Traktor Reviews

Stems Beta Creation Tool [Video]

Native Instruments has just launched the new Stems file format that separates tracks into four parts so that new mixing of melodies, vocals, drums, and rhythm can be achieved.  NI has now released the free Beta version of the Stem file format creator which will allow users to make their own Stem files of their productions.

Traktor 2.9 Update & STEMS Launch [Video]

Today, the Native Instruments team has finally introduced the Traktor 2.9 Update which also introduces the STEMS audio file format to the masses so that DJ’s can start mixing and manipulating the music in new and creative ways.  With the all new STEMS files, users will be able to separate beats, grooves, and vocals so that mixing can be done on an entirely different level.

Traktor Pro 2.8 Released

The new Traktor Pro 2.8.0 update is now released and with it comes support for the new Traktor Kontrol D2, support for the new Rane MP2015 Mixer, 64-Bit Architecture, and a host of other improvements.  The Pioneer XDJ-1000 and CDJ-900NXS players also receive full HID support.

DJ Shiftee Traktor Kontrol S8 Performance [Video]

We recently reviewed the new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 which is a very powerful DJ controller for Traktor while also working as a DVS enabled mixer for external turntables and CDJ style control.  The legendary DJ Shiftee has just completed a pretty sick turntable timecode DVS performance along with using some of the new cool features on the Traktor Kontrol S8 such as Freeze Mode.  Check out this dope performance video to see what’s possible with the new S8.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol D2 Announced [Video]

Native Instruments has officially announced the arrival of their newest compact DJ controller for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2.  The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls.  The D2 and the S8 will also use these remix deck controls to manipulate the new Stems file format.

Stems - A New Format For DJ’s

Yesterday, Native Instruments announced a new open source music file format called Stems that will allow DJ’s to manipulate tracks like never before.  Stems will break down songs into four different parts like bassline, melody, vocals, and drums.  This way, DJ’s can now manipulate these four different parts separately with effects, cue points, loops, or whatever else one’s heart desires.  The new format uses MP4 coding and the onus will be on the industry producers to create these partial files in conjunction with their normal track duties when music is made.

Blazing Cuts February 2015 Mixtape Freestyle Set [Video]

Just a few hours ago, I hopped on the Stanton ST-150 turntables and the Traktor Z2 Mixer for a quick freestyle session featuring songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts February 2015.  I took the camera out to give you a quick freestyle mixing session with some of my favorite tracks of this latest release.  Check out my quick freestyle video session and download/stream my latest February 2015 mixtape inside.

New Traktor Remix Sets by Suara, Cocoon, Mobilee, & More

The Traktor Remix Decks allows DJ’s to perform like producers in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, hotcues, and effects using different controllers like the Traktor Kontrol S8 and F1.  Traktor Pro 2 comes with a few Remix sets to get users started, but NI has made sure to keep releasing Fresh and New Remix Sets for users to play with, all for a small fee.  Check out the seven new Remix Sets created by various artists and record labels after the jump.

Blazing Cuts January 2015 Mixtape Freestyle Set [Video]

Yesterday, I hopped on the Stanton ST-150 turntables and the Traktor Z2 Mixer for a quick freestyle session featuring songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts January 2015.  I took the camera out to give you a quick freestyle mixing session with some of my favorite tracks of this latest release.  Check out my quick freestyle video session and download/stream my latest January 2015 mixtape inside.

[Review] Traktor Kontrol S8 Controller

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 is the latest and greatest DJ controller from NI that can operate as a completely Stand-Alone 4-channel mixer, has touch sensitive controls, high quality user-replaceable faders, and dual high resolution screens for all the Traktor information one could need without glancing at their laptop.  The Remix decks controls replace the jog wheels and pitch sliders for each deck, so it may not be for everyone… Check out our review video to see our thoughts.

 

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