May 2011
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Traktor 2

Yes, Traktor 2 has been out for quite some time now, and weeks have passed since Native Instruments gave us a review copy of their flagship DJ software’s new version – but we’ve been busy, taking the new toy on the road and testing it in the clubs.

First thing we noticed (and liked) was the new waveform: What Native Instruments call TruWave is basically a real spectrum of the track, enabling you for example to actually see if two drops in a track are the same without having to use your headphones. Also, it looks much more colourful to all the people standing behind the DJ, pretending to be friends of the promoter.

Next thing is the ability to turn any of the four decks into a sample rack, giving you intuitive control over up to four sound samples per deck. Or just record a loop from any of the decks or even an external audio input with the loop recorder (yup, this one’s new as well) and throw it in the mix just like a sound sample.

When setting up the effects section, you’ll notice Native Instruments have finally added a tape delay effect, as well as a bouncer effect. Not only the effects but the whole interface is of course built to integrate easily with NI’s own controllers, the X1 and S4 controllers, but also works perfectly with any other MIDI controller – we’ve been testing it on an Allen&Heath XONE 2D.

All in all, Traktor 2 seems very stable and sophisticated while always being intuitive and easy to use. Obviously, Native Instruments have worked with DJs again, improving the workflow once again – giving you more time in the club to focus on the music – and partying.

Updates for Traktor DJs with old versions starting at 69€, full version for 199€ in the online shop.