Native Instruments has made its bid in the iOS DJ world with the release of Traktor DJ For iPad, which is now on sale for US$19.99 in the App Store, and includes key detection built right in to the app. Above is the Richie Hawtin-fronted promo video.
At the same time, Native Instruments has also released Traktor 2.6.1 (it’s in the Service Center now, or grab it from the new download area on Native Instruments’s website), which also features in-app key detection, and adds cross-app compatibility with the iPad version.
We have a full review and demo video of Traktor DJ – but in a couple of sentences, it’s a stripped down, waveform-heavy, two-track app, that rather than copying the desktop version, has been designed from the ground up for the iPad. It has a slicer-like waveform “Freeze” function, in-app key detection, a next-track recommendation engine that takes into account BPM, harmonic match, and a Mixed In Key-like “energy level”, plus real-time beatgridding.
You can share library information from Traktor DJ to Traktor 2.6.1 across the apps via Dropbox, meaning it is possible to do your track preparation on the iPad version, which is then synced across to Traktor on your laptop, or vice versa.
Are you an iOS DJ who’s already heading over to the app store to grab your copy? Are you a laptop Traktor DJ who’s glad to see key detection finally arrive in your software? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Traktor DJ for iPad and Traktor 2.6.1 in the comments.