updated 05:00 pm EDT, Thu October 25, 2007
Traktor 3.3 released
Native Instruments today released Traktor 3.3, a free update to its DJ software that adds Traktor Scratch integration. The latest release of Traktor enables users to combine combine features of both applications with precise turntable and CD control. Traktor 3.3 is available as a free upgrade to all registered Traktor 3 users, and is available as a discounted upgrade ($100) for Traktor Scratch owners. New licenses of Traktor 3.3 are priced at $230, and the software requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later.
Owners of Traktor Scratch gain access to extended functionality, and users of both applications have access to up to four full-featured playback decks that are controllable simultaneously through any combination of turntables or CD players. Users can sync playback decks among each other, and can synchronize playback of external MIDI gear as well as other MIDI-capable software with Traktor 3.
Further benefits for Traktor Scratch owners include advanced looping features with multiple loops per track as well as flexible loop manipulation, live internet broadcasting, non-destructive mix recording, and the advanced GUI customization options of Traktor 3. The software mixer with analog-modelled EQs and full MIDI control in Traktor 3 also enables DJs to use Traktor Scratch without an external hardware mixer, according to Native Instruments.
The update brings more improvements over the previous version which include a refined and more flexible user interface, a reworked effects section, extended MIDI sync options, improved Beatport integration, enhanced iTunes and iPod support, compatibility with Windows Vista as well as Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and a revised user manual.