Thursday, 11 July 2013

Traktor DJ FREE on the App Store (for a limited time)

Bit late to the party this week - apologies peeps.

Anyhow, I just wanted to check in and let y'all know that to mark 5 years of the Apple App Store, those nice people over at Native Instruments are giving away their incredible Traktor DJ apps away for free! Of course if you're already familiar with Traktor, it's an outstanding piece of DJ performance software which needs little introduction.

I've been using the iPad version pretty much constantly since I moved to Australia and have found it really stable (always the biggest worry for a DJ when you move onto a different system or platform). It's not crashed on me once and has some amazing features, the core one being functionality which indexes all the tunes you sync to your device. Then, based on advanced BPM, key, melody and tonality analysis, the software will offer you recommendations of the next best track to queue-up.

There is then the user experience, which has been completely redesigned around the iPad/iPhone user, swapping the traditional 2-deck format for large, touch-controlled waveforms and a wholly simplistic mixer, offering an advanced crossfader which will essentially EQ the whole mix for you (although there is still the option to manually control the lo, mid and top freqs), and a pretty seamless job it does of it too.

Of course, for those purists such as me who would still rather shy away from autosyncing, auto-EQing and dousing the set with cuts and FX, it does leave something to be desired in terms of a physical experience. For all those old-timers, I'm sure many will still agree nothing beats working with physical 1210s or CDJs.

All that said, you can't sniff at this for a freebie given that the apps would normally set you back something in the order of $20, even if it does tempt you to stand there looking lost and gormless as you let the software do all the work.

Thankfully, there are still many things which an algorithm has to learn in terms of building and maintaining a floor. But as an accompanying performance/practise tool to those all-important programming skills and DJ stage presence, Traktor DJ can't be beat.

Go grab it before the price hike!
DJ Equipment - Serato Scratch Live SL-1

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