your computer.

3.3.1 Uninstalling TRAKTOR on Windows (Vista and XP)On Windows Vista 1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features. 2. 3. Find Native Instruments Traktor in the list. Click Remove and follow the on-screen instructions.

On Windows XP 1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. 2. 3. Find Native Instruments Traktor in the list. Click Remove and follow the on-screen instructions.

3.3.2 Uninstalling TRAKTOR on Mac OS XTo uninstall TRAKTOR from your Macintosh, simply delete the following files and folders on your Mac (the ~ symbol refers to your user home directory): Macintosh HD/Applications/Traktor ~/Documents/Native Instruments/Traktor ~/Music/Traktor ~/Library/Preferences/com.native-instruments.Traktor Pro.plist ~/Library/Application Support/Native Instruments/Traktor

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4 First Steps with TRAKTORThis chapter will help you to get started with TRAKTOR, especially for first time users.

4.1 Starting the SoftwareOn Windows (Vista and XP): From the Windows Start menu select All Programs > Native Instruments > Traktor and then click the TRAKTOR program icon. On Mac OS X: Look in the folder Macintosh HD > Applications > Traktor and you will find the TRAKTOR program icon there. Double-click the icon to start the program.

4.2 Product AuthorizationBefore you can use TRAKTOR without any restrictions you need to register and activate the software with the Native Instruments Service Center. Until TRAKTOR is activated, the following screen will appear on program start-up:

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Choose Run Demo to run TRAKTOR in Demo mode. You can see whether you are in Demo mode from the Demo mode graphic in the TRAKTOR Header. or If you are using the demo version of TRAKTOR and wish to purchase the software online, you can click on Buy. Your Internet browser will open and automatically take you to the Native Instruments Online Shop on our website. or Choose ActivAte to begin the registration and activation process using the NI Service Center. TRAKTOR will shut down automatically before launching the Service Center. Follow the on-screen instructions to register and activate the software. If you need help with this, please consult the separate Setup Guide booklet included with your TRAKTOR package.

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4.3 The Setup WizardWhen you restart TRAKTOR after a successful activation or when you start TRAKTOR in Demo mode, the Setup Wizard will appear. The Setup Wizard offers useful options for TRAKTORs initial configuration. To set up TRAKTOR, select your audio and MIDI devices from the drop-down menus. The following is the basic procedure of selecting MIDI controllers and audio devices from the Setup Wizard: 1. 2. Select the manufacturer of your MIDI controller from the upper drop-down menu. Select one of the TRAKTOR Ready devices from the lower drop-down menu. The lower drop-down menu will change its content according to the selection you have made in the upper menu. Click StARt to load all necessary configuration files for the devices you have selected.

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To use TRAKTOR with a MIDI controller not listed, or to use it without any MIDI controllers at all, select the option No or Other Controller from the upper drop-down menu. The lower drop-down menu provides a set of basic configuration presets for different types of setups. The wizard offers different setup options for users of TRAKTOR (described in chapter 4.4 (Setting Up TRAKTOR) and users of TRAKTOR SCRATCH (described in section 4.5 (Setting Up TRAKTOR SCRATCH). When starting TRAKTOR Demo mode, the Setup Wizard will ask you to select your specific Audio/MIDI devices from the drop-down menus. Once TRAKTOR is registered and activated, the Setup Wizard will appear only once during the very first start of TRAKTOR. Once you have selected your initial setup, the wizard will not appear again. You can restart the Setup Wizard at any time via the Help tab of the Application Menu.

By default, TRAKTOR 1.2 will automatically activate all connected MIDI interfaces. Therefore you will not find a dedicated optionas in previous versions, to select or un-select connected MIDI devices.

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When choosing TRAKTOR Demo Mode, you will only have all TRAKTOR SCRATCH features available for 30 minutes. When configuring TRAKTOR with the Setup Wizard, all your previous settings will be overwritten.

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4.4 Setting Up TRAKTORWhen registering the software with a TRAKTOR serial number or when choosing the TRAKTOR Demo mode, the Setup Wizard offers several options as described more in detail below.

4.4.1 TRAKTOR with an On-Board Sound CardThis setup is meant mainly to get TRAKTOR up and running on your computer without any additional hardware. Be aware that with only an on-board sound card you will not be able to monitor (pre-listen) tracks while a track is playing. Hardware Setup

Make sure that the speakers of your computer are turned on and that the volume control of your operating system is turned up to a reasonable volume. Software Setup 1. In the Setup Wizard, select the option TRAKTOR PRO/DUO Built-In. 2. 3. 4. Confirm your choice by clicking the Apply button. In the Audio Device drop-down menu, select the on-board sound card of your computer. The best value for the Audio Latency depends on your soundcard, operating system, and CPU. For on-board audio hardware, start with a value between 20 and 30 ms and then try progressively lowering the latency later. The lower the latency value, the faster TRAKTOR will respond to your input. Slower computers require higher audio latency values. Close the Preferences by clicking on the cloSe button.

