FX Snapshot: The Traktor Feature You’ve Never Heard Of

Today we’re going to talk about a feature in Traktor that you may not be aware of, ” FX snapshot” (Note: this has nothing to do with selfies). In the latest version of Traktor Pro 2 it is somewhat hidden. We’re going to show you where to find it, how it works, and how it can speed up your FX workflow in Traktor. If you find yourself relying on a few common effects and settings then you’ll want to keep reading. Traktor’s FX have always been one of the strengths of Native Instruments DJ software. When used properly they can be a great way to help you easily make transitions or make creative tempo changes. A quick overview of Traktor’s FX snapshot feature:

  • What does it do? It changes the default settings for any effect in Traktor
  • How do you use it? Simple. Adjust the FX knobs/buttons to your desired settings, then click “Save Snapshot”
  • Why should you use it? Easily save your favourite settings, no mapping required.

Traktor FX Snapshot

The snapshot feature allows you to save the default parameter settings for effects when they are either loaded or reset. You can find it by clicking any of the FX bank numbers located in the left corner of bank. This will display a drop down menu and at the bottom you’ll see “Save Snapshot”. This feature works in both the group and single FX mode. To use the feature all you need to do is adjust the FX knobs and buttons (on/off) to your desired position. In single mode you can even adjust the main dry/wet knob and on/off button. Once you’ve got everything where you want, you can now click the number in your FX bank, and click “Save Snapshot”.  The next time you load up that particular effect, all the knobs/buttons will automatically load to your saved settings.

Loading the Delay with my saved snapshot settings

If you can’t be bothered with mapping this is an easy way to create your own FX presets without going into Traktor’s controller manager. However, if mappings ARE your thing – there are a couple cool ways to utilize this in a mapping. If you map the snapshot button this could help you save a cool FX combination that you stumbled upon by accident. Instead of trying to remember the exact settings for a later time, you can just save it with the click of a button. Using the FX snapshot can also help you save time when making mappings. Instead of having all these commands for FX presets, you can save a snapshot with the settings you want then simply map one command to load a particular effect (echo freeze anyone?).

All the commands you need for one FX preset. It can be easier.

Keep in mind you can only save one snapshot per effect. And although you can easily save single FX with the dry/wet already on, you may not want to do that so that you can still adjust settings before activating the effect.

Over to You: Your Favorite FX Snapshot.

Now that you’ve seen how easy it can be to create your own FX presets, finish this article and tell us your favourite FX preset that people can use to save a snapshot for their default setting.

  1. Name the effect (group or single mode), and the knob/button values. It may also help to give context (good for certain genres or transitions).
  2. Vote up your favourite FX snapshot!
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  • CUSP

    While we’re on this list, Post Fader is there, just in case you want that echo freeze to transition between songs. I’ve not yet used the Send option, is this Traktor’s side chain?

  • Filippo EFF

    A Really great combination of effects in Group Mode is the mix between Delay T3, Reverb and Filter (“the sound cleaner”).

    it’s probably a common and easy combination but the key of this combo is how you set the parameters 😉

    This combo is really useful because works with many music genres (i play techno) and give a very “big room trippy” effect to the track when is loading up before the drop… the D/W has to be setted not over the 70% (put 45/50% for the snapshot) , the delay about 1/16 (or 1/32, as you prefere), the reverb not over the 40/65%, and finally the last but not the least….. filter…… The filter is really important because with the hi pass setted about at 60/65 you “clean” all the frequencies under 170/200hz that needs to be removed in order to emphasize the delay effect on the mid/high frequencies (the groovy frequencies)…in the “loading part” of a track all the freq under 150hz(+/-) are filtered to give the “boom” effect when the drop start…. so the filter is really important because with the reverb you decide how much “big room” effect you want give, while the delay gives the “trippy” effect…

    I hope I explained as best i could….

    sorry for my bad english… have a look and let me know 😉

    enjoy 😉

  • Filippo

    A Really great combination of effects in Group Mode is the mix between Delay T3, Reverb and Filter (“the sound cleaner”).

    it’s probably a common and easy combination but the key of this combo is how you set the parameters 😉

    This combo is really useful because works with many music genres (i play techno) and give a very “big room trippy” effect to the track when is loading up before the drop… the D/W has to be setted not over the 70% (put 45/50% for the snapshot) , the delay about 1/16 (or 1/32, as you prefere), the reverb not over the 40/65%, and finally the last but not the least….. filter…… The filter is really important because with the hi pass setted about at 60/65 you “clean” all the frequencies under 170/200hz that needs to be removed in order to emphasize the delay effect on the mid/high frequencies (the groovy frequencies)…in the “loading part” of a track all the freq under 150hz(+/-) are filtered to give the “boom” effect when the drop start…. so the filter is really important because with the reverb you decide how much “big room” effect you want give, while the delay gives the “trippy” effect…

    I hope I explained as best i could….

    sorry for my bad english… have a look and let me know 😉

    enjoy 😉

    • DAN-E-B

      I love the sound of it. But would like to have a way to echo it out instead of cutting it of so abruptly. Any Ideas for that?

