Does Traktor Pro 3 Work With Current Macbook Pro

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  • Hey digital dj’s
    Long time reading this forum and watching the content over YT but I didnt actively participated except the comment section on videos.
    This was meant to change tonight
    Lets get to the point shall we?

    I m DJing since 2001 with breaks in between (with CDJ’s) but not as a career.
    Mostly as a hobby that I love to do and give my best.
    2 years ago I bought an Kontrol s2mk2, hooked it to my desktop keep making podcasts and mixes
    and whenever I needed it I borrowed laptops from friends for home partys .
    I am about to go to a greek island and I cant have my friends laptop anymore so its time to buy one.
    I stumbled upon many opinion that i5 is the minimum for traktor which is the software I m using (mostly I play with 2 decks, rarely 4 ) and because my pocket is not that full of money this period I wanna ask my fellow DJ’s for their opinion on this.
    Currently I have two options.
    One is i5 (6200U) HP laptop with 4gigs of RAM and an hdd (~390€) and the other one is from Lenovo has an i3 ( i3-5005U) with 4 gigs of RAM and a small SSD 128GB (~330€)
    I m kinda in a hurry to buy a laptop before I leave in two days for the island .
    Being a nerd and having IT knowledge I think I ll be OK with the i3 but I would love to hear your opinion on this one.
    An SSD IS essential and would add to the cost of the HP laptop -not right away buy but soon-
    Does any other have similar CPU and confirm that I ll be ok with the i3?
    I have knowledge about software and hardware so tuning it wont be a husstle for me at all.
    If you could help me on this one I ll be glad.
    And sorry for my english, Its not my native language .

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    There have been some recent threads on laptops for DJ-ing purpose. Unfortunately they all boil down to the same thing, either get a (used) MacBook Pro or a business/gaming model windows laptop. i5, 8GB, 128GB SSD seems to be the bottom end. And those will cost you almost as much as comparable MBPs. Traktor states the 2.0GHz i5 as a minimum with a minimum of 4GB. It is never fun buying new equipment now that barely is sufficient. With the way technology develops what is minimum now will be too little in a relatively short period of time.

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    So I would recommend a faster i5 or even i7 (I understand the budget restrictions btw) with 8GB and a 25GB SSD as the go to laptop for now and then next few years. Also, the lower spec machine, the harder it has to work and the warmer it gets. And especially on the more budget laptops temperature issues do occur.

    Would love to tell you “yes, there is a 400 dollar laptop perfectly suited for DJ-ing”, but that is not the case.
    I think I would look for a laptop with a good i5 CPU but of an older generation (not the 6xxx, but maybe 5xxxx or even 4xxx), they will most likely be cheaper to get. You can usually add RAM (from 4 to 8GB) yourself, provided there are free slots in the laptop. And even an SSD you could swap yourself.

    Hope that helps a little.

    You asked for advice, I have given you some. Your reaction does suggest you didn’t want advice but confirmation that you could get by with the cheaper laptop. I’ll just stand by my earlier suggestion that both laptops are essentially not fit for DJ-ing (not just based on specs, but as a general rule for low(est)-end consumer laptops. If you are serious about a laptop for DJ-ing, you should consider spending at the very least 800-1000 euro (this will also get you a very decent and usable MacBook Pro). Twice that if you want new high-end machines.

    Search Before Posting: If your question has already been posted before (even if not by you), please make sure to read the other post before posting. Little snitch kernel extension needs user approval pdf. We reserve the right to remove posts that don't meet the minimum criteria. If you are asking about a Laptop, you must provide the full model number. In the event it doesn't answer your question/problem, please link prior post you read and then ask about what you don't understand. Low effort posts will be removed.

    While it is no secret that manufacturers will use slightly higher than absolutely necessary specs to avoid lots of customer complaints, it is a gamble. You might get away with it, but if you don’t there is nobody you can blame. And these specs are valid for the current software. It’s a fair guess that somewhere in the near future Traktor will come out with version 3 (2 has been around for a LONG time) and nobody can say what that will do for min. specs. Of course you could stick with version 2, but it will no longer be developed/supported.

