Traktor Pro 2: New Features + New Dubspot Online Courses w/ DJ Endo

You’ve seen the teaser videos, you’ve heard the rumors, you’ve read the debates, and now all the secrets have been revealed! To celebrate Traktor’s 10-year anniversary, Native Instruments has just unleashed the next Generation of Traktor Products, and the next generation of the leading digital vinyl system in the world, Traktor Scratch Pro 2! In this exclusive Dubspot instructional video, Native Instruments product specialist and Dubspot Instructor DJ Endo takes you through some of the incredible new features in Traktor Pro 2 – from the new waveform technology called “TruWave” which gives you detailed, customizable, high-resolution, waveforms, and deeper insight into the spectral qualities of the music you’re playing, and the new Scope View options which gives you a see a visual picture of the timecode signal coming from your turntable or CDJ, to the updated syncing ability when using timecode.

Along with the new Traktor Pro 2, Traktor Duo 2Traktor Scratch Duo 2, and Traktor Scratch Pro 2 software, Native Instruments have also just released the next generation of their Audio Interface family, the Traktor Audio 2, Traktor Audio 6 and the Traktor Audio 10. Lets have a look at them…

As DJing is evolving more rapidly than ever, Native Instruments is continuing to stay ahead of the times with their new Hardware and Software. Now with their new Audio Interfaces and software, the creative possibilities are endless.

Let’s take a look at what’s new in Traktor 2!

New Waveforms – One of the major goals in Traktor 2 was to make the Decks in Traktor more visible when performing on stage. Traktor 2 has adopted a new waveform technology called “TruWave” which gives you more high-resolution waveforms, and also gives you a deeper insight into the spectral qualities of the music, allowing you to “see into the music” more.

There are now four new waveforms in Traktor 2 that you can choose from. Each of these waveforms can be zoomed in on at sample level allowing you to set sample accurate beat grid markers and cue points.
I’ve found that through training some of the Traktor Endorsed artists, every artist has their own personal favorite waveform they like to use. Here are the different waveforms and a little bit about the advantages to using each of these waveforms.

Spectrum – The spectrum waveforms will give you a detailed colorful overview of your tracks, and will show you what frequencies are in the track and highlight any percussive elements and other sonic frequencies as well. The spectrum waveforms are similar to Serato Scratch Live’s colored waveforms but are much more detailed. I’ve found Spectrum to be a favorite among the Hip Hop artists. This is the waveform of choice for DJ Skribble.

Infrared – Infrared has been one of my personal favorites. With its Toxic orange glow, this looks amazing on stage. This is my waveform of choice when using two decks.

X-Ray – X-Ray comes from the Traktor S4 software, and is a black and white waveform. Out of the Artists I’ve worked with, this is a favorite waveform of The Martinez Brothers since it gives more of a simple “old school” feel to the waveforms.

Ultraviolet – This is becoming my new favorite waveform when using four decks, and is also the waveform of choice for David Morales. Ultraviolet is great for doing 4 deck mixing since there’s not too many crazy colors but you can still see what’s happening in the track since this mode still shows the frequencies clearly. Here is a 4 deck view using Ultraviolet waveforms.

You might notice that in this picture, below the decks you don’t see many controls. This is because there is now a new waveform view called “Essential” view, which only shows the basic controls such as Play, Cue/Cup (or Absolute / Relative Mode) and Loop Length. This is great for DJs who like to keep it simple, or for DJs who know what’s going on in the software based on their MIDI controller and don’t need to see everything in the software. There are also some other new Deck Views that are worth noting:

Micro – Only the “Stripe” is showing (Similar to a CDJ waveform display)

Small – Only the looping buttons and play button are showing, along with a bigger overview of the waveform

Full – Both waveforms are shown, showing the overview of the track (aka the “Stripe”) and the more zoomed in version of the waveform is showing, showing a zoomed in view of where you are in the track. Also the loop buttons and transport buttons (play / cue / cup / absolute mode / relative mode) are shown.

Advanced – This shows everything that is shown in Full mode, except the “Advanced” panel has been added which gives you more control over your cue points, loop manipulation, and has a beatgridding section as well.

