New Traktor Pro 2 Brings Kontrol S4’s Features To Everyone

Traktor Pro 2

Traktor Pro 2 lets non S4 users access the key features that were added when the Kontrol S4 was released last year.

Ever glanced jealously at the sample decks, loop recorder and cleaner interface of the Traktor Kontrol S4’s software and wished your version of Traktor Pro had the same features? Well today Native Instruments has made that possible, with the release of its next-generation Traktor Pro 2 software.

Replacing Traktor Pro, Traktor Pro 2 is just one new product in a host of announcements today from the German music and technology company, and aims to cement Traktor’s position as the number one DJ software choice among controllerists.

Headline features of the new software include:

  • TruWave frequency-specific coloured waveforms – borrowing a much-loved Serato feature, although they’re still not parallel like most DJ software
  • Sample decks and loop recorder – allowing for the creation of remixes and edits on the fly
  • Up to four-deck control – the new sample decks can be used in place of decks C and D, or the software can be used as straight four-deck workflow like the current Traktor Pro
  • Full iTunes integration – Long a bugbear with Traktor DJs, now the software gets proper iTunes integration including crate flick cover art
  • More studio-quality effects – Now over 30 effects, designed “to be used like an external effects unit”
  • Easy syncing with Maschine – Allowing creative DJ/producers to incorporate this popular production hardware into their Traktor Scratch set-ups
  • Simplified user interface – Native Instruments seems to have realised that cluttered is not necessarily good, and has cleaned up the interface to bring to the fore what matters and hide away features that aren’t so top priority
  • SoftSync improved tempo awareness This promises to make beatmatching easier, with auto beat gridding and phrase matching

If the iTunes integration is good (we want editable ID3 tags for a start), and the software is indeed simpler to use than its sometimes clunky predecessor, Native Instruments on first look has just safeguarded Traktor’s place as the DJ controller software of choice. We just can’t understand why they resist parallel waveforms at every opportunity…

Software updates will be available for current owners of Traktor software.

• Native instruments also announced Traktor Duo 2, the 2-deck stripped sown version of this software.

We can confirm the pricing to be US$229 / €199 for Traktor Pro 2 (US$79 / €69 upgrades), and US$119 / €99 for Traktor Duo 2 (US$49 /€39 upgrades).

Video

Here’s the official Native Instruments video for the new software:


Do you welcome the porting across of sample decks and loop recorder from the Kontrol S4 software? What’s your take on the company’s continued resistance to parallel waveforms? What features excite you the most from the above – or do you feel they’ve missed a trick or two? Let us know in the comments.

Comments

  1. Hollerfolk says:

    lack of parallel waveforms doesn’t bother me… pretty colors don’t impress me… I can hear when things work or don’t… What I really see as missing right now are related to effects… Beatmasher need to go up to a much faster interval like the beat repeat in Live. Vinyl FX need start and stop speed. A slip mode would be nice also… A linear editor that let you go back and perfect a mix would hit it out of the park…

  2. Looks cool, I was waiting for some info on the software upgrade for a while (I’m not really interested in the controller at this time). Some good info here, looks like my MPC will feature more in my sets after April 1st then.

    I’d like to know a bit more about the syncing part though, I’m kind of hoping it’ll sync with non-NI stuff (not just Maschine) so I can run Reason on a second laptop for example.

  3. I have just seen the Video of Ean Golden’s impressions. Not much of interest in the interface personally, But he did mention that the sample deck’s (C+D) can be routed through the channels of an Audio-2-DJ sound card for example.

    I think this is a canny move from NI as having the ability to utilise this will give the 2-channel users the chance to see the advantages of the S4.

    Not sure if you can use the C+D decks for straight track mixing via a 2 channel sound card mind you.

    • Phil Morse says:

      Regarding routing, that’s nothing new though – as the mixing happens in software, you could have 99 decks and still have them all coming out of two channels on your sound card (indeed, Virtual DJ already does that). Indded, the S4’s sound card has the same outputs as the Audio 2 – simple stereo plus headphones monitoring.

  4. I’m happy about the price of the update being more affordable than not… New controller (DN-MC6000), software upgrade looming… i feel prepared for the future… If keep learning and growing, maybe i’ll really become MOBILE with it and be out the house this Spring/Summer doing small gigs.

    I love this place.

  5. Any updates to software are always welcome, specially on such a fine piece of software. However, it still does not bring anything that would let you do more than what we can already do on other programs like Virtual DJ. The sound of Traktor has always been noticeable better than Virtual DJ’s, and the FX are so much better, but for someone who is not into FXing the hell out of music to call it DJing… the improvements just dont impress much. Bring video mixing in and compatibility with everything out there and I would give it a better try, and maybe even switch.

  6. So is this to say that if I have Traktor S4 I don’t need to upgrade to Traktor Pro 2? That’s awesome.

  7. I bought a new laptop but i lose my Traktor S4 DVD software, and I can’t find download on the web. What can I do

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