Native Instruments Traktor 2
Native Instruments has announced the second Traktor generation featuring its Traktor Pro 2, Traktor Duo software and Traktor Scratch Pro 2 digital vinyl system.
The new Traktor generation is based on a revised GUI, and now offers up to four Sample Decks as well as the Loop Recorder. While each Sample Deck can add up to four simultaneous samples or loops to the mix, the Loop Recorder is designed to allow DJs to capture audio from various sources and drop it back into the mix at any time, according to NI.
Another feature of the new Traktor generation is the "TruWave" technology. By displaying tracks and samples in all four decks with multi-colored waveforms, it is designed to give insight into the spectral properties of the music, visualizing both individual rhythmic elements as well as general sonic characteristics.
The synchronization features in Traktor have been expanded with a "SoftSync" function that provides "a combination of automatic beat-matching and hands-on control," according to the company. By keeping the tempo of multiple tracks in sync without manipulating the phase, SoftSync accommodates a range of mixing techniques both in Traktor Pro 2 and in Traktor Scratch Pro 2, they say. The effect selection of Traktor has also been expanded with four additional types that offer additional ways to create breakdowns and other performance effects, including a tape delay emulation and the new "Bouncer".
The timecode-controlled Traktor Scratch Pro 2 combines the new software generation with the new Traktor Audio 10 interface, which offers additional I/O, signal chain monitoring and a new bypass functionality over the previous Audio 8 model. With its true analog "Direct Thru" functionality that can be controlled from the Traktor 2 software, Traktor Audio 10 allows for switchovers between DJ sets, according to the company.
Most features of the new Traktor generation can also be found in the new Traktor Duo 2 versions, which offer a two-deck configuration with additional dual sample decks and an effect selection, with Traktor Scratch Duo 2 including the new Traktor Audi 6 interface.
Pricing & Availability
All products within the new Traktor Pro 2 generation will be available in stores in April 2011.
Suggested retail pricing:
- Traktor Pro 2 - $229 / 199 EUR
- Traktor Scratch Pro 2 - $669 / 599 EUR
- Traktor Duo 2 - $119 / 99 EUR
- Traktor Scratch Duo 2 - $399 / 349 EUR
Additional information on the Traktor 2 generation is available at
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