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4.4.2 TRAKTOR with External Audio Interface and Internal MixerIf you want to perform live with TRAKTOR, you will need an external audio interface with at least 2 stereo outputs. The second stereo output enables you to monitor (pre-listen) tracks on your headphones while the current track is playing on the speaker system via the primary stereo output.

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!TRAKTOR setup with external audio interface (AUDIO 8 DJ) , internal mixer, and active speakers.

Before starting TRAKTOR, make sure that the audio interface you want to use is correctly installed, and fully functional on your computer. Connect the audio interface to your computer. 1. 2. Connect your active speakers (or amplifier) to the primary outputs of the external audio interface (Out 1/2 on channel A in case you are using the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ). Connect your headphones to the headphone or secondary outputs of the external audio interface (Headphones in case you are using the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ).

Notice we have used active speakers in the example setup. Of course you can connect the external audio interface to an amplifier and passive speakers. Use the stereo amplifiers input channel, usually labeled Aux In or Line In.

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If your audio interface is using an ASIO driver, you need to change its latency settings in the ASIO drivers control panel. To open your soundcards ASIO control panel, click on the Settings button next to the Latency slider.

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Software Setup 1. In the Setup Wizard, select the option TRAKTOR Pro/Duo - Generic - Internal Mixer. 2. 3. 4. Confirm your choice by clicking on the Apply button. In the Audio Device drop-down menu, select the external audio interface. The best value for the Audio Latency depends on your soundcard, operating system, and CPU. For external soundcards, start with a value of 15 ms and then try progressively lowering the latency later. The lower the latency value, the faster TRAKTOR will respond to your input. Slower computers require higher audio latency values. Make sure that Internal Mixer mode is selected on the Output Routing preferences tab. If the Monitor outputs were not selected automatically, assign them to the secondary outputs of the external audio interface connected to the headphones. If the Master outputs were not selected automatically, assign them to the primary outputs of the external audio interface connected to the speakers of the amplifier system. Close the Preferences by clicking on the cloSe button.

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4.4.3 TRAKTOR with External Audio Interface and External MixerIf you want to use TRAKTOR with an external mixer, you will need an external audio interface that has at least 2 stereo outputs, such as the AUDIO 4 DJ. To mix the audio output of 4 decks using an external mixer, an audio interface with 4 stereo outputs such as the AUDIO 8 DJ is required. The output of each TRAKTOR deck is routed to a separate output of the external audio interface, each of them connected to another input channel of the mixer. The mixing and pre-listening is entirely done with the mixer. Hardware Setup

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TRAKTOR setup with external audio interface (AUDIO 8 DJ) , and external mixer.

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Before starting TRAKTOR, make sure that the audio interface you want to use is correctly installed and fully functional on your computer. 1. 2. 3. Connect the audio interface to your computer. Connect an RCA cable to the primary output channel of your external audio device (Out 1/2 on channel A in case you are using the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ). Connect the cables other end to your DJ mixers primary input channel. Do not use the Phono input! Use the Line (or CD) input instead. If there is only one input available, make sure it is in Line mode.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second mixer channel. Software Setup 1. In the Setup Wizard, select the option TRAKTOR with External Audio Interface and External Mixer. 2. 3. 4. Confirm your choice by clicking on the Apply button. In the Audio Device drop-down menu, select the external audio interface. The best value for the Audio Latency depends on your soundcard, operating system, and CPU. For built-in soundcards, start with a value of 15 ms and then try progressively lowering the latency later. The lower the latency value, the faster TRAKTOR will respond to your input. Slower computers require higher audio latency values. Make sure that External Mixer mode is selected on the Audio Routing preferences tab. Assign Out Channel A, B, C and D to all outputs of the external audio interface that are connected to the mixer. Close the Preferences by clicking on the cloSe button.

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4.5 Setting Up TRAKTOR SCRATCHWhen you register the software with a TRAKTOR SCRATCH serial number or when you choose the TRAKTOR SCRATCH Demo mode, the software starts with a default configuration suited for using TRAKTOR with Control records or CDs.

