Oct 18, 2018 Here’s the important thing to remember: Traktor Pro 3 is a paid upgrade. For current Traktor Pro 2 users, it is a $49 upgrade. For new buyers, it’s $99. If you get a Kontrol S4 MK3 or Kontrol S2 MK2, the software is included. Worth noting that with Traktor Pro 2, users got 8 years worth of free updates, including some big performance and feature additions. Optimising your PC for audio on Windows 10 Windows caters to many different types of users and applications. Here are some ways to improve your Windows.
Dec 02, 2011 ASIO4ALL and Traktor 3 / Cannot listen anything. I recently consulted you after my Traktor Pro 2 crashed, while I was trying to change the latency settings in my built-in Generic Low Latency ASIO soundcard. I followed your advice, and downloaded ASIO4ALL. Since I want to work with earphones, I plugged in my USB earphones, (it's. Native Instruments Traktor Pro r/ traktorpro. Relative and Absolute Pitch Fader settings. Hi, feel like im going mental atm, was sure the setting to change between relative and absolute on the pitch faders was in transport. I can't find it anywhere now, any help where to look would be appreciated.
I’ve just installed the new version of traktor, and I cannot go back to the previous version as both laptops were wiped clean.
When using my laptop speakers. Headphones. Audio 6 soundcard there is a crackle and pops on every song.
Not very loud but you can notice it and it’s very annoying.
This doesnt happen in iTunes Or ableton when playing a song through speakers , headphones etc
So I know it’s traktor.
Is there anyway of going back to previous version or does anyone have this problem and has found a solution?
I hope so as I will have to use traktor eh tonight. Hopefully I can get it fixed before Friday.
Increase buffer size in audio settings??
Re-install sound card drivers (if you remembered to install them in the first place ðŸ™‚ )
buffer size = latency in traktor settings ðŸ™‚
Also check that it isn’t set as the default windows playback device. If it is change that to the built in soundcard, then restart all running programs. This can cause sample rate issues as chrome/IE/firefox/iTunes run your soundcard at 44.1kHz but traktor will want to run at 48kHz or 96kHz – this can cause crackling.
^Ignore the arrow – Just pointing out the settings page. Make sure the latency is at least 512, then decrease until it starts crackling again. This will fins the lowest level it can be on your system (lower = less time delay through soundcard)
At the risk of sounding stupid……….
If you’re on a Windows laptop try switching off EVERYTHING that is not essential to Traktor.
ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
Wireless and Bluetooth
On board sound card
Also look at your background tasks and “end process” on anything unnecessary.
What OS are you running? Are you on an older version of Windows/OSX (You still havent said which – that could really help here as problems are different on different systems.) ???
Why can’t you change the latency when going through the laptop speakers?? I can. (I am on VDJ8 though so it’s a bit different….)
Is it just the laptop speakers that are crackling or does the Audio 6 crackle too?
I am still going with a driver and/or setting (most likely latency) problem.
Mat, I’ve had the exact same problem and it seems that a lot of users have had this issue with 2.7.3. I’ve found that if you zoom into the waveform at the points where the sound issues are, it can be seen that there are audio gaps and omissions repeatedly in the track. Therefore it is not a sound card issue, but in fact an issue with the software. When I’ve reverted back to using 2.6.8 there is no longer such issues with the audio. Therefore it seems to be an issue with 2.7.3. I’m waiting on a reply from the Native Instruments support team with regards to this problem but if it’s simply a glitch in the software hopefully it will be fixed soon with an update. This guy shows the problem, where it seems to be a bit more extreme in his case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up7cXUOYNok
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When I’ve taught friends to DJ, one of the things I try to get across early is the importance of matching the levels of the two tracks being mixed. A sudden big drop in the volume is a surefire way to lose energy on the dance floor – or even clear it if you’re really unlucky! The way Traktor handles metering and the labels on its volume controls can lure you into making a real mess of your levels.
