Traktor Scratch A6 Digital Vinyl System Review

Traktor Scratch A6 Digital Vinyl System

Overview:  

The Traktor Scratch A6 Digital Vinyl System is a truly complete and professional timecode setup that comes bundled with a full-featured professional software and everything a DJ needs to get started at a great pricepoint.  The 24-bit sound quality of the Traktor Audio 6 has been slightly improved over the Traktor Audio 4 that it replaces, and the addition of the MAIN input/output RCA connections open up the door to many more mixing possibilities.  Check out my full HD-Video review inside.


Traktor Scratch A6 Digital Vinyl System
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Review Video & Demo


Setup & First Impressions

The Traktor Scratch A6 is the new two-deck Digital Vinyl System that comes bundled with both the Traktor Scratch 2.5 software (with remix decks) and the Traktor Audio 6 DJ soundcard. The complete system comes bundled with everything the DJ needs in order to turn their analog vinyl or CD-Decks into timecode controlled decks that can playback audio files found on the computer. In the box, you get the two timecode vinyl, the two timecode CD’s, the Traktor A6, the software codes for Traktor Pro 2.5, a power supply, and four RCA cables for connectivity. This entire package comes in at an all-time low price of only $299 in the US which means the user is getting a full-featured Professional Traktor software with all the trimmings and a powerful and durable soundcard to connect it all. The Traktor Scratch Pro 2 and 2.5 have already been reviewed on our site at length, so the main points of this review will speak on the Traktor A6 hardware component. For more information and video reviews on the Traktor Scratch Pro 2 software, please see the links below the Traktor A6 hardware review section.


Unboxing Video


Features

Traktor Audio 6 Hardware:

The TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 (or A6) is the successor of AUDIO 4 DJ soundcard, and now comes with enhanced connectivity, slightly better sound quality, two decks of inputs/outputs and a MASTER input and output set for recording and other possibilities. The two decks of control can all be toggled to support any combination of vinyl Phono turntables or CD Line playback decks. The build quality of all Traktor Soundcards has always been top-notch and the A6 is no exception. They have a mostly metal construction and they hold up to all the punishment a Mobile DJ like myself can throw at it.

The Audio 6 claims to have a new processor for better performance and lower latency than the Audio 4, but I was unable to discern the difference between the two in terms of processing power or response speeds which is a good thing. Just as with the new Traktor Audio 10, I was very happy to see that the Native Instruments interfaces no longer need those proprietary multicore cables to connect everything together as you can now connect simple RCA connectors directly into the Audio 6 interface making the setup a lot easier.

The Audio 6 can now run in Direct-Thru mode when not connected to a computer, this way DJ’s can still play music through the A6 even when there is no software or timecode present. The USB cable power is sufficient to run the Audio 6 using timecode vinyl or CD’s, but if you want to use the Audio 6 in Direct Thru mode (for your analog records or music CD’s), then the power cable must be connected. The Audio 6 now has very clear LED readouts that allow users to know what each input and output is doing right at a glance. There are clear indicators for USB connectivity, DC power, input & output of both Decks, Thru setting, and current RCA level settings. The new Traktor Audio control panel for the Audio 6 is located within the Traktor Pro 2 software, making it easy to configure the inputs/outputs of the soundcard.

The Sound quality of the Audio 6 is as great as we all expect it to be. It boasts a high-quality 24-bit and 96kHz Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters for studio grade sound quality. I would say that the Sound Quality of the Audio 6 and Audio 10 is slightly better than last generations’ Audio 4 and Audio 8 interfaces, but it’s not as obvious when using them side-by-side. It was very hard for me to hear the difference between the two as I had to switch back and forth between the Audio 6 and Audio 4 in order to actually hear a very tiny difference. If you are using an Audio 8 or Audio 4 and you are looking to upgrade merely for sound quality, then you may find that the price of the Audio 6 isn’t worth the slight improvement in sound. The Audio 8 and Audio 4 interfaces already sound great and the Audio 6 and Audio 10 will only prove to have very minor upgrades to the sound quality and overall build quality.

Traktor Scratch 2.0/2.5 Software Reviews & Videos:


http://www.djbooth.net/index/dj-equipment/review/native-instruments-traktor-pro-2-dj-software/
http://www.djbooth.net/index/dj-equipment/review/traktor-kontrol-f1-traktor-pro-2.5/


Conclusion / Recommended For

The Traktor Scratch A6 Digital Vinyl System is a truly complete and professional timecode setup that comes bundled with a full-featured professional software and everything a DJ needs to get started at a great pricepoint. The 24-bit sound quality of the Traktor Audio 6 has been slightly improved over the Traktor Audio 4 that it replaces, and the addition of the MAIN input/output RCA connections open up the door to many more mixing possibilities.

The Main inputs/output can be used for the new loop recorder and playback, or simply as a Master Output. The Traktor A6 also has new simplified RCA cable connections instead of the proprietary dongle cables that were used with the older Traktor Audio 4. This makes the initial setup a bit easier than before. Each of the deck inputs can now be controlled through the software control panel to switch between vinyl or line level inputs depending on if you are using a CD deck or a vinyl turntable. The Audio 6 is built with a mostly metal construction and will last for years to come and under the most demanding Mobile DJ conditions.

