TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 Timecode Setup Guide for AUDIO 10 / 6

This article explains how to set up TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 to control playback via Timecode from an external turntable or CD player when using a TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 or TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 interface. The article explains a basic setup with two Timecode-controlled Decks.

  1. Make sure TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 is installed and activated on your computer (TRAKTOR PRO 2 does not support Timecode control).
  2. Make sure that your audio interface is connected to the computer and receives enough power (use a power supply if necessary).
  3. Connect your turntables or CD players to the IN connectors of the audio interface.
    Input_Cabling
  4. Run the Setup Wizard by clicking on the Setup Wizard button in the lower left corner of the TRAKTOR Preferences.
  5. In the DECK LAYOUT SELECTION, choose 2 Track Decks (Scratch).
  6. When the Setup Wizard is finished, open the TRAKTOR Preferences and go to Audio Setup. Make sure your audio interface is selected in the Audio Device menu.
    Audio_Device

Input Configuration

TRAKTOR automatically sets the default configuration for the inputs, which is correct for the the cabling described above. This is how it looks:
Input_Routing
Deck A will be controlled by the Timecode signal coming in on Channel A left / right (3-4), Deck B by the Tiimecode signal coming in on Channel B left / right (5-6).

The next step is to select the right input mode depending on whether you use turntables or CDs:

  1. Open the TRAKTOR Preferences.
  2. Go to Audio Setup and click on the Settings button. This will open your audio interface's control panel.
  3. Go to Channel Setup (on a Mac, this is the only section) and set Input Sens (input sensitivity) to Phono (if you use turntables) or Line (if you use  CD players).
    Audio_Control_Panel

Output Configuration

External Mixing Mode

If you are using an external mixer, connect the outputs of your audio interface to the line inputs (not phono!) of your external mixer.
Output_Cabling_ext

  1. Go to the Output Routing in the TRAKTOR Preferences.
  2. Set the Mixing Mode to External. The outputs will automatically be set in the correct order, which looks like this:
    Output_Routing_Ext
    The signal from Deck A will go to the Output Channel A (3-4) on the audio interface, Deck B will go to Output Channel B (5-6) and so on.

Internal Mixing Mode

If you are not using an external mixer, connect one Output Channel of your audio interface to the line input of your speaker system. In this example we are connecting Output Channel A (3-4). Do not use Output Main (1-2) since this channel will be used for pre-listening the audio signal (see below).
Output_Cabling_Int

  1. Go to the Output Routing in the TRAKTOR Preferences.
  2. Set the Mixing Mode to Internal. The Cue (headphone/monitor) signal is sent to the channels on your audio interface that are selected in the Output Monitor menu. In this case we choose Main Left and Main Right, which is the default channel. The master signal is sent to the channels on your audio interface that are selected in the Output Master menu. In this case it is Ch A Left and Ch A Right. The outputs will automatically be set in the correct order, which looks like this:

Output_Routing_Int
The Cue signal will go to the MAIN output of the audio interface (the PHONES jack also receives this signal). The master signal will go to Output Channel A (3-4) on the audio interface.

Deck Configuration

In order to monitor the incoming Timecode signal, activate the Scope Panels for both decks. The Scope Panels are a graphical representation of the Timecode signal and allow you to trigger the calibration of the timecode.

  1. Go to the Decks section in the TRAKTOR Preferences.
  2. In the section Platter / Scope, choose Scope for the Decks you want to control with Timecode.
  3. Scope_Panel_Setting
    Scope_Panel

Now you can close the Preferences and start the playback on your Timecode Deck by dropping the needle on your running Timecode record or  pressing play on your CD Player to run the Timecode CD.

During playback, either the Relative or Absolute Mode button will light up. You may click on any of the Mode buttons to change the Mode.

During playback, the Calibration Scope should display a stable Timecode signal, as pictured below for Timecode vinyl and Timecode CD.
 

For more information on Relative and Absolute Mode as well as troubleshooting Timecode calibration, please refer to chapters 'Tracking Modes' and 'TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 Troubleshooting' in the TRAKTOR 2 user manual.

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Product Group:
TRAKTOR
Product:
TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO
Software Version:
TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2.x
Category:
Product Operation
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