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Traktor DJ 1.5 Update: 3 Mode Superslicer Effect

Native Instruments has released a new update to the iOS-only Traktor DJ app, version 1.5, with the most prominent new feature being a brand new performance mode, SuperSlicer, that combines a number of different effects into one. Watch it in action in the below video, and then read more below the embed:

HOW THE SUPERSLICER WORKS

SuperSlicer's Three Mode Buttons
SuperSlicer’s Three Mode Buttons

If you watch carefully, you can see that turning on the SuperSlicer pops out three new icons to the immediate left of the waveform (pictured above), each of which correlate to a different set of on-waveform touch effects. Touch one of them, and a second vertical axis grid is added to the track, splitting it into three parts, each of which are a different level of the selected effect.

  • Loop Stutter FX: loops the beat being touched, similar to a loop roll. Shorter loop rolls are the highest part of the waveform (top grid), longer are at the bottom.
  • Turntablism FX: three different effects – brake (top grid), “scratch” (middle grid), and reverse (bottom grid)
  • Pitch FX: A bit more basic, but this mode lets you temporarily pitch each slice up or down (top and bottom grid)

Adding to these three modes is the fact that you can use two fingers to pinch across the waveform and apply the effect to a whole section of the current loop – demonstrated in the video at 0:28 with the Reverse effect.

Traktor DJ’s new powerful SuperSlicer doesn’t come free with the app – you’ll have to purchase it as an in-app purchase for $1.99 on the iPad version or $0.99 on the iPhone.

OTHER NEW TRAKTOR DJ 1.5 UPDATES?

While the SuperSlicer takes the main spotlight on this update, there were a few other small changes made to the app for the 1.5 version:

  • History Playlists (a much-requested feature by users) keeps track of every track played in a session
  • BeatGrid Enhancements hopefully will have fewer users reaching for the “Grid” button every time they load a new track. The enhancements also include “Pinch To Zoom” and “magnetic snapping” while in the Grid mode
  • a number of bugfixes for the track browser
  • enhanced performance on the latest iOS devices

We’re really hoping that Traktor Pro will soon finally get some of these features that Traktor DJ has been championing strongly, including this new SuperSlicer but also the older track recommendation and Freeze Modes.

Traktor DJ is available on the iTunes App Store

  • SHK THT

    you can control the bottom row of FX with the cue pads/remix deck pads on an S2 MK2 but has any figured out if you can control the middle and/ or top row somehow?

  • sk84l1fe

    mlrv 3.0

  • killmedj

    I sure could clear some dance floors with this!

  • Alvaro Ramirez Perez

    Mad Zach´s hands??

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  • I was a bit dissapointed. NI announced a free Update but the main feature has to be purchased anyway. Nevertheless it looks nice. As soon as an implementation into Traktor Pro is at hand I’ll give it a try.

  • David Schroeter

    Just checking that Metadata Sync, the reason I bought Traktor DJ, is still broken? Great work, NI.

  • midiman

    I want a hybrid of traktor dj and traktor pro for microsoft surface pro! Stronger hardware,bigger screen and windows. I wonder why this app still is apple only.

    • axelv

      apple has better & faster audioprocessing i guess

      • midiman

        I am traktor user on windows since the very first version of traktor in 2001 And i never missed anything. There is nothing apple could do for me that windows cant and there is no doubt that the hardware of a surface pro is better than a i pad.

        • Sketch

          ^ midiman is right. I was waiting for this to come out on the Windows Store since I know my Surface’s hardware would be great for DJing with. I hope companies like NI start to take notice of Microsoft and just how capable they are, especially now MS are pushing their musical capabilities (e.g. the Surface music thing and their giant touch-screen that Mau5 uses). The Surface would make an ideal controller imo.

          • Where did all the Microsoft people come from? 1998?

  • Diego

    would be nice to control 2 decks with this and 2 decks with regular mixer/ controler setup

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  • Rhakka

    When will they bring better slicer functionality (even a subset of this) to their flagship app? *sigh*

    • Dan White

      Yep, as I noted in the article, it would be nice to have a lot of the forward-thinking features in Traktor DJ (key playlists, track suggestion, freeze mode, Super Slicer) incorporated into Traktor Pro

      • #thefutureofdjing is most likely traktor pro 3 (with new hardware).. hopefully we get these features

        • Rhakka

          One can dream, I suppose.

          • djcl.ear

            One (Dj) can be very real…

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  • polromeu

    Not bad, like the Serato Remote.