NI Traktor Pro: The user interface

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TRAKTOR uses a set of user interface layouts to organize its graphical user interface. These are called “Layouts” in TRAKTOR terminology. You can access them from TRAKTOR’s Layout selection drop-down menu in the software’s Header.

Use the Layout selection drop-down menu to select a Layout.

Depending on which Layout you select, certain elements of the user interface will be displayed while others will remain hidden.

To make all elements described hereafter visible:

► Select the Mixer Layout from the drop-down menu.

If you are using TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2, you will most likely use an external mixer instead of TRAKTOR’s internal software mixer; however, to follow the explanations in this manual, you should also select the Mixer Layout.

The contained layouts differ for LE 2.

 

The picture below shows the interface of TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO. Your graphical user interface will look slightly different if you are using TRAKTOR LE.

The main areas of the software.

 

(1) Application Menu Bar: The Application Menu Bar provides access to basic functions and information about the software.

(2) Header: Here you can find various status indicators and useful functions and buttons, e.g., the Preferences button (cog wheel symbol).

(3) Global section: The Global section contains the FX Units, Master Clock, the Audio Recorder, and the Loop Recorder.

(4) Decks: TRAKTOR provides you with four virtual Decks. The Decks are the place where tracks, Samples, and live input are played back. The Decks can be seen as the virtual equivalent to good old vinyl or CD decks. If you previously selected to use only two Decks from the Setup Wizard, you can make the lower Decks C and D visible via Preferences > Decks Layout > Deck Layout; simply put a checkmark next to Show C & D, and confirm by closing the Preferences window.

(5) Mixer: Sitting in the middle of your TRAKTOR window is the Mixer. It receives on its fourchannels the audio signals coming from the four Decks described above. There is one channel for each Deck. As with any DJ mixer, the Mixer’s basic purpose is to adjust the relative level of each channel, to control the channels’ frequency content, possibly feeding them into the FX Units, before sending the overall result to your audience.

(6) Browser: The Browser manages all your tracks in a database, called the Track Collection (also Collection). You can group tracks in Playlists, sort them according to various attributes, and search within Playlists as well as in the whole Collection.

The Audio Recorder is not available in LE 2.

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