WNAMM07: The Ultimate Computer-Based DJing Solution?

US Native Instruments announces Traktorscratch      19/01/07

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WNAMM07: The Ultimate Computer-Based DJing Solution?

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Native Instruments have announced Traktorscratch, a new professional DJ system designed to be the ultimate computer-based DJing solution for digital music files with turntable and CD control. They tell us that Traktorscratch provides supreme audio quality and performance, high reliability, straightforward setup and operation, and a host of creative features that allow DJs of all styles and genres to go beyond the limitations of traditional DJ equipment while maintaining the intuitive hands-on control method of vinyl.
Stephan Schulz, Director DJ Division at Native Instruments told us, "With Traktorscratch, we have utilized our full expertise in software and hardware design to build a truly performance-oriented DJ system. Traktorscratch can be as straightforward or as sophisticated as you want it to be, but most important, you can always count on it to perform under all conditions."
Here’s the details in NI’s own words:
The Traktorscratch system consists of a special version of Native Instruments' groundbreaking Traktor software, the Audio 8 DJ hardware interface, a pair of innovative "Instant Connect" multi-core cables, and a set of time-code vinyls and CDs. The system utilizes a new high-resolution timecode technology optimized for maximum responsiveness and precision, with separate timecode versions for vinyl and CD guaranteeing optimal performance in any environment. Traktorscratch accommodates all styles of DJing up to the most demanding scratch performances, with minimum "needle-drop" and seek times.
The included Audio 8 DJ hardware interface connects to the computer via USB 2.0, and connects the system to the DJ mixer, turntables and CD players. The interface provides pristine audio quality due to studio-grade 24bit/96kHz audio conversion, and allows for true low-latency operation with extremely short response times. Audio 8 DJ offers four stereo inputs and outputs as well as microphone input and MIDI I/O, enabling a wide range of stage and studio setups.

The Traktorscratch software provides powerful creative features that can supercharge any DJ performance, including ultra-precise on-the-fly loop functions, key lock and pitch shifting based on Native Instruments' high-quality Traktor time stretching technology, and powerful performance effects that include analog-modeled filters for both decks as well as two beat-synced performance effect sections that can process both the internal decks as well as external input signals.
Traktorscratch offers full MIDI parameter control, a comprehensive track database with powerful search and history functions, and advanced playlist management including automatic iTunes import. The software also features direct integration with Beatport, the leading download store for electronic music, allowing DJs to explore the world's most comprehensive selection of contemporary club music directly within Traktorscratch.
Traktorscratch has been optimized for performance in every regard, with status displays in both the hardware and the software providing an overview of all vital system parameters at a glance, while several safeguard features prevent potential operating errors or accidents from interrupting a performance. The included multi-core cables make it possible to connect the system in seconds, greatly reducing cable clutter and setup times in a live environment. Combined with the rugged and compact hardware interface, Traktorscratch is prepared to meet the demands of continued use and abuse on stage, in clubs and on the road.
The Traktorscratch system can also be combined with Native Instruments' acclaimed Traktor 3 software, which opens up even more advanced creative functionality. DJs gain access to four full-featured decks, an integrated software mixer with virtual-analog EQs and filters, Native Mix Recording with rehearsal and overdubbing features, extended loop capabilities, automatic beat-matching and much more. Traktorscratch users will be able to purchase the Traktor 3 software at a special discounted price.
Pricing and Availability:
Traktorscratch will be available in April/May 2007 for a suggested retail price of USD $669 / EUR 599 from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop.
Owners of FinalScratch 1.5, FinalScratch 2, and Serato Scratch Live will be offered a special discounted crossgrade for Traktorscratch. Details will be announced at the time of the product release.
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