All-in-one DJ solution looks to remove focus on laptops, adds high-resolution displays
A new entry in Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers was unveiled today, with the Traktor Kontrol S8. The newest model in the company's flagship line looks to change the way DJ move into the future, by pulling emphasis away from the laptop in order to focus more on the crown. Native Instruments does this by adding technology to controllers, such as high-resolution LCD displays that respond to touch-sensitive controls.
New app allows bidirectional workflow between the iPad and computer
Rhythm software maker Native Instruments today released Traktor DJ, built from the ground up for the iPad. The app is aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals. Created by the same team behind the Traktor brand, the new app puts the waveform in the center of user interaction, featuring two decks, each with dedicated three-band EQ and filter sections, as well as eight proven Traktor effects.
Features two standalone, two full remix channels
Coming quickly after an update to its Maschine line, Native Instruments has announced a new "2+2" control mixer, the Traktor Kontrol Z2. The unit is said to unite analog and digital DJing techniques, with two standalone channels for connecting turntables or CDJs while also providing two additional channels to plug in devices such as Traktor Remix Decks. The Kontrol Z2 acts as a central hub, and includes a 24-bit soundcard, XLR outputs, booth output, a built-in USB hub and microphone input. The software offers new features as well.
Native Instruments shows off future 16-bank mixer
Native Instruments, a maker of DJ hardware, has just teased an upcoming product through a video embedded below. Technical details are non-existent at this time, but the new device looks like a combination of the company's current Maschine production studio and its Kontrol X1 user interface. It combines an external mixer and turntables.
Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ system due this winter
Native Instruments on Monday said it will soon ship its Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ system. The company's first complete DJ system comes with special Traktor Pro software and sports a four-channel mixer section and an integrated low-latency 24bit/96kHz audio interface. Users can loop, cue, introduce effects and browse tracks.
Device complements Traktor Scratch setups
Native Instruments on Tuesday introduced the Traktor Kontrol X1, a new controller for DJ software. The device is based on the Traktor DJ platform and designed to be used with timecode-controlled configurations including hardware mixers and turntables or CD decks. Two X1 units can also be combined for setups with four turntables.
Update impacts multiple versions of Traktor
Native Instruments has released a v1.2 update for Traktor Pro, its professional-level DJ software. The program includes four decks, external controller support, and modules covering functions like track browsing and tempo sync. New in the update is the doubling of effects sections from two to four, allowing the assignment of one section per deck.
NI debuts Traktor Duo
Native Instruments has announced a new version of its Traktor DJ software, Traktor Duo. The title is based on the high-level Traktor Pro suite, but scales down from four decks to two. Duo also provides two effects sections with only six effects each, such as filter, delay, flanger and reverb. Likewise missing are some streaming, recording, MIDI and sync options.
Traktor Pro 1.1 update
Native Instruments has released the v1.1 update to Traktor Pro, its high-end DJ production software. The app supplies four decks, and lets DJs control a performance through the internal mixer or more practical external hardware. Users also have access to an effects suite, and tools for functions like track browsing and tempo sync.
Traktor Pro ships
Native Instruments has begun shipping its latest digital DJ products, Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro. The Traktor Pro software features a redesigned user interface, with high-contrast presentation for low lighting conditions, and scalable fonts for distance viewing. A new effects suite has been added, based on Native's Reaktor technology. Beat grids are created automatically when a track is first added to the collection, and after tracks have been synced, a lock function is designed to prevent beat drift.
NI debuts Traktor Pro
Native Instruments has announced an upcoming expansion to its Traktor DJ software, Traktor Pro. Pro utilizes an updated interface with four decks, specifically improved for live performers; the layout is said to be high-contrast and scalable, with cue and looping controls altered to be easier to use on the fly. Native has likewise added the Crate Flick feature, which lets DJs browse music files as if they were in a typical record crate.
Stanton for the first time released a touch-sensitive device through DaScratch, a new advanced MIDI control pad. The device centers around a large, central touchpad that replicates the functions of analog DJ controllers and lets DJs scratch or scrub as well as use the device as though it were a multi-touch notebook trackpad. All the buttons and faders to adjust the final output have similarly been replaced with touch-sensitive controls and will recognize multi-tap commands to quickly bring down a sound level or apply an effect.