[Video] Traktor DJ App for iPad Released!
A few short weeks ago after NAMM 2013, I was invited to NYC to meet with the Native Instruments team for a top-secret product reveal. This new product has now been released to the public today and DJ's everywhere are already clamoring for the download. The new Traktor DJ App for the iPad is here and for the small fee of only $20, anyone with a shiny iPad can venture into the Traktor realm of DJ control.
This new Traktor DJ App for the iPad is perfect for current Traktor DJ's who want to sync the app with their desktop experience by preparing their tracks via enhanced Beatgrid adjustments, playlist settings, cue points, loops, and other all BPM data via a free dropbox account. For DJ's that are on the go, the app is capable of two deck mixing, scratching (by simply grabbing the waveform with your fingers and sliding it back and forth), looping, navigate through tracks, set cue points and much more. There's a 3-band EQ and filters along with effects which are also at your fingertips.
There's also a new Freeze Mode which is somewhat like a slicer found on the Serato DJ controllers where the music is sliced up into equal parts and the user can use their fingers to manipulate and play different slices of the music at different times. The auto tempo and sync engines are excellent and make it very easy for users to sync the two tracks together for seamless mixing. The Traktor DJ app also has a new Recommended Compatible Tracks list that will show the user which track in their library would "mix-well" with the current track that is playing.
Although this was a very fun app to use and everything works well in principle, the App doesn't allow users to work with both the Traktor Pro full software and the Traktor DJ App simultaneously. For example, I wish there was a way to use the Traktor DJ App in conjunction with your current Traktor Pro setup at the same time to view currently playing waveform data or to send tracks directly to live DVS or controller decks similar to Denon's Engine or Pioneer's Rekordbox. Furthermore, there is no way to sync the huge library of music on a Traktor Pro computer with the library of the iPad. It would be nice if all of the users' music can be accessed via both the full software and the DJ app, but this is not yet possible.
Remember that this is just the first iteration of the App and eventually I'm sure a lot of these functions will be added to the list of improvements one day soon. For now, this is still a great DJ app and anyone who loves Traktor and has an iPad will definitely be a fan... Check out the full press release, purchase links, and more below.
Native Instruments Releases TRAKTOR DJ App Exclusively for iPad
Berlin, February 21, 2013 – Native Instruments today released 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.
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.
The TRAKTOR DJ App is available for $ 19.99 / 17.99 € / 1700 ¥ from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com/TRAKTORDJ. TRAKTOR DJ officially supports iPad with Retina display, iPad mini and iPad 2, running iOS 6 and above.
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Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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