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Tutorial #2
Recording a Mix with VMS4.1 and Traktor
1.
Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
1.1 TL;DR? ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
2. How do I setup the VMS4.1?.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2
2.1 Hardware Setup .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
2.2 Software Setup ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
3. How do I setup TRAKTOR? ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
3.1 Audio Setup........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
3.2 Output Routing ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
3.3 Input Routing ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8
3.4 Mix Recorder......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
4. Just the Essence ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
5. Frequently Asked Questions ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
6. Links ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 17
6.1 NI’s official TRAKTOR User Forum....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 17
6.2 NI’s official Support............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 17
6.3 ADJ’s official VMS American Audio Forum ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
6.4 ADJ’s official support .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
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6.5 Traktorbible ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 18
6.6 DJ Freshfluke ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
1. Introduction
This tutorial explains in short what settings to use if you want to record a mix using TRAKTOR and the VMS4.1 by American Audio.
For general audio routing questions please consult the TRAKTOR manual or search for the respective forum threads either in the TRAKTOR forums or
the ADJ forums.
I’m using TRAKTOR Scratch Pro 2 version 2.6.6 in this tutorial, all paths and pictures refer to these version. However, all T(S)P2 versions behave similar
in this area, so the tutorial is valid for older T(S)P2 versions, too – but maybe not for T(S)P1 versions (or older).
Please note that I’m using Windows 7 here. There might be some differences when using Windows 8. Also note that screenshots I add may contain
German path and menu names, since I use a German OS. However, you’ll find all the respective English paths in the text.
1.1 TL;DR?
If you just want to see the screenshots without explanation, please go to chapter 4 (Just the Essence).
2. How do I setup the VMS4.1?
I assume you have your VMS4.1 already up and running and the routing is correctly setup. If that’s not the case, please refer to the VMS and/or TRAKTOR
manual.
2.1 Hardware Setup
If not already, then put the now VMS in 8-Out-Mode via the switch on
the front of the hardware.
Note: You have to restart the VMS in order to apply the change!
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2.2 Software Setup
Windows
Open the ASIO Panel via: Start > All Programs > American Audio ASIO
Driver 1.22
To assign the recording inputs, click on Master Rec and choose In 9 and In
10.
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Mac
Open the Audio MIDI Setup via Applications/Utilities.
Choose the VMS4 Audio Midi Device and then assign Front
Left/Right as Inputs.
Then click on Outputs and assign the channels as seen in the
picture.
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3. How do I setup TRAKTOR?
Open TRAKTORs Preferences via the Preferences button (gear wheel
symbol) in the upper right corner of the TRAKTOR user interface.
3.1 Audio Setup
Obviously, you want to use the VMS as your audio device.
Make sure you already selected it in TRAKTORs Audio Setup.
Under Windows, it’s called ADJ ASIO, under Mac it’s called VMS4 AUDIO
MIDI Device.
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3.2 Output Routing
Windows
We need TRAKTOR to output actual audio and we will (ab)use the FX
Return output for that.
The Master signal will then also be sent via the FX Return channel,
usually to (guess what) to feed this signal to some external effects
device. Back in the analog days, several mixers had this option; in the
digital era it gets more and more obsolete.
In the Output Routing tab, Choose Outputs 9 and 10 for the FX Return
output channel, since outputs 1-8 are already occupied for the
playback decks A-D.
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Mac
Choose your Output Routing in TRAKTOR as shown in the picture.
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3.3 Input Routing
Windows
We sent the Master signal OUT, now we need to get it back IN.
Back in the analog days, you would have gotten now a processed FX
signal back from your effect device.
However, we (ab)use this input signal for the mix recorder later, but
first we got to set it up.
Under Input Routing, choose channels In 9 and 10 for the Input FX
Send channel.
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Mac
Under Input Routing, choose Front Left and Front Right as Input FX Send.
3.4 Mix Recorder
Now we feed TRAKTORs recorder with the previously assigned channel.
In the Mix Recorder tab, choose External as Source.
As External Input choose Input FX Send.
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3.5 Audio Recorder
Open the Audio Recorder via the Cassette button on the upper right side. Play back a track and observe how the recording level is moving along with the
Master in the upper middle of the GUI.
Adjust the recording level to move in the upper third, but don’t set it too high! You can make a mix louder after recording, but you will never be able to
remove distortion coming from a too hot signal.
Hit the red Record button to start your mix (for the color blind: the button with the white circle in it) and hit it again to end your mix. For further
information about the recording panel, please consult your TRAKTOR manual.
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4. Just the Essence
If you read all of the chapters above, just skip this. If you were brought here, because you clicked the link for the lazy in the introduction – here are your
screenshots:
4.1 Windows
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4.2 Mac
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5. Frequently Asked Questions
This chapter collects a few common questions that arise every now and then in the forum.
5.1 After switching to 8-Out-Mode i still dont have enough channels, why?
You need to restart your VMS4.1 in order to make the output mode change active.
5.2 My Recording is distorted, why?
Check your levels: This means your lines as well as TRAKTORs Master, plus there is also an independent recording gain knob in the Recording tab! And of
course, don’t overdrive the VMS4.1 hardware. If there goes distorted audio out, then you’ll record distorted audio!
6. Links
The following is a short list of the most important links regarding the TRAKTOR world plus links to my person. In case you didn’t know yet, who you’re
dealing with! ;)
6.1 NI’s official TRAKTOR User Forum
The TRAKTOR forum is moderated by a handful of TRAKTOR experts, who are long time DJs. They are in constant information flow with NI, but they are
not part of the official support team. So basically, it’s a user forum – users help users and not the official NI support, keep that in mind!
=> http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=105
6.2 NI’s official Support
Here you find the links to the official NI support team. Be it a registration issue or any other technical problem – they’ll help you out within a maximum of
2-3 working days, usually even shorter reaction times. In case you don’t get an answer within this timeframe, please contact the moderators of the
TRAKTOR forum and hand them your ticket number, so they can investigate what happened. In 95% of all cases, an answer got soaked up somewhere in
the digital nirvana, so make sure you have a look in your spam folder, too, if you’re missing an answer.
=> http://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/contact-support
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6.3 ADJ’s official VMS American Audio Forum
The American Audio forum is moderated by me, but similar to the TRAKTOR forum, it’s not an official support forum but a users-help-users forum.
=> http://forums.americandj.com/eve/forums/a/cfrm/f/3191099573
6.4 ADJ’s official support
The American Audio supporters are usually fast and friendly. In case you don’t get an answer within 2 or 3 working days, please contact me, so they can
investigate what happened. In 95% of all cases, an answer got soaked up somewhere in the digital nirvana, so make sure you have a look in your spam
folder, too, if you’re missing an answer.
EU support => service@adjgroup.eu
US support => support@americandj.com
6.5 Traktorbible
The perfect addition to the TRAKTOR manual; the book is worth every penny and Rainer updates the website quite often.
=> http://www.traktorbible.com
6.6 DJ Freshfluke
Me, myself and I – DJ for over 10 years… Coming from vinyl I started in 2004 with Finalscratch 1.5 and am using a DVS ever since; beta-testing the
software and moderating the TRAKTOR forum since then, too. Since 2010 in business with ADJ as well.
And yes, TRAKTOR changed my life. 
=> http://www.facebook.com/dj.freshfluke
=> http://www.mixcloud.com/freshfluke
=> https://soundcloud.com/freshfluke
=> http://freshfluke.tumblr.com
=> https://twitter.com/freshfluke
=> http://instagram.com/freshfluke
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