    Personally even with comparable specs I find that laptops under-perform compared to desktops. Especially with on-board video (all low-end laptops essentially) there is extra strain on the CPU. Compared with the always less than optimal airflow in laptops, temperature can quickly become an issue. Especially if you are playing in a badly ventilated dance venue with high temperatures, high moisture levels and often smoke/faze in the air.

    There are (and we have read them here too) plenty of horror stories of perfectly good laptops that just crash an hour or two into a set only to be revived after some serious cooling down. BTW, this is not exclusive for laptops, even good “ole” Nexus(2) CDJs have been known to lock up due to overheating, taking up to 10 minutes to cool down and reboot.

    Again, not saying you might not get away with it, but just putting out the warning that this DOES happen in real-life performance situations.

    On the flip-side, you are clearly not playing at (well)paid gigs, if you were you’d have the money for a proper laptop in a gig or 2-3. And as such your customers can’t really be too picky. They can’t expect to not pay someone well yet have them bring in expensive, pro-level gear. Ergo, your responsibility for the consequences is far less.

    As a mobile DJ I am paid handsomely for my art and for my gear, so both need to be in top condition. Failure isn’t an option and will ultimately cost me not only my reputation (future income) but also money for that particular gig. This clearly influences the budget you (can/must) allocate and the consequences of possible breakdown.

    The good thing about advice is you can take it to heart or decide to do nothing with it. At least you are forewarned.

    Great advice DJ Vintage and so true! I bought the Traktor S8 last year with an older Mac Book Pro with 4 gb & 500gb of storage. I quickly found out that the s8 needs more memory than 4gigs. However a Mac is still a Mac & I have still been able to pull off some aamazing mixes just modifying some things that tax the cpu (key lock & opening FX while playing)! Next month I will add 4 more gigs to the memory!

Nov 13, 2013  Possible solution I have gotten past a few issues with Traktor Pro 2 / S2 / Early 2008 Macbook Core2Duo. I downgraded to Snow Leopard but I think that this might actually work with Lion as well because I had to try a few things even after downgrading before things started working. May 19, 2011  So, my friend (I'm solivng his.) bought the new Macbook Pro 13 and a Kontrol X1. But the driver does not seem to work! If you reinstall the whole thing it will work until you reboot the Mac, then it does not get recognised anymore. I have traktor pro and I have a kontrol z1 hooked up too a MacBook pro 13 inch 2019 with Mac OS Mojave version 10.14.6 and I cant get audio to come out of my macbook and I dont have an external audio device or sound card hooked up is it possible to DJ with just what I have hooked up? TRAKTOR SCRATCH is now included in TRAKTOR PRO 3, right out of the box. This means that DVS DJs using timecode vinyl can now use any soundcard they like, in addition to tried and tested, TRAKTOR SCRATCH Certified soundcards and mixers. I recently used and tried to love VirtualDJ for a solid two months but honestly the FX sucked, went back to Traktor. The Traktor Pro 3.1 update apparently will add parallel waveforms—one of the things I liked about VDJ, actually—, so at least things are looking up.

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I have traktor pro and I have a kontrol z1 hooked up too a MacBook pro 13 inch 2019 with Mac OS Mojave version 10.14.6 and I cant get audio to come out of my macbook and I dont have an external audio device or sound card hooked up is it possible to DJ with just what I have hooked up? Native Instruments has conducted systematic compatibility and performance tests with the current versions of macOS Sierra. The results have concluded that all our current products are fully compatible without any specific issues under standard installations of this operating system.


macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 version 1803 or later (64 Bit), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 MK3 and S2 MK3 are only supported on Windows 10


Monitor with 1280 x 800 screen resolution, USB 2.0, 1 GB free disc space. An internet connection and a graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate TRAKTOR software. Once installed and activated, all products can be used offline.


  • Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher
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