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4.5.1 TRAKTOR SCRATCH with TurntablesHardware Setup

TRAKTOR SCRATCH setup with AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ interface, external mixer and turntables

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Before starting TRAKTOR, make sure that the audio interface you want to use is correctly installed and fully functional on your computer. 1. 2. 3. 3. 4. 5. Connect the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ interface to your computer (via USB). Connect the Audio 8 DJ Output of the multicore cable to Out 1/2 on Channel A (CH. A) of the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ. Connect the Audio 8 DJ Input of the multicore cable to In 1/2 on Channel A (CH. A) of the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ. Connect Mixer TT/CD of the multicore cable to the Phono input of the corresponding channel on your DJ mixer. Connect Mixer Line In of the multicore cable to the Line (or CD) input of the corresponding channel on your DJ mixer. Connect Player TT/CD of the multicore cable to a turntable.

Repeat steps 2 to 6 for a second turntable on another channel of your DJ mixer. Software Setup 1. In the Setup Wizard, select the option TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO/DUO - A8/4DJ, according to the software and hardware that you own. 2. Confirm your choice by clicking on the Apply button. This will automatically set the selected audio device and its input and output routings.

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4.5.2 TRAKTOR SCRATCH with CD playersHardware Setup

TRAKTOR SCRATCH setup with AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ interface, external mixer and CD players

Before starting TRAKTOR, make sure that the audio interface you want to use is correctly installed and fully functional on your computer. 1. 2. 3. 4. Connect the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ interface to your computer (via USB). Connect the Audio 8 DJ Output of the multicore cable to Out 1/2 on Channel A (CH. A) of the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ. Connect the Audio 8 DJ Input of the multicore cable to In 1/2 on Channel A (CH. A) of the AUDIO 4 / 8 DJ. Connect Mixer TT/CD of the multicore cable to the Phono input of the corresponding channel on your DJ mixer. The Phono input has to be in Line/CD mode when using CD. If the Phono input does not have a Line mode, do not use the channel at all.

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Connect Mixer Line In of the multicore cable to the Line (or CD) input of the corresponding channel on your DJ mixer. Connect Player TT/CD of the multicore cable to a CD player.

Repeat steps 2 to 6 for a second CD player on another channel of your DJ mixer. Software Setup 1. In the Setup Wizard, select the option TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO/DUO - A8/4DJ, according to the software and hardware that you own. 2. Confirm your choice by clicking on the Apply button. This will automatically set the selected audio device and its input and output routings.

Continue with Chapter 4.6 (Test Drive TRAKTOR).

4.6 Test Drive TRAKTORThis section provides information about how to find out whether all TRAKTOR functions are running properly. For this we use the Demo Tracks that come with TRAKTOR. Start by loading tracks in Deck A and B and letting them play: 1. Click and hold a Demo Track in the Browser List and drag it into Deck A. The selected track will load in Deck A and the track Waveform will appear in the Waveform Display. Click and hold a second Demo Track in the Browser List and drag it into Deck B. Start the Decks by clicking plAy/pAuSe, or if you are using TRAKTOR SCRATCH start your Control record/CD. The waveform starts moving from right to left. If this does not happen, verify you have selected the correct audio interface and that the outputs to the audio interface channels are mapped correctly. If you are using TRAKTOR SCRATCH, check whether the Timecode panel (Scope) looks correct.

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Once the waveform is moving, you should be able to hear the music through your speakers. If not, verify that the Master Level Meter is showing activity. If not check the faders and knobs on the internal or external mixer. If the Master Level meter shows an output signal but there still is no audio from your speakers, check if the speaker system is correctly hooked up and turned on. Some audio interfaces have monitor LEDs that can further help in finding the reason for the lack of sound. Once you can hear the track, move the cRoSSfADeR left and right to blend from one track to the other. For pre-listening to the tracks when using the Internal Mixer on the screen, click the cue button in the Mixer Strip of the Deck. When using an external mixer cueing is done there. The two tracks will most likely have different tempos and you will need to sync their tempo and beat. You can observe current beat offset in the phASe meteR above the waveforms of both decks.

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10. Click the Sync button for automatic syncing or use the pitch fADeR (either on the software or the hardware deck) for manual syncing, just as you would with a real physical turntable or CD deck. If you encounter any problems, please read chapter 17.3 (TRAKTOR SCRATCH Troubleshooting).

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5 The User InterfaceThis chapter not only provides a preliminary run-through of TRAKTORs graphical user interface, but also contains information on some of the basic features of the application.

