It’s a brave company that relegates its premium product to the great DJ software scrapheap in the sky. But Traktor Pro 2 3 is quite the ageing bag of code spanners that has been relentlessly added to, to a point where it’s hanging together like a game of Jenga in a wind tunnel. So all hail Traktor DJ 2, the co-developed replacement for TP3 that you can now get a first taste of, and it comes with Soundcloud access too. But don’t worry — it’s free, and TP3 is still being developed… for now.
May 28, 2019, Berlin – Native Instruments today releases TRAKTOR DJ 2, a new, free DJ app for desktop and iPad. The app is designed to break the barriers to DJing – with greater accessibility, an easy-to-use interface, SoundCloud Go+ integration, and simple plug-and-play integration with TRAKTOR hardware.
TRAKTOR DJ 2 is released as a free app, meaning more people than ever can now get into DJing with pro-quality software.
SoundCloud is the world’s largest open audio platform, with over 200 million tracks by more than 20 million creators across the world. SoundCloud Go+ integration lets users mix tracks streamed directly from the music platform, enabling access to an ever-growing track collection, and tapping into the cutting-edge of mainstream and underground music.
The release of TRAKTOR DJ 2 coincides with the launch of a series of artist-curated playlists exclusive to Native Instruments’ SoundCloud profile. Users can add these to their collections and DJ with them in-app to practice their mixing skills, discover new genres, and to learn new techniques.
The playlists reproduce real setlists by top-tier artists across a spectrum of genres, with diverse approaches to both programming and mixing. Current contributors include: Objekt, Forest Swords, DJ SAMA’ سماء, Tommy Four Seven, Kornél Kovács, Felix Da Housecat, Lyzza, DJ Rachael, and Gafacci.
TRAKTOR KONTROL S2, combined with the iPad app, allows users to play without mains power, with the same physical control provided by a full DJ booth in a take-anywhere setup. The app also fully integrates with the TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 and KONTROL Z1.
During the first month after launch, users can suggest changes and request features via an open forum on the NI website. This feedback will be used by the TRAKTOR team to steer future updates, and to create an app built in collaboration with its users.
Traktor DJ 2 is free, for now at least, and available for iOS (and by iOS that means iPad right now), Mac, and Windows. It also comes with Soundcloud integration, one of many to get this baked into the software. I haven’t mentioned Android, because it isn’t available for Android. So don’t go asking about Android, because I’ll have to give the same “Android is crap for audio” speech every time an iOS only audio app comes out.
Why free? Well when you download it (and you should), you’ll soon see how barebones it is. This really is a back to basics build it from the ground up approach. Capitalising on this means that NI can give away basic but good quality DJ software that does just enough to the masses, and get them invested in the NI ecosystem. The iOS version works with the S2 MK3 making that a cheap but decent entry into DJ land.
Slowly but surely features will be added, and in time it’ll become a paid version that replaces Traktor Pro 3. But it’s absolutely nowhere that yet, and I can’t see it hitting that kind of level for maybe 12-18 months, maybe even 2 years. Unless of course the betas simply portray a stable version with the currently wonky high level features currently in alpha only.
But I like what I see. The smooth waveforms and retina rendering brings a sharp freshness to Traktor, and it’s one that looks right against the S2 and S4 hardware, something that the software is clearly trying to emulate. But here’s something I don’t get. The iOS version has symmetrical pitch faders, but the desktop doesn’t. The world has spoken — asymmetrical pitch faders are where it’s at, and Traktor DJ 2 should offer a consistent interface, or at least make it an option.
Anyway, we’re interested to hear your thoughts on the look and feel of this spanking new rendition of the Traktor timeline.