Simple DVS set up with minimal laptop use - Traktor or Rekordbox?
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    I want a simple DVS set up where I'm not tied to a laptop to much and want to interact with it as little as possible when i'm using the turntables. My main aim is to simply play vinyl via timecode - I'm not too interested in effects, cuepoints, extra decks etc. Just a simple set up like traditional x2 decks and mixer, only with digital files rather than real vinyl.

    I'm torn between these 2 options though:

    Rekordbox
    x2 Reloop RP7000 mk2
    x1 Pioneer DJM250 mk2

    Traktor
    x2 Reloop RP7000 mk2
    x1 Traktor Kontrol Z2

    I have Rekordbox installed already with my tracks analyzed/cue points set so going Rekordbox/Pioneer mixer would be the easiest route in. I also like Rekordbox software but there would be much more interaction with the laptop when searching, finding and loading tracks. This is what is putting me off.

    The Traktor Kontrol Z2 mixer looks perfect as I can navigate and load all the tracks without touching the laptop.
    However, I've only used Traktor a couple of times around 4 years ago so would mean learning the software.
    Is Traktor 3.1 a little more user friendly for basic use without wanting to use the many additional features it has?
    Is it more plug and play now?

    Is there any software that can take my Rekordbox tracks and save everything for Traktor use (PC and Mac)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattcee View Post
    Hi all

    I want a simple DVS set up where I'm not tied to a laptop to much and want to interact with it as little as possible when i'm using the turntables. My main aim is to simply play vinyl via timecode - I'm not too interested in effects, cuepoints, extra decks etc. Just a simple set up like traditional x2 decks and mixer, only with digital files rather than real vinyl.

    I'm torn between these 2 options though:

    Rekordbox
    x2 Reloop RP7000 mk2
    x1 Pioneer DJM250 mk2

    Traktor
    x2 Reloop RP7000 mk2
    x1 Traktor Kontrol Z2

    I have Rekordbox installed already with my tracks analyzed/cue points set so going Rekordbox/Pioneer mixer would be the easiest route in. I also like Rekordbox software but there would be much more interaction with the laptop when searching, finding and loading tracks. This is what is putting me off.

    The Traktor Kontrol Z2 mixer looks perfect as I can navigate and load all the tracks without touching the laptop.
    However, I've only used Traktor a couple of times around 4 years ago so would mean learning the software.
    Is Traktor 3.1 a little more user friendly for basic use without wanting to use the many additional features it has?
    Is it more plug and play now?

    Is there any software that can take my Rekordbox tracks and save everything for Traktor use (PC and Mac)?
    There's not really a huge amount to learn in Traktor if you're just spinning DVS. I wouldn't consider that a barrier, IMO.
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    If you don’t mind prepping you set list first, you can avoid the laptop entirely (with Traktor, probably RB too).

    There’s an option in Traktor to load next track when current track ends - so if you have a set list (either in Traktor or iTunes), you can close the laptop, and go wild.

    You could even get a 3rd timecode vinyl and change it after every track to give you the real old school experience! ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    If you don’t mind prepping you set list first, you can avoid the laptop entirely (with Traktor, probably RB too).

    There’s an option in Traktor to load next track when current track ends - so if you have a set list (either in Traktor or iTunes), you can close the laptop, and go wild.

    You could even get a 3rd timecode vinyl and change it after every track to give you the real old school experience! ;-)
    I wouldn't suggest preparing playlists like that. It kind of negates some of the ability of a DJ to be flexible.
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    It's an option. I'd never tell anyone how, or how not, to DJ.
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    Do Pioneer make anything so I can load track etc rather than using laptop?
    I've seen DJM-S9 Mixer but that is overkill and too expensive for my needs.
    DDJ-XP1 looks like it will do the above but again, all those pads are overkill and makes the unit to big.
    Can Traktor Kontrol X1 be used with Rekordbox as the size of it (and price) looks perfect.

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    Pioneer do the DDJ-SP1. Lovely little controller.

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    I've got a pair of Reloop RP7000's and a DJM 250mkII that I use with Traktor (I'm not a fan of Rekordbox), I use a Numark Orbit to navigate my playlists and effects. Why not just add on a small, cheap midi controller to the Rekordbox setup or just get the Traktor Setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattcee View Post
    Do Pioneer make anything so I can load track etc rather than using laptop?
    I've seen DJM-S9 Mixer but that is overkill and too expensive for my needs.
    DDJ-XP1 looks like it will do the above but again, all those pads are overkill and makes the unit to big.
    Can Traktor Kontrol X1 be used with Rekordbox as the size of it (and price) looks perfect.
    Yes you can put the controller into it's MIDI Mode where all controls are freely mappable.

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    I'm leaning towards Traktor now after playing with the demo purely because of the hardware with no extra boxes needed.
    Is it possible to import my music library from Rekordbox to Traktor keeping all my cue points?

    i see theres options of going Traktor > Rekordbox but nothing really going Rekordbox > Traktor?
    Any PC software that can do this?

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