updated 04:20 pm EDT, Thu October 16, 2008
NI debuts Traktor Pro
Native Instruments has announced an upcoming expansion to its Traktor DJ software, Traktor Pro. Pro utilizes an updated interface with four decks, specifically improved for live performers; the layout is said to be high-contrast and scalable, with cue and looping controls altered to be easier to use on the fly. Native has likewise added the Crate Flick feature, which lets DJs browse music files as if they were in a typical record crate.
Supporting the interface changes is a new performance effects section, divided into two multi-effect units with a combined total of over 20 effect types such as Iceverb and Reverse Grain. To create more original sounds, DJs can chain together up to six effects.
The MIDI component of the program has been enhanced with a "MIDI modifier" function, which permits dynamic and/or multi-layered assignments to knobs and faders. Changes to MIDI sync should meanwhile enable integrated use of add-ons, like drum machines or sequencing software.
Traktor Pro is expected to ship on November 1st for $229; arriving at the same time will be Traktor Scratch Pro, a bundle of Traktor Pro with the Audio 8 DJ interface and a collection of time-code records and CDs. Scratch Pro is expected to cost $669, though people who already own Traktor Scratch and Traktor 3 will get a free software upgrade.