Thursday, July 1, 2010
Native Instruments TRAKTOR DUO
Native Instruments TRAKTOR DUO
TRAKTOR DUO provides all the essentials of modern DJ software. Built on a deep understanding of DJs' needs, TRAKTOR DUO gives you two feature-packed decks with rock-solid performance and complete creative freedom – no matter what your style.
Utilizing the experience of nearly a decade of TRAKTOR software research and development, TRAKTOR DUO is streamlined and focused to give DJs the essential features they need to spin digital. Boasting two state-of-the-art playback decks, a selection of professional-quality effects, an easy-to-use interface and premium sound quality, TRAKTOR DUO puts the world’s bestselling DJ software within the reach of DJs at any experience level or budget.
It Takes Two
At the heart of TRAKTOR DUO are two playback decks packed with plenty of useful and creative features. An automatic beat grid and precise beat detection capabilities provide you with the correct BPM readings for mixing your tracks. The Sync Lock function makes sure that once tracks are beat-matched they will never drift out of time, and intelligent loop and cue functions even let you remix tracks on the fly.
Duo In Effect
Both playback decks in TRAKTOR DUO integrate a 3-band EQ and classic filters giving you complete control of your tracks’ sound. For even deeper sonic transformations, TRAKTOR DUO comes with six high-quality effects: tempo-synched filter, delay, flanger and reverb, as well as the unique beatmasher and gater effects – built with Native Instruments’ groundbreaking REAKTOR technology.
TRAKTOR DUO incorporates the same user interface as TRAKTOR PRO. The high contrast, scalable fonts and intelligent grouping of graphic elements ensure an unparalleled ease of use and super-fast workflow. The intuitive Crate Flick search lets you visually flip through your collection by cover art and makes finding that next track both fun and easy.
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NEW FEATURES IN VERSION 1.2
TRAKTOR 1.2 update now available
The 1.2 update for user of the latest generation of TRAKTOR (TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO, TRAKTOR PRO, TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO, TRAKTOR DUO, TRAKTOR LE (latest version) is available for download now.
This is the the most advanced version of TRAKTOR yet, introducing several new features for all users, as well as some PRO-specific additions.
NEW EFFECTS FOR PRO
Users of TRAKTOR PRO and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO are treated to three extra effects in this 1.2 version. Taking the total to 28 highly creative and professional effects, this update adds a Beat Slicer, and Formant Filter and a Peak Filter to your arsenal of weapons- all of which need to be heard to be believed.
Four independent effect units:
The already impressive TRAKTOR effects section just got twice as nice. With the addition of two more effects units (in PRO versions only) the potential for warping and twisting your tracks has been vastly increased. With three separate effects chainable per unit, the possibilities are now almost endless.
Native HID / Display Support
TRAKTOR now supports the HID (Human Interface Device) protocol for the Pioneer CDJ-400 and display support for the Denon DN-HC4500. HID is an alternative to MIDI control that boasts a much improved sensitivity, meaning even more precise control over pitch control and effects parameters etc. HID also utilizes the product displays to show TRAKTOR info such as track name, remaining time etc, directly on the hardware.
IMPROVED TIME-STRETCHING ALGORITHM
The new advanced Élastique time stretching algorithm delivers a new level in time-stretching quality at an amazing workload efficiency. The algorithm has been developed to detect tonal and transient components in your tracks with high accuracy, making the Keylock function in TRAKTOR 1.2 sound pristine. The new algorithm also ensures exceptional efficiency in CPU usage.
Visit the Update Manager or the NI Service Center to download the free update.
New Features in Version 1.1
Auto Sync Mode
Once you have selected SYNC for a deck, it will remain engaged when loading a new track. Drop a new track into a mix in perfect time, without having to hit the sync button again.
Advanced Controller Setup Wizard
Fast and convenient set up of controllers and interfaces is now possible with the addition of this feature. The Wizard can be dialed up from within the application (and opens on first startup) plus it also allows hotplugging of devices while TRAKTOR is running. Once a device is connected, select it in the Wizard and it'll load the respective TSI with all settings. Plug and play!
High-Resolution 14 Bit MIDI support
Added support for 14bit-MIDI in version 1.1 allows TRAKTOR PRO to leverage the extended precision and responsiveness of high-resolution knobs and faders on various current DJ controller models.
Other enhancements since Version 1.1
* Drag & Drop from decks to playlist
* Two additional "favorite playlist" slots
* New "Progressive Sensitivity" option for Pitch Bend
* Customizable Cue Play button behaviour (Instant/On Release)
* Additional "Preparation List" features with diamond icons, "Append/add next" menu functions
* Adjustable "minimum playtime filter" for play count and history functions timecode
* Internal EQs enabled for external mixer mode
* New track caching technology with reduced memory footprint
* Improved Tap Tempo function
* Direct tag editing in Explorer node
* Pitch Bend controller assignable to jog wheels
* One-Click setting of hotcues
* Adjustable pitch bend sensitivity With version 1.1, you can now control the sensitivity of the pitch bend function via the preferences pane
* Modifiers for keyboard mappings Create more complex and intelligent keyboard mappings with this update
* New 10% tempo slider range The tempo slider range now matches the range of various CD decks (CDJ etc)
* New "Manual" clock mode for manual assignment of master and slave
* Improved master clock tracking of deck tempo (8x increase)
* New "History Archive" browser node
* Option to physically delete tracks in browser
* Option to remove TRAKTOR-specific tags from collection
In Sync With The Music
TRAKTOR DUO contains several highly useful tools to handle all your tempo-syncing tasks. In addition to ultra-precise BPM detection, the software automatically finds the beat grid of your tracks on import while the Sync Lock function makes sure that beat-matched tracks stay matched. Powerful loop and cue functions, including unlimited storable cue points and loops per track, hot cue buttons and easy navigation between loops and cues all make TRAKTOR DUO a perfect tool for remixing tracks on the fly.
