Traktor 2

Traktor 2 & New Interfaces Announced

The focus of Oh Drat is much more on production than it is DJing, but increasingly there’s a hybridisation of the two ideologies. The term ‘DJing’ is often used, accurately or not, to describe electronic musicians who perform their own music live; more and more production software is reaching out to the design ethic of DJ software with quick, single layered GUIs and performance facilitating workflow.

Traktor Pro 2 takes another step towards ‘DJing’ being a more multi purposed ideal – the addition of sample and loop decks essentially turns Traktor into a live production multi tracker

DJ software is reaching out, too, and the new Traktor Pro 2 takes another step towards ‘DJing’ being a more multi purposed ideal – the addition of sample and loop decks essentially turns Traktor into a live production multi tracker. Being able to save presets for the sample banks, thus allowing drum kits and song elements to be brought from studio to stage, play a drum loop and loop it then save the loop, and so on, as well as tight MIDI sync with software especially including Maschine opens more doors than a naughty child with an advent calendar.

There are, of course, a bunch more updated features in Traktor 2, from colour co-ordinated transients and improved waveform resolution to the addition of extra delay effect types. Oh Drat isn’t as concerned with the ‘pure’ interpretation of DJing, the playing records part – there are lots of sites dedicated to DJing – but the new school, where sets aren’t so much played as performances created, tips things right into my playground…

Not only that, but NI have also announced the Audio 6 and 10, which are essentially steroid enhanced versions of the Audio 4 and 8 with an extra stereo channel each, more phono preamps, better sound quality, lower latency and more useful visual feedback on the units themselves. Of course, that’s the spiel – when I get them in to test I’ll confirm or deny.

For more information on the next generation of Traktor and its interfaces, you can head over to the Native Instruments site now to get salivating for its April release…

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