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Traktor 2.7: Freeze and Slice with S2MK2, S4MK2 and F1
Freeze Mode

Today, Native Instruments has released Traktor 2.7, the new Traktor version that supports the new controller Kontrol S8.

The main new software feature of Traktor 2.7 is the freeze/slicer mode, a new feature that is mappable to any controller. Traktor Bible provides you with mappings for Kontrol S2MK2, Kontrol S4MK2, and Kontrol F1, that allow you to use freeze and slice from all three controllers.
Get the mappings here:

Freeze and Slice with Kontrol S2 MK1 (coming soon)
Freeze and Slice with Kontrol S2 MK2

Freeze and Slice with Kontrol S4 MK1 (coming soon)
Freeze and Slice with Kontrol S4 MK2

Freeze and Slice with Kontrol F1

October 27, 2014, updated November 1, 2014


Traktor Pro and OS X 10.10 Yosemite
OS X 10.10

Native Instruments has released the following information regarding the support of Native Instruments software and hardware products under OS X 10.10:

For the time being, Native Instruments software and hardware products are not supported under Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. We recommend to wait a little before upgrading to Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite, as full support for Native Instruments products (soft - and hardware) cannot be provided yet.
We are currently conducting systematic tests to offer full compatibility as soon as possible. Please check regularly your Native Instruments product's specification page to keep yourself updated on the actual system requirements. There, Mac OS X 10.10 will be added to the supported operating systems as soon as we can guarantee the full compatibility of our products.

October 19, 2014

Update (October 25, 2014): Native Instruments has released new information regarding the compatibility of NI products with OS X Yosemite. It seems that products with a hardware dependency (such as MASCHINE, KOMPLETE KONTROL, TRAKTOR, GUITAR RIG, and Controller Editor) do not launch if the AVID CoreAudio-Manager/drivers are installed under OS X Yosemite. NI and Avid are working together to resolve the compatibility issue. Under standard installations of the operating system current NI products work without any specific issues.


Traktor Audio 2 and iOS 8
Traktor Audio 2

Native Instruments has released the following information regarding the compatibility of Traktor Audio 2 and iOS 8:

The TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 MK2 and TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 MK2 are fully compatible with iOS 8.
The TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 soundcard is currently experiencing audio compatibility issues with devices running iOS 8. We’re working closely with Apple to fix this. We will keep you informed about any further developments.

October 19, 2014

Update (October 27, 2014): Even after updating to iOS 8.1 several users report audio problems when using Traktor Audio 2 MK2 with Traktor DJ on iOS. iOS 8 was not the smoothest iOS update Apple ever provided (four versions between September 17, 2014 and October 20, 2014: versions 8.0.1, 8.0.2 and 8.1 mainly fixed bugs, but unfortunately did not solve the issues with Traktor Audio 2 MK2).
The issues people are having now remind me of the iOS 7.0 update, where the Native Instruments iOS-ready devices (like Traktor Audio 2, Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2, etc.) had issues like random disconnections, iOS device restarts, distortion, and chopped audio. iOS 7.0 was released on September 18, 2013. The problems were then solved in the iOS 7.1 update, released on March 10, 2014.
I am pretty sure that the problems with iOS 8 and 8.1 will also be resolved; however, some patience may be required.


The new Traktor version that supports Kontrol S8 will have the version number 2.7.0. We are working hard on the new PDF update for our Traktor Bible. The PDF update will be ready for download at the same time when NI makes the new Traktor version available (end of october).

As we can see from the various photos of Kontrol S8, the new NI controller has a dedicated FREEZE button. Apparently this button will enable a freeze mode that probably will work as the freeze mode known from the iOS app Traktor DJ. Can we map freeze mode to any MIDI controller? If yes, how? Will freeze mode be automatically available on Kontrol S4 or Kontrol F1? If not, how can we change the mapping of older NI controllers in a way that they support freeze mode?

Plenty of questions! The upcoming Traktor Bible PDF update has the answers.

