History of Traktor Software
Traktor has been around for over a decade! Native Instruments have delivered a fantastic product that helps every DJ in the world deliver their sound to the audiences. Here we look at the history behind the Traktor software.
Native Instruments first released Traktor in 2000 and since then has gone through many major application changes and upgrades. The original versions were Traktor Studio and Traktor DJ, The Studio version being more full featured not to mention the price tag.
In 2002 the second edition Traktor DJ 2 was released. This offered many new breakthrough features for the digital DJ such as increased looping , cue pointing and Midi functions. Scratch Macro’s were also introduced enabling DJ’s to scratch.
Native Instruments saw its third release of the Traktor software in 2003 when Traktor DJ Studio 2.5 was unvailed. The 2.5 version added the OSC (Open Sound Control) support which gave the user limited ability to customize the look and feel of the software’s interface. There was also an expanded time stretching functionality added.
A vinyl emulation capability was added to the 2.6 version of Traktor DJ Studio in 2005 and included live streaming internet broadcasting, larger Midi capability and more support for file formats.
Traktor DJ Studio 3 was released soon after 2.6, adding two more decks, a four channel mixer, buit-in effects, beatport.com integration and improvements on existing features. 2006 saw the partnership between Native Instruments and Stanton Magnetics end, Native Instruments released the Traktor DJ Studio 3 and renamed it Traktor 3.
Traktor Pro Scratch and an upgraded version of Traktor Pro was released in 2008. Traktor Scratch Pro was enabled with a DVS function with a specifically designed Audio 8 DJ audio interface and timecoded CD or Vinyl control.
A new version of Traktor was released recently on April 2011 Traktor Version 2. This upgrade now included the introduction of new sample decks and a loop recorder. The sample decks have “truewave” waveforms to give a better flavour of sound.
The question on many DJ’s lips is now where can they go from here. Well watch this space for the latest Native Instruments news and reviews.