The Traktor Kontrol S8 was a bold move for Native Instruments, mainly because it dared to drop the jogwheels, but also by putting the company’s Remix Decks idea front and centre. Now, with Stems Decks just around the corner, the company has released the Kontrol D2, which is basically a single modular S8 deck. So what’s it like?
Native Instruments has just launched a website as part of its push for public acceptance of its newly developed, open source music format, called Stems. The Stems format allows DJs to work with tracks split into four parts (for instance, bass, drums, vocals and melody), rather than presented as a whole.
Native Instruments has just released its Traktor Kontrol D2 controller. It’s the latest controller by the company that comes with an onboard display, four faders meant for Remix Decks and NI’s upcoming Stems file format, and a bank of performance pads. It looks like half of NI’s flagship Traktor Kontrol S8 controller sans mixer.
Native Instruments has just released the latest version of Traktor Pro 2. Now at version 2.8, the update includes Traktor Scratch Certification for the Rane MP2015, which means you can use it with Traktor timecode CDs and vinyl. Faster song library analysis and support for the Traktor D2 controller are among the improvements too.
As reported on Digital DJ Tips last week, Native Instruments has a new DJ controller, the modular Traktor Kontrol D2, with a built-in screen, and direct control over the Remix Decks and the new Stems multitrack DJ format pioneered by NI, as well as a novel solution to the problem of raising modular devices to industry-standard mixer height.
Native Instruments has announced a new multi-track file format for DJs and producers, called “Stems”. The new, open format allows a track to be released with four “parts” (or “stems”) – for instance drums, bassline, harmony and lead – that DJs can then use for advanced mixing using isolated parts of each track.