NAMM 2013: Traktor For iPad Teased With Richie Hawtin

iPad Traktor

Native Instruments's teaser photo on its Facebook Page says absolutely nothing about the product, but the words sway it all: An iPad Traktor app is coming.

Is Traktor for iPad coming? If so, one of our DJing Predictions for 2013 will come true barely three weeks into the new year.

There are no details at all about the app yet, save for a picture of Richie Hawtin using an Pad on a yacht or something, posted on the Traktor Facebook Page alongside the words "Richie Hawtin (official page) gets first touch on the upcoming Native Instruments iPad app." Whether it's a full-blown Traktor app, or a remote control, or something else, we're not sure, but we suspect all will become clear sooner rather than later.

In the pic, he's got no wires coming out of the iPad, and it'll be interesting to see if the app does indeed support AirPlay or any other wireless technology. It will also be interesting to see what NI has done that differentiates its offering from any other iPad port of a DJ app (such as MixVibes or djay), should that indeed be what we're looking at here. For instance, using the iPad as a virtual Maschine or Kontrol F1-style trigger device would make sense, and with the "parent" software packing innovation like the Remix Decks, a vanilla DJ app maybe wouldn't cut it. Oh, and I believe iPad has an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Effects control a la Midi Fighter 3D, sin wires, anyone?

If it is a DJ app, price will be interesting - DJ Player and djay are around US$16, so where would Traktor pitch its app?

All, of course, speculation right now. I'm writing this on a flight into LA for NAMM Show 2013 (isn't in-flight WiFi wonderful? Us Europeans have a bit of catching up to do) so I'll report more when I've landed and collared the NI boys.

Will this be a gamechanger, for Traktor or for iOS Djing? What do you think the app will have, or will not have? Will it even be a full-blown DJ app, or a sort-of "accessory" app to the main software? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. I really feel that this could be Traktor app with the essentials: 2 decks, mixer, a few standard fx, and maybe a sample slots but no remix decks, it would also be packaged with a Traktor iOS sound card so you could use timecode. There has already been proof of concept for timecode with iOS so why not?

    I really hope it's not just a Traktor preparation app because I don't think it would be as fast as doing prep on computer and it really just adds an unnecessary step in one's workflow (plug in iPad, transfer songs, analyze/hot cue songs one at a time, transfer songs back to computer and load into Traktor). It makes sense for Rekordbox app to have prep/hot cue tools because it is your library/computer in a sense, people who use certain Pioneer products can simply stream from the device, where as a Traktor app has no devices to stream to.

    If it's not a full blown Traktor app i'd settle for some unique Traktor functionality that is very low latency and uses an NI protocol that would allow for things like 2 screen functionality (browser on ipad, Decks on the laptop).

  2. Robert Wulfman says:

    K2? Use Eropeans? a few typos in this one Phil

  3. Richie's been playin ipad parties on salinas beach ibiza before.

    Does a picture mean there's an app around the corner? Well probably NI is wrapping up their sleeves to get ios connection while the dj world is eagerly waiting. They will have to discuss both worlds, the rookie who demands a serious way to enter the world of DJing, as well as the PRO looking not only for another way of sending, receiving and displaying midi commands. An iPad has far more possibilities. The future's so bright, we gotta wear shades :-)

  4. sammsousa says:

    i dont think that it will be something like traktor for ipad and i dont think that it will be some sort of controller app! i think that most likely it will be just something like rekord box for pioneer! something simple to prepare the tracks while youre on the go! just stuff like preparing beatgrids, or setting cuepoints etc! makes the most sence to me!

  5. I'm all for a Traktor App and hopefully it will be some sort of wireless control or F1 type control! BUT, I really wish N.I. Would put more resources into a refresh of they're controllers the S2 and S4. I would like to see especially the S4 get a makeover to include better jogs, XLR outs, a more solid construction and (if its not too much) a stand alone mixer. Just my thoughts. Happy NAMM 2013

  6. A basic 2-deck setup and a couple of basic effects (filter,phaser,etc), and controlled with timecode cd/vinyl via an audio interface (that is also an ipad dock that charges) would be enough for me to switch to: A-iPad, B-timecode

    from a DJ that uses CDJs in club and Kontrol S2 in bars/discos....

  7. Why does Richie get to play with he cool tech? haha.

    App would be cool, but focusing on newer controllers would be even better.

  8. Havent had the luxury of using in-flight wi-fi yet! Sounds Amazing!!

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