Native Instruments today kicked off “The Future of DJing,” a new video series featuring international artists and showcasing how new technologies found on Traktor products inspire creativity.
Throughout the summer, The Future of DJing series will profile the artist, and explore how technological innovation plays a role in their performance. With The Future of DJing video series, Native Instruments says they aim to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about the future of DJing. Continue reading →
Native Instruments today announced new versions of its 4-channel DJ system Traktor Kontrol S4 and its 2-channel counterpart, the Traktor Kontrol S2.
Kontrol S4 and S2 combine a DJ mixing interface, built-in 24 bit/96 kHz sound card, and an intuitive interface in a DJ system engineered for control of NI’s Traktor software.
Both the S4 and S2 boast an improved look with added control over the newest features of Traktor Pro 2. Additionally, the Kontrol S4 and S2 are both now “plug-and-play” with Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone.
Native Instruments has released TRAKTOR DJ cable, a compact audio splitter designed for mobile DJ setups using an iPhone, iPad or a laptop.
Following the iOS app TRAKTOR DJ, the TRAKTOR DJ cable offers a simplified solution that splits audio from TRAKTOR’s virtual decks into two outputs. When used with TRAKTOR DJ or TRAKTOR PRO 2, this allows headphone track cueing for more fluid mixing.
Native Instruments has released Traktor 2.5, the latest version of their popular DJ software.
Version 2.5 introduces Remix Decks, a feature that seems to have taken a little inspiration from the Session View of Ableton Live. Remix Decks give you 64 slots, each able to hold loops, samples or entire tracks.
Details on the Traktor 2.5 below. See the NI site for pricing and upgrade info.
Maago has introduced a new hardware DJ controller, the 4×4, along with a virtual version of it for iOS, the 4×4 Virtual.
The Maago 4×4, shown above, is designed to give you ‘total control over Traktor’. Here’s what they have to say about it:
With more than 20 knobs and 40 buttons, this new hardware is built in a sturdy aluminum case and will be the perfect controller for all TRAKTOR PRO™ versions and any DJ software that supports the MIDI protocol. Simply connect the Maago 4×4 unit to a computer running TRAKTOR™ (or other DJ software) and gain instant control of your 4 decks, 4 effect parameters, loop controls, etc, all at same time and with no need to use the shift button to reach all these functions. High quality rotary knobs with a heavy-duty feel and 40 backlit buttons provide real visual and tactile feedback of your workflow, letting you perform on TRAKTOR™ without having to touch your computer.
Buttons and knobs:
40 high quality back lit buttons
71 high quality buttons
42 high quality small buttons
11 high quality rotary enconders
8 high quality knobs
2 USB ports / 1 Midi out + 1 Midi in
120 mm (4.7? ) x 52 mm (2?) x 294mm (11.5?)
Pricing and availability are to be announced. See the Maago site for details.
Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol S2, a DJ performance system that provides a “2+1? setup with sample decks, as well as comprehensive mixing and effect features, based on the included TRAKTOR PRO 2 software.
The KONTROL S2 is centered around a new compact controller hardware. It provides high-resolution jog wheels, combined with ergonomic controls for cueing, looping and effects. The integrated 24bit/96 kHz sound card, with dual stereo outputs, is based on the technology of the TRAKTOR audio interface range.
The two playback decks of the Traktor Kontrol S2 are complemented by the Sample Decks of the latest TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, which can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix. This effectively equips the KONTROL S2 system with a third channel that opens up a wide range of additional performance techniques.
Traktor Kontrol S2 also benefits from the same bi-directional software-hardware integration as the KONTROL S4, featuring plug & play configuration, dynamically backlit control elements and the high-resolution NHL protocol.
Traktor Kontrol S2 will be available in October for US $669.
Controllerist Ean Golden puts the new Traktor Kontrol S4 and its range of features to the test in this performance, based around Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train and The Prodigy’s Firestarter.
Golden creates a live mashup track using Traktor’s creative arsenal, from the effects suite to the looping and cue point triggering features and the new Loop Recorder, which he turns on and off using a footswitch. Continue reading →