With Traktor

Supported version

The officially supported version of Traktor is currently Traktor Pro 3.x. While other versions of Traktor may still work with Rekord Buddy, they are not officially supported.

Viewing your Traktor collections

Every new Traktor version creates a new database, rather than replace the old installation, and Rekord Buddy will list each of these as a separate collection node that you can view and edit.

Most likely you will want to interact with the latest version of Traktor installed on your machine, as it is the collection that typically will open when you open Traktor. To check which version of Traktor you currently use, click the Traktor app icon to load it, and go to the Traktor menu and choose About Traktor. The version number is in the top left of the pop-up.

If you can't see your Traktor collections, it might be because it is stored in a custom (non-standard) location. In order to view that collection, simply drag the collection.nml 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 file there and that collection will be opened right from its custom location.

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 collection`. Note that removing a custom-location collection from Rekord Buddy doesn't actually delete the collection itself, it only removes it from the lists in the Rekord Buddy sidebar.

Traktor preferences

Use Key field instead of Key Text when reading from Traktor

Rekord Buddy can read key information from either Traktor’s own key value, as calculated during analysis, or the Key Text field which is usually calculated by other software such as Mixed In Key or KeyFinder. In return, Rekord Buddy only ever updates the Key Text property but can make sure that it always matches the Traktor key if this option is selected.

Merge grid markers and hotcues found in the same position when writing to Traktor

Traktor can have grid markers as either a hotcue, or as their own markers. When this setting is active, tracks added to Traktor will have grid markers merged into the first hotcue of the track.

Use the Comments2 field as Grouping when reading/writing from/to Traktor

Since Traktor is the only software with a Comments2 field, any information from that metadata would be lost upon import to Rekord Buddy. When this setting is active, any information in your track’s Comments2 field will be added to the Rekord Buddy Grouping field as an alternative.

Metadata support

Things that are not supported at all

Tags. Traktor does not have an equivalent field to copy this value to/from.

Things that are partially supported (with caveats)

Grouping. Traktor does not have an equivalent field but you can set the Preferences to use Traktor's Comments2 field as a replacement.

Track and Marker colors. Rekord Buddy will try to use the closest match to the source colors when writing those to Traktor. It may not be an exact match.

Smart playlists. Traktor does not have an equivalent feature. Smart playlists from Rekord Buddy itself will be converted to regular playlists when written to Traktor.

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 Preferences.

Musical Keys Rekord Buddy treats this property as multiple values but reads/writes it as one value using a separator selected in the Preferences. Keys are always exported back to the Key Text field according to the musical notation set in the preferences. Also, keep in mind that Rekord Buddy does not modify Traktor’s key value (calculated by Traktor itself) but can be set in the preferences to use it for importing instead of the Key Text value. In that case, the Key Text value is always synced with the Traktor key according to the musical notation also set in the preferences. Additionally, if you want the Key Text to be transferred correctly, make sure to set Written File Tag to Key Text in Traktor’s Analyze Options->Musical Key preferences.

Folders. Traktor always keeps its folders ordered alphabetically. Changing folder content in Traktor may cause Traktor’s order to be used when reading back from Traktor and overwrite the order used in Rekord Buddy if it is different.

Track Artwork. If the track was never added to Traktor before copying it using Rekord Buddy, then the artwork will not display correctly upon first opening Traktor after copying. For more information see the Traktor FAQ.

Grid Markers. Traktor only supports a single BPM value for all grid markers. If a track is using grid markers with multiple BPM, maybe because you analyzed it using ‘dynamic’ modes in another app or the track's tempo changes throughout the track, no beatgrid will be written to Traktor. You can see if a track's beatgrid is compatible with Traktor or not in the track info editor, in the marker info section.

Analysis Lock. This only prevents Traktor from analyzing the track but Rekord Buddy ignores it and still modifies the BPM and beatgrid during copying.

Playlists. Rekord Buddy does not support duplicate tracks in playlists. Those will be ignored when reading from Traktor.

Traktor FAQ

My track doesn’t contain any beatgrid after it's copied over

Make sure that your grid is compatible with Traktor. To check if it is, simply right click or double click on a track in a collection other than Traktor and look at the marker info tab. The list should contain a ll the markers found and a warning if the grid is unsupported by Traktor. See the Grid Markers section in the "Things that are partially supported" list for Traktor for more information.

My tracks won’t show any waveforms in Traktor Pro

Your tracks are missing their stripes. Analyze the tracks, gain only (leave the option checked) to fix this.

My cover artwork doesn’t show in Traktor

To fix this, go to edit the track within the Traktor Pro browser by right clicking on it. Open up the edit box and close it. Traktor Pro thinks the artwork should be cached after copying but it isn’t yet.

My changes don’t show up in Traktor

Try to edit the track, load the track on a deck or to check the collection’s consistency to force Traktor to reload the data.

How do I backup my Traktor collection?

The easiest way is to copy the collection.nml file in your Traktor directory. This file is located in the Traktor directory for the most recent version of Traktor installed or in the custom directory you selected in Tractor’s preferences. You can compress/zip it too to make sure nothing happens the backup.

To restore the information, copy this file back into the Traktor directory and, using the Terminal app, run this command:

touch <path to Traktor directory>/collection.nml

Note: Replace the path above with the correct one for your situation.