This setup guide 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.
- Make sure TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 is installed and activated on your computer (TRAKTOR PRO 2 does not support timecode control).
- Make sure that your audio interface is connected to the computer and gets enough power (use a power supply if necessary).
- Connect your turntables or CD players to the IN ports of the audio interface (see photo):
- Run the Setup Wizard by clicking on the Setup Wizard button in the lower left corner of the TRAKTOR Preferences.
- In the 'Deck layout selection', choose '2 TRACK DECKS (SCRATCH)':
- When the Setup Wizard is finished, open the TRAKTOR Preferences and go to Audio Setup. Make sure your audio interface is selected in the Device menu (see screenshot).
TRAKTOR automatically sets the default configuration for the inputs, which is correct for the the cabling described above. This is how it looks:
Deck A will be controlled by the timecode signal coming in on Channel A left/right (3-4), Deck B by the timecode signal coming in on Channel B left/right (5-6)
- Select the proper input mode for your audio interface by going to the TRAKTOR Preferences.
- Open the Audio Setup and click on the button Settings. This will open your audio interface's control panel.
- Open the Channel Setup (on a Mac, this is the only section) and set the INPUT SENS (input sensivity) to PHONO (if you use a turntable to play the timecode) or LINE (if you use a CD player):
- If you are using an external mixer: Connect the outputs of your audio interface to the line inputs of your external mixer:
- Go to the Output Routing in the TRAKTOR Preferences.
- Set the Mixing Mode to 'External'. The outputs will automatically be set in the correct order, which looks like this:
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.
- If you are not using an external mixer: Connect the outputs of your audio interface to the line input of your speaker system:
- Go to the Output Routing in the TRAKTOR Preferences. 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 menus. The master signal is sent to the channels on your audio interface that are selected in the Output Master menus. Again, the outputs will automatically be set in the correct order, which looks like this:
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.
- In order to monitor the incoming timecode signal, activate the Scope Panels for both decks. The Scope Panels show a graphical representation of the timecode signal and allow you to trigger the calibration of the timecode. Go to the Decks section in the TRAKTOR Preferences. In the section Platter / Scope, choose 'Scope' for the decks you want to control with timecode (see screenshots):
- Enable either Relative Mode or Absolute Mode by clicking on one of the respective symbols below the deck (see screenshot). For more information on this, refer to the chapter 'Tracking Modes' in the Traktor Application Reference.
TRAKTOR is now ready for timecode control. As soon as you start the playback of a timecode vinyl/CD, the Scope Panel will show a circular representation of the timecode signal:
Note: If timecode control does not work after following the steps above, read the chapter 'TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 Troubleshooting' in the Traktor Application Reference. In case you played back a normal vinyl right before putting on the timecode record, Traktor may have attempted to run the calibration already and failed. In this case, hit the Calibrate button in the Scratch Panel in order to manually trigger the calibration while the timecode is running.