After the dust has settled following the initial hype and all commotion to install and get the new Traktor DJ App running, what have we noticed about the Traktor DJ App? Are you having some syncing issues with Traktor DJ iPad App?
Native Instruments say that we can Sync Metadata! Great, but what actually IS that? After a little digging around I found this article on the NI Knowledge Base. It tells us for a more in depth explanation to see section 18.8 of the Traktor 2 Manual. This does not exists – but some information can be found in section 20.8.
It seems that the best functionality of the iPad Traktor DJ App for those wishing to use it with Traktor Pro 2 is:
The only function that I have been unable to set up (maybe this is lacking), is the ability to sync your newly created playlists that you create on your iPad to your Traktor Pro.
The Traktor Pro 2 Manual says:
So is this my problem? As I have my iPad synced to my iMac and Traktor Pro is on my Mac Air, this could be the cause of the issue.
In order to test this theory, I did the follwing:-
*If you don’t have the sidebar displayed in your iTunes, simply go to ‘View’ in the menu bar and select ‘Show SideBar’
You must obviously go through all the steps to set up the Syncing of Traktor with iTunes and Drop Box too (Which you have likely already done) I would also make sure you read the following two Native Instruments publications thoroughly:
After going through all of this process, I am still unable to create a playlist on the iPad for it to appear on Traktor or in iTunes. One thing that did however change was the both ways syncing. In other words, I had some songs on my iPad that I had imported into Traktor DJ, that have now been added to my Traktor Music Collection.
I tested out creating and deleting playlists in iTunes on the DJ laptop, none of this syncs with the iPad App.
Secondly, if you buy music on the move and download tracks to your iPad, through iTunes, this track will then be available to you in your Traktor DJ App for you to lay cue points and loops. Before this information can be seen in your Traktor Pro 2 software you must connect your iPad to your computer and ‘Transfer Purchases‘. (NI recommend you do not have automatic download activated for your music)
After these more in depth tests, I can conclude that Traktor DJ and Traktor Pro 2 do not sync Playlists, this is a huge oversight by Native Instruments and I feel this is something they should strive to add in future App Updates.
I feel that the syncing set up required here is not straightforward enough for the beginner and due to many different possible complications involving iTunes, dropbox, Flac and M4a files there is still a lot of work to do to make this marriage; a marriage made in heaven.
I’d love to hear any feedback from the readers – Have you experienced the same? Are your Playlists Syncing?
Is there something I have missed or other experiences you have had that you would like to share…. Let us all know in the comments.