Back in February we brought you news of the Traktor range, and today we have received notice that the full range of TRAKTOR 2 generation is now available worldwide, a couple of days ahead of schedule.
A few hours ago Twitter was ablaze with comments about the Native Instruments website being down due to the hight demand, however at the time of writing this their site is up and running and available to buy upgrades, and in the case of Kontrol S4 owners available to download your free upgrade.
To give you an idea of how it all comes together, here is DJ Craze performing on the new Traktor Scratch Pro 2:
Following is the original article from February...
TRAKTOR is one of the most popular lines of DJ Software and now Native Instruments have announced their new second generation - TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 digital vinyl system.
The new TRAKTOR generation is based on a revised high-visibility GUI for intuitive operation under all conditions, and now offers up to four powerful Sample Decks as well as the unique Loop Recorder.
While each Sample Deck can add up to four simultaneous samples or loops to the mix, the Loop Recorder allows DJs to capture audio from various sources on the fly and drop it back into the mix at any time, opening up creative techniques far beyond conventional DJing.
Another innovation of the new TRAKTOR generation is the new “TruWave” technology. By displaying tracks and samples in all four decks with high-resolution multi-colored waveforms, it gives deep insight into the spectral properties of the music, visualizing both individual rhythmic elements as well as general sonic characteristics. With four selectable color schemes, an extra-wide zoom range and subpixel-accuracy waveform rendering, TruWave allows you to read the tracks visually for even more intuitive mixing.
The leading synchronization features in TRAKTOR have been further expanded with a new “SoftSync” function that provides a unique combination of convenient automatic beat-matching and hands-on control. By keeping the tempo of multiple tracks in sync without manipulating the phase, SoftSync accommodates the widest possible range of mixing techniques both in TRAKTOR PRO 2 and in TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2. The effect selection of TRAKTOR has also been expanded with four additional types that offer unique ways to create dramatic breakdowns and other typical performance effects, including a tape delay emulation and the new “Bouncer”, increasing the arsenal to an unparalleled assortment of over 30 algorithms.
The timecode-controlled TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 combines the new software generation with the new TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 interface, which offers additional I/O, improved signal chain monitoring and a versatile new bypass functionality over the previous AUDIO 8 model. With its true analog “Direct Thru” functionality that can be controlled directly from the TRAKTOR 2 software, TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 allows for easier switchovers between DJ sets and is ideally suited for club installation.
Most features of the new TRAKTOR generation can also be found in the new TRAKTOR DUO 2 versions, which offer a classic two-deck configuration with additional dual sample decks and a compact effect selection at an especially affordable price, with TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2 including the new TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 interface.
For the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 system, the new TRAKTOR PRO 2 will replace the originally included TRAKTOR PRO S4 software. All KONTROL S4 owners will receive a download upgrade free of charge.
Pricing and availability
All products within the new TRAKTOR PRO 2 generation will be available in stores in April 2011. Suggested retail pricing:
TRAKTOR PRO 2 - $229 / 199 €
TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 - $669 / 599 €
TRAKTOR DUO 2 - $119 / 99 €
TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2 - $399 / 349 €
For more information visit www.native-instruments.de/traktor
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