(September 23, 2014, updated October 18)


New Traktor Bible Update PDF online
If you have any of the former editions of Traktor Bible, you can now download your free update PDF. It contains information about the remix decks, about using and remapping the NI controllers and about more new and changed features.

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Traktor Bible Update


Traktor 2 Bible, 2014 Edition
Traktor Bible Cover
  1. Traktor Bible 2014 Edition is avilable now. All pre-ordered books have been shipped.
  2. If the "green book" is the first Traktor Bible that you own, click here to activate your PLUS account. Once you are registerd, the PLUS section offers several tutorials covering broadcasting with Traktor, a topic that did not made it into the book.
  3. If you own one of the older editions of Traktor Bible, you can download a new update PDF in the next days.


Recording the Mic with Kontrol S2 MK2
Mikro mit Kontrol S2 MK2 aufnehmen In the default configuration the mic signal from Kontrol S2 remains in the internal soundcard of the S2 and is not recorded.
However, a little trick will allow you to record the mic.

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Controller Editor 1.6.2 avaialable
Native Instruments has released an update for Controller Editor.
The new version supports Kontrol S2 MK2, Kontrol S4 MK2, Kontrol X1 MK2, and Kontrol Z1.

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Controller Editor 1.6.2


Xtreme Mapping 1.3 available
Xtreme Mapping 1.3 Already the first version of Xtreme Mapping transformed the creation of Traktor mappings to pure fun.
And it is not only the large, clearly arranged window that makes mapping with XM a treat, but also the many small and big features that help you to reach your goal quicker.

This review shows what Xtreme Mapping 1.3 has to offer.

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Two Ways to Shorten Loops
Traktor offers two methods to shorten a loop. The standard method moves the Loop Out point.

However, you can move the Loop In point too, which can be more appropriate in some circumstances. This Traktor Bible mini tutorial shows how it works.

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Shorten Loops


Remix! in Traktor 2.5 with the Lemur
Traktor Remix Decks, Lemur template If you have an iPad and the Lemur app, you do not need an F1 controller to control the remix decks.

No with more detailed setup instructions.

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Version 1.03 available, added Windows compatibility


Traktor 2.5 – Mapping the Remix Decks?
Welcome to the longest article that I ever wrote for my website. Yes, the Traktor Bible is several hundred pages but an article with 10 pages is quite long for a blog.

The simple reason for the length is that I want to provide a fact-based and well-balanced personal view to the remix deck mappability question. Make some time, pull up a comfy chair and take a read. Here we go.

I cannot see any technical reason why it was not possible to have provided the most basic mapping controls for the remix decks in Traktor 2.5.0.

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Kombiniertes Analog/Digital-Setup


Traktor 2.5 – Bugradar Updated
Traktor Bible Bugradar The Traktor Bible bugradar is updated with some findings in Traktor 2.5.0. Did you see other bugs that can be reproduced? Then click here and send me a message.

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Traktor 2.5 – The Rename Orgy in Controller Manager
Many many of the mapping commands have either been renamed and/or moved to another submenu of the Add In and Add Out buttons of controller manager. All changes are documented in this little article.

Download a PDF showing the old names/menus and the new ones.

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Mapping Changes in Traktor 2.5


Traktor 2.5 – Mapping Command Finder Update
Mapping Command Finder 2.5 The good old Mapping Command Finder of Traktor Bible has been updated: Find the mapping command you need to create your own TSI in Traktor versions 2.0.3 - 2.5.0.

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Traktor Scratch: Combined Analogue/Digital Setup
This little tutorial will show you how to configure your Traktor Scratch setup in a way that you can use both media without switching between THRU mode and deck mode during your gigs.

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Kombiniertes Analog/Digital-Setup


Upgrade from Traktor Pro 2 to Traktor Scratch Pro 2
Traktor Scratch Upgrade If you own Traktor Pro 2 and want to upgrade to Traktor Scratch Pro 2, you do not need to re-install Traktor. This little tutorial shows to proceed.

