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?
The Rane MP2015 is a true Rolls Royce of a mixer. Actually, it’s more like one of those classic 70s Porsches, but that for 2015 has been retrofitted with ABS brakes and a decent MP3 player, to bring it bring it up to date! You see, while the Rane MP2015 may look like a disco mixer of old, under the hood, it’s pretty cutting edge.
Today’s post was inspired by a thread on the Digital DJ Tips forum, from where this answer comes. Our reader said: “I think I’ll use Virtual DJ or Serato, but it really doesn’t matter to me: I’d rather get a controller and buy software accordingly.” As you’ll see, though, we don’t think this is the right way to go…
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.