Since our last key detection software square-off almost two years ago, we've seen new iterations of DJ software continue to incorporate key analysis. Serato DJ enters the fray, and Rekordbox is vying for status as a DJ platform. Want to know what software has the best key-finding algorithms, and which still need an overhaul? Read on for our test results.
We've been wondering ever since Traktor DJ for iOS launched back in 2013 when the desktop Traktor Pro would get the track recommendation functionality that the iPad/iPhone app has. Unfortunately, Native Instruments has kept us waiting - but one independent project brings the functionality to Mac users with a standalone app workflow. Read on for the details of the TraktorAutoNextSong project.
Serato is moving fast on their new update, (fair enough considering that 1.9 is already on the horizon), and today have launched the new Serato DJ 1.8 version. The new version finally brings key detection into the software - keep reading for a full list of features in the new update.
Live right now in the Native Instruments Service Center is a brand new version of Traktor, 2.10. There's only a few little changes, most notably the support of the upcoming Traktor Kontrol S5, which is due in stores this Thursday
Traktor Pro 2.8 brought support for the Kontrol D2, as well as several other features. Quietly included in that update were mapping options for “MIDI Controls”, which allows Traktor to read MIDI signals from one device and parse this input as a MIDI signal for another device. Essentially, this feature allows you to control not only Traktor, but also external VSTs, DAWs, and MIDI hardware with one device, and also allows you to integrate those controls with Traktor’s built-in modifiers and environment states. Read more to see how this powerful mapping feature can seamlessly extend your live performance outside the bounds of Traktor.
If you ever use the Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus at gigs, you may notice it doesn't have a straightforward option for recording directly through the soundcard. However with a few quick setting changes in the Pioneers settings utility and audio routing in Traktor, you can record your live set without the need of a second sound card, or additional gear or recording devices.
It's been a full week of Stem-related news, starting with the launch of Stem Decks + Traktor 2.9 on Monday and our launch of a Midi Fighter Twister mapping yesterday. One of the biggest questions people have asked has been "Why can't I see the individual Stems in Traktor?" so we decided we would reach out directly to Native Instruments and find out. Learn more about how waveforms, GPUs, and CPUs all play into the state of Stem Deck displays.
This morning Native Instruments is launching the Traktor 2.9 update, which is the first software on the market to use their new Stems audio file format. The update is free for all Traktor users and is rolling out in Service Center now. Read more about the update and watch them in action inside.