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Beginner's Tutorial: Recording Sets with an External Mixer
This beginner's tutorial explains how to configure Traktor if you wish to record your sets with the internal Mix Recorder when using an external mixer.

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Compact Cassette


Quick Sound Check: Audio Interface in Xone:K2
Xone:K2, Quick Sound Check One of the most often asked questions we received after our reviews of the Allen&Heath Xone:K2 was about the quality of the integrated audio interface.

We did a quick sound check. Download a short recording and check the quality yourself.

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Advanced Workshop: Traktor Hotcues on the Lemur
This advanced tutorial shows how to synchronize the colours of the Lemur hotcue pads with the colours that Traktor uses for the different hotcue types.

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Hotcue-Pads auf dem Lemur


US Magazine DJ Times reviews Traktor 2 Bible
Traktor 2 Bible Review in DJ Times, February 2012 DJ Times reviewed Traktor Pro and Traktor 2 Bible in the February 2012 edition of the magazine.

It says: "The book is essential to anyone looking to dig beneath the surface and tap into the real power of the latest NI offerings."

Read the full review here


Traktor Bible PDF Update for Traktor 2.5
Daniel Haver, CEO of Native Instruments, announced the upcoming Traktor version 2.5 and the new NI controller Kontrol F1 on January 21, 2012 in Los Angeles with an availability in April 2012.

The main new feature is the remix decks that will replace the sample decks that we are familiar with in the current version of Traktor Pro 2.

All details about the new 2.5 version and about the new controller will be available as a free PDF update to all owners of a Traktor Bible, as soon as Traktor 2.5 and the Kontrol F1 controller are available. Release of Traktor 2.5 is planned for May 30, 2012.

Traktor Remix Decks


Phil Morse from Digital DJ Tips reviews Traktor 2 Bible
DigitalDjTips Phil Morse from Digital DJ Tips reviewed the Traktor 2 Bible. Read his review article and watch his review video directly on Digital DJ Tips website.

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The Sync Button Debate, Amsterdam Dance Event 2011
During the ADE conference a panel of nerds and DJs discussed the implications of the Sync button found in almost all DJ software. Watch the complete discussion in a video we recorded for you.

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Amsterdam Dance Event 2011


Background: Latching Layers of Allen&Heath Xone:K2
Latching Layers One of the innovative features of the Xone:K2 controller are its latching layers.

What exactly does it mean? How allows the latching layers system you to easily create mappings with just one layer, or if you wish with different, multiple layers?

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Tutorial: Using Loop Recorder in external Mixer Mode
This tutorial shows how to configure the Traktor Loop Recorder in external mixing mode with Audio 8 DJ and Traktor Audio 10.

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Loop Recorder Configuration


Review: Closer look on Allen&Heath Xone:K2
Xone:K2 The new Allen&Heath DJ controller, the Xone:K2, was introduced at BPM show in Birmingham. The K2 should be in stores in January 2012.

If you want to know why we think that there will be hard times ahead for the Kontrol X1, read our extensive review.

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Mapping Command Finder for Traktor 2.0.3/2.1.1
The mapping command finder is updated and contains the command names for Traktor 2.0.3 and 2.1.1. The finder helps you with finding the mapping command you need.

Simply move the mouse over a button, knob or slider to see the corresponding mapping commands.

Open Mapping Command Finder



Traktor 2 Bible Update PDF for Traktor 2.1.1

Traktor 2.1.1
The Traktor 2 Bible update PDF for Traktor 2.1.1 is available for download.

Please logon with your Traktor Bible PLUS account to see the download links.

Goto Traktor Bible PLUS page


Problems in Traktor 2.1.1
On this page you find a compilation of some major bugs other Traktor users have experienced in version 2.1.1.

The information provided in the list was collected from different digital DJ forums.

