Traktor

July 30, 2020 | Winston 

Learn how to use Traktor for internet radio broadcasting. It lacks a built-in encoder but we will suggest some to go around this limitation.
Software information

Platform: Windows & macOS 
License: Commercial ($129 CAD)
Server type: Needs external encoder
Download Page: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-software/traktor-pro-3/demo-and-downloads/


What we love about Traktor

It’s one of the best Dj programs known for advanced sound features. Its standout features include:

  • iTunes integration
  • Sync
  • Support for line input
  • Unique effects
  • Multiple EQs & filter types
  • 30+ studio-grade effects
  • BPM detection
  • Remix Decks

1. Install Traktor

The program comes with a demo version. It stops working after 30 minutes of use, but it can be restarted.  

In Windows, for instance, after the download: 

  • Open the downloaded .exe file to run the setup wizard.
  • Launch Traktor.

2. Options to capture & broadcast audio without an integrated encoder

Since the software lacks a built-in encoder, it cannot broadcast to a radio broadcasting server directly. You can try alternative methods of capturing and broadcasting audio, including: 

a) Use an encoder that can capture audio from the sound card

There are a number of encoders that can capture audio outputted to your sound card. Paid options include LiveStream, Rocket Broadcaster, Audio Hijack, and Sam Cast.    

b) Create virtual inputs and outputs 

If you want more control over the audio that's captured in your computer, it's recommended that you use a program to create virtual inputs and outputs. 

One of the best configurations is using Voicemeeter with BUTT. 

c) Use stereo mix (may not work on all computers)

Finally, if your computer supports Stereo Mix, you can use this technique to capture audio from all applications. Then, use a free encoder like Altacast or BUTT for streaming. 

Learn how to enable Stereo Mix and what it is. 

3. Playing music

  • Drag and drop music files into the playlist tabs
  • Load them onto the decks
  • Click the Play button.
Traktor playing music

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