Review & Video: Traktor 2 Bible

Review Summary:

The book is great if you want a decent printed manual for Traktor, and of course it's much more than that. If you’d benefit from measured discussion of everything from file handling and metadata to key mixing theory and beatmatching - discussion that isn’t dumbed down but still remains concise and clear - you’ll find it here.

Traktor 2 Bible
  • Traktor 2 Bible
  • Rating: 5
  • From: Traktor 2 Bible
  • Price: $40
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  • On November 2, 2011
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014

Review & Video: Traktor 2 Bible

Traktor is a powerful and versatile program, but it’s also a complex one. Just getting it set up to work properly can be a challenge, and later on - when you’ve used it many times - you face the additional challenge of harnessing some of that versatility once you feel the need to customise the program to your own ends.

At either of these times, you may wish for additional help over and above scouring forums or battling with Traktor’s online help, and that’s where Rainer G. Haselier’s book Traktor 2 Bible comes in.

This rather large, 364-page paperback (available in German and English - I’m reviewing the English edition here) is partly a “missing manual”, partly a guide to the more technical aspects of digital DJing, and partly a music theory book. So whether you’re struggling with basic configuration issues, grappling with digital file organisation and Midi, or stuck on sync, bars and key mixing, Rainer has you covered.

The book has been around for a couple of years now, but has recently been updated for the Traktor 2 range. Of course, it’s the nature of software guides that they are out of date practically as soon as they’re printed, so there’s a membership scheme called Traktor Bible Plus which you can join for free on the book’s sister website where chapter by chapter, additions are made available. There are also ready-made mappings there, which is a great resource.

Traktor Bible mappings

The sister website has mappings, updates and a blog - it's worth a visit once you've bought the book.

I found the sections on library management / iTunes integration and what Traktor actually does to your MP3s to be invaluable reading, but there’s also particularly a lot of information here that people working on custom mappings will find to be solid gold for their needs.

Indeed the book is completely comprehensive, so whatever you’re struggling with in the program, it is definitely covered here. It’s bang up to date with regards things like the sample decks, and the loop recorder, for instance, and it also has a comprehensive section on Traktor’s multitude of effects.

But there’s material here that moves beyond the realms of Traktor, too, with a beatgridding tutorial using real tracks that you can download, which could be useful for beatgridding in any software (although of course it uses Traktor), and even a section on using the open-source digital audio workstation Audacity to divide your Traktor-recorded mixtapes into individual tracks for successful burning to CD.

Conclusion

Traktor 2 Bible is an advanced book, and it’s rather dry in places, but arguably it’s just reflecting the software that it addresses in these matters. It’s hard to make Midi protocol and mapping sexy, after all!

The book is great if you want a decent printed manual for Traktor, but as we’ve seen it’s more than that. If you’d benefit from measured discussion of everything from file handling and metadata to key mixing theory and beatmatching - discussion that isn’t dumbed down but still remains concise and clear - you’ll find it here. I don’t usually add review books to my library, but this one has a wide enough scope that I know there’s stuff in it I’ll want to refer back to for probably several years to come. I’m glad to be holding on to it.

I’m popping it up there right next to “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” and “The DJ’s Handbook: From Scratch to Stardom”. (The former I thoroughly recommend, the latter I certainly don’t - but more about that on another day...)

Product Summary

Review Summary:

The book is great if you want a decent printed manual for Traktor, and of course it's much more than that. If you’d benefit from measured discussion of everything from file handling and metadata to key mixing theory and beatmatching - discussion that isn’t dumbed down but still remains concise and clear - you’ll find it here.

Traktor 2 Bible

  • Traktor 2 Bible
  • Rating: 5
  • From: Traktor 2 Bible
  • Price: $40
  • Reviewed by:
  • On November 2, 2011
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014

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Comments

  1. dennis parrott says:

    First Post!!

    ...never got to say that before...

    if you run Traktor and struggle doing things with it, Rainer is DA MAN. buy the book. videos on youtube are nice but if you really want the word on the technical stuff, you need this book...

    i'd even buy a second copy if i could get it as a PDF so i could have it on my computer/ipad/etc. for easy access away from my practice desk.

  2. Rainer is the Traktor Master :-)
    You can ask him really everything about Traktor and he always returns your emails..

  3. It's the only Bible I read 😉

  4. I use reloop digital jockey for djing. I for myself found it really hard to map this thing up with traktor. I claim it on the controller its not the best one out there.Thx mister morse for the review! Greetings from germany

  5. Will Marshall says:

    Unfortunately, there is no digital version due to some pretty misplaced concerns about piracy. For a reference book this is a big problem - especially as dead-tree media becomes irrelevant. The publishing model for software textbooks long-ago moved to digital distribution, since this allows regular updates and avoids the "insanely heavy" problem.

    Rainer really needs to change his mind on this one.

    • To be fair he doesn't need to do anything. If he wants to sell the book online as a hard copy and provide web updates, it's his choice. I respect his decision. It doesn't negate the usefulness of the content, it just means you have to order it and wait a week or so for it to arrive. No biggie.

  6. I just took the wrapper off this book tonight, so dont ruin the ending for me. Ha ha, a little DJ humour. I like that the book has online updates and stuff. Cant wait to dig in!

  7. Dj Lyts Out says:

    Own a copy and its a bit difficult for me to understand some stuff. I will keep at tho. BTW the book is very well detailed

  8. Thank you Phil for yet another good review!

    This book is really good and I think that you get soo much more out of Traktor after reading it that it is absolutely worth the money. (For me it is also a good thing that it is written in english as it helps my english speking skills up a bit.)
    But I recomend everyone to read the manual that comes with Traktor and also can be downloaded from NI first.
    I did and read it before I bought the program, then when I had bought the NI T2SP I began to read the T2 Bible.
    I do think that I got the most thing I want to use figured out now.

    //DJ Hessler

  9. Dj Chris Argueta says:

    Great Resource!

    I've owned my copy for only a month now (recently made the transition to TP2).

    Nowhere else will you find all info that is in this book.

    But there is some important stuff that could be expanded on just a bit more.

    For one, a description of the Preferences window and in particular, it's tabs.

    This book is like the first commercialy available DJ mixer (Bozak CMA10-2DL), No crossfader, no EQ on each channel, no split cue; but there is nothing else. So how do you complain?

    Again

  10. I would love to buy & own this Bible. And considering all The good reviews I don't mind paying à little extra. What I do mind is that it's not available in à digital version.
    I refuse to pay for paper! It's à bit funny too. À Digital DJ Guru who refuses to share his knowledge digitally :-).

    • A Digital DJ Guru who understands where many of his potential customers get the music that they have on their hard drives. And their copy of Traktor for that matter.

      I'd rather have it as an ebook too, but I understand his fear. I'd buy a digital DRM'ed copy, but I bought the physical book in the meantime.

  11. Hey Phil I'm not sure if you promote one software over another in your new Online Course, but have you ever thought about maybe teaming up with Rainer and bundling a copy with the class. It was just a thought I had when I read your post on your new Online Class, I know when I first started learning Traktor almost anyone I talked to said I should grab a copy of this and I'm so glad I did. It is by far the best thing out there.

    Again this is if you use Traktor in your online course or not. But again Good Luck on your new Online Training venture. Keep it up, anyone who uses Traktor if you have ever had a question about Traktor buy this book and 99.9% of the time it will be in there.

  12. THATS why i stick with VDJ... its WAAAAAAYYY easier to map

  13. robin loops says:

    Seems somewhat ironic that the best manual available for the best DIGITAL deejaying software is not available in digital format...

    I wish Gideon would get on board and place these things in every hotel room in the country...

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