5.1 Overview1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Application menu Header Global section Decks Mixer Crossfader Browser

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5.2 The Application MenuThe Application Menu provides access to basic functions and information about the software. File (Windows Vista and Windows XP) Preferences: opens the TRAKTOR Preferences window. Audio Setup: opens the Soundcard sub-menu of the Preferences. MIDI Setup: opens the MIDI interfaces sub-menu of the Preferences. Exit: closes the program. If audio is playing from the Master output, you will have to confirm the warning prompt before closing the application. TRAKTOR (Mac OS X) About: opens an information window displaying the version number, license type, serial number and credits. Clicking anywhere on the window will close it. Preferences: opens the TRAKTOR Preferences window. View Layouts: lets you choose one of the available layouts. Fullscreen: switches to fullscreen mode. Help Launch Service Center: opens the NI Service Center (for software updates and product registrations). Open Manual: opens the TRAKTOR user manual. Downloads: opens the TRAKTOR Downloads page of the Native Instruments website. Visit TRAKTOR on the web: opens the TRAKTOR section of the Native Instruments website. Visit Beatport on the web: opens the Beatport website.

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About TRAKTOR: opens an information window displaying the version number, license type, serial number and credits. Clicking anywhere on the window will close it. Start Setup Wizard: starts TRAKTORs Setup Wizard. Note that starting the Setup Wizard will reset all your current TRAKTOR settings!

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5.3 The Header SectionThe Header section provides status information as well as icons which allow quick and easy access to TRAKTORs basic functions.

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TRAKTOR Logo: opens the About window. MIDI Indicator: displays any incoming MIDI-commands. The icon will flash upon receiving incoming data. Audio Indicator: displays the status of your sound card (blue: sound card is connected and working; red: no soundcard configured, no soundcard connected, or soundcard is not working properly). CPU Meter: indicates what percentage of the CPU is available for TRAKTORs internal audio engine. This does not reflect the overall CPU utilization of your computer! The higher the percentage, the more likely you may experience audio dropouts or artifacts especially at values above 80%. Clock: displays your system clock. Master Out: displays the master output level. The peak of the meter will turn red if signal clipping occurs or as the built-in Limiter compresses the signal (must be switched on in the Preferences). Battery Indicator: displays how much power your battery has left. This icon will highlight blue when using a power adapter, and red when running on battery power.

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Recording Indicator: displays the status of the TRAKTOR Audio Recorder. When the icon is red, TRAKTOR is recording. Layout Selector: gives direct access to Screen Layouts configured with the Layout Manager (see chapter 14.14 - Layout Manager and 16.1.2 - Layout Manager).

10 Maximize Browser Button: expands the browser window to fill the screen. 11 Preferences Button: opens the TRAKTOR Preferences menu (see chapter 14 (Preferences). 12 Info Button: toggles the Info Pane on/off 13 Full Screen Button: toggles fullscreen mode on and off. 14 NI Logo: opens the About window.

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5.4 Global SectionThe Global section offers five distinct panels. Each panel is described below in detail.

5.4.1 The Master Panel

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Main Volume: controls the overall output level. Mouse Mode selection: SnAp: snaps to the closest beat in the Waveform display. QuAnt: skips seamlessly between both Hotcues and/or Hotloops for real-time remixing. cD moDe: plays a short Stutter Loop while the Deck is paused. Simulates the cueing behavior of a traditional DJ-CD player.

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Headphones Mix: controls the headphone mix between the Master and the Monitor signal. Headphones Volume: controls Monitor Output level for your headphones. Global Audio Options: lfo ReSet: resets the LFO for all LFO-based effects. cRuiSe: activates the automatic playback of an entire playlist (Autoplay). tick: toggles an audible Clock Tick on and off to simulate a metronome. Engage the relevant channels cue button to hear the Beat Tick.

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5.4.2 FX 1/FX 2/FX 3/FX 4 PanelEach of the four Effect panels represents one of TRAKTORs effect slots. Chained mode allocates up to three serial FX inputs allowing for creative FX combinations. Advanced mode allows a single effect with more parameters for more in-depth control. Chained Mode

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Dry/Wet Control: controls the relative mix of the direct-to-processed signal. Effect Selector: opens the drop-down menu of the effects defined in the TRAKTOR Preferences. Effect Amount Knobs: each knob controls the corresponding effects depth. Snapshot: saves the current effect settings as a default. The settings for each of the selected effects are recalled individually. Effect On Buttons: switches the individual effects on and off.

