Dear Testers, The TRAKTOR Team has been working hard to prepare a key update to TRAKTOR PRO 2: 64-bit Architecture. By making TRAKTOR a 64-bit application, it now allows TRAKTOR to access all the available RAM on computers with 64-bit operating systems; previously, TRAKTOR could only access a maximum of 2GB of RAM regardless of how much RAM was actually installed and available on the computer. By giving TRAKTOR access to more RAM, it will increase performance of the software by allowing management of more items (larger Track Collections, more Remix Deck samples, better playback caching, etc.). We are very interested to hear your feedback on this update. Still using a 32-bit version of Windows? With this update the 32-bit version of TRAKTOR can now also access an additional 1GB of RAM (if the computer has it available) providing additional performance and stability. TRAKTOR PRO 2 now features full Automatic Deck Flavor Switching; previously, this was only working when loading items via the S8 Browser. Now, loading or dragging a Track or Remix Set onto a Deck will cause the Deck to automatically switch to the appropriate flavor to play the content. Also new in this version is a special analysis mode called “Parallel Processing”. This option can be found at the bottom of the Analysis window which appears when you right-click on tracks and choose “Analyze (Async)” from the context menu. If you enable the Parallel Processing checkbox before clicking OK, TRAKTOR will then use multiple threads to process many tracks simultaneously. Our tests show that processing a large collection of files can now be done three times faster with this option enabled. Be aware, however, that TRAKTOR will use lots of your computer’s resources to do this and it may affect playback of tracks. We therefore only recommend using this feature in an offline situation rather than during a live performance. When TRAKTOR PRO 2.7.3 was released, some users reported crashes on startup. This beta version contains a fix for this issue and we’d like confirmation from you that the fix was successful if you were previously suffering from the startup crash. There were also reports of crashes on shutdown on some Windows systems and we have made a fix for it. If you were experiencing this issue in previous versions of TRAKTOR, please let us know if this version resolves the problem for you. We also fixed an issue where jumping out of an Active Loop via a HotCue would disable the Loop—the Loop should now remain active when doing this just like in TRAKTOR PRO 2.6.8. Lastly, we fixed two issues which occurred when making changes to tracks (such as changing the track Rating) in the Explorer node while that same track was already playing in a Deck; doing so could result in the analyzed tempo being lost (causing the track to fall out of sync) or removal of the “played” checkmarks from the track. These issues should no longer occur. ATTENTION WINDOWS USERS If you are using an audio interface which only has 32-bit drivers and you can't use your ASIO drivers, be sure you are using the 32-bit version of TRAKTOR in order to access the low-latency ASIO drivers for the audio interface. If you have a 64-bit operating system, TRAKTOR will have installed the 64-bit version of the application by default and you will need to take a few extra steps to access the 32-bit version as follows: 1. Go to "C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\Traktor 2”. In this folder you will find the current 64-bit version of TRAKTOR called “Traktor.exe”. Please rename this to “Traktor 64.exe” so that you have a backup of this version. 2. Please then open the “x86” subfolder. You will find another “Traktor.exe” inside. This is the 32-bit version of TRAKTOR. Please move or copy this application up one sub-folder to the "C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\Traktor 2” folder. 3. Now launch this newly copied “Traktor.exe”—this will now be the 32-bit version of TRAKTOR. Sound OK? KNOWN ISSUES MULTI-CORE SUPPORT Since the release of TRAKTOR PRO 2.7.0, there has been an issue with some multi-core systems which causes poor playback performance. We are working on this issue and the team has created a small “hack” that allows you to manually set the number of cores used for processing TRAKTOR’s audio thread. If you’re having playback problems, it is recommended to try lowering the number of cores used for the processing. When you find a value that works properly with your computer, we’d like for you to report that number to us as it will help our further investigations into the cause of the problem. Directions for configuring the audio thread processing are as follows: Configuring the amount of threads used for audio processing: In order to tweak the amount of threads simultaneously processing audio in Traktor, create a file called “Traktor_cpuconfig.txt” in your home directory (this is your 'user' directory, by default located in "c:\users\*user name*\"). This file should contain a single number between 1 and 8. Any other options are invalid. In order for this file to take effect, Traktor has to be restarted or the multi-core setting in the Audio tab has to be toggled off and on again. Try to find the optimum configuration for your machine by testing different numbers (also odd numbers like 3). Traktor.log / cpu info: All versions of Traktor will write CPU information into the Traktor.log file which could be useful for debugging or finding issues with multi-core support. Please include this information when reporting your test results. PLAYBACK ISSUES WITH SOME M4A (AAC) AND WMA FILES This issues still exists in this beta, but should be resolved soon in a future beta release. NO ALAC SUPPORT ON WINDOWS This issue still exists since Microsoft doesn’t offer any native ALAC support and since Apple’s QuickTime library has been deprecated. While this beta version does not solve the problem for Windows users, we are still investigating ways of adding this support to TRAKTOR itself since we can no longer rely on the original libraries we used for providing this functionality. FULLSCREEN ISSUES ON WINDOWS Some Windows users with high-resolution monitors are experiencing trouble when setting TRAKTOR to Full Screen Mode. This problem appears to only occur when the “Change the size of all items” Display Preference is set to a value larger than 125%. Therefore, if you are experiencing the problem, setting the preference to 125% or smaller should temporarily fix the issue while we continue to investigate a permanent fix.