  • beatmeister

    I guess Torq has really been ahead of its time with this Snapshot feature… too bad, it was discontinued…. hehehe

    • CUSP

      Torq 2 was interesting, partly because you could assign anything to sliders, but it died. I hope someone else uses that technology, it was kinda’ neat assigning random things to sliders.

      • beatmeister

        agree with that mate, nothing beats Torq’s “very user friendly right click” mapping. I hope they do that on Traktor.

    • By Request

      Torq had so much potential. So sad that Avid just let it rot.

      • Madden Wachsenhoff

        I loved Torq. once they abandoned support I moved over to Traktor but I dont love Traktor the way I loved Torq. ah memories!

  • Eduardo

    I use this a lot, but for some reason on the last update it doesn’t work on TSP

  • Chris Wunder

    That is an awesome feature however it seems like anyone using a traktor dedicated controller like the s2,s4,s8 or even the x1,f1 would have an issue with it resetting the values but as soon as you touch a hardware nob it would then quickly jump to where the hardware is set to. Does that make sense? like for example on my s8 I simply leave the nob where I like it when using effects for make quick adjustments on the fly via the hardware buttons and that way I know when I activate the effect Im going to get what I want.

  • Tommy Brindisi

    Delay T3, Dry/Wet: 40-45%, Filter: 70%, Feedback: 70%, Rate (button changed to Hz) variable from 55%-90%

    • DAN-E-B

      Don’t understand ur settings.

  • Gilles A

    Will it work on a Canon… of is only Nikon supported?!?! ^_^

    • CUSP

      I got a Nikon camera, gonna’ take a photograph, momma’ don’t take my Kodachrome away…

  • CUSP

    LFO:92 is good for stuttering. If you combine that with a dynamic loop length, you can get some interesting choppiness (as long as the effect is not synched or quantized).

    Kinda’ off topic: are we going to see new effects for Traktor soon? I kinda’ like Serato DJ’s method of making effects packs. The effects Traktor has are good, but I imagine someone has some neat ideas for new effects. My example above would be neat as a side-chain for a Track Deck.

    • Ryan Dejaegher

      Hey CUSP, thank you for the fx tip.

      It is possible that the next release of Traktor could include new FX. It’s hard to say if they’ll take Serato’s route of “in app” purchases for fx packs. NI has experimented with in app purchases with Traktor DJ for iOS so maybe they’re testing the waters for the next version of Traktor.

      • CUSP

        My guess is that Native Instruments will make Traktor Expansion Packs (as per Maschine’s methodology) installed through the Service Center. Native Instruments is really well-known for their Pro Audio Instruments and Effects, so this should be a” no-brainer” for them.

  • Darrin

    one other thing worth noting – with all the fx Traktor has, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was the only one that didn’t use all of them very often. I have a handful I like and know pretty well. If sorting through a huge list of fx is a hassle (sometimes I look through the list twice before I see Beatslicer), you can de-select fx in the parameters section and shorten the list from 30+ to just a handful that you need. I keep lots selected because I want to learn how to implement new ones, but sometimes the list is just annoyingly long.

    • Ryan Dejaegher

      Hey Darrin, you’re totally right and it definitely helps get to certain fx faster. One thing to keep in mind, if you import an fx mapping this may cause the wrong fx to be triggered the effect isn’t in the list or is in a different order.

  • orge

    I think this has been around for a while?
    Multiple snapshots per effect would be a great addition to aid controller mapping…

    • Ryan Dejaegher

      Hey Orge, yes this feature has been around for a while but it’s one that hasn’t gotten much coverage. I agree being able to easily create and recall multiple snapshots from the GUI would be sweet. It is possible to create multiple fx snapshots through a mapping but this does require a bit more work.

  • Viciouss Hoffmann

    Nice feature!
    I use traktor for years and I didn’t know that!

    I have a FX Slot in advanced mode with three Delay T3 effects and i wish they stay at 70% 85% 100% at OFF and Dry Wet at 60% ON, there is any way to do that?

    • Jeremy Weichsel

      Is there no way to save a whole Group?
      Dang!

  • Stewe

    One other cool thing related to this topic which many people might don’t know is that pressing the “RESET” button (Single FX Unit mode/button #1) will reset all buttons/knobs value to your last saved effect snap shot. Try it out!