Traktor Scratch Pro 2 Launches Aiming For DVS Dominance

Traktor Scratch Pro 2 Review

Traktor Scratch Pro 2 is Native Instruments\' most powerful Traktor Scratch package yet.

Native Instruments today officially announced its new flagship four-deck digital vinyl system, Traktor Scratch Pro 2, as exclusively revealed last week on Digital DJ Tips.

Combining Traktor Scratch Pro 2 software with the new Audio 10 sound interface, this next-generation DVS system is coming straight at Serato Scratch 2, which itself recently received a boost through the announcement of the Rane SL4 4-deck, 2 USB sound interface.

Among the headline features are:

  • Up to four-deck control - via the new Audio 10 sound interface. The four decks can be controlled with any combination of CD, vinyl and compatible DJ controllers
  • Full iTunes integration - Long a bugbear with Traktor DJs, now the software gets proper iTunes integration including crate flick cover art
  • 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 - these features first appeared on the Kontrol S4 software, and have now been ported across to Traktor Scratch Pro 2, allowing for the creation of remixes and edits on the fly
  • 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, by auto beatgridding and phrase matching

The company also promises easier plug and play, easier DJ switching in clubs with the direct thru function on the Audio 10, and "Cirrus Logic® converters for supreme audio quality", plus an "after party" featuring allowing internal control so you can mix without using control vinyl, CDs etc.

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 prececessor, Native Instruments on first look has a real contender here for the top of the DVS market. 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 Scratch Duo 2, the 2-deck stripped-down version of this software.

We can confirm pricing: Traktor Scratch Pro 2 is US$669 / €599, and Traktor Scratch Duo 2 is US$399 / €349. Full hardware/software upgrade pricing is here.

Video

Here's the official video for this launch:


Do you think Native Instruments has a Serato Scratch-beating system here? Do you welcome the porting across of sample decks and loop recorder from the Kontrol S4 software? What features excite you the most, or do you feel they've missed a trick or two? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Is there an upgrade path for existing TSP owners? It’s not clear.

  2. I thought TSP had already beaten Serato?
    Just kidding tho ;-)

  3. Traktor and Serato both have their strong and weak points. Serato had the early advantage of being light to run. Tractor the 4 deck support.

    I’ve been reading about a lot of people switching to Traktor when they dropped the price. But that doesn’t say a lot about the actual numbers.

    The next year will be sort of critical for both with each trying to bridge their DJ software into production software

  4. I was at the NI website and its great news that with the Traktor Scratch Pro 2 upgrade to Kontrol S4 users for $79 will give us the opportunity to use time-code vinyls with our s4. and the S4 users will get the Traktor Pro 2 for free. that’s awesome. Wait wait for April to get the Traktor Scratch Pro 2 upgrade.

  5. DeeJayIvan says:

    Does NI finally have a Serato-killer on their hands?? My perspective on the NI vs Serato comparison has always been stability vs feature-set. As an original Final Scratch 1.0 user (yes Linux :P) who made the switch to ScratchLive, stability was the main factor in my switch. That’s when my requirements were pretty basic — mix 2 digital audio files consistently for a 5 to 6 hour set-time without crashing. Nowadays with industry-leaders like Q-Bert saying basically there is no difference for him in the basic stability and functionality between the two major DVS systems, all thats left to compare is the feature-set … and boy does Traktor 2 make leaps and bounds in their new software. I have had some exposure to the last version of Traktor with the LE version that shipped with the Kontrol X1 I currently use with my SSL setup but in the new version I think the SoftSync feature could be a real killer in combining the tactile-ness of vinyl emulation with the real-time multi-deck remixing aspect that Traktor’s sync feature provides. The demo videos make this look real sweet.

    Personally I would love to try out this system and do a side-by-side comparison between TSP2 and SSL2. I have not seen many (read: any) TSP DJ’s here in Toronto as Serato has been the defacto standard in clubs in my city and North America in general for a long time. This could be the product to change that, especially if the MSRP of $699 sticks in the marketplace.

  6. CosmicRift says:

    So when using the S4 with the new upgrade for turntables. I’m assuming it’s going to handle exactly like the video shown except replace that mixer with the S4?

  7. CosmicRift says:

    Should have put this in my previous comment but would it be necessary or useful to use the S4 with an X1 kontrol? I’m thinking they would both serve the same purpose and you wouldn’t need the X1 but I could be wrong.

  8. Simon Kennedy says:

    Will Traktor work well & precise, (like serato) just by mixing the old fashioned way 2 Technics & mixer with traktor vinyls with hitting sync etc?

  9. hello can you help im baffled by what my son needs [16yrs old]
    can you please advise me about what he needs. He has a good set of head phones and a laptop already but i need the controller etc

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