Syncing in Traktor 2

When tracks have the correct BPM value and if the beatmarker is at the proper position and thus the beatgrid is perfect, those tracks can be synchronised to either the Master Clock or to the deck currently assigned as the sync master. Traktor 2 provides two different synchronisation modes and various clock modes: both settings affect how the synchronisation works.


Select the Synchronisation Mode: TempoSync or BeatSync

New in Traktor 2 are the two different synchronisation modes. You can select the mode on the Preferences/Transport dialog in section Sync Mode.

Sync Mode Selection

To understand what these modes do, it helps to take a short look at the two states of a deck that Traktor can synchronise to the corresponding states of a sync master: the tempo and the phase.

Depending on which sync mode you select, Traktor can either ensure, that only the tempo of a synchronised deck is locked to the sync master (TempoSync mode) or that both phase and tempo are locked to the sync master (BeatSync mode).

How do these modes relate to older synchronisation concepts Traktor offered in Traktor 3, Traktor Pro 1 and Traktor Pro S4?

TempoSync is the mode that was available in Traktor Pro S4 and in Traktor DJ Studio 3 (released in 2005). In this mode “slaved” decks follow the tempo of the master. You can tempo bend/pitch bend on the slaved decks to move their phase. Shifting the phase does not break the synchronisation link of the tempo synchronisation.

A new addition of the TempoSync mode in Traktor 2 is that the synchronisation works now as with timecode. When you use relative timecode tracking mode you can use the Sync button to keep the decks tempo synchronised. When performing fast scratches on the tempo master deck, Traktor Pro assigns the Master clock as master and Traktor Duo switches the master function to the opposite deck. The Sync button can be shown in a dimmed state. This indicates that currently the deck cannot be synchronised, as a user action led to a phase of tempo offset. However, when the next track is loaded into that deck, it will automatically start synchronised again.

BeatSync is the mode that was available in Traktor Pro 1, but with some changes. In this mode the “slaved” decks follow the tempo and the phase of the master. This is done during playback by constantly checking if the tempo, as well as the phase of the slaved decks are still in sync with the master. If they are off sync, Traktor then automatically triggers a re-sync action.

The difference to the sync mode in Traktor Pro 1 is, that once the Sync button on a deck is activated in Traktor 2, you can no longer pitch bend the deck: tempo and phase of the slaved deck are locked.

The Sync Button – Beat Sync, Tempo Sync, Phase Sync

The previous sections introduced the two synchronisation modes.This section takes a closer look at the Sync buttons in the decks and the effect they have.

The Sync button in the decks can have one of the following three states:



Traktor provides three different mapping commands for deck synchronisation that correspond to the three different sync actions: Beat Sync, Tempo Sync and Phase Sync.

Written by Rainer G. Haselier
Taken from "Traktor 2 Bible"
Last update: April 6, 2011


wrote on April 7, 2011 at 8:52 PM
When it is recommended to use beatSync or TempoSync?
wrote on April 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM
when you cant beat match!
wrote on April 14, 2011 at 1:28 AM
Where did the BEAT COUNTER go????? I can't see the +-8 bars on the loaded track
wrote on April 23, 2011 at 6:59 AM
The beat counter is where it's always been. You may need to turn it on under Preferences: Deck: Deck Heading.
wrote on May 5, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Vielen Dank für die ausführliche Bibel.
Sehr interessant.

Ein paar Fragen habe ich noch:
Wann soll man nun welche Sync einstellen?
Warum gibt es die zwei Möglichkeiten?
Welche Vorteile hat das Beatsync welches das Temposync?
Es gibt verschiede Arten Tracks aufzulegen:
grosse unterschiede liegen vorallem bei den Musikrichtungen.
Hip Hop, elektronische Musik etc. Welches sync passt für welche Art Djing?

Viele Fragen...
Vielleicht hat jemand Rat.

wrote on May 10, 2011 at 8:21 PM
This has made my day. I wish all potsings were this good.
wrote on June 22, 2011 at 8:36 AM
Hi there,

Great post here, thanks a lot for such a concise summary. One question I do have which is perplexing me with my new S4...

Under the older versions of Traktor, syncing a track that was close to half or double BPM would sync to the nearest multiple of the tempo to allow for the beats to match. Under T2, it will change the tempo on the synced deck to -50% or +100% instead. This sucks for mixing DnB with Hip Hop, and other similar scenarios. Is there a way to change this behaviou
wrote on August 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM
Is there a way to re-map Traktor 2 Pro history files to a new directory?
I had to rebuild my desktop and now my Traktor files are now in a different location, how can I point my previous history files to the new directory.
Thank you

Cee Gee
wrote on August 2, 2011 at 7:29 AM
Joe: You can use the BPM/2 or BPMx2 button on the advanced panel grid view. So on a 70BPM song you could hit the x2 button and it would mix it at 140bpm slowing it down slightly for a 130BPM song for example...
wrote on September 4, 2011 at 9:54 AM
Have not been able to find a simple answer to this. Deck A @ 128 BPM (House) Deck 2 @ 70 BPM (DubStep) Scenario: transition from House to Dubstep. First off, I could divide the tempo of the House track to 64...I've noticed even after gridding all my tracks, manually syncing or EVEN auto syncing the beats is NOT happening. It's not a matter of doing this poorly, I'm thinking it may have more to do with the grid?
wrote on October 3, 2011 at 12:53 AM
@ Jeremy..

