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.

  • http://loveandhate.is werwolf

    i’ve been using it a while now (S4 owners got the update for free) and i can only agree with you. especially the color visualization of the waveform is extremely helpful. not only can i see (as opposed to need to hear or know the track by heart) how differente drops behave, i can also estimate the overall temperature of the track, whether it’s leaning more towards bass or if highlights and synths dominate it, without having to listen to it or, again, know it by heart. which is a boon to djs like me, who never prepare a playlist and just improvise their tracks on the spot. :)

    one thing missing, though, and i’d love NI to introduce soon in traktor: management of several parallel track collections. i’m using the same software and hardware for both my electronic as well as soul dj sets, so all my tracks are in one and the same collection in the software. managing that with internal playlists or genre tags is ok, but it would be far better if i could seperate the collections entirely. hope to see that soon in traktor.

  • http://akatell.com Aka

    @ werewolf: actually you could separate your collections:
    you can change the root directory in the settings every time you want to change the “style”, then all your settings, files and playlists are exchanged.
    this is how you also can use the system of another dj but bring all you settings with you. but of course you can´t switch without restarting traktor. (i don´t know if this is exactly what you want)

  • jr_ginja

    i can’t get it to work with my headphones :/

  • http://loveandhate.is werwolf

    @ jr_ginja: check your output routing in the traktor settings. might be that you’ve scrambled it from the usual ports to someplace else. the s4 audio interface is almost exactly (with slight differences) like ni audio dj 8 – so it’s pretty easy to route the ports the way you need them.

  • http://loveandhate.is werwolf

    @Aka: yeah, thanks. that’s what i’ve been doing when i had to share a set-up with different djs. but it’s quite tedious to have to fumble around in the settings and restart the software on each switch.
    it would be a lot easier (and i think, without really knowing, quite easy to program) to just enable to option to sepcify two or more “collection paths” (actually a bundle of import directories that “belong” to a specific collection) and then have a button or dropdown to switch between these collections on the fly.