Stanton DJ Knowledge Base

Calibration Messages and their Meaning

Every time you start Traktor FS, the turntables need to be calibrated.  This takes less than a second, and is simply done by placing the needles on the records and pressing start on the turntables. The status of the turntables is displayed within the top display.


The calibration may give the following messages:


<Calibrating>...

<Turntable Setup OK>


Means calibration was successful and Final Scratch is ready.  Any one of the following messages needs your attention:


<Not Responding>

This means that Traktor FS has not detected the Scratchamp. Open the Audio tab of the Setup dialog and verify if both inputs are active.  If the message ’Not Responding’ is prompted on either side, you should make sure your Scratchamp is properly connected via the Firewire cable.


To do so, quit the application, disconnect the Scratchamp for several seconds, reconnect it, and restart Traktor FS. If the problem should persist even after rebooting the computer, the problem is more serious and you should contact Stanton Technical Support.


<Waiting >...

Means the Scratchamp was detected by the software, but no incoming signal has been found. Check all cables from the turntable to the Scratchamp and also the correct installation of the turntable’s headshell.


Switch the DJ mixer to phono input and verify if you can hear the modem like sound on both incoming stereo channels of that turntable.  If in a live situation you realize that one of the turntables is defective, you can disable the relative input in the Audio tab of the Setup dialog, by clicking on the ’Input Active’ button and continue to spin in single turntable mode.

<Calibrating>...

If this message does not disappear in less than a second or starts flashing, then there is an error and the test has failed, meaning that the incoming signal is disturbed or not strong enough for calibration.

Observe the quality-meter next to the calibration prompt. It gives valuable information regarding the nature of the incoming signal.  The bar has to be filled beyond the mark for successful calibration.  If it is constantly low, the reason for failed calibration can be a worn out record or needle, as well as disturbances in the signal. Verify the signal by switching the DJ mixer to phono input. Exchange the needle and the record, and see which operation improves quality of the incoming signal.


If nothing helps, quit TraktorFS 2, disconnect both the Firewire and power supply of the Scratchamp for a few seconds before reconnecting and restarting the application.


TraktorFS 2 can sometimes automatically detect and correct an improperly connected Scratchamp or mis-wired turntables. The following problems are automatically fixed by the software and don’t necessarily need to be changed in hardware:


<L/R swapped (software fix)>

This means your right and left stereo channel is exchanged on that turntable. It would be best if you switch the turntable connections to the Scratchamp and double-click the FS button to re-calibrate.


You may also get:


<Phase problem (software fix)>

This means either your cartridge is mis-wired or the turntable is.  You should track down the issue or use a different turntable or cartridge. Both can obviously occur at the same time:


<Phase problem & L/R swap (software fix)>

If you get any of these messages, Final Scratch will work fine but analog records may sound wrong, particularly in the bass frequencies and the stereo image.

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