Traktor 2.5 DJ Software Now Available – Here’s What’s New

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.

Here’s the official intro video for Traktor 2.5:

And here are the details on what’s new in Traktor 2.5:

Remix Decks:

  • Remix Decks let you select from up to 64 loops and one-shot samples per deck. Any of the four decks in TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 can be switched to be a Remix Deck
  • Each Remix Deck offers four different Slots (columns), ideal for arranging sounds and loops by instrument groups e.g. different drum, bass, percussion loops. Play one sound per column – a total of four samples at any one time.
  • Use loops from the included sound content or import any loops and sounds of your own
  • Develop your own unique trademark sound and build a personal arsenal of sounds by live-capturing your favorite loops while DJing

New Performance Options:

  • The stylish multi-color pads and ergonomic faders make TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 the ultimate controller for a Remix Deck. Any sound or loop can be assigned a specific RGB color, either in the software or via the controller
  • A Remix Set™ is the combination of 64 loops and one-shot samples and their respective beat grids and BPMs – stored and loaded just like a regular track in the browser
  • Control the entire Remix Deck via Native Scratch timecode control with vinyl or CDs – or scratch using the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4/S2 jog wheels. Each Remix Deck has its own transport, sync, and tempo master controls

Deep Control:

  • To add more flavor you can choose which slots are fed through TRAKTOR’s FX units, or even play samples in reverse
  • The Punch mode allows for instant switching between different loops in one instrument group, in perfect phase – switch from one drum loop to the next exactly on the 2 and 4 snares
  • Additionally, the Remix Deck quantize can be set to different values for full control of the musical phrasing

Improved BPM Detection

  • Rewritten tempo detection for improved accuracy, developed from analysing thousands of tracks from various genres
  • New “downbeat” auto-detection improves auto-beat-gridding and phase recognition
  • Convenient analysis options when importing files to your collection – set the tempo range by BPM
  • Much improved BPM detection on tracks with variable tempo, (such as “live” drummer genres) – now detects average BPM
  • Rewritten Tempo-Tap – instant and simple realignment anytime your tracks drifts away from the grid over time
  • Manually adjusted grids, (and all BPM-locked tracks) keep their position and tempo from previous versions

4 thoughts on “Traktor 2.5 DJ Software Now Available – Here’s What’s New

  1. Take note that the ‘Remix decks’ are midi controlable ONLY with the F1 hardware.
    no other hardware could currently map the remix decks … 🙁

    1. As with most popular controllers, some people will hack the controller/software to make it compatible with other software/hardware. It’s annoying that there isn’t any support from the start, but I think (aside from monopolizing) NI is just trying out the concept with their own hardware first.

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