The Audio 6 is also very versatile and can also be used with any other DJ software on the market today. The only MINOR gripe that I can find with the Traktor Scratch A6 package is that the only way to switch between timecode playback and live-deck playback (Direct Thru mode) is through the control panel found on the computer software. It would have been nice to be able to switch between input types on-the-fly by using a MIDI button or hardware button on the A6 but this does not really hurt the overall performance as most DJ's stick with one input type or the other throughout their set. The Traktor Scratch A6 DVS setup is recommended to any DJ who needs two Decks of external vinyl or CD timecode control and a premier and professional Traktor Pro 2.5 software to run it all. This is the best time to get into the Traktor DJ realm to take advantage of the new Remix decks and the new lower pricing structure of all Traktor based software products.


Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Complete & Professional Digital Vinyl System w/Excellent Pricepoint ($299
  • Two Decks of either Line/Phono Timecode or Thru-Connectivity
  • Top-Notch 24-Bit Sound quality
  • Traktor A6 has Solid Build Quality
  • Simplified RCA Cable connections (no more dongle cables needed)

Cons

  • Must Go Through Software to switch between Timecode/Thru input type

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Written by on 07/27/12




Features & Specs


FEATURES
Complete digital vinyl system
TRAKTOR AUDIO 6
Professional DJ audio interface with studio-grade sound quality
Six inputs and six outputs - two preamps to connect your turntables
Extra-loud output levels pack enough punch to rock the biggest clubs
High-quality 24-bit / 96kHz Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters
Compact dimensions with sturdy metal casing for heavy duty feel
New low latency Mac and PC drivers for tightest possible response
12 status LEDs for visual monitoring of signal chain
"Direct Thru" mode allows use without computer, on power supply only
Compatible with all DJ, performance and audio software
Includes TRAKTOR DJ software so you can start mixing right away
TRAKTOR PRO 2.5
Seamlessly merges the world of DJing and live performance
Innovative Remix Decks allow for spectacular live remixing and improvisation
Feed individual remix slots through TRAKTOR’s effects units, or play samples back in reverse
Improved BMP detection technology
2GB of premium loops and samples including House, Techno, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Drum'n'Bass and Tech House
TIMECODE VINYL & CD’s
Includes MK2 timecode control vinyl and timecode control CD’s
Super-precise 2kHz control signal on 120g vinyl
Innovative vinyl marker stickers give you a clear visual reference at all time
Use your CDJs with TRAKTOR MK2 timecode in relative mode, and stay ahead of the competition

SPECIFICATIONS
Compatibility, System Requirements, Hardware Specifications

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

General: Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution, USB 2.0, 1 GB free disc space, high-speed internet required

SUPPORTED DRIVERS

ASIO
Core Audio
DirectSound
WASAPI


SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS

MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audio-CD, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, non-DRM WMA (Windows only), non-DRM AAC


AUDIO INTERFACE DIMENSIONS

44 x 137 x 134 mm / 1.7 x 5.4 x 5.3”
Weight: 750g / 1,65 lbs


HARDWARE SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Converters
Channels (A/D, D/A) 6, 6
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Bit Resolution 16, 24 Bit
Converter Cirrus Logic

Line Inputs
Input Impedance 47 kOhm
A/D-D/A to Output:
Full Scale Input Level +12 dBu, 3.08 Vrms
Gain -2.6 dB
Dynamic Range 98.9 dB (A)
THD+N (Full Scale Level) 0.018 %
Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1 dB 13 Hz - 45 kHz
Direct Thru:
Maximum Input Level +13.35 dBu, 3.6 Vrms
Gain -4.55 dB
Dynamic Range 107.8 dB (A)
THD+N (Maximum Level) 0.0027 %
Frequency Response, -1 dB 13 Hz - 73 kHz

Phono Inputs
Input Impedance 47 kOhm
A/D-D/A to Output:
Full Scale Input Level @ 1 kHz -22.2 dBu, 60 mVrms
Gain @ 1 kHz +31.5 dB
Dynamic Range @ 1 kHz 95.8 dB (A)
THD+N @ 1 KHz 0.02 %
Frequency Response IEC curve +/- 1 dB
Direct Thru:
Maximum Input Level @ 1 kHz -16.2 dBu, 120 mVrms
Gain @ 1 kHz +29.1 dB
Dynamic Range @ 1 kHz 96.9 dB (A)
THD+N @ 1 kHz 0.01 %
Frequency Response IEC curve +/- 1 dB

Line Outputs (D/A)
Full Scale Output Level +9.6 dBu, 2.35 Vrms
Dynamic Range 101.8 dB (A)
THD+N 0.008 %
Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1 dB 9 Hz - 45 kHz

Headphone Output
Maximum Output Level @ 10 kOhm 11.3 dBu, 3.55 Vrms
Maximum Output Power 20 mW @ 100 Ohms, 11 mW @ 33 Ohms
THD+N (Maximum Level, 100 Ohms) 0.011 %
Frequency Response (96 kHz), -1 dB 9 Hz - 45 kHz

MPEG Layer-3 audio decoding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson multimedia. Ogg Vorbis and FLAC audio compression technology provided courtesy of Xiph.org. WMA Windows only.

ASIO is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. Cirrus Logic is a trademark of Cirrus Logic, Inc. Mac OS and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows, Windows Vista and DirectSound are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other product and company names are trademarks™ or registered trademarks® of their respective holders and use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them. All specifications are subject to change without notice. © 2011, Native Instruments GmbH. All rights reserved. Made in Germany.


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