tractor dj studio?

elf Jul 2, 2004

  1. elf

    elf Junior Members

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    I hope this is OK to post in this section, its not strictly production, but its in that kind of area.

    Anyway, I'v just started messing about with tractor at the moment. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how you set up a seperate output so you can monitor the tune your cueing up on headphones without it playing over the top of the tune allready playing (rather important thing to be able to do really!).

    Can anyone help me?

    Cheers
    :Smile3:
     
  2. JPsychodelicacy

    JPsychodelicacy Studio Elf

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    Ye'll be needing a second sound card for that, I imagine.

    I think the way the guys with laptops do it is to use a USB/Firewire card for the actual output, and monitor through the laptop's headphone socket.

    NOTE : From version 2.0 onwards this is no longer the case, see my post below! :Grin:

    J.
     
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    martin_e Pantheistic Cyberneticist

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    Mmm ... it's a good bit of kit (a dj mate of mine swears by it - not for performance but for practice, and quickly putting together set ideas). But it does need a second soundcard to be any use...
     
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    yeah, I had a feeling I might need a second sound card.
    I was hoping it might be simpler than that :sad:
     
  5. JPsychodelicacy

    JPsychodelicacy Studio Elf

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    If you're talking about a desktop PC, you can pick up a cheap one for less than a £10 (link). If you're only using it for headphone monitoring it doesn't have to be a particularly good one.

    Obviously if you're talking about laptops it's closer to £40 and a bit more problematic...

    J.
     
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    Cheers. :Smile3:
    Its only for a desktop PC. How hard is it to put a second sound card in? Is it something you can do yourself? (note: I have minimal knowledge about PC's! :? )
     
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    JPsychodelicacy Studio Elf

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    Once you've unplugged it and got the top case cover off it's pretty straightforward.


    To avoid static damage, don't touch the face of the card (hold it by the edges), wear shoes while you're doing it and touch a radiator beforehand to earth yourself.

    There should be 4 or 5 slots towards the rear-right of the board - of which at least one should be empty. Slot the card in (firmly, but don't try to force it), make sure it's sitting OK.

    Then replace the cover, fire the machine up, stick the CD that comes with the card in the machine and install the drivers. (You can leave replacing the cover on the machine until it's all installed OK if running the PC 'naked' doesn't bother you :Wink3: )

    http://www.build-your-own-computer-tips.com/install-pci-cards.html

    J.
     
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    thanks.
    Doesn't sound too hard. Im sure I could persuade one of my mates to do the fiddly bits!
     
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    opia locus solus

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    you wouldn't need a second soundcard if the one you currently have has more than one output, say for 5.1 surround. i do it with my sb live, just plug headphones into one output, then main out into another. takes a bit of fiddling to get it right, but works really nicely for me!

    :wizard1:
     
  10. elf

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    how do you set it up on tractor to do that? I had tried to do something like that, but without much luck. I think I have the same soundcard.
     
  11. opia

    opia locus solus

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    go to www.kxproject.com and download those drivers for your souncard

    when youve installed those, open up traktor and you'll see that you have 4 outputs, mess around with them until it's setup how you want it :Smile3:

    :Smile3:
     
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    Red five jah mangled spanner

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    that would be telling
    which driver do i ctually need eh?

    oh and does anyone know where to find the destruction manual? I got me a copy of Traktor 2.5 and am having hassle deciding which channel is on and such like...do i really need 2 soundcards if i get these drivers then?
     
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    opia locus solus

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    those drivers are only for certain soundblaster cards... check the site for more info on compatibility.

    if your soundcard has more than 1 output though, then you should be able to find a way to get it to work. you'll be wanting to find ASIO drivers for your card most likely, which provide lower latency etc.
     
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    You want to go in to the windows settings on start menu/ control panel/ sound and audio devices click on the advance button in the speaker setting plain and select quadraphonic speakers from the drop down list so that windows will send a signal to the rear out puts of your sound card. The new drivers should only be "I think" to improve performance or bypass the windows mixer as all features of the card should work with the original drivers provided. :?
     
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    Red five jah mangled spanner

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    that would be telling
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    the only way to get it to work with just one stereo output is to run two mono outputs easy but dosent sound great.
    :speaker:
     
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    Red five jah mangled spanner

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    that would be telling
    can anyone recommend a reasonably priced soundcard, i don't wan't it to be supergood, just good enought to piddle around with at the missus house where i have yet to a set up.
     
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    Traktor was originally designed to use 2 sound cards in parallel, however from version 2 they no longer recommend this, instead recommending a single sound card with multiple outputs.

    Any sound card with four or more channels (2 x stereo out, or 5.1) should work fine with it, and you can pick them up for between £15-30...

    Hope that helps some...

    J.
     
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    I'm touching myself as I write this post.
    Yep, although knowing Mr5's complete lack of computer skills unless he knows someone to open up the PC for him then a USB job will be better...creative do this which looks reasonable.
     
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