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Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad

Native Instruments has announced the release of its TRAKTOR DJ, a unique, hands-on DJ app built from the ground up for iPad aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals.

Created by the same team behind the top-selling TRAKTOR brand, TRAKTOR DJ strikes a balance between instant, fun usability and advanced, professional features. TRAKTOR DJ allows users to intuitively access their music in a whole new way while also complementing the TRAKTOR family through bi-directional content synchronization with TRAKTOR PRO software.

Native Instruments TRAKTOR DJ

TRAKTOR DJ puts the waveform in the center of user interaction, featuring two decks, each with dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, as well as 8 proven TRAKTOR effects. Utilizing familiar iOS Multi-Touch gestures like pinch and swipe, TRAKTOR DJ brings a professional quality mixing experience to iPad – equally suited to full performance or on-the-go set preparation. Users can intuitively manipulate waveforms by touch, “grabbing” their music with two fingers to instantly set a loop, perform scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate through tracks – the key functions of the TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, re-designed for touchscreen interaction.

TRAKTOR DJ introduces the completely new Freeze Mode, which lets users slice up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new musical performances. The app also allows users to create beat grids in real time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music. DJs are encouraged to discover the full extent of TRAKTOR DJ’s capabilities at their own speed via the Notification Center, which tracks the user’s progress through the app’s features and unobtrusively offers tips, tricks, and techniques from within the app.

With over a decade of technological refinement through the evolution of TRAKTOR, TRAKTOR DJ’s automatic tempo detection and sync engine are now accompanied by precise downbeat analysis. This makes beat mixing completely straightforward and frees users to creatively interact with their music via the touch interface. Full iTunes music library integration of TRAKTOR DJ means DJs can easily search their library for the next track. Unique to TRAKTOR DJ, the app introduces a recommendation engine that uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre detection algorithms. TRAKTOR DJ recommends compatible tracks from your iTunes library with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time, facilitating smooth and ear-pleasing mixes for users of all levels. Both the advanced downbeat and key detection features will also be available to TRAKTOR PRO customers with a dedicated 2.6.1 software update.

Complementing the existing range of TRAKTOR products, TRAKTOR DJ bi-directionally syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO 2. This gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set while on the move. Users can also transfer all their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPad and TRAKTOR PRO 2 and back via a free Dropbox account.

Additionally, because of the powerful Core Audio engine built into iOS, TRAKTOR DJ also offers ultra-low latency playback, manipulation and recording while also supporting professional class compliant hardware audio interfaces, such as the TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and 10, something currently not possible on any other mobile platform. DJs can connect these and other devices to their iPad using the iPad Camera Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality, or to a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. All of this allows TRAKTOR DJ users to easily record their mixes live on their iPad, or pump their music out to the house in the highest quality possible.


A video of visionary DJ Richie Hawtin’s first day with TRAKTOR DJ, in which he prepares a set and performs live with the app at BPM festival in Mexico.

The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad (requires iOS 6.0 or higher) is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 17.99 EUR from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com/TRAKTORDJ.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR DJ

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Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 price drop

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

Native Instruments has announced a price drop on its critically acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system, reducing the price permanently to $899 USD / 799 EUR.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 represents an unparalleled level of software and hardware integration that makes DJing more versatile, intuitive and fun. The full-featured controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomic, high-quality control elements and an integrated audio interface – all built to professional specifications.

The included TRAKTOR PRO 2 software offers powerful performance functions such as Remix Deck™ technology, a loop recorder, and newly designed Macro FX. Based on ten years of digital DJing expertise, the highly successful TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 gives DJs of all genres unparalleled creative possibilities with supreme workflow and ease of use.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop, while supplies last.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL S4

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DJ TechTools releases Midi Fighter Spectra controller

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DJ TechTools has launched the Midi Fighter Spectra, a redesign of the classic MIDI Figther model.

DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter Spectra
You can customize your controller, choosing from a wide range of materials and finishes for the top surface, as well as the color of the triggers and silicone case.

The Midi Fighter Spectra is the latest controller by DJ TechTools.

Built on the familiar format of the now legendary Midi Fighter Classic, the Spectra features full-color ring lighting, six side mounted configurable function buttons, and TRAKTOR Remix Deck support, all in a highly portable package able to find space in any DJ booth.

The MIDI Fighter Spectra is available to purchase for $175 USD.

More information: DJ TechTools / Midi Fighter Spectra

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Loopmasters releases Northern Mix FX by BSC aka Kuni

Undertone Tools Northern Mix FX

Loopmasters has introduced Loopmasters releases Northern Mix FX by BSC aka Kuni, a sample library from Undertone Tools.

