I think everybody who clicked on the title knows what Ableton & Traktor is, what they can do, and what they are capable of.
Maybe many of you are using timecode cds or vinyl but it works with them as well.

The things you need are:

  • Traktor 2.6 (with midi clock send function)
  • Audio 6 or 8 for the timecode setup
  • Ableton Live 8 or 9
  • Jackpilot (Mac OS X only) – This is an internal audio routing application


Download Jack OSX (free download) by going to www.JackOSX.com.

Open Jack OSX and go to the preferences





In the next example I used the build in audio, but you can use whatever sound card you have.

To use the timecode you still need the Audio 6 or 8 from Native instruments.
























  • Set the Sample Rate to 44100 and Buffer Size to 512
  • Uncheck Hog Mode, Clock Drift Compensation and System Port Monitoring
  • Select the Maximum number of Input and Output channels that your soundcard will allow (Audio 8 DJ = 8 inputs / 8 outputs, Audio 10 DJ = 10 inputs / 10 outputs)
  • Select the Maximum number of Virtual Input and Virtual Output channels that your soundcard will allow (Audio 8 DJ = 8 inputs / 8 outputs, Audio 10 DJ = 10 inputs / 10 outputs)
  • Unselect Auto-Connect with physical ports and verbose logging for debug purposes
  • Click “Save”

Open Traktor

Configure your Audio setup in Traktor by going to the Traktor Preferences.


























If you have an extra out (if you’re using the Traktor Audio 10) you can use your extra output for the preview player, so you can prelisten to tracks before you load them into a deck.

Open Ableton Live

Configure Your Ableton Live Audio Setup by going to the Ableton Live Preferences.







Output settings









Live view






















You can use these record buttons to record the whole set.

I think it’s better when you only record the output of the mixed audio.

This session setup will route all audio back to the soundcard, into the club mixer.
You can choose a complete different setting yourself if you like. Working with one output will be easier to setup the hardware at the club.

Once you are happy with the layout you can save this new project and go on to the next step.

Configure the send and receive ports of Jack OSX

>> This part can be a little bit tricky so watch out where you click!













Go back to Jack OSX and click on “Routing”

For Each Input in Ableton Live you are going to SINGLE click on the input (ex. In1) and then DOUBLE click on the corresponding output in Traktor (ex out1). Follow these steps very carefully!


  • In the “Send Ports” section, click on the dropdown menu next to “Traktor”
  • In the “Receive Ports” section, click on the dropdown menu next to “Live”


Single click Live in1, Double Click Traktor out1

Single click Live in2, Double Click Traktor out2

Single click Live in3, Double Click Traktor out3

Single click Live in4, Double Click Traktor out4

Single click Live in5, Double Click Traktor out5

Single click Live in6, Double Click Traktor out6

Single click Live in7, Double Click Traktor out7

Single click Live in8, Double Click Traktor out8

Single click Live in9, Double Click Traktor out9

Single click Live in10, Double Click Traktor out10

Note: If you try this setup on your internal audio you should also check “system”.
Be sure that the traktor outputs are not set to the system audio.








Once you are done with this studio setup you can save these settings when you click on “File -> Save”.

Test to see if we’re getting Audio from Traktor into Live.

Play a Track in all four Decks in Traktor, and then switch to your Ableton Live Screen. Make sure you are getting Stereo inputs into every channel of Ableton Live.

Over to the Sync part!

You can use this setup with or without sync but because i’m working with sounds and samples in Ableton I prefer the sync option.

The best way to sync Traktor & Ableton is explained in the following movie by Dubspot.


Beatmatch the two metronomes.

Once you get the clockspeed of the 2 metronomes in sync you can start the magic.

Some artists that are currently using Traktor and Ableton together live are Dubfire, Pete Tong, Carl Craig, Chris Liebing, Davide Squillace, Richie Hawtin and Luciano.

You can always ask me questions about this subject, and maybe I’m uploading a video soon.

Feel inspired on what you do with this function. You can use this technique for many different things.

I promised you the links to all settings and projects so here we go!

One link download (The .jks file are the settings for Jackpilot.)

Source & images: http://blog.dubspot.com/

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