The Traktor team has announced new firmware for the Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk3 and Traktor Kontrol S3 to allow Midi mapping, and also released a public beta of Traktor Pro 3.3, whose headline new features are proper Mac iTunes/Music app integration, and HID compatibility with Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-700 and XDJ-1000 Mk2 media players.
Midi for Kontrol S2 Mk3 and Kontrol S3
A curious omission at launch, these devices now get a firmware upgrade so that they can be Midi mapped for use with other software.
It’s now an anomaly that Midi mapping is still locked off for the Kontrol S4 Mk3; while presumably this is due to the device’s complexity because of its feedback screens, we’d expect (hope) to see this added soon.
Traktor Pro 3.3 improvements
Playing nicely with the Mac Music app via the API integration (that has superceded XML integration) is the headline feature here; it seems the Traktor team has finally managed to fix the issue whereby this wasn’t working correctly previously.
There is a switch in the preferences so depending on your OS and whether you’re still running iTunes or Music, you can decide which way to integrate with your choice of Apple app.
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The software now also plays nicely with Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-700 and XDJ-1000 Mk2 hardware in HID mode, meaning you don’t need to be using CDJ-2000NXS2 hardware to control Traktor in this way – this will of course be game-changer for the small number of users who want to use Traktor with just such a Pioneer set-up (usually at home or as mobile DJs, we’d guess).