Digging In The Crates
Crate Flick lets you browse your track collection using cover art, showing you the top portion of each track’s cover as you flip through, just like digging in a record box. TRAKTOR DUO helps you quickly find tracks visually and even works with file formats that would normally not support artwork (AIFF, WAV). Intelligent navigation and sorting functions including iTunes™ and iPod™ compatibility contribute to TRAKTOR DUO’s fast and fun workflow.
Warp Your Sound
TRAKTOR DUO comes with six amazing tempo-sync’d effects including studio-quality reverb, delay, filter, flange, beatmasher and gator. Each deck features its own effects slot, each of which can chain up to three effects. Using TRAKTOR DUO’s convenient one knob control function, you can intuitively tweak any of the onboard effects – without stopping the musical flow.
Keep Your Flow
TRAKTOR DUO utilizes industry-standard workflows that will be familiar to DJs used to spinning with CD decks. Play, cue, hot cues, loop setting/adjusting, and jog wheel control behave in the same way as leading CD units, while portable track info and performance settings let you customize how TRAKOR DUO works for you.
Simple, Practical Interface
Designed with detailed input from professional touring DJs, TRAKTOR DUO features a user interface that truly excels in its simplicity, functionality and practicality. The interface groups together functions for a logical and intuitive workflow and comes in a stylish design that remains highly readable from a distance. Different choosable layouts let you switch TRAKTOR DUO's graphical user interface to fit your current performance situation.
TRAKTOR DUO is highly flexible. You can use your mouse and keyboard or connect a MIDI controller to your computer to take advantage of TRAKTOR DUO’s pre-mapped yet customizable MIDI assignments for all major controller brands. You can also upgrade to TRAKTOR PRO to get four playback decks, over 20 advanced effects with extended parameter control, expanded loop and cue functions as well as the ability to record your mixes.
* Feature-rich 2 deck DJ software based on the worlds leading DJ software TRAKTOR PRO
* 2 playback decks with auto beat-gridding, advanced beat detection and SYNC LOCK for perfect mixing
* 6 first-class DJ effects: delay, flanger, reverb, filter, beatmasher, gater
* Auto Loop makes it easy to create synchronized loops on-the-fly with precise control over loop in and out points
* 2-channel mixer, emulating Allen&Heath® filters as well as 3-band EQ and key control
* Realtime track management with Crate-Flick browsing, iPod™ and iTunes™ compatibility
* Play, cue, jog wheel control and looping follow the workflow of industry standard hardware
* Automatic gain control based on perceived loudness; high-quality key correction
* Intuitive Quick Controller Wizard promotes seamless integration with all TRAKTOR ready controllers
* Supports multiple USB controllers and assignments
Compatibility, System Requirements
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS
MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audio-CD, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, non-DRM WMA**, non-DRM AAC
** WMA playback supported only on Windows
Windows® XP (SP3, 32 bit) or Windows Vista® (SP1, 32/64 bit) or Windows® 7 (32/64 bit), Pentium® IV or Athlon 1.4 GHz (SSE1), 1 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5/10.6, Intel®Core (TM) Duo 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM
100 MB free disk space required (minimum), DVD drive
ASIO™, Core Audio™, DirectSound, WASAPI™
TRAKTOR PRO and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO are 4 deck, fully featured premium tools designed for to meet the highest standards of functionality required by professional DJs.
TRAKTOR DUO and TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO are 2 deck DJ tools featuring a more limited set of features from TRAKTOR PRO and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO.
The TRAKTOR family can also be split into two further camps - those with "SCRATCH" in their name are capable of hands-on vinyl and CD control and come with an audio interface and those without are software only products.
Please also see our other comparison charts:
Audio interfaces comparison chart…
TRAKTOR LE vs. PRO comparison chart…
TRAKTOR DUO TRAKTOR PRO TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO
Type DJ Software DJ Software Digital Vinyl System Digital Vinyl System
Included sound interface None None AUDIO 4 DJ AUDIO 8 DJ
Timecode control (vinyl and/or CDs) No No Yes Yes
Decks 2 4 2 4
Effects 6 +filter Over 20 6 +filter Over 20
Chain FX Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send FX / Advanced Mode No Yes No Yes
Crate Flick Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full iTunes & iPod compatibility Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Beatgridding & Sync Lock Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quantized Mode No Yes No Yes
Instant Loop & Set Cue Button Yes Yes Yes Yes
EQ Types Classic EQ 4 EQ types Classic EQ 4 EQ types
Filter types Classic filter Classic & Xone options Classic filter Classic & Xone options
Industry standard workflows Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hotkey control Fixed Customizable Fixed Customizable
Easy Setup Wizard Yes Yes Yes Yes
MIDI Assignments Fully customizable, multiple Fully customizable, multiple Fully customizable, multiple Fully customizable, multiple
MIDI Clock / Master Clock No Yes No Yes
Recording No Yes No Yes
Cruise Mode (Autoplay) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Broadcasting No Yes No Yes
Customizable Layouts No Yes No Yes
Multiple MIDI devices Yes Yes Yes Yes
TRAKTOR SCRATCH is authorized for use under license of patents owned by N2IT Holding B.V., including U.S. Patent Nos. 7,012,184 B2 and 7,238,874 B2.