Native Instruments Traktor is fast becoming one of the most popular software solutions for DJ's. Offering options for traditional turntable DJ's as well as CD and Controller DJ's to scratch, blend, mix, and remix all from your digital library on your computer. Before we show you some of the more popular Traktor controllers lets take a look at the progression of NI and Traktor.
***Information collected from Wikipedia
Traktor was first released in 2000 and has gone through several major application changes. The initial versions of Traktor were Traktor Studio and Traktor DJ, with Traktor Studio being more full featured (and expensive).
In 2002, Traktor DJ Studio 2 was released, which offered several new features including scratch macros. It also expanded its looping, MIDI, and cue point functionality.
In 2003, Traktor DJ Studio 2.5 was released. This new version expanded the time stretching functionality, added Open Sound Control (OSC) support, and gave the user limited ability to customize the look of the interface.
In 2003, Native Instruments partnered with Stanton Magnetics to develop the software for their "Final Scratch" digital vinyl system. This partnership gave Stanton a Win/Mac version of the Final Scratch software (which previously ran in a version of Debian Linux) and allowed Native Instruments to use the Final Scratch timecode engine in their own Traktor line.
In 2005, Native Instruments added vinyl emulation capability to version 2.6 of Traktor DJ Studio. Version 2.6 included live input, streaming internet broadcasting, support for more file formats, and greatly expanded MIDI capability. Soon afterward, Traktor DJ Studio 3 added two more playback decks (for a total of four), built-in effects, Beatport online store integration, a four-channel mixer, aUniversal Binary version, deck caching, and minor improvements to existing features.
On October 11, 2006, the partnership between Native Instruments and Stanton Magnetics ended, and Traktor DJ Studio 3 was renamed Traktor 3.
In 2008, an updated version of Traktor Pro, and a new version of the DJ studio, Traktor Scratch Pro were released. Traktor Scratch Pro had additional DVS functionality enabled, includes the specifically designed Audio 8 DJ audio interface, and timecoded CD or vinyl control.
On April 1, 2011, version 2 of Traktor was released. This upgrade includes new sample decks, "truwave" waveforms, an optimized UI, a loop recorder, and a new series of traktor audio interfaces, among other features.
On April 2, 2011, version 2.5 of Traktor was planned to be released on May 30, 2012. This upgrade is set to include "Remix" decks and will be released on the same day as their new "Kontrol F1" controller.
On May 25, 2012, version 2.5 of Traktor has been released.
On Feb 21, 2013 TRAKTOR DJ is introduced as the the world’s first professional DJ software for iOS. Use familiar hand gestures to perform powerful, truly hands-on sets on your iPad.
If you would like to learn more about Traktor and the variety of compatible controllers check any of these links
For Traktor Controllers. For Traktor Hardware. For Traktor Mixers
Here is one our videos of the most popular Traktor controller the Kontrol S4
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