Updated on5-26-2012

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Issues in Traktor 2.1.1


Video: Neutralize and Remap - Tweaking the Kontrol S4

Traktor Kontrol S4
This video shows how to create a user mapping that neutralizes the default mapping and that allows to add new functionality to the controller.

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Video: Using multiple soundcards with Traktor
This tutorial shows how to use multiple audio interfaces for Traktor on Mac OS X.

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Audio Aggregation


If Music is the Food of Love...
There came a question up on the NI forum today regarding WAV vs. MP3. This reminded me of this great interview with Tony Andrews, founder of Funktion One. I want to share it with you (if you haven't seen it yet). Enjoy


Video: Controlling two Timecode Decks with one TT/CDJ

Single Turntable Mode
This tutorial shows how to use the Single Turntable Mode of Traktor. In Single Turntable Mode two Traktor decks share one timecode signal.

This is useful if you have only one turntable/CD player or if one player dies during a gig.

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Video: How to setup Traktor Kontrol S4 for Timecode
This beginner's guide shows in easy steps how to setup Traktor Kontrol S4 for use with timecode.

An S4 Add-on mapping allows you how switch between absolute and relative timecode mode from your Kontrol S4.

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Setup Kontrol S4 for Timecode


The First Traktor 2 Bible Unboxing Video Ever
Unboxing Traktor 2 Bible


Squeezing Multiple States into one Modifier
This article shows how to squeeze more than one modifier value into one modifier slot.

The mapping technique explained will help you, when you run out of available modifiers. Furthermore, there can be situations where you need to make a command dependent of more than two modifiers. For example, you may wish to use two of the standard modifier values (M1 to M8) and additionally one of the extended modifiers (like Is in Loop).

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Squeezing Modifiers


Review: Xtreme Mapping
Beeing able to create completely customized mappings is one of the coolest features of Traktor. However, the user interface of the Controller Manager that you need to use to cerate your mappings, is sub-optimal.

Things get a lot better now with the Mac OS X app Xtreme Mapping. It eliminates the shortcomings of the Controller Manager and makes mapping creation a lot easier.

The winners of one of 20 free copies of Xtreme Mapping are...

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Xtreme Mapping


Workshop: The Wedding of Traktor and Maschine

Maschine, Traktor, Jack OS X
This workshop series explains how to integrate Traktor and Maschine running on the same Mac OS X or Windows 7 system. To route the audio the free tool Jack is used. The audio from the Traktor decks is sent to Maschine, where you can apply all Maschine effects and external plugins.

Part 1: Setup for external mixer mode with Traktor Audio 10 (Mac OS X)

Part 2: Setup for internal mixer mode with Traktor Kontrol S4 (Mac OS X)

Part 3: Setup for external mixer mode with Traktor Audio 10 on Windows 7 (coming soon)

Part 4: Setup for internal mixer mode with Traktor Kontrol S4 on Windows 7 (NEW)

Part 5: MIDI Clock Synchronisation of Traktor and Maschine (UPDATE)

Part 6: Insert and Send Effects (coming soon)

Part 7: Some free plugins


Kontrol S4 and the Eddy Current Brake
Did you ever wonder why the jogwheels on Traktor Kontrol S4 feel so good as they do?

Answer coming soon



New Firmware for Traktor Audio 6/Traktor Audio 10

Device Updater
Native Instruments has released a new firmware (version 37) for the audio interfaces Traktor Audio 6, Traktor Audio 10, and Komplete Audio 6. Updating the firmware is very easy with the new tool Device Updater.

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Samples Section Contest - The Winners

Samples Lib
Thanks to all who upload their own samples to the new Samples Section and who automatically took part in the prize drawing.

The Winners are:
Traktor Audio 2 goes to Manuel in Stuttgart (Germany)
Traktor Bible Leather Edition goes to an Aslam in Cologne (Germany)
Komplete Elements goes to René in Mackenbach (Germany)



How's my driving?
Many thanks to all who took part in the Traktor Bible reader survery. The current results are online now.

