Traktor DJ is OK for iOS 7. S4/S2, Less so…

traktor DJ ios7 Kontrol s4 Kontrol s2

Native Instruments among others, were caught with their pants down as far as Apple’s iOS 7 upgrade went. Some were perfectly happy to shout how great their assorted offerings were with the flatter, blurrier, and more colourful OS, while some decide to play it safe and announce that they weren’t at all happy to say that their apps worked without issue. Today though, NI are happy to announce that Traktor DJ does now play nice with iOS 7. But it’s not all thumbs up.

Here’s an update from NI:

Dear DJ,

Here is a quick update on TRAKTOR DJ and iOS 7 compatibility: After extensive testing, we are pleased to inform you that TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is fully compatible with TRAKTOR DJ on iOS 7. The TRAKTOR DJ app is also working reliably under iOS 7, however Metadata sync with TRAKTOR PRO 2 is currently disabled by default.

The new TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 are fully compatible with TRAKTOR DJ 1.3 on iOS 6, however they are not currently supported under iOS 7. Native Instruments is working closely with Apple to solve the remaining issues and we expect to offer a solution in Q4 2013.

We will keep you informed of any further developments.

Best regards,

The Native Instruments team

It seems that despite just hitting the shops, if you’re wanting to use the new Kontrol S4 and S2 with Traktor DJ, you’re going to have to use them with iOS 6. Oh wait… like the rest of the world you hit the upgrade button at the same time? Bugger. Because you can’t turn iOS 7 into iOS 6, so you’re going to wait for that second thumbs up from NI before they’ll offer full support.

You have been warned. And with OS X Mavericks just days away from release, I’m guessing that we can expect more stories of incompatibility from even more software makers despite having a beta for months and months. Plus ça change.


  • Onno Suave

    As long as the “Metadata sync with TRAKTOR PRO 2 is currently disabled by default.”, the app is useless to me…..all the cuepoints/loops I spend years preparing in Traktor Pro no longer show up in Traktor DJ and vice versa I can no longer use Traktor DJ to prepare tracks on the go to later be played out in Traktor Pro! 🙁

    • timsensei

      Not opened Traktor in a month.. all my cue points gone.. it can’t even find the tracks. At least I haven’t git gigs, but a mountain of tracks… *sobs*. I’m hoping timemachine will help me out.

  • Sergio Pantaleo

    I still do not understand why the X1 MK2 cannot control Traktor Dj while S4 and S2 MK2 can.

    • HankBizzle

      It doesn’t have a built in sound card, that is the problem. And anyway, why would you want it to, it has less control options than the in app on screen controls.
      Only thing it really has over the app itself is the loop controls are far better than the in app looping.

  • Mutis Mayfield

    I’m still on ios 6 and lion…

  • PeterJones

    Wish my original S2 worked with Traktor DJ. It should.

    I hate cripple-ware.

  • HankBizzle

    I upgraded because iOS7 had auto downloaded on my iPad and was taking up about 5gb of space! Now Traktor DJ doesn’t work in external mixer mode. I was warned yes, but it’s a load of crap that they haven’t sorted it out yet!

  • Maciavelli

    This what happens when you use closed systems like Apple (Macintosh Inc.) does. They got their advantages though. But the “Plus ça change”-reference is subjective. IMO there hasen’t really changed a lot. It’s just the incompatibility which is caused by business-men trying to make the maximum profit instead of looking primarly for the customer. But since they don’t have to look primarly for the customers first, they can bring up whatever story they like (enough sheeple around who swallow those “truths” without hesitation).

  • I have a huge corporate gig coming up, I hope Traktor will work on my iPhone. Said no one ever.

    • Oh come on now it’s just a joke mr downvoter 🙂

  • Devin

    There’s really no excuse for this. iOS 7 betas have been available for a long time. Traktor DJ is a high profile product, with two separate paid versions for iphone and ipad. Get your **** together, NI.

  • HankBizzle

    So it turns out that after todays IOS 7.0.3 update Traktor DJ works absolutely fine in external mixer mode.
    So maybe I owe NI an apology, it would appear it was Apple’s fault after all!

    • Wayne

      Can you please confirm the kontrol s2 mk 2 works now with ios7 on iPad

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