Traktor Z2 Rekordbox

Mar 11, 2021 Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 DJ Mixer. Control two analog decks plus two Remix Decks via USB with the Traktor Kontrol Z2. This pro-level DJ mixer comes bundled with NI's Traktor Pro 3 DJ software. Traktor kontrol z2 using rekordbox dj updated to 4.2.4 with DVS. Planned on using my traktor z2 & two cdj's B 4 hooking up my 1200 mk2's. Selected Traktor Kontrol z2 sound card. In the midi tab showed my hardware. If you don't already know, with the Z2 you have to mix internally in rekordbox software because of how the Z2 soundcard only outputs to the 'monitor' and 'master' channels. Not a bad thing as you get post fader effects this way but it has a couple of quirks in the mapping.

This is a four deck mapping for Z2 with Traktor Pro 3 which allows for different MIxer FX in each Deck.

Flux Button TAP = Flux Mode On/Off

When the 'FLUX' button is pressed and held down:
-Turn Loop Encoder = Scroll different Mixer Effects
-Push Loop Encoder = Mixer FX Toggle On/Off
-Press CUE Pads 1-2-3-4 to select Slot 1-4 directly.
-CUE Pads 1-2-3-4 will display each slot in corresponding color.
-Press FX 1 Button = Reverse Playback
-Press FX 2 Button = Flux Reverse Playback

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Mix on!

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:

“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:

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What About A Master USB Drive?

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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.