Beatgridding in Traktor
by Mike Henderson (aka DJ Endo)
Traktor Scratch Pro and Traktor Pro have proven to be the industry standard in DJ Software. Traktor can help your DJ workflow tremendously depending on how much work you put into preparing your tracks. Whether you are using Vinyl, CD’s, MIDI controllers, or even a mouse, Traktor has a very handy button called the “Sync” button.
The proper use of the Sync feature is commonly misunderstood in Traktor. A common complaint with Traktor is “I press the sync button, and everything goes off.” This problem occurs because Traktor needs to know where the downbeats are in your tracks, as well as the speed (BPM) of your tracks. This is where beatgrids come into play. Beatgrids are the backbone of Traktor.
A Beatgrid is a series of Gridlines set across your tracks that mark the downbeats of your track, and tell Traktor the BPM of the track.
They are like Warp markers in Ableton Live, except setting a beatgrid in Traktor is much easier. Once you set a beatgrid for your track, the BPM reading of your track will be accurate to the 1/1000th of a BPM, and if you are mixing it with another track that is beatgridded you can visually mix using Traktor’s Phase Meters.
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Below is my method of beatgridding in Traktor. Some artists I’ve trained such as Victor Calderone, Dubfire and Nic Fanciulli use this method religiously for every track they play.
I would do all of your beatgrids in your headphones since the music is directly in your ear. I would also recommend doing beatgrids at home or on the flight to your gig, and not live at the gig.Setting a Beatgrid in Traktor:
1) Make sure Traktor’s Auto Beatmarker function is turned on by going to Preferences / File Management / BPM Detection Range / and turning on the option “Set Beatgrid when detecting BPM Range”. With this option enabled, Traktor will automatically set a beat marker in your track where it thinks the first downbeat is located. You also might want to change the BPM detection range to the Tempo (BPM) range that you usually DJ at.
2) Next you want Traktor to analyze your new tracks when you load them into a Deck. You will turn on this option by going to the Traktor Preferences / File Management and turning on the option to “Analyze New Tracks when loading into Deck”. So, when you load a track into a Deck in Traktor for the first time, Traktor will Analyze the gain, transients, and BPM – and with the Auto Grid function turned on, it will place a beatmarker where it thinks the first downbeat is in the track.
3) To make sure you can hear Traktor’s Metronome over the track that you’re beatgridding, set Output routing to “EXTERNAL” mode by going to the Traktor Preferences / Output routing and changing the output routing to “External”. Also make sure you have an output set for Deck A. Download hive vst crack. For example, if you were using your built in output (Mac’s built in speakers or headphone output), I would set the output for Deck A to Output 1 and 2.
4) In the Traktor Preferences set the Mouse Control to “SNAP” mode by going to Preferences / Transport, and changing the Mouse Control Mode to “SNAP”. This will make it so you can click directly on the transients (kicks, snares etc) inside the track with your mouse. Also Make sure the option to Highlight Beatmarkers is turned on in Preferences / Global View Options
5) The next thing you will want to do is turn the “Cue” button on for Deck A on Traktor’s Mixer, and also turn the tick button on in the Master Panel. This will make it so you can hear a metronome over the track loaded in Deck A.
6) Next open your “Grid” panel in Traktor by clicking on the Arrow beneath the “Active” button in Deck A, and then click on the “Grid” button to open the Grid panel.
7) Now, load a new, unanalyzed track into Deck A in Traktor. When Traktor is finished analyzing the track, you’ll notice a white marker in the Track. This is your auto-beat marker. You’ll also notice a series of evenly spaced white lines across the track. This is your beatgrid. Each of these white lines is where Traktor thinks the beats are in the track.
8) Zoom in as far as possible on the waveform by using the + and – buttons in the deck. Click on the top waveform (in the deck) and click on the first kick drum in the Track with your mouse. You can sample the kick drum by clicking the mouse button and holding it. It is best to set your grid markers on the first beat of a bar.
9) Once you’ve found the first kick drum, set a 4 beat loop starting at this point by clicking on the number “4″ beneath Deck A.
Now click on the play button and listen to how the Metronome lines up with the Track.
10) While the loop is playing, you will want to shift the grid left and right with the top 2 MOVE GRID Buttons. This will shift the entire grid left and right. Keep moving the grid left and right until the metronome is perfectly in sync with your track. If you are new to doing beatgrids, I recommend shifting your grid far to the left and far to the right of the beat, so you can hear how it sounds when the tick is off beat, and then adjusting it back onto the beat – not unlike tuning a guitar. If you need to move the grid faster, you can hold the control button. In this step you are only using the TOP 2 Grid buttons. Do not touch the bottom 2 yet.
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11) Now that you have the first 4 beats perfectly synchronized to your metronome, let the track play by clicking on the loop button (4). Now you are going to listen to see if the metronome stays on beat with the track as you skip forward in the track. If it does, then skip through the song by clicking on the waveform and listening at different points of the song to make sure its on beat, then skip to the end.
If the metronome is drifting off beat, listen to the track from the beginning and use the bottom 2 BPM INC / DEC buttons to make the grid lines closer or farther apart. This is also changing the BPM value. Usually for tracks you buy on Beatport you will not have to use the bottom 2 buttons. You will just need to shift the grid left and right, and maybe change the BPM from 127.999 to 128.000.
12) Now set a 4 beat loop at the end of the track, preferably on the last measure of the track that has percussion. Listen to how the metronome lines up with the last 4 beats. If it lines up perfectly, then you are done. If not, use the BPM INC/DEC buttons to compress and expand the grid until the metronome perfectly lines up with the last 4 beats. Now your BPM reading will be accurate to the 1/1000′th of a BPM. Usually if you’re BPM shows up as an even number like 128.000 this means that you don’t have to touch the bottom 2 grid buttons, and that you only need to shift the grid left and right.