Another cool feature in Traktor 2 is the different “Grid Modes”. The Grid lines in Traktor are the white lines that show every beat or transient (kicks, snares etc) in the track. You can choose if you want to see these lines or not. There are three different Grid Modes: Full, Dim, Ticks and Invisible. Here is a picture of the “Tick” mode.

Another improvement in regards to cue points is the option to “Store Beatmarker as Hotcue.” A lot of Traktor artists that I train do beatgrids and load markers for every track they play. The problem is that a lot of the time, the beatmarker and load marker usually fall on the same beat.

With the “Store Beatmarker as Hotcue” turned off, the beatmarker no longer takes up an extra hotcue slot, so you can have a beat marker and load marker or cue point all on the same beat without taking up two hotcue slots in your cue section.

Another new edition to the Decks in Traktor Scratch Pro 2 is the new “Scope Views.” The “Scope” is where you can see a visual picture of the timecode signal coming from your turntable or CDJ. It is very handy for troubleshooting since it will tell you if you if an RCA cable isn’t plugged in, if your needle is dusty, or if you are in the wrong input mode in the Traktor software. The new Scope in Traktor 2 is a lot cooler looking than its predecessor. Here is a look at the new scopes.

You can additionally minimize the scope by clicking on the little arrow inside the scope record to show more of the waveform.

One of my favorite new features, and probably the most significant update in Traktor Pro 2 is the new syncing ability when using timecode. In previous versions of Traktor it was not possible to keep sync on permanently when using timecode CDs on Vinyl due to the nature of a turntables constantly fluctuating in pitch. Traktor now has a new “Soft-Sync” feature that allows you to keep sync permanently on when using timecode, and Traktor will keep the BPM’s permanently Sync’d for all of the decks without syncing the phase.

With the new Audio 10 DJ, which has 4 phono preamps, you can now mix 4 Traktor Decks using 4 Turntables and play all 4 turntables in perfect sync all night without even having to set beatgrids for your tracks! You would simply turn the sync button on for all 4 decks and the BPM’s would be matched automatically for you all night. All you would have to do is nudge the platter of the turntable until the beats are locked and they will never go off beat!
Another handy feature as far as the Syncing goes, is the option to “Sync Phase when exiting loop.” This comes in handy if you are using small loops that are under 1 beat in length. When you are looping at these small lengths, the deck might temporarily go out of sync, but as soon as you turn the loop off, this setting will turn the sync back on, and everything will re-allign.

One thing that might have thrown Traktor users for a loop (no pun intended) when Traktor S4 was released was the new Sample Decks and Loop Recorder. One question on the mind of all Traktor users was “If I don’t have the Traktor S4 hardware and software, when will I be able to use the loop recorder and sample decks? Well, now your prayers have all been answered! Traktor 2 now features the powerful new Sample Decks and Loop Recorder. There is actually a very cool sample deck mapping for the Traktor Kontrol X1 that you can download here => http://djendo.com/Traktor2/

Here are some tutorials on how to use the Sample Decks and Loop Recorder:

In Traktor 2, you can turn any of the 4 decks into Sample Decks or even use them as “Live Inputs,” which allows you to play actual CDs or Vinyl records through that Deck. To do this, you would just click on the letter inside the deck and use the drop down menu and choose what kind of deck you want to use, and if that deck is going to be controlled by timecode or not.

Speaking of Routing Audio, one of my favorite features is that you can now combine multiple decks into one output. So for example, you could run the Preview Deck through the same channel as Deck D. This is useful if you want to use the preview Deck but also want to have the option to use a 4th deck out of the same channel.

Last but not least, Traktor 2 comes with 4 new effects to allow you to tweak your tracks out to the max! The new effects are Tape Delay, Ramp Delay, Bouncer and Auto Bouncer.

Happy Birthday Traktor!!!!

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Dubspot is a steadfast supporter and believer in the power of Native Instruments technology.  We offer classes in Native’s full range of tools, from Traktor to Reaktor, where we teach fundamental concepts of DJing, production and sound design. We are now taking the classroom experience online to bring you the world’s first ONLINE Digital DJing with Traktor Pro 2 course. In addition we are offering an ONLINE program in Sound Design & Synthesis w/ Komplete 7 as well as an upcoming course in Maschine.

