Export Music to USB Stick in Traktor

You’re heading out to a house party where your friend is taking his laptop to DJ off. You want to play too, but you don’t want the added responsibility of taking your own laptop as you don’t want to keep checking on and you just want to unwind and relax.  What can you do?

No problem, all you need is a USB Stick large enough to hold the set that you intend to play.  Once you have exported your set list to your USB stick, you can pop that in your pocket and you still have 2 free arms to carry your beers, or to throw around all those ladies that are going to be surrounding you once you’ve played your set!

Moving your tracks to USB

USB StickIt’s a very simple process, which starts with you first making a playlist.
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  • Right click in the browser tree and create playlist
  • Drag and drop your selected tracks into the playlist
  • Create a folder on your hard drive and give it a name
  • Go back to the playlist in Traktor and right click it
  • Select export, select NML as the export format
  • Check the box that says copy tracks to destination
  • navigate to the folder you just created

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You should now have the playlist saved to the folder on your hard drive.  All you have to do now is drag that folder to the USB stick and hey presto you now have a copy of your set, complete with tracks and any cue-points you may already have on each of those tracks.

Once you turn up at the party, plug in your usb stick and within Traktor navigate to the USB stick – Now all you have to do is play a blinding set that impresses all your pals and away you go.  You can get to work on those beers you brought with you and you can leave your friend to worry about the laptop and all the other DJ equipment.  Hopefully now you are able to easily export music to USB Stick in Traktor.

Great for Back up too

This is also a great exercise to perform when DJ’ing in a club too. Even if you have your computer with you, it is just one extra back up for your set. If your computer crashes or something happens to it on the way to the gig, you at least have your set with you. Then you can either use someone elses computer to DJ off of, or to burn the tracks to CD and play a CDJ set. (Yes, you should learn how to use CDJ’s)

Let us know how hard you rocked after turning up with a USB stick to your latest house party. You can even instragram your great time and tag the picture with #Traktortips to appear on the Gallery. If you have any other tips to share let us know in the forum.

photo credit: WarzauWynn via photopin cc

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