13) Once you are done, and the metronome perfectly lines up with the track from beginning to end, click on the LOCK button to save the beatgrid to the track. This will save the beatgrid to the tracks ID3 information and will make it so if you send the track to another Traktor user, they will have your beatgrid, cue points, and loops inside the track. If you do not click the lock Icon, Traktor will still remember your beatgrid in your Traktor collection, but will not write the beatgrid to the actual track.
Now that you have a beatgrid set, you can use Traktor’s SYNC button to keep all of your tracks perfectly synchronized, and they will never go off beat, and all of your loops, and effects will be perfectly on beat.
Since I heard so many people ranting and raving about how good the S4 was I decided to go out and buy one. I am using a Dell inspiron 1545 using Windows 7 64 bit, 3 GB RAM and since I have had Traktor Pro 2 and the S4 hooked up I have had a constant skipping/stalling/crackling.
I have googled the problem, and it seem’s a hell of a lot of people are having the same problem! The only pure solution to the problem was using a different soundcard or using a Macbook.
I have try’d everything, disabling wifi, trying out different drivers, playing around with settings etc etc. Some of this has reduced the problem, but it still occurs sadly.
From what I have read, NI are aware of the problem but have not done anything about it to help? I mean I have spent 900e on this product and you expect top quality and service, sadly although its a powerful piece of equipment, but that only seems to be with Mac users, and I can’t afford to pay 1500e to buy a well specc’d Mac.
I’m still searching for the ultimate solution for this problem, but up until now to still no avail.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me out in a search for the solution as at the moment I am extremely dissapointed.
Here is a link to the thread on the NI web forum about the problem, lot’s of people having problems: https://native-instruments.com/forum_de/showthread.php?t=123871&page=25
I have very important gig’s coming up and I am in dire need of your help DigitalDjTip’s!
If you have any questions please ask!
Can you do a clean build of Windows? Does the problem only occur with the S4 plugged in? Maybe switch to the 32bit version of Windows as you only have 3GB RAM anyway.
I’ll bet my ass you are running Windows 7?
ASIO hates 7 on laptops… FACT.
The solution is cheap as chips though… Dual boot windows XP and windows 7, keep 7 for normal laptop duties and reserve XP for DJ software only.
I’ve been running like this for 2 year, with only one blue screen of death when doing a lot of work in Ableton while running Virtual DJ at the same time. I think i got a conflict as both were trying to use the same midi controler
CPU is below spec. need 2.4 Ghz. the 1545 is only 2
Check your sample rate, I personally have mine set to 88200 Hz with my latency set to 29.8 ms.
Hmmm, I’m planning on buying a S4, but I have a XPS 1645 with 6GB RAM, and a 1.6GHz i7 quad-core CPU – do you think I’ll still have problems?
EDIT: Oh yeah, 64-bit Windows & too…. :confused:
My first guess would be to give yourself a biggest sample rate and buffer size in sound card settings, it sounds like they are way too low… If I lower mine it basically pops crackles drops out etc…
OK, so I’ve been doing my research on this one. NI states on their website that the minimum specs are:
“Windows® XP (latest Service Pack, 32 Bit), Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit),
Intel® Pentium 4® 2.4 GHz or Intel® Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ 64, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or 10.6 (latest update), Intel® Core™ Duo, 2 GB RAM”
Note is says or for the processors. So is this a minimum spec or will the software ONLY work on those processors?
If you have run Windows and the S4 on a i3/5/7 processor, I’d love to hear from you that it works….
Yeah loads of people have run with i5 its the norm in a new windows or mac so im pretty sure it works 🙂
Cheers, it makes me breath easier knowing that. 😀
I just hope I can tune my computer well enough to get rid of any problems which may pop up with the S4.
Thanks for all your help guys!
Install Grub bootloader or you may run into problems find it on “google ” make working os your defaullt :ie: win7 normal, win xp dj stuff regards marc
or the microsoft way they have articles on it ….
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Oh yeah in the EasyBCD tools there is a little script that you can install which with one click of an icon next to the clock on your task bar, will instantly boot into the other operating system to what you are running at the time.
Great for surfing in 7 and with one click your in XP when its your turn to go up
A mate in Bristol had problems in Traktor & wanted to run XP and 7, but he is totally computer illiterate. Phone calls and emails were leading to frustration.
I searched on line for an “Idiots” guide and this method proved to be the closest way to how i do it – they also used EasyBCD and provide a download link.
Print off the instruction or even have another computer handy so you can click on the links, and follow each step, its not as hard as it sounds!
After the first time you do this successfully you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about its like falling off a log
also had the “skipping” problem but in traktor duo 2. Using an Asus Laptop, with windows 7 & i5 processor. I messed with latency and buffer and it only helped so much. so i looked into programs running on my computer at startup and cleaned house . Didnt help. Disconnected from the internet. didnt really help. turned computer on performance mode (non power saving). didnt help. watched the processes & cpu usage and it didnt seem like anything was spiking and taking over my cpu. made traktor High as possible in priority to see if that would help. didnt really help. well, could have but didnt fix the problem. finally went into control panel and turned wireless off and it fixed the problem completely.
I dont understand why some people suggested higher sample rate. With typical sample rate being 44.1Khz, doubling it taxes the CPU MORE than double because the CPU taxing is rising logarithmically. The first thing I would try is to use 44.1khz sampling rate and test it again.
Also, disable “automatic disable of inactive USB ports” – an option found in advanced power options of Windows Control Panel