Dubspot Online takes the core philosophy behind Dubspot NYC to a whole new interactive environment. We remain focused on your musical progress as a student and as a part of our community. Each week Dubspot Online students will submit an assignment incorporating newly learned topics together with your ongoing track to receive feedback not only from your teacher but also from your classmates.
By signing up for classes, you are joining the Dubspot Online network and will have access to our community-wide forums, where technical, artistic, and cultural discussions unfold amongst our student community, staff, faculty and visiting artist networks. These forums serve as a knowledge base that will grow over time and an aid in connecting with like-minded people. Together with high quality instructional videos and biweekly chats, Dubspot Online replicates the hands-on attention found in our physical classrooms.

Your instructors for the Traktor Digital DJing Program are two seasoned veterans who bring personal insight and skills to your experience:

DJ Shiftee – Native Instruments Specialist & DJ Instructor
DJ Shiftee is a tuntablist, party rocker, Harvard math grad, and one of the premiere battle DJs in the world. He is the 2007 and 2009 DMC Supremacy World Champion, the only US champ ever, the 2008 IDA/ITF World Vice Champion, and the self-proclaimed greatest sandwich maker of all time. Using two turntables and a mixer as his instruments, Shiftee actively performs turntablist showcases, experimental group projects, and party sets around the globe. Known as an established force on the international DJ scene, Shiftee has translated his intuitive math geek mentality into far-reaching success on the turntables.

DJ Endo – Native Instruments Specialist & DJ Instructor
DJ Endo is a DJ Product Specialist for Native Instruments who has trained DJ gurus such as Grandmaster Flash, Pete Tong, DJ Skribble, DJ Craze, Dubfire, Victor Calderone, Nic Fanciulli, Oliver Huntemann, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, David Morales, Junior Vasquez, Dubfire, Steve Lawler, Carl Cox, JoJo Flores, Sharam, Klever, and Nic Fanciulli among others in Traktor Scratch Pro. Endo is currently a Traktor instructor at Dubspot in Manhatten as well as the tour manager for Dubfire and Nic Fanciulli.
Classically trained at Berklee College of Music, Endo is a teacher of harmonic DJ mixing, and a serious proponent of the Mixed In Key music software.

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  • victor
  • 4/21/2011

“Speaking of Routing Audio, one of my favorite features is that you can now combine multiple decks into one output. So for example, you could run the Preview Deck through the same channel as Deck D. This is useful if you want to use the preview Deck but also want to have the option to use a 4th deck out of the same channel.”

So does this mean four deck control if you only have a two channel mixer is possible?
I guess you would still need to use the software mixer to control the levels of channels C & D though?

  • Endo
  • 4/21/2011

Yes exactly. You can combine 4 decks on 2 channels!

And of course you’d need something to control the Levels of channels 3+4, but you could map any MIDI controller to do that

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  • Mike Wolf
  • 4/21/2011

With regards to midi controllers, how does it look with cdj2000s? Do you have the full wave form in the cdj display as oppose to the current version that only displays the time (without the control cds that is) ?

  • admin
  • 4/21/2011

I have a quick question and i was wondering and hoping you guys can help me. I bought the S4 and after realizing the problems with the soundcard i bought NI Audio 2 DJ but when i connect my headphones to channel B i hear the song that is playing in my speakers instaid of the one im trying to cue. So can anyone help me with this what am i doing wrong?

  • xavbi
  • 4/21/2011

Would this software solve the problems with the S4 soundcard or will NI just ignore the problem?

  • Guillermo Toro
  • 4/21/2011

Hi Endo, Greetings
i would like that you make a video tutorial, with the new temposync feature more detailed, specially, how it works with timecode vinyls and cds.
Thanks for your knowledge!

  • Endo
  • 4/21/2011

@admin – what you need to do is configure the output routing in preferences – output routing. Set the monitor output to the channel of the Audio 2 that you wish to use for cueing. Then on Traktor’s mixer (you need to display the crossfader to see this) turn the cue / mix knob all the way to the left to only hear the cue output. If you turn it all the way to the right you will only hear the master output (which is the problem your having now) – Endo