beatmap your 70bpm dubstep tunes to 140 (because dubstep is halftime).. Then it should be easy to transition from 128-140.

wrote on October 17, 2011 at 3:29 AM
Robin: Thank you sooo much...I've been trying to figure Traktor 2 out for about 2 weeks now and the BPM/2 and BPMx2 buttons are some of the few I couldn't find.
wrote on October 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM
am new to dj its more of a hobby,for now. going by bpm is nice but i been able to hear the tempo and bass using 123 or 123"4" count helps me sync tracks by ear simply put "do it sound good" the software is nice but i haven a hard time on under standing the settings is there a class in san antonio texas some where i can learn this stuff
wrote on January 14, 2012 at 5:24 AM
my question is, the sync function on my traktor 2 only stays on for a few seconds then turns off throwing my mixes out of phase how can i fix this?
wrote on January 26, 2012 at 4:16 AM
hi i am trying auto synch but the song wont synch to the master (other song playing) instead they only synch to 127.80bpm for some reason, even if i grab two new songs load into a and b at say 140 bpm then click synch they go back to 127.80?

im not sure whats happening any pros here for traktor pro 2 know whats happening lol
wrote on February 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM
same here how do i need it to setup?
wrote on March 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM
speaking of which....I wish we had some sort of link page on to youtube videos demonstrating the different sync features and how it works. some of us can read all day but only learn by watching or doing...this would be great. THANKS!
wrote on April 11, 2012 at 5:03 AM
I have a traktor S2 and the sync just works by clicking it in the computer screen, it doesnt work when I press it in the S2 unit Do you know what can be the problem?
patrick clottey(dj flevar)
wrote on May 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM
well tolking about bpm i have the same problem too am all in one dj who's play's african music from ghana call hi-life,hip-life,then hip-hop,dancehalland r&b's,djing has become part of me and for me to go far with it has been a problem.i wont to know how to set the tempo rangand the current tempo rang and then the sensitivity somebody shoild help me out co's i have song's that have bpm from 80 to 120.ijust bought traktor scratch duo 2 and update to pro thanks
wrote on June 9, 2012 at 2:07 AM
Hi all,

Great article but....
In Traktor Pro 2.5, there is something I have missed.

Play a track on deck A, MASTER, beatgrid set, Snap set ON.
Loop the track in 8 beats loop.
Record the loop or directly put in in a sample deck.

Sample deck set to Sync and Quantize to 8 beats.

When I play the sample, it wait (for something which is not the start of the loop) and play with a wrong phase...

100% reproducable...
Anybody having the same problem ? The solution ?
wrote on June 20, 2012 at 7:20 AM
Prune, check the following: to the left of the BMP counter on deck C (on the header) there is a number - set that number to the same length of beats as your sample. I am guessing you have it set for longer than your current sample and therefore it is playing the silence before?
Luke Ryan
wrote on July 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM
My God, are all of these comments serious? Do none of you know how to beat macth without the 'Sync' function? 'Sync' should ONLY be used to enhance your sets, not to do all of the beat matching for you. Sometimes beat matching by ear sounds better than letting Traktor sync them for you. Just saying...And if your beat match gets thrown off a little bit you can try an age old technique called 'pushing' and 'pulling' the record to get it back to matching the master track.
wrote on September 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM
I can't find the mappings to quickly toggle between beat sync and tempo sync. Any ideas?
wrote on October 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM
When i hit sync, on both either or setting beat or tempo the tracks like to jump around and they like to dont stay synced is there anything i can do?
wrote on January 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I have 2 tracks playing in sync mode during a transition... then remains only one... that's when I want to gently increase the overall bpm but it jumps abruptly when I move the tempo fader.
I've been reading all tips but I get confused in the explanations, maybe because my "english" is not my native language.
Could someone help figure out this manipulation, please?
wrote on January 15, 2013 at 3:30 AM
I have an issue when trying to manually increase the tempo on either deck. While decreasing the tempo using the slider on my controller (x-session pro, by M-Audio) there is no problem and works as usual. However when trying to increase the tempo, the tempo will only increase by about 2 - 3 BPM and then for some reason it starts decreasing again, even though the slider continues moving in the same direction. This problem has been baffling me for ages so if anyone can help me out, I'd greatly appreciate it!

wrote on March 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM
Ich habe Folgendes Problem:

Ich habe Traktor pro 2 (von Original CD) installiert aber in den Einstellungen bei Transport gibt es keine Einstellung für Sync-Mode...

Kann jemand weiterhelfen warum die bei mir fehlt?

Greets AJ
wrote on May 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Ich habe diesen Samstag einen Auftritt... und es passiert immer mal wieder, wenn ich zum Beispiel einen Track mit 119BPM am spielen bin und dann einen anderen Track hinein mixe sich die BPM einfach auf 125BPM verändert.
Hab den Sync-Botton immer auf ON und kann daher auch die Geschwindigkeit nicht manuell verändern solange Sync ON ist. Wieso passiert es denn noch dass Tracktor dies einfach so macht?

Bitte helft mir,.. :)
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whats the diference between sync beat in 1 beat or half beat or quarter beat how can i configurate it in traktor pro, it have somothing in comoun with quantification? how can i asign each sample a diferent value of quantifcation?
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can i sync the sample in half beat for example
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