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T2 is not a cyborg, is the new more colorful Traktor

Trent Wolbe
February 10, 2011

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Native Instruments just unveiled a lot of enhancements to their current line of DJ software. Before, we didn't even know we were just dealing with T1, but it feels good to know that going forward, everything from Traktor Scratch Pro to Traktor Duo will have T2 inside, which features a more Serato-like waveform colorization scheme called TruWave. We'll leave it to DJ Rafik to give you the real low-down, though, in the video after the break. Also new today are the Traktor Audio 6 and 10 interfaces with new analog direct thrus -- expect them in April for $279 and $449, respectively. Now excuse us, we've got a couple of sequel ideas of our own to get cracking on.

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Native Instruments Announces the next TRAKTOR

Revised DJ software and digital vinyl systems offer enhanced creative
versatility and usability, include new range of DJ audio interfaces

Berlin, February 10th, 2011 – Native Instruments today announced the
new TRAKTOR generation, which establishes the next level of power and
ease-of-use with its TRAKTOR PRO 2 software and TRAKTOR SCRATCH
PRO 2 digital vinyl system. Based on versatile new software features and
a revised audio interface line, the new product generation expands the
lead of Native Instruments' TRAKTOR range and gives DJs even more
creative possibilities.

The new TRAKTOR generation is based on a revised high-visibility GUI
for intuitive operation under all conditions, and now offers up to four
powerful Sample Decks as well as the unique Loop Recorder. While each
Sample Deck can add up to four simultaneous samples or loops to the
mix, the Loop Recorder allows DJs to capture audio from various sources
on the fly and drop it back into the mix at any time, opening up creative
techniques far beyond conventional DJing.

A further major innovation of the new TRAKTOR generation is the new
"TruWave" technology. By displaying tracks and samples in all four decks
with high-resolution multi-colored waveforms, it gives deep insight into
the spectral properties of the music, visualizing both individual rhythmic
elements as well as general sonic characteristics. With four selectable
color schemes, an extra-wide zoom range and subpixel-accuracy
waveform rendering, TruWave allows DJs to read their tracks visually for
even more intuitive mixing.

The leading synchronization features in TRAKTOR have been further
expanded with a new "SoftSync" function that provides a unique
combination of convenient automatic beat-matching and hands-on
control. By keeping the tempo of multiple tracks in sync without
manipulating the phase, SoftSync accommodates the widest possible
range of mixing techniques both in TRAKTOR PRO 2 and in TRAKTOR
SCRATCH PRO 2. The effect selection of TRAKTOR has also been
expanded with four additional types that offer unique ways to create
dramatic breakdowns and other typical performance effects, including a
tape delay emulation and the new "Bouncer", increasing the arsenal to
an unparalleled assortment of over 30 algorithms.

The timecode-controlled TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 combines the new
software generation with the new TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 interface, which
offers additional I/O, improved signal chain monitoring and a versatile
new bypass functionality over the previous AUDIO 8 model. With its true
analog "Direct Thru" functionality that can be controlled directly from
the TRAKTOR 2 software, TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 allows for easier
switchovers between DJ sets and is ideally suited for club installation.

Most features of the new TRAKTOR generation can also be found in the
new TRAKTOR DUO 2 versions, which offer a classic two-deck
configuration with additional dual sample decks and a compact effect
selection at an especially affordable price, with TRAKTOR SCRATCH
DUO 2 including the new TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 interface.

For the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 system, the new TRAKTOR PRO 2 will
replace the originally included TRAKTOR PRO S4 software. All KONTROL
S4 owners will receive a download upgrade free of charge.

Pricing and availability

All products within the new TRAKTOR PRO 2 generation will be available
in stores in April 2011. Suggested retail pricing:

TRAKTOR PRO 2 - $229 / 199 €

TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 - $669 / 599 €

TRAKTOR DUO 2 - $119 / 99 €

TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2 - $399 / 349 €

Update and upgrade pricing is available on the NI website.

Further product information and press material

Additional information on the TRAKTOR 2 generation is available at

A digital press kit including picture material is available at

International Press Contact

Constantin Köhncke
Public Relations Manager
Phone: +49 (0)30 - 61 10 35 – 1600

About Native Instruments

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware
for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission
is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions,
styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological
boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and
amateurs alike.

Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound
synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers an extensive
product range for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently
employs around 250 people in its two offices in Berlin and Los Angeles,
and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to
ensure its future growth and success.

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