Native Instruments has announced Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro, the next versions of its digital DJ solutions with MIDI and time-code control.
The latest Traktor generation offers a better creative workflow, an updated user interface, powerful sound shaping features, advanced syncing and control functions and more.
Traktor Pro will be available from November 1st for a suggested retail price of $229 / 199 EUR at authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop, with Traktor Scratch Pro priced at $669 / 599 EUR. Customers who own both Traktor Scratch and Traktor 3 will receive a free software update to Traktor Pro.
Traktor Pro introduces a new, optimized GUI. The concise, completely scalable screen layout with clear, high-contrast elements results in an interface that is convenient to work with under all conditions.
All crucial performance functions like cueing and looping have been refined for intuitive handling in a performance situation, while extensive cover artwork support including a “Crate Flick” feature lets you visually browse your music library.
Advanced syncing functions in Traktor Pro give you more time to focus on the creative aspects of performance. Precise beat grids are now created automatically for all tracks, and the “Sync Lock” function makes sure that even multiple decks and tempo-synced effects never drift out of sync.
New “quantized navigation” lets you seamlessly jump between loops, cue points or any other part of a track without missing a beat.
Traktor Pro also opens up vast new possibilities for creative sound manipulation, with a powerful performance effects section. Two separate multi-effect units offer more than twenty studio-quality algorithms, from a full range of standard DJ effects to a wide selection of unusual effect types like “Mulholland Drive”, “Iceverb” and “Reverse Grain”. Up to six effects can be chained and freely assigned to any number of decks at any time, and can be synced to tempo.
Traktor Pro comes with mappings for all relevant DJ controllers on the market. New “MIDI modifier” functionality provides even finer performance control, allowing for dynamic and multi-layered knob and fader assignments, on-the-fly adjustments of parameter resolution and much more. Furthermore, new extended MIDI sync features make it easy to seamlessly integrate outboard gear like drum machines and software sequencers into the mix.
Starting in 2009, all new releases on Beatport will come with TRAKTOR metadata, letting you add newly purchased tracks to your collection without any additional preparation time.
Further improvements in Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro include incremental track search, portable collection and setting files, dedicated key correction and filter sections for each deck, an included library of loops, FX sounds and scratch files as well as full compatibility with the latest 64-bit Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.
Native Instruments is also launching a series of videos that feature Hip Hop legend Grandmaster Flash and techno icon Richie Hawtin in conversations about their personal perspectives on music, DJing and technology. The first episodes are available now on the dedicated TRAKTOR PRO microsite, with further installments scheduled for release in the coming weeks.