Native Instruments today announced the Traktor Kontrol Z1, “the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface”, which works with Traktor 2 on PCs and Macs, as well as being the first Midi controller for the company’s Traktor DJ app for iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Apple-approved (only a matter of time before we see a white special edition in Apple stores?), the two-channel mixer has the same form factor as the Kontrol X1 and Kontrol F1, and runs off external power, meaning it will charge your iDevice when plugged into it. At the same time it offers true stereo club-level dual outputs for full headphones cueing from Traktor DJ.
The Reloop Jockey 3 Remix; We think it’s potentially the best new Traktor controller to come along since Native’s own (very different) Kontrol F1. (Click to enlarge.)
Not everyone wants to take the Traktor 2.x/Kontrol F1 DJing path. It’s awesome and it’s pushing boundaries and all that, but it’s not the only way to go. And furthermore, a side effect of Native Instruments tying Traktor Pro 2′s Remix Decks into its own Kontrol F1 hardware has been to stifle creativity in the third-party Traktor controller field. When did you last see an interesting new Traktor controller?
So it’s good, then, that we now have the Reloop Jockey 3 Remix. Because while we’ve not had chance to see it or test it yet, from the press release and video, it looks like the best new Traktor controller for ages.
With Traktor DJ, Native Instruments has finally brought to market its vision of how DJing should be done on tablets.
Traktor has long been a firm favourite with digital DJs, including with about three-quarters of Digital DJ Tips readers. The desktop software offers a wealth of functionality and pushes the boundaries with things like its extensive effects and Remix Decks. Now, Traktor DJ has joined its bigger brother, bringing the world of Traktor to the iPad.
So what does the newest DJ app for the iPad (iPad 2 and upwards with iOS6, to be precise) look like, and what does it do differently from other iPad DJ apps in order to stand out from the crowd? Let’s find out in our full Traktor DJ For iPad review and video talkthrough…
The effects controls on the Mixtrack Pro: What you actually get depends on the software you use it with, and with Virtual DJ LE, your options are quite limited.
Following our recent tutorial video on when to use DJ effects, Digital DJ Tips reader John Spiegel writes: “I use a Numark Mixtrack with Virtual DJ LE. In the effects section there is no filter, either hi or low pass. I was wondering if there’s a way to either get around that or fix that.
“Also, on the echo section, I can’t quite figure out how to control the timing of the echo. When I turn it on it just goes crazy. I realize this is sort of vague, but any chance you could help me out?”
So the new hardware (X2)? is definitely as we've all guessed - but what of the new software? Can you see any clues? (Full video after the jump).
Traktor will get a revamp to coincide with the launch of its new control hardware, according to the wording underneath a new teaser video just put live by Native Instruments.
The video, which shows the new hardware being used with Traktor Scratch, gives little away software-wise: the more revealing is the text that accompanies it, which offers “a sneak peek at the new Traktor software and controller – and the birth of a groundbreaking new workflow”.
With the current 50% price cut by Native Instruments, it’s now possible to buy Traktor Duo for only US$45/£40/€48 and Traktor Pro for only US$99/£82/€95. For readers trying to make their minds up which one is the best, I thought it might be good to let you know my experiences.
A-trak showing that in digital DJing, laptops and theatrics can live happily side-by-side... Pic: Asian Dan
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When it comes to software for digital DJing and “controllerism”, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all about Traktor. But there are plenty of alternatives, all of which have their fans and some of which are extremely popular.
We couldn’t pass on telling you about this one. Today Native Instruments slashed 50% off four leading Traktor products – Traktor Duo, Traktor Pro, Traktor Scratch Duo and Traktor Scratch Pro, making their software and digital vinyl systems considerably cheaper than their competition – worldwide.
This means you can now buy Traktor products from US$59-US$335, which represents a stunning saving for anyone who’s been wanting to get full-strength Traktor software or a DVS hardware/software combination into their digital DJ workflow (it’s a free world…). It’s a genuine, straight discount too – but only “while stocks last”.
We thought we’d revisit DJ Magazine’s Tech Awards and see what kit the DJ community thinks should be worthy of your cash. It’s sometimes hard to know what kit to buy, so it’s good to know what other people rate as the best in each class to help you make your own mind up.
We give our verdict on each of DJ Magazine’s winners, suggest some of our own alternatives (just in case you’re not impressed with their number one choice in each category), and give you the relevant links for you to see them in-store too.