Native Instruments has announced Traktor DJ Studio 3 (Mac/Win; $279; the upgrade from version 2 is $99), which includes four playback decks, a suite of effects, an analog-modeled mixer, and a customizable user interface. You can also browse and purchase the latest club music releases from within the software via Beatport, an online store for club music.
Traktor DJ Studio 3 lets you mix up to four tracks simultaneously or integrate additional loops and samples. Each of the four decks is equipped with zoomable waveform displays, comprehensive cueing and looping functionality, and time stretching features.
The program also takes advantage of Native Instruments' partnership with Beatport, an online music store for DJs that represents more than 1,200 electronic music labels from all over the world. The complete Beatport catalog can now be accessed directly within the browser section of Traktor, allowing you to preview and purchase the latest club music releases. Traktor DJ Studio 3 integrates a dedicated download manager, and tracks downloaded from Beatport are instantly added to the existing music collection. Traktor DJ Studio 3 includes a new 4-channel mixer section modeled after the Allen & Heath Xone:92, including the 4-band-EQ and filter sections, and channel fader and crossfader behavior. Each mixer channel can be individually switched to emulate the EQ sections of either the Ecler Nuo4 or the Pioneer DJM-600, to guarantee sonic compatibility when using Traktor DJ Studio 3 in combination with other popular outboard mixers.
Traktor DJ Studio 3's performance effectsfilter, beat masher, flanger, delay, and reverbcan sync with the track at the click of a button. Each effect parameter can be assigned to external hardware controllers, and effects can be inserted on individual channels as well as the master section of the mixer. For more information, visit NI-Traktor.com.