Studio Tips

Written On: January 16th, 2012

Here are some tips on studio issues I've ran into over the years and solutions to those issues.

Using Maschine with Traktor Scratch Pro

Written On: January 16th, 2012

This How To covers Traktor Scratch Pro on Mac OS 10.5.8 and will allow you to use your turntable/controller time code for scratching while letting you use Maschine as a controller interface.

1. Connect Traktor Scratch Pro and Maschine to any two of your available USB ports.

2. Open the Controller Editor to select the default "Traktor Pro" template or a custom template and then press either "Connect" in the Controller Editor or "Shift+Control" on your Maschine hardware.

3. Open Traktor and go to Preferences then down to Controller-Manager. From there Add a new Generic MIDI device and name it something like "Generic MIDI - Virtual MIDI" to note it's functionality.

4. Select your new device and under In-Port option select "Virtual MIDI Input" and under Out-Port select "Virtual MIDI Output". Then press Close to finalize.

5. Now test out your Maschine controller. You should be able to use "REC" and "ERASE" to navigate through your tracks. And < to load a track into channel A and > to load a track into channel B. Pad 1 (UNDO) will play the track in Channel A and Pad 3 (COMPARE) will play the track in Channel B. You can also use your time coded CDs and/or Vinyl to scratch.

Other thoughts:

This may be limited to Traktor Scratch Pro but syncing tracks and setting loops and cue/cup points can occasionally mess up your ability to use the time-coded CDs or Vinyl but for the most part it works well.

Custom controller layouts will allow you to use and control all four tracks as well as allow for additional track control.

Native Instruments Service Center Crashing

Written On: January 16th, 2012

If you are like me and prefer a stable OS over the latest version, you probably will run into this issue where NI Service Center crashes after you install some software updates for other NI products on Mac OS 10.5.8 or earlier. This is because other software updates appear to do a background update of NI Service Center to a version only compatible on versions after 10.6.0 on Macs.

Steps to resolve Service Center crashes:

1. Uninstall the latest NI Service Center version 2.3.0+ following the instructions found at: NI Service Center Crashing Knowledge Base

2. Download the last Mac 10.5 compatible version at: NI Service Center 2.2.5 Download

3. Install NI Service Center 2.2.5 for Mac OS 10.5

NI Service Center may need to update after installing but should work afterwards. This happened to me when I downloaded the latest patches released in December 2011 and has been working fine after reinstalling NI Service Center.

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