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Advanced Mode

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Dry/Wet Control: controls the relative mix of the clean-to-processed signal. Effect Selector: opens the drop-down menu of the effects defined in the TRAKTOR Preferences. Effect Parameter Knobs: controls the different parameters of the selected effect. Snapshot: saves the current effect settings as a default. Effect On: switches the selected effect on and off. Effect Parameter Reset: resets all effect parameters to their default setting. Effect Buttons 1/2: Effect controls that vary depending on the selected effect.

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5.4.3 The Master Clock

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Deck Master Mode mAnuAl: manually assign tempo source to the Master Clock or to a Deck. Auto: automatically selects one of the Decks as tempo source. The Master Clock automatically syncs to the Master Deck.

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Clock Master Mode int: used for playing on 4 Decks with a stable tempo reference. ext: used on the tempo-slaved computer for syncing to the master.

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Tempo Area Tempo Display: displays the current tempo and offset relative to the Master Clock. TICK; toggles the Master Clock Tick, an audible metronome synced to the Master Clock, on and off. TAP; manually set the Master tempo by tapping in the tempo with this button Master Clock Pitch Bend: slows down () the Master tempo momentarily. Master Tempo Adjust: increases (+) and decreases (-) the Master tempo.

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5.4.4 The Audio Recorder

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Rec On/Off: starts and stops recording. Broadcasting On/Off: starts and stops broadcasting. Gain: controls the volume of the recorder input. Recorder Display: displays the length and file size of the recording. Rec Meter: displays the level of the recording signal. Cut: cuts the current recording and seamlessly starts a new recording file.

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5.5 The Decks

%1 2 3 Track Cover Icon: displays the cover art of the loaded track. Track-Info: displays information about the loaded track. You can customize displayed deck information in Preferences > Deck Details > Deck Heading. Sync-Controls Sync Button: syncs the playing track to the current tempo source (another Deck or the Master Clock). Master Button: defines this Deck as Clock Master for syncing. Phase Meter: shows the offset of the beats in the playing track to either the beats in the Master Deck or the Master Clock ticks. When the decks are in sync, the Phase Meter will be centered. Pitch Bend Buttons: temporarily slows down () the playing track. 4 Waveform: visually represents a portion of the playing track. The lighter color shade represents high frequencies while the darker color shade represents low frequencies. Use the + or - buttons to zoom in and out.

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Skip to Start: moves the play position to the beginning of the loaded track. Stripe: displays the complete waveform of the loaded track including Cue Points and Loops. Input Selector: selects the Input mode for the engaged Deck. Use to switch between Internal Playback, Scratch Control or External Input (Audio Through). Read more about Audio Through in chapter 6.4.2 (Audio Through). Pitch Fader: move the fader up or down to decrease or increase the tempo of the track currently playing. Key-Lock: activates or deactivates the Key Lock feature.

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10 Pitch Adjust: increases and decreases the tempo of the playing track incrementally. The sensitivity of the steps can be customized via right/ctrl-click. 11 Transport Controls: plAyBAck and current cue point control. See chapters 5.5.1 (Transport Controls) and 6.5 (The Transport Controls). 12 Loop Controls: sets automatic and manual Loops. See chapters 5.5.2 (Loop Controls) and 6.6 (Loop Controls). 13 Open/Close Single Panel: opens or closes the Single Control panels. Read more about the Single panels in chapters 5.5.3 (The Advanced Panels) and 6.8 (The Advanced Panels).

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5.5.1 Transport Controls

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Play/Pause: Starts or stops playback. Stopping does not set a Current Cue Point when playback is paused.

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5.5.2 Loop Controls

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Loop Size Control: Sets Auto Loops and changes loop size. The chosen loop size is highlighted yellow. Use the ARRow buttons on each end of the range to see higher or lower values. The ARRow buttons flash if the current length is not visible.

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Loop Out Button: Manually sets a Loop Out Point and activates the loop. Pressing out while a loop is active selects the Loop Out Move mode (see below). Pressing in and out while a loop is active selects the Loop Move mode to move the loop as a whole.

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5.5.3 The Advanced PanelsTo open the Advanced panels, click on the small downwards pointing arrow button below the Pitch Fader. There are three Advanced panels. Select them by clicking on the MOVE, cue, or GRiD buttons on the left side. Loop Move and BeatJump Panel (Move):

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Mode Selector: switches between BeatJump, Loop, Loop In and Loop Out mode. Amount Controls: selects the jump size in beats. The yellow arrow marks the chosen step size. Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the predefined move sizes. Click on a value to choose one. Move Buttons: moves the parameter defined in the mode selector forward or backward the amount of beats as defined in the Amount controls. Loop Button: This button selects a jump size for the movement that is based on the current loop size. With Loop mode selected, the loop will be moved backwards or forwards exactly one loop length. With Loop In or Loop Out mode selected, the loop will be resized by either doubling or halving the current loop length.

