Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Traktor Pro S4 – External Mixing Mode

Traktor Pro S4 is an integrated DJ package that uses the S4 controller and its internal audio device. So in general you will use the internal mixing mode of Traktor where the different audio channels are mixed together inside the software. If you open the Preferences/Output Routing dialog the only mixing option you see is Internal.

There may be situations when you would like to use the Traktor Pro S4 software in External mixing mode, i.e. with an external mixer and another audio device, like the Audio 8 DJ. This posting shows how to enable External mixing mode in Traktor Pro S4.

Edit the Traktor Settings.tsi file

To enable External mixing mode you need to edit the settings file Traktor Settings.tsi. To do this use an XML editor because they are better at dealing with the long text lines that the settings file contains. Furthermore, make a backup copy of your current 'Traktor Settings.tsi' in case something goes wrong.

  1. Quit Traktor Pro S4, if it is running.

  2. Create a backup copy of the file 'Traktor Settings.tsi'.
    Tip: If you do not know the location of the file 'Traktor Settings.tsi' open the Preferences dialog in Traktor and select the 'File Management' page. Click the browse button next to 'Root Dir' and you will see the folder where 'Traktor Settings.tsi' resides.

  3. Load the file 'Traktor Settings.tsi' into an XML editor.

  4. Search for an entry named 'Routing.Mixer.External ' in the tsi file. This entry defines which mixing mode is active.

    Editing Traktor Settings.tsi

  5. Replace the 0 in the tag 'value' by a 1.

  6. Save the file 'Traktor Settings.tsi'.

Configure your Output Routing

  1. Restart Traktor.

  2. Open the Preferences/Output Routing dialog.
    The Internal option is disabled. The little hack described in the previous section has enabled External mixing mode, even when the External check box is not visible.

    Output Routing in External Mixing Mode

  3. Select your audio device on Preferences/Audio Setup.

  4. Return to the Preferences/Output Routing dialog and configure your output routing.

  5. If you wish to use the Loop Recorder in External mixing mode patch two of the audio device output to Output Send. This is where signal from the Loop Recorder arrives. (Due to the fact that this is a hack only, you should Main as input source in the Loop Recorder, if you wish to record parts of your tracks.)

Written by Rainer G. Haselier
Edited by Karl Yates a.k.a. Karlos Santos on the Native Instruments forum
Last update: November 2, 2010

Credits: http://traktorbible.com


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