The officially supported version of rekordbox is currently rekordbox 5.8.1. While other versions of rekordbox may still work with Rekord Buddy, they are not officially supported.
Unfortunately for rekordbox users, the app is currently the least intuitive to use with Rekord Buddy. Unlike with the other DJ apps, Rekord Buddy uses a XML bridge file to communicate with rekordbox instead of being able to directly modify its collection. This means you have some setup to do before being able to use rekordbox with Rekord Buddy.
If rekordbox is detected the first time you launch Rekord Buddy, you will see an empty rekordbox collection in the sidebar. In order to populate this collection with the actual content of your rekorbox collection you'll need to export that collection to XML and then use that XML file to update the bridge file used by Rekord Buddy and rekordbox.
If you makes changes in rekordbox and want to see those changes in Rekord Buddy, you will need to repeat the same steps again.
To export your rekordbox collection to an XML file and use that to update Rekord Buddy, follow these steps:
In rekordbox, go to
Advanced and in the rekordbox XML section make sure Export Beatgrid Information is set to
BPM change points. This ensure your beatgrid will be part of the exported data.
In the rekordbox menu, go to
Export collection in XML format, and save the file somewhere you’ll remember (such as your Documents folder). You can name the file however you wish, as long as it has the XML file extension.
Once the file has exported, locate it in Finder.
Launch Rekord Buddy, and click on the little disclosure triangle next the the main rekordbox collection (the one named simply
rekordbox) to make sure it is open.
Drag the XML file from Finder on to the the rekordbox collection header in the Rekord Buddy sidebar (the one with the triangleto expand it).
Yes to the dialog asking if you want to update the current rekordbox bridge collection.
To view or edit a rekordbox XML file located in a custom (non-standard) location, drag the XML file directly from Finder to right below the very last line in the Rekord Buddy sidebar. The cursor should turn into a
+ indicating that the collection can be opened. Drop the collection file and that collection will be opened from the custom location. From that point on, Rekord Buddy will remember this collection and alway open it when you launch the app.
If you'd like to remove a custom-location collection just select it in the sidebar and press
delete or right click and choose
Remove this Collection. Note that removing a custom location collection from Rekord Buddy doesn't actually delete the collection file itself, it only removes it from the collection list in the Rekord Buddy sidebar.
Rekord Buddy cannot write any information directly into rekordbox. Changes are only reflected in the rekordbox XML file that Rekord Buddy manages for you. You will then need to import those changes yourself from that file, into the rekordbox collection itself.
First you have to make sure the rekordbox XML bridge is visible in rekordbox and that it it pointing to the same file that Rekord Buddy is modifying for you.
In rekordbox, go to
View and in the
Layout section, make sure rekordbox XML is ticked.
Now, go to the
Advanced tab. Ensure that the
Imported Library file path is set as default (delete the current path to be sure). The XML collection will appear in rekordbox's browser as rekordbox XML.
Preferences and expand the rekordbox XML section of the browser tree.
To add single tracks to your main rekordbox collection, select All Tracks from the XML tree, right click the desired track and select
Import to collection.
To add a whole playlist, repeat step 4 on a playlist.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop files or playlists into the main collection.
If you try to add one or more tracks that already exist in the collection, you will get the message below. Click
Don’t ask me again and then
Yes to make sure the most up-to-date track information is transferred.
These are the only valid steps to import tracks back into rekordbox. Dragging tracks from the iTunes bridge, drag and dropping from the desktop, or anything else will not import the metadata generated by Rekord Buddy (cue points, beatgrid, etc...)
All track hotcues will also be exported to the rekordbox XML as memory cues. This is helpful for hardware-specific limitations.
This will let you copy playlists which contain both videos and music tracks to rekordbox. This will only be supported by rekordbox 6 or above. Keep in mind that rekordbox 6 is not officially supported by Rekord Buddy and prevents you from exporting your collection to XML.
Sets whether to save three, four or eight cue points for your tracks. This is helpful for hardware-specific limitations. Extra hotcues will be output as memory cues.
rekordbox can generate a lot of grid markers in dynamic mode. This can help limit the number of markers imported so that the tracks do not display with thousands of markers in apps like Traktor.
Tags. rekordbox does not have an equivalent field to copy this value to/from.
Grouping. rekordbox does not have an equivalent field to copy this value to/from.
Rating. Serato does not have an equivalent field to copy this value to/from.
Smart Playlists. Those are not currently being read from of written to. Smart playlists from Rekord Buddy itself will be converted to regular playlists when written to rekordbox.
Date Modified. rekordbox does support modification times or dates.
Date Released. rekordbox does support release years but not complete release dates.
Grid Markers. If rekordbox is set to ‘dynamic’ mode for analysis this can potentially create too many grid markers for other apps to handle. Use the
Preferences setting to ignore tracks with more than a certain number of grid markers.
Cue Markers. rekordbox can support 3, 4 or 8 hotcues for loops and cues depending on the hardware you use to playback. Use the
Preferences setting to make sure only the number of hotcues you need get exported to rekordbox. Other hotcues will be converted to memory cues on export.
Memory Cues. rekordbox only supports a maximum of 10 memory cues, so all extra cue points transferred from other software will be not be exported to rekordbox.
Track and Marker colors. Rekord Buddy will try to use the closest match to the source colors when writing those to rekordbox. It may not be an exact match. rekordbox does not export or import memory cue colors.
Artists, Remixers, Producers and Genres. Rekord Buddy treats these properties as multiple values but reads/writes it as one value using separators selected in the
Musical Keys. Key values are always written to rekordbox according to the musical notation set in the
Preferences. Rekord Buddy treats this property as multiple values but reads/writes it to rekordbox as one value using a separator selected in the
Folders. rekordbox allows folders to contain multiple playlists or folders with the same name but different case. This is not supported in Rekord Buddy and only the first one listed will be parsed.
Analysis Lock. This only prevents Traktor from analyzing the track but Rekord Buddy ignores it and still modifies the BPM and beatgrid during copying. rekordbox does not ignore it though, if this flag is set then changes coming from the XML bridge will be ignored.
Playlists. Rekord Buddy does not support duplicate tracks in playlists. Those will be ignored when reading from rekordbox. rekordbox, in turns, doesn't support video files in its playlists. Those will be skipped when writing to rekordbox.
Make sure you are running the officially supported version of rekordbox and that you are following the steps details inthe section Importing Changes to rekordbox. Additionally, make sure the track does not have analysis lock set to
on as this will cause rekordbox to ignore some of the imported metadata.
Most likely it’s not re-analyzing the track. If you are importing the track for the first time it’s generating the waveforms it needs to play the tracks back. So it’s not recalculating the beatgrid but just doing some internal stuff.
If you actually want to back up your rekordbox library and all the music, click
Backup Library. You will be prompted that it will take a while, click
OK. The next pop-up window you’ll see will ask you if you want to backup your music as well.
Yes, then you’ll be prompted with a browser window asking you to select the location (and rename it if you want).