A entirely new generation of the popular DJ system will include overhauls of the software, timecode vinyl control and audio interfaces.
The next generation of Native Instrument's Traktor DJ system will be released this April.
Although the new version includes all facets of the Traktor family, the upgrade seems more about refinement and fine tuning as opposed to a complete overhaul.
Many of the key improvements surrounding the Traktor software appear to be tied in with its GUI, which includes a revised "high-visibility" display and TruWave technology—a high-resolution multi-colored waveform for each of the four decks that aims to give a better understanding as to each tune's frequency content.
As anticipated (thanks in part to the advancements featured in NI's S4 controller) Traktor will now come equipped with up to four Sample Decks and a Sample Recorder. Each of the decks allows for up to four simultaneous samples or loops to be thrown into the mix, while the Loop Recorder enables the user to grab audio from various sources on the fly.
On the synch front, a new feature called SoftSync will expand Traktor's range of tempo-based tricks by "keeping the tempo of multiple tracks in sync without manipulating the phase." Four new effects have also been added, which includes a tape delay and something NI are calling Bouncer.
Also part of the new family are the Audio 10 and Audio 6 interfaces. The former is said to provide improved signal chain monitoring and additional I/O over the old Audio 8, while the Direct Thru feature allows for smoother changeover between DJs in a club situation.
Take a look at the video below for an overview of what to expect from the Traktor 2 family.
The Traktor Pro 2 software will be available at a suggested retail price of $229/€199; Traktor Scratch Pro 2 at $669/€599; Traktor Audio 10 at $449/€399; and the Traktor Audio 6 at $279/€249.