Native Instruments’ TRAKTOR DJ app exclusive review!

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Native Instruments today released their TRAKTOR  DJ App for the iPad, we’ve got an exclusive review for you here at MusicTech.net: We’ll be including a full review in issue 121 (available in March) in the meantime check out NI’s press release and read our online review by Liam O’Mullane!

Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR DJ app for iPad

The company behind leading DJ software releases TRAKTOR DJ – the first

professional DJ app for iPad

Berlin, February 21, 2013 – Native Instruments today released TRAKTOR DJ – a

unique, hands-on DJ app for iPad aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to

touring professionals. Created by the same team behind the top-selling

TRAKTOR brand, TRAKTOR DJ strikes a balance between instant, fun usability

and advanced, professional features. TRAKTOR DJ allows users to intuitively

access their music in a whole new way while also complimenting the TRAKTOR

family through bi-directional content synchronization with TRAKTOR PRO

software. TRAKTOR DJ is now available at the iTunes App Store for $ 19.99 /

17.99 € / 1700 ¥.

TRAKTOR DJ puts the waveform in the center of user interaction, featuring two

decks, each with dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, as well as 8 proven

TRAKTOR effects. Utilizing familiar iOS finger gestures like pinch, swipe and

advanced multi-touch movements, TRAKTOR DJ brings a professional quality

mixing experience to the iPad – equally suited to full performance or on-the-go

set preparation. Users can intuitively manipulate waveforms by touch,

“grabbing” their music with two fingers to instantly set a loop, perform

scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate

through tracks – the key functions of the TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, re-designed

for touchscreen interaction.

TRAKTOR DJ introduces the completely new Freeze Mode, which lets users slice

up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new

musical performances. The app also allows users to create beat grids in real

time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music.

DJs are encouraged to discover the full extent of TRAKTOR DJ’s capabilities at

their own speed via the Notification Center, which tracks the user’s progress

through the app’s features and unobtrusively offers tips, tricks, and techniques

from within the app.

With over a decade of technological refinement through the evolution of

TRAKTOR, TRAKTOR DJ’s automatic tempo detection and sync engine are now

accompanied by precise downbeat analysis. This makes beat mixing completely

straightforward and frees users to creatively interact with their music via the

touch interface. Full iTunes integration of TRAKTOR DJ means DJs can easily

search their library for the next track. Unique to TRAKTOR DJ, the app

introduces a recommendation engine that uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre

detection algorithms. TRAKTOR DJ recommends compatible tracks from the

iTunes library with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time,

facilitating smooth and ear-pleasing mixes for users of all levels. Both the

advanced downbeat and key detection features will also be available to

TRAKTOR PRO customers with a dedicated 2.6.1 software update.

Complementing the existing range of TRAKTOR products, TRAKTOR DJ bidirectionally

syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO 2. This

gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set while on the move. Users can also

transfer all their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all

beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPad

and TRAKTOR PRO 2 and back via a free Dropbox account. DJs can connect

their iPad to TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and 10 using the Apple iPad Camera

Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality,

or to a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. TRAKTOR DJ also

provides an easy way for DJs to record their mixes live on their iPad in high

quality.

http://www.native-instruments.com/en/

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