Black Friday is here, and Traktor and Serato both have got some great deals this year. Traktor Pro 2 normally retails for US$99, but you can grab it now at 50% off. For Serato, you can buy the full version of Serato DJ for US$99 instead of its usual US$129 price, and it comes with Serato’s Pitch ‘n Time add-on for free.
German boutique gear company Faderfox just released the Micromodul DJ4. Perhaps the smallest Traktor Pro 2 controller in the market today, it packs a ton of controls including a crossfader, two volume faders, EQ and filter knobs with kill switches, switchable four-deck control, and even monitoring / library browsing knobs.
So many of you have been asking us how to get started DJing with Stems files on your new Traktor hardware. Stems is the new multitrack DJ music format that controllers like the Kontrol S5. To help you have fun quickly with them, we have some pointers, gleaned from our experiments with the format.
Reader Ryan Graham asks: “I have been using Traktor for the last couple of years and I have just bought a new XDJ-RX controller to use with Rekordbox. Is there a way of transferring cue points and tags from Traktor to Rekordbox to save me having to do it all manually?”
Digital DJ Tips reader Andre writes something we are getting asked a lot by readers at the moment, in one shape or form, about the new multitrack file format, Stems. He writes: “Hi guys! Who else other than Tractor will be incorporating Stem files in their controllers?”
With the new Traktor Kontrol S5, Native Instruments brings a third “next generation” Traktor controller to the market. If you’re sold on Traktor’s brave new world, which of the three is right for you? Our Kontrol S5 review (alongside our reviews of the Kontrol D2 and Kontrol S8) should help you to decide.
Apple released its latest operating system OSX 10.11 El Capitan this week, and DJ manufacturers have warned users not to perform the update because of incompatibilities with current hardware and software. Here’s a compatibility status list of DJ software and hardware, which we’ll be updating as the patches roll out.