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Cue Point and Loop Management Panel (Cue):

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Next/Previous Cue Point: Use these to skip to the previous or next Stored Cue Point in the track. Cue Position Display: displays the position of the selected Cue/Loop In Point in mm:ss:ms. Cue Name Display: The display shows the name of the selected Cue/Loop In Point. Click inside the field to edit the name. Click on the downward-facing arrow to select another stored Cue/Loop In Point. Cue Type Selector: Click on the downward-facing arrow to select the type of Cue Point. Available types are described in chapter 6.8.3 (Cue Point Types). Delete: deletes the selected Cue/Loop In Point. Store: stores the Current Cue Point and maps it to the next free hotcue button. Up to 32 cue points or loops can be stored per track. Hotcue Buttons: These provide direct access to up to 8 Cue/Loop In Points per track. The background color reflects the chosen Cue Point Type. Map: This button enables Hotcue Mapping mode. When active, pressing a hotcue button maps the currently displayed Cue/ Loop In point to that button. This works for stored Cue/ Loop In Points only.

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Beatgrid Panel (Grid):

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Adjust Beatmarker Buttons: These buttons adjust the position of the Beatmarker. As a result the whole Beatgrid gets shifted left or right. Use this to move the Beatmarker to the desired starting point. expand beatgrid (lowers BPM)

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BPM Adjust Buttons: These buttons change the BPM of a track. As a result, the Beatgrid gets expanded or compressed. Use this to match the grid with the beats throughout the track. compress beatgrid (increases BPM)

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Lock Beatgrid: locks the Beatgrid (all buttons in the Grid panel are disabled). Tempo Display: shows the tempo of the loaded Track in BPM. Set: sets a new Beatmarker at the current position. Trashbin: deletes the selected BeatMarker. Auto: Click on this button to set a Beatmarker at the Current Cue Point. 2 / x2: Click on these buttons to halve/double the tempo. Reset: resets to analyzed tempo.

10 Tap: sets the tempo based on the speed at which the button is tapped. The tempo will be adjusted after the fourth tap.

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5.6 The Mixer

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Equalizer: Provides a 3-band-EQ (default) for adjusting the frequency content of the playing track. Clicking the small buttons next to the knobs kills the corresponding frequencies. For other EQ Types, go to Preferences > Mixer > EQ Selection.

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Filter: Provides control over the bipolar Channel Filter. Enable the filter by clicking the small button next to the knob. Center position (12 oclock) is neutral. Turn left for a low-pass filter and right for a high-pass filter.

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Effect Assign Buttons: Click on 1 or 2 to assign the corresponding deck to Effect Slot 1 or 2. Gain: adjusts the gain of a track. Adjust to match the track levels before mixing them with the faders. Cue Button: Pre-listen to a track over the internal TRAKTOR Mixer. If tick is activated, click the Cue button to make the beat-tick audible on that deck.

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Pan Button: controls the channel balance between the left and the right stereo channels. Automatic Crossfade Buttons: Clicking on these buttons automatically moves the Crossfader left or right. Click again to stop transition.

10 Incremental Crossfade Buttons: Each click on these buttons moves the Crossfader left or right. 11 Deck Assign Buttons: assigns the desired Decks to the Crossfader. The buttons for the assigned Deck(s) are lit. 12 Crossfader: Move the Crossfader to the left or right to perform transitions between the Decks.

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5.7 The Browser

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Preview Player: Click the pReview plAyeR icon in the Browser List to load a track into the Preview Player. Alternatively, you can also drag-and-drop a track directly into the Preview Player. Favorites: Favorites provide direct access to Playlists or folders. Drag- and-drop a folder or Playlist onto one of the Favorites slots to map them. Browser List: shows tracks depending on the source that is selected (folder, playlist, search results or tag-based). Click on the column headline to sort the list. Another click inverts the sorting. Right-/Ctrl-Click on the column headline to customize which columns are displayed or hidden. Drag-and-drop columns to the left or to the right to re-arrange their order.

