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.
Look out Ableton, Traktor might take your job soon. As teased in yesterday's video, Native Instruments new stems format is set to drop very soon, and many have been asking if DJs will embrace the format. We suspect that a surprisingly different group of people will embracing this style of mixing: live performers. Will Ableton Live see an unexpected competitor to its platform? We think it's a strong possibility.
This morning Native Instruments has released a brand new video showing the exact workflow of the Traktor Stem Decks on one of their Stems-compatible units, the Kontrol D2. Watch now to get a sense of the visual feedback, mixing style, and possibilities that the new file format might offer. Also, did you know that drum and bass is making a comeback?
Did you know that in loads of DJ booths around the world, there's a controller that's already there? The Pioneer DJM-900 is completely MIDI-mappable, and can be used in any number of diverse ways - learn how to set it up with this tutorial from new DJTT contributor Angel.