When I first realised this on switching from CDJs and an analogue mixer to using Traktor and a sound card, it prompted me to take a deeper look into the best way to get the level right. Today I’m going to explain why turning the master volume down in Traktor is essential if you mix “in the box”, ie in internal mode – which if you use a DJ controller, is exactly what you do.
You may have already run into this problem. You’ve just dropped a dancefloor-filling track, but when you try to smoothly bring in the next tune, it’s too quiet. Faders and the main volume control are already all the way up, and there’s nowhere left to go. If you’ve got the master limiter disabled, turning the channel’s gain further just results in nasty distortion. If you do have Traktor’s master limiter switched on, you can crank the volume further, but at the expense of sound quality again.
The limiter is basically a compressor, which quietens down the loudest parts of the track, “filling out” the sound to give the impression of more volume. (You know you are hitting the limiter when the red lights on Traktor’s output meters come on.)
As most dance tracks released these days are already heavily compressed, adding further compression is not a good idea if you want your set to sound good (see the Loudness Wars video for more info on the effects of over-compression).
I’ll explain the whys and wherefores in a moment, but here’s the simple solution to the problem:
Tip: If you can, sound check before your set with a track that you know is quiet – make sure it sounds loud enough and that you aren’t clipping (driving into the red) the in-house equipment that you are hooked up to.
The key to understanding what’s going on here is to understand what the “0dB” setting means in Traktor. dB (short for “decibel”) is a relative measure of volume – it tells you the difference between two levels.
Many analogue mixers have “0dB” marked on the VU meter – this usually corresponds to 0dBV, which means it is measuring the difference between the current level and an output voltage of 1 volt. You can push the level above this and still get a nice clean output from most mixers – on the best ones, up to +20dB on the mixer’s output meter.
But in Traktor, 0dB means “maximum output”. If you are using a good DJ sound card (or controller with a decent one built-in), this could mean you are putting out up to a walloping +20dBV. Leaving the master gain set to 0dB in Traktor is like turning every control on your mixer right up to maximum at the start of your set. Not a good idea. So why would Native Instruments choose to mark the gain control like this? Well, it’s actually fairly common for digital equipment to designate 0dB as the maximum output. If you had auto gain turned off and were using Traktor in external mixer mode, sending each tune out to your sound card at maximum volume wouldn’t be such a bad thing, as most DJ mixers can handle a pretty hot signal coming in.
Why use -10dB?
Earlier I suggested -10dB as a good setting for your master. There are a couple of reasons why.
The first is simply experience; I’ve found this gives enough headroom to level match tracks without slamming into the limiter. If you play lots of older tracks you might find you need to use an even lower setting.
The second reason is related to the actual output voltage you are sending to the next thing in the audio chain. If you’ve every played on a big system with a sound engineer, you’ve probably been asked to “keep it out of the red” – ie to stick to a maximum of 0dB on the mixer. A clean 0dBV signal allows the guy running the system to crank it up to full volume without worrying about it being destroyed.
I use a Motu UltraLite sound card which has a maximum output around 17dBV, so in theory I should set my master output in Traktor to -17dB or lower in order to give a real output of 0dBV. If I was hooking my sound card up directly to a pro amplifier or a big sound system, that’s what I would do. In most cases though, digital DJs hook up their kit to one of the mixer inputs. DJ mixers are usually optimised these days for the relatively hot output level from a Pioneer CDJ (around 6dBV). Bringing the master level up in Traktor to -10dB with my set up gives a similar level on my mixer as I get with a CDJ.
The key thing to take away here is that 0dB in Traktor really means maximum output. Using a master setting of -10dB (or even much lower) will give you a fighting chance of keeping the levels kicking on the dancefloor without distorting.
• This was a guest post by Colin Brown, who is a DJ with over 10 years’ experience, and who is also system tech for the Babble Collective Soundsystem.
Do you have level problems when using Traktor to DJ out and about with? Have you battled with a sound engineer about how the settings should be? Let us know in the comments.