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Browser Tree: Track Collection: contains all Tracks imported to your Collection. They are automatically sorted by Artist, Release, Label or Genre. Playlists: contains all your TRAKTOR Playlists. Explorer: Browse your hard drive for music tracks. This can be useful in finding tracks which have not been imported. Archive: Via the Archive browser sub-node in the Explorer node you can quickly access the folder containing all your History Playlists. Each History playlist is timestamped and contains the additional columns Start-Time, Duration, Deck for more information about when and how you have played the track. Audio Recordings: contains all recordings done with the TRAKTOR Audio Recorder. iTunes: provides direct access to your iTunes Library including all playlists. History: contains the History Playlist of your current session. It is stored automatically after every session. You can find History Playlists from former sessions in the ARchive sub-node of the Explorer node.

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Cover View: displays the cover artwork (if available) of the track currently selected within the Browser List. Status Bar/ Error Messages: displays track analysis progress, analyzing, error messages, and the overall status of TRAKTOR.

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6 The DecksThis section provides information on TRAKTORs Decks and how to use them.TRAKTOR provides up to 4 Decks. You can choose between 2 or 4-Deck mode in the Preferences. The Decks come with lots of features ranging from sophisticated to wayout there.

6.1 Loading TracksTo load a track into a Deck: 1. 2. or Drag-and-Drop a track from the Browser List into the desired Deck. or Right-/Ctrl-Click on the track and choose Load Track in Deck A/B/C/D. Select a track from the Browser List with the up/down arrow keys. Press Ctrl + Arrow Left/Right to load the selected track into Deck A or Deck B.

6.2 The Deck HeadingThe Deck Heading displays information about the loaded track. When using full-size Decks you will see three rows and three columns for your use. You can customize the displayed information in: Preferences > Deck Details > Deck Heading (When using Mini Decks, only the first row is shown).

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6.3 The Waveform Display and the Stripe ViewThe Waveform Display and the Stripe View are visual representations of a loaded track. The Waveform is instantly visible, however the Stripe is only displayed once the track has been analyzed. Once a track has been analyzed, the Stripe will be displayed instantly upon loading. Read more about the analyzing tracks in chapter 7.8.2 (Analysis).

6.3.1 Waveform DisplayThe Waveform Display gives a detailed overview of the loaded track and its transient information. You can zoom in and out by clicking the + and - buttons next to the waveform. Lighter colors represent high frequency content while darker colors represent low frequency content. The behavior of dragging the waveform with the mouse depends on the Mouse Control mode, which is chosen in Preferences > Transport. Read more about Mouse modes in chapter 11 (Mouse Control for Faders and Knobs).

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6.3.2 Stripe ViewThe Stripe View gives an overview of the whole track. It also displays the current playback position as well as all of the Cue Points and Loops. When the configured Track End Warning Time is reached, it flashes red (Preferences > Global View Options > Decks). When clicking inside the Stripe display, the behavior depends on Quant mode. This type of mode is chosen within the Master panel of the Global section. Read more about Mouse modes in chapter 11 (Mouse Control for Faders and Knobs)

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6.3.3 Deck CacheTRAKTOR uses an intelligent caching logic that allows seamless loops and jumps within the track. Its not important anymore to pre-cache the entire track, because: all Cue Points are cached and BeatJumps are executed with short crossfades. This means that only small cache sizes per deck are required.

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6.4 Input ModesTRAKTOR provides three different Input modes. Choose the right mode depending on your setup by clicking on the down pointing arrow below the Deck letter. You can choose the Input mode independently for every Deck.

6.4.1 Internal PlaybackUse this mode if you are playing with TRAKTORs internal decks. The transport controls change to cue /cup buttons. Read more about the transport controls in chapter 5.5.1 (Transport Controls) and 6.5 (The Transport Controls).

6.4.2 Audio ThroughUse this mode if you want to add an external device, e.g. a CD player, a microphone, a guitar or another line-level device. If a track is loaded into the Deck, it will be unloaded and the Deck will be grayed out. You will not be able to use the transport controls, loops or the advanced panels. However, the Filter, FX, panning and EQ knobs are available to tweak the sound of your external device.

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6.4.3 Scratch ControlUse this mode if you are using TRAKTOR SCRATCH. The transport controls change to RelAtive /ABSolute buttons. Read more about Scratch Control and the Playback modes in chapters 13 (Setting Up TRAKTOR SCRATCH) and 13.6 (Playback Tracking Modes).

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Scratch Control not available in TRAKTOR LE.

6.5 The Transport ControlsThe Transport controls are the main buttons used for playing tracks with TRAKTORs Internal Playback mode.

6.5.1 Play Click plAy/pAuSe to start and stop playback.

6.5.2 Cue This button has multiple functions depending on the playback state of the track. On a paused deck, clicking cue sets a new Current Cue Point at the current play position. In Snap mode this Cue Point will snap to the beat nearest the play position. When the track is paused and cued up to the Current Cue Point, click and hold the cue button to pre-listen to the Cue placement. Release cue to return to the Current Cue Point. Clicking cue during playback jumps the current play position back to the previously set Current Cue Point and stops playback.