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Reader Survey


Sample Decks Support for Kontrol X1 in Traktor 2.0.3
Traktor 2.0.3 contains a new option for 'native Sample Deck Control via Kontrol X1'. What does this mean?

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Kontrol X1 Preferences


Broadcasting with Traktor 2 (Traktor Bible Plus Tutorial)

This tutorials series explains how to broadcast your mix live with Traktor Pro 2.

Part 1: Broadcasting with own IceCast Server (Windows 7)

Part 2: Broadcasting in OGG Format with (Windows 7/Mac OS X)

Part 3: Broadcasting in MP3 Format with Traktor Kontrol S4 (Windows 7/Mac OS X)

Part 4: Broadcasting in MP3 Format when using external mixing mode (Windows 7/Mac OS X)


Paul Beynon reviews Traktor 2 Bible
Paul Beynon, Beats and Pieces

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Short Tutorials about Mapping Management
Samples Lib
Import a single mapping
Samples Lib
Export a single mapping
Samples Lib
Delete a single mapping

Samples Lib
Import multiple mappings
Samples Lib
Export multiple mappings
Samples Lib
Restore the S4 default mapping


Share your Samples and Win
Samples Lib is a new service on the Traktor Bible website where you can upload and share your own (i.e. self produced) samples (loops, one shots, field recordings). An attribute browser and saved filters make it easy to find the samples you need.

All who upload ten or more samples or sample packages up to June 15, 2011 June 30, 2011, take part in the drawing of several prizes.

Info about the 'Lottery'
Samples Lib Feature Set
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Samples Lib


Implementing Fader Start Features (Traktor Bible Plus)

Fader Start
One of the praised options of the Pioneer DDJ-T1 controller (released in March 2011) is the so called „channel fader start“ feature: if you open the channel fader of one deck, the corresponding tracks automatically starts to play.

The fader start feature can be implemented for any MIDI controller available. As you will see in this tutorial you can map fader start either to the cross fader of your controller or to the individual channel/volume faders. You will see also why this does not work when using Traktor Kontrol S4 in its native NHL mode.

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Gizmo from reviews Traktor 2 Bible
Scratchworx Review


Dan Dunkle won Traktor 2 Bible, Leather edition
Thanks to all who uploaded their Traktor 2 mapping during April 2011 and who automatically took part in the drawing of Traktor 2 Bible, Leather Edition.

The winner has been drawn begin of May 2011. Traktor 2 Bible, Leather Edition, is on its way to Dan Dunkle in Oakland (CA).

Here the link to the mapping uploaded:
S4 Mapping with 4 Band Xone EQ



Mapping Templates
Cover Traktor DJ Joost from the Netherlands created some templates that will help you to document your Traktor controller mappings.

All templates are PDF forms where you can easily add the command/action that you mapped to a control.

UPDATE: 36 templates available now

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Traktor 2 Bible available
Cover In the two years since the first edition of Traktor Bible was published, Traktor Bible has become the de-facto standard reference for digital DJs using Native Instruments Traktor.

The new edition, Traktor 2 Bible, is available now and can be ordered in the Traktor Bible Shop and at various resellers.

More information about Traktor 2 Bible
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Synchronisation in Traktor 2
Traktor 2 offers two different synchronisation modes: BeatSync and TempoSync. You can select the mode on the Preferences/Transport dialog in section Sync Mode.

This tutorial explains how the mode selected affects the synchronisation possibilities.

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Mapping the Traktor Loop Recorder
Loop Recorder The loop recorder section of the S4 controller mimics the loop recorder of the Traktor user interface one by one.

The mapping commands Traktor provides make it quite easy to build a mapping for the loop recorder and use it either in a user mapping for the S4 or with any other controller.

Is it possible to recreate the same behaviour in an S4 user mapping or in a mapping for another controller? Unfortunately not. This tutorial shows the details.

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Feed your Sample Slots
Are you looking for samples which you can use in your sample slots? An overview page in the Portals section contains several links to download portals for samples.

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Portal missing? Please send me a message