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With this feature you can convert your from Rekordbox, Traktor, VirtualDJ or Serato to any of these.

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Converting your library works on both macOS and Windows

Usage is simple, just press the download button for the library you want. All your track information and playlists will be converted accordingly.

The following information will be converted:

  • Track info (rating, comments, playcount, key and more)
  • Track paths
  • Cue points
  • Beatgrid markers
  • Playlists

There are some minor limitations since not all DJ apps have the exact same features, more on that below.

Partial download

You can choose to only download a partial library. This is especially useful for the bigger libraries with Rekordbox because it can take a long time to import back into Rekordbox.

Any track in the partial XML/NML will overwrite the same matching track in your existing library. Other tracks will not be changed.

Partial download is also available for VirtualDJ but only through the Companion App.

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Beatgrid shift correction

There is a problem between how Rekordbox, Traktor, VirtualDJ and Serato read MP3 files. Most of the time they see the exact same MP3 file but in a small percentage of tracks, a tiny bit of silence (26 or 50 milliseconds) gets added to the start of the track. This causes your cue points and beatgrids to be shifted.

To correct this problem, you can use the Companion App to scan your library for files that are afflicted by this problem. You can download the Companion App here.

Libraries downloaded after you run the scan will be adjusted automatically.

This problem only occurs when converting between different systems. There is no need to use this if you don't convert your library.

This was discovered and researched by Pedro Estrela, you can find more information about this problem here.

Nearest color

All DJ apps have slightly different colors. You can let rekordcloud change your track and cue colors to the nearest similar color. If you disable this option, any color that does not exist in your target DJ app will be set to no color.

Exporting from Rekordbox 5

If you want to export your beatgrid, you have to select the BPM change points option in the Advanced tab under Rekordbox preferences.

Options

Add hot cues

If enabled, this will set the first 8 cue points of all your tracks as hot cues. This only applies to tracks that have no hot cues. You may want to enable this if you're converting from Traktor so that you'll automatically get hot cues in Rekordbox.

Copy to memory cues

If enabled, this will copy hot cues to memory cues. This only applies to tracks that have no memory cues yet. This is useful when converting from VirtualDJ because VirtualDJ only knows hot cues but in Rekordbox it is helpful to have memory cues too.

If you are coming from Serato, loop cues are prioritized. Loop cues will be set as memory cues first and then hot cues will be copied over in the available space.

Only edited tracks

This will only add tracks to your download that were changed by rekordcloud since your last upload. Your download will potentially be much smaller and faster to generate and import. Playlists will not be added to your download since these partial playlists would then overwrite your existing playlists.

Rekordbox

This option is not supported by VirtualDJ.

Limitations

Hot cues

Traktor has no hot cues so Rekordbox hot cues are converted to regular cue points in Traktor. If any hot cue is on the same spot as a regular cue, only one is preserved. If you want hot cues in Rekordbox, you can enable the Add hot cues option, see above.

Cues

Traktor has no colored cue points. If you have colored cue points in Rekordbox or VirtualDJ, this will not be preserved in Traktor.

Last played

Rekordbox does not store last played date. This track information from Traktor or VirtualDJ will not be preserved in Rekordbox.

Remix Sets

Only Traktor supports remix sets. If you convert to Rekordbox or VirtualDJ, these will be lost.

Colors

Rekordbox memory cue colors can't be converted because Rekordbox does not add these to the XML file. Hot cue colors do work.

VirtualDJ looks like it adds colors to your cue points but it actually doesn't by default. If you go into the POI editor, you will see all your cue points have no color by default. That's where you have to set cue colors.

Comment fields

VirtualDJ tracks have fields named Comment, Field1 and Field2. Comment fields are mapped appropriately. Field1 and Field2 are merged into the Comment 2 field in Traktor. Rekordbox has no extra fields so these extra fields can't be preserved.

Rekordbox

Rekordbox saves intelligent playlists as normal playlists to the XML, so there is no way for rekordcloud to distinguish them. That's why you'll see them as regular playlists when you are importing your new XML. Best thing you can do is to just ignore these, since the intelligent playlists that you already had will update as normal.

A maximum of 50 beat markers are uploaded per track, the rest is discarded. This is because dynamic analysis can add hundreds (sometimes thousands) of useless markers to a song.

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FLIP entries are not converted. Only 1 beatgrid marker is supported in OGG files. AAC files are not supported.

If the amount of cues and loops cues together exceeds the maximum, then loop cues will be dropped first.

Your database file and crates are always backed up before rekordcloud changes them. You can find these backups in the Music/_Serato_/rekordcloud folder and on every drive that Serato has tracks on.

Importing your new library

After you download your new library in XML, NML or ZIP format you still have to import it back into your DJ app. To learn how to do this, check out the Download Library wiki page in the left menu.

It’s been a while since we checked in with the powerful project that is the DJ Conversion Utility. This is a homebrew project run by one enterprising developer and DJ, Mix Master G. The goal is simple: he wants to make it possible for DJs to be able to move their libraries around between DJ platforms without a ton of headache, and that’s exactly what the DJ Conversion Utility can do.

Rekordbox XML to Traktor Library

In this new update, version 3.2 of the DJ Conversion Utility (DJCU) (Mac-only) adds the ability to convert from Rekordbox XML files to a Traktor library. This process results in a folder/playlist Traktor library structure that mirrors the exact playlist and folder structure in Rekordbox.

For tracks that have never been loaded into Traktor before, DJCU makes a playlist called “Analyze these first” to let you know there are new songs that need analysis in Traktor. There’s no getting around this process, because waveforms are all very proprietary for each DJ software. But if the Rekordbox collection contained tracks that were already analyzed in Traktor previously, they won’t be in this playlist. Handy!

Loops and cues all are also moved from Rekordbox – so if you’ve set those, they’ll appear in Traktor. An important limitation, however, is in the total number allowed:

What's Better Serato Or Rekordbox

“Rekordbox has a total of 18 cue/loop positions (8 hot and 10 memory). Traktor only has 8. When the total of unique cues and loops in Rekordbox exceeds 8 some will be lost. DJCU first converts the hot positions and if there is room left it will add the memory positions until the total of 8 is reached. Duplicate cues and loops are automatically filtered out.”

Watch the conversion process here:

What About A Master USB Drive?

Mix Master G also shared a second powerful application for his conversion utility with this update: making a USB drive that works for a bunch of DJ softwares, not just Rekordbox-compatible hardware. With this update, it’s very possible to build a drive that can work with Serato, Rekordbox, CDJs, Traktor, and Denon Prime/Engine (with the Denon Conversion Utility) – all without duplicating the data on a drive.

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The key to doing it is making a new user account on your Mac and then running the DJCU in this fresh new environment – this is pretty important to get clean iTunes data that is used as the backbone of a number of these conversions. Mix Master G goes into more depth in this complete walkthrough. You can quickly see how this could be incredibly valuable for any DJ who goes over to a friend’s house with a different setup or just wants an amazingly redundant USB drive:

As DJs, we really hope that library conversions get to be a more manufacturer-blessed process in the future – one that’s not incredibly dependent on third party utilities. But in the current ecosystem, Mix Master G’s utilities are a blessing for many DJs who want to maintain a single library that works across different hardware and software.