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6.5.3 Cup (Cue/Play)The cup button behaves similarly to cue, but stops playback as long as it is held down. On a paused Deck, clicking cup sets a Current Cue Point and starts playback when upon releasing the button. Clicking cup during playback jumps the current play position back to the current Cue Point and pauses playback. Release the button to resume playback.

6.6 Loop ControlsThe main Loop controls offer the functions required for the creative use of loops in your mix.

6.6.1 Auto Looping Click on a number in the loop Size control to set a loop. The numbers represent the loop length in beats. Upon choosing a loop size, the relevant button and the loop Active button will both highlight in yellow. When inactive, the icons are gray. To stop looping, click on either the same loop length number or on the loop Active button. To change the size of an active loop on the fly, click on another length in the loop Size control. Click on the ARRow button on each end of the loop Size control to see higher or lower values. The ARRow buttons flash if the currently selected length is out of range.

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For more option for working with loops, like storing and editing loops, see chapter 16.5 (Transport).

6.6.2 Manual Looping Click on the loop in button to set the start point of the loop. Click on the loop out button to set the end point of the loop. Your track will begin to loop between these two points and the loop Active button will be highlighted. To stop looping, click on the highlighted Active button. TRAKTOR Manual 58

6.7 Tempo ControlsTRAKTOR provides a Pitch Fader with customizable range, a pair of pitch BenD buttons as well as a variety of automated sync functions. These features will give you more control over your mixes than ever before.

6.7.1 Manual Tempo ControlsPitch Fader Moving the Pitch Fader up or down will respectively slow down or speed up the tempo of the track. TRAKTORs pitch fADeR offers the same functionality as a Pitch Fader on any standard DJ turntable or pitchable CD player. To adjust the tempo in steps, use the + and -buttons. Alternatively, you can use the scroll wheel of your mouse to move the pitch fADeR up or down. The sensitivity of the + and - buttons, and the scroll wheel of your mouse, can be adjusted by right-/ ctrl-clicking on the + or - button and selecting one of the sensitivity options. Pitch Bend Buttons The pitch BenD buttons are used if two tracks are playing at the same tempo, but their phase is slightly shifted. This is similar to nudging a record to slow down or speed up as the tracks go slightly out of sync. Click the left arrow to slightly slow down the track and the right arrow to speed it up. Holding down either pitch BenD button will continue to speed up or slow down the track until the button is released.

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6.7.2 Phase MeterThe phASe meteR is a visual reference for syncing tracks. It shows you if a track is in or out of sync with the Master Deck or the Master Clock. If two tracks Phases are synced, the meter will stay in the middle. If one tracks Phase is shifted backward, a yellow stripe will appear left of the center marker. If a tracks Phase is shifted forward, a yellow stripe will appear right of the center marker. You can globally activate or deactivate the phASe meteR in: Preferences > Deck Details > Pitch Controls. You can manually shift the Phase by clicking within the phASe meteR and dragging towards the center marker. This can also be accomplished with your mouses scroll wheel.

6.7.3 Beat SyncingAutomatic Beat Syncing is one of the central features of TRAKTOR. All it takes is a single click. Sync Button The Sync button provides the fastest way to match beats. Click on Sync to automatically match the tempo and the phase of the playing track to: the Master Deck or the Master Clock, if no deck is selected as Master Deck.

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Automatic Beat syncing is designed primarily for TRAKTORs Internal Playback Mode.

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The Sync button can be left permanently on. However, sometimes a deck cannot be synced at the moment, then the Sync button will be appear half-lit. Following circumstances lead to half-lit Sync button: The selected Deck is concurrently the Master (Syncing to itself is not possible). The loop length is smaller than 1 beat (Phase syncing is not possible). The track you want to sync to has a tempo outside the user defined Pitch Fader range (Preferences > Transport > Pitch). As soon as these circumstances are resolved, because you choose another Deck as Master, increased the loop length above 1 beat, deactivated the loop, loaded a track with valid Beatgrid into the Deck, either increased the Pitch Faders range in the Preferences, or chose a track with a tempo closer to the other tracks tempo, the Sync button will be lit fully and Sync will work again. Master Deck The Master Deck gives the target tempo to which other decks can sync. 2 Master Deck modes are selectable from the Master Clock panel of the Global section. Read more about the Maste