UNDERTONE TOOLS have already released 2 titles by BSC aka Kuni, as always he never fails to bring excellent quality of sound. Deep, natural and clear, like water from northern mountain in Hokkaido.

Sourcing good quality Sound Fx is hard to find so we knew exactly who to turn to for the ultimate Fx Tools you’ll ever need for your DJ sets and productions.

This sample pack contains Long Rhythmic SFX and Short Impact sounds, and is perfect for Traktor Sample Deck, Ableton Live Sets and many more Music Application Softwares and it’s 100% Royalty FREE!

The sample pack costs £12.95 GBP.

More information: Undertone Tools / Northern Mix FX

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Native Instruments launches Holiday Giveaway

Native Instruments today launched their annual holiday giveaway with two special gifts as a thank you to all registered users. Until December 31, both gifts are available for download from the Native Instruments website.

For producers, DRIVER is a filter distortion effect designed for subtle to drastic sound manipulation, while five new Remix Sets for TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks will be released as a free bundle for Native Instruments’ DJ community.

Native Instruments Driver and Remix Sets

DRIVER is a creative filter distortion effect for adding dynamic motion and texture to source material, designed by the creator of MASSIVE. The filter section delivers a wide range of effects, from extremely smooth to completely saturated. DRIVER offers low pass and notch filters, plus a distortion unit and versatile modulation sources. The diversity and quality of the resulting sound are consistently inspiring, and let producers segue smoothly from a warm, high-quality filter effect to all-out sonic mayhem. An envelope follower and audio modulation allow users to animate or transform the original signal, taking the sound beyond what the filter and distortion sections do alone. DRIVER can also be triggered via sidechain for dynamic effects that move with the music and integrates seamlessly with MASCHINE.

The five TRAKTOR Remix Sets in Native Instruments’ holiday giveaway provide users with diverse sounds ready for immediate use in TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks. TRAKTOR Remix Sets are premium-grade loop and one-shot sample packs, providing DJs with new expressive possibilities for their sets, allowing live remixing and creative track manipulation. TRANSISTOR PUNCH and DROP SQUAD are sets of new samples based on sounds from successful MASCHINE Expansions. DEEP GROOVE provides users with a set of sounds specifically created for deep house and techno styles, while ETHNIC PERCUSSION provides loops and one shots featuring rhythms from Indian and Latin music traditions. HOLLYWOOD CRUNCH is an exclusive Remix Set created by producer Comfort Fit, featuring hand-selected sounds from his personal collection. All five TRAKTOR Remix Sets are available together as a free download.

These special offers are available until December 31 from the Native Instruments website.

More information: Native Instruments / Holiday Giveaway

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Native Instruments updates MASCHINE to v1.8.2

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Native Instruments Maschine

Native Instruments has updated its MASCHINE software to version 1.8.2.

The update contains a number of improvements that make working with MASCHINE even more straightforward and intuitive, including:

  • Optimized sample start and sample end editing.
  • ‘Duplicate’ function now identical in MASCHINE MIKRO and MASCHINE controllers.
  • The 1.5.3 update for the Controller Editor, improving the stability of all MASCHINE templates for TRAKTOR PRO, Mackie Control, and Ableton Live 8. Caution: This update will affect the functionality of the physical MIDI ports of MASCHINE in MIDI mode. For details, please see this Knowledge Base article.
  • Fixes to content browsing and plug-in hosting.
  • Full documentation in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

The update is now available to download from the NI Service Center.

More information: Native Instruments / MASCHINE

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Native Instruments Thanksgiving Special—50% off Komplete instruments & effects, Maschine Expansions and Traktor Pro 2

Native Instruments has announced its Thanksgiving Special, a limited time promotion on selected products in the Komplete, Maschine and Traktor range.

Native Instruments Thanksgiving Special
50% off various Native Instruments products for 5 days only.

Fill up this Thanksgiving with three incredible offers. Whether you’re into TRAKTOR, KOMPLETE or MASCHINE, there’s a special half-price deal just for you. But deals this good don’t last long. If you’ve been waiting to build or expand your setup, the next five days is the time to do it – this Thanksgiving special ends Monday, November 26, 2012*.

Thanksgiving Special

  • 50% off all Komplete Instruments and Effects
  • 50% off all Maschine Expansions plus Imaschine for $0.99 / 0,89 €
  • 50% off Traktor Pro 2 – Now only $44.50 / 39,50 €

This special offer is valid from 11:00 (CET) on November 22, 2012 to 24:00 (CET) on November 26, 2012. The special offer is only valid on full software versions of products – upgrades are not a part of the special.

More information: Native Instruments

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