After almost a week of using the newest update to Traktors software what have been the general thoughts, observations, complaints and Tips? Read on to find out.
Whilst reading what many have to say in forums and on these pages it is clear that the new Traktor update is overall, a winner.
It seems that the developers are listening to the issues that users are experiencing and making relevant changes in the software to improve stability.
One user reported that a couple of his DJ friends have used Traktor on a Mac for 5 – 6 hours without any glitches at all, another user reports that his windows configuration is more stable, with no audio glitches and better CPU usage. A third users explains that the bug where Traktor used to shut down in Windows 8 is also now gone.
Some believe that the downbeat detection may have improved the playback, improving the analysis of the tracks may have sweetened up the grid. Would like to know if
anyone else has experienced this?
The main complaints are based around the operating system requirements, the new iTunes Syncing requirements and the Key Detection Tool.
The Specs say that you need to have Mountain Lion installed on your Mac. For many, this is quite a jump as in order to run Mountain Lion you need one of the following
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Up until just last month I was running a 2006 MacBook Pro, but decided to make the move to the Air. It just so happened it was a good time for me to upgrade, but these upgrades don’t come cheap and I can see how frustrating this would be if the time was not right to buy a new computer. This issue also limits the usability of the new Traktor DJ iPad App too. As this will only work if you have the newest Traktor 2.6.1.
As discussed in the Traktor DJ iPad App post, there is some annoyances from many that the development of Traktor is now governed in some way by Apple. Traktor prides itself on the fact that it can play a huge selection of audio formats:
This is great, however, now with the introduction of the iPad App and the requirement to sync with iTunes, many people are feeling left out as iTunes will not play Flac files. Maybe Traktor knows something we don’t – will iTunes be coming out with Flac support in the near future?
You can give some polite feedback to iTunes by using this form requesting the ability for iTunes to allow compatibility of Flac files.
For those using windows, there are a couple of ways to at least play Flac in iTunes, but it may mean a loss of quality – A quick google search will uncover some – but here’s one that may be of use – Bigasoft Flac converter.
Whilst these are not perfect solutions, it’s a start. If you don’t plan on using the Traktor DJ App, then there is no need to worry about making any conversions. It will be interesting to see where the iTunes and Traktor relationship goes from here.
Key Detection Tool
At first people who were already using ‘Mixed in Key’ were upset that Traktor would overwrite the key info. This was incorrect. Traktor creates it’s own column for its’ key analysis. It also seems to use a slightly different naming convention. There are options in the preferences to change how this works.
A Traktor Tips Reader, ‘Bas’ has spoken a little bit about it in the comments section of a previous post. It seems that using the setting ‘Open Key’ Setting results in the same displays as those used in the Camelot system implemented by Mixed in Key. There also seems to be some people experiencing some tracks that simply say ‘none’ in the key column of the track. If this is the case, make sure you have first analyzed the track again to gather the information:
- You can cut down on analysis time by only asking traktor to analyze the Key of a track
- You need to highlight all tracks> right click> analyze >special > key.
Overall a great update for windows users, so long as you don’t want to use the new iPad App and are using Flac files. Also a great update for Mac users, so long as you’re Mac isn’t too old and you can run Mountain Lion, costing you $19.99, which is great considering the new update of Traktor is free and includes a Key Detection Tool. Something that previously would have cost you $58.
Thanks for all your feedback – Keep it coming and let us know any more problems or cool things you come across in the in Traktor 2.6.1.