News of the much-touted new high-end DJ sound interfaces from Native Instruments has gone public today, with pre-orders being taken for the Traktor Audio 6 sound interface by Dolphin Music in the UK, being offered with the first of the new generation of Traktor software, "Traktor LE 2 DJ".
This news fills in the picture as to where the Traktor range of products is going; Native Instruments heavily discounted the existing range of sound interfaces and software before Christmas, triggering a flood of speculation that was only heightened further by the release of their teaser video a few weeks ago. Read on for full details...
Traktor Audio 6 Sound Interface
With extra-robust metal casing and pro-friendly features including a direct thru feature to make switching between DJs easier (complete with 12-LED signal chain status), the Audio 6 has 6 inputs and outputs including support for 2 DVS decks, plus an effects send/return loop which also adds extra flexibility for DJing with Traktor's new sample decks and loop recorder.
Traktor LE 2 DJ Software
The Audio 6 comes bundled with Traktor LE 2 DJ software, so it's probably safe to assume Traktor Pro 2, Scratch Pro 2 etc. The big news is apparently full iTunes integration (something Traktor badly needed) as well iPod compatibility, plus those coloured waveforms we saw in the teaser video - called "TruWave". It's still not clear what these do or how exactly they work, though.
Traktor Audio 10 Sound Interface
There's been much speculation about an Audio 10 interface too, and while this doesn't appear on the Dolphin Music website, apparently official pictures and specs are easy enough to find on several DJ websites tonight. We can speculate that it will add another 2 DVS decks, allowing for full 4-deck DVS support on top of the features of the Audio 6.
No release date or pricing information is yet available.