Native Instruments has announced a new cross-platform DJ app, Traktor DJ 2, with SoundCloud streaming built in. Traktor DJ 2 follows on from the company’s niche but well-regarded Traktor DJ app for iPad and iPhone, and will be available this spring for iOS, Mac and Windows, priced $9.99 (iOS) and $49 (Windows/Mac).
At launch it will work with the Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk3 (so that’s what the iOS socket on the back was for…), but is also designed to be used without hardware, favouring a simple, stripped down features set and big, clear waveforms and controls. More hardware support is coming.
Unlike the original Traktor DJ app, this one optionally adds traditional DJ controls (thinks decks and mixer) in a parallel waveform layout that looks similar to pretty much any DJ software you can think of.
Possibly confusingly for some, it also has a view that looks similar to Traktor Pro 3, with the waveforms/decks in separate boxes.
At launch there is no integration of local music libraries or app-created streaming service meta-data via a cloud service across the app on different platforms.
What’s the point of Traktor DJ 2?
So on the face of it, a bit of a confusing move from Native Instruments – but there is method behind this.
Traktor Pro 3 – the current flagship program – is big, bulky and unwieldy, and not only on the surface. It is in need of a full rewrite from the ground up to be able to work with all the new streaming services, to be able to handle video, to work cross platform easily, and to be able to do many other things modern DJ software is expected to do.
It is clear that for Native Instruments, what we’re seeing here is the start of that rewrite.
Simple, beginner-friendly, intuitive, clean software, built to modern standards and fit for the future.
It’s what happens in the next year or two that’ll be interesting, as Native Instruments develops the platform and adds modern features. Expect more streaming and an Android version, for example, and that’s just the start. One day, this will be the successor to Traktor Pro 3.
• Traktor DJ 2 will be available in the spring.
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