New Traktor + New Controllers + Haptic Drive Enable!

Are the buttons on the new Kontrol S2/S4 MK3 an indication that we are getting closer and closer to an integration between Traktor and Maschine?
I’m not trying to jump in the front of the horses here but let be honest… with the new S2/S4 MK3 looking so much as the new Maschine MK3, something is defiantly in the horizon and could be a way to start introducing the “Maschine World” to DJs that has never took the step forward into Maschine before.

As we all know, Native Instruments has been quiet about Traktor because the main focus of the company “publicly” was fully towards Maschine. And they’ve been doing a good job promoting the Maschine family.
But wait! Now we can clearly see that Traktor was not forgotten at all.
We also know that NI has been collecting important data from Traktor users for the past two years and it looks like they loaded into this new Traktor Pro 3.

The full version of which is included with both new hardware releases, is the most stable version of the software yet, and uses the new Elastique 3 time-stretching engine for noticeable audio improvements. The user interface has been redesigned with a sharper and flatter look for better readability in club environments, while the intuitive workflow, to which many performers have become accustomed, remains intact.

Several brand-new features have also been added: TRAKTOR PRO 3 now includes Mixer FX – one-knob effect and filter controls that can be assigned to each channel independently and used for big buildups and transitions. And DJs using an external mixer can now route unprocessed audio directly from TRAKTOR, thanks to a new mode that bypasses the software’s internal mixer.

There’s a lot more to discover about the all new Traktor Pro 3 and it’s new features and our team here at will have new overviews and tutorials about the GUI, effects and much more to keep you guys on pointwith every new feature in the new Traktor so you can explore your creativity with NI’s most powerful tool for DJs… Traktor Pro 3.

Native Instruments has also released 2 brand new controllers, the Kontrol S2 MK3 and Kontrol S2 MK3 full of new and implemented goodies for us such as the new “Motorized Jog Wheels with Haptic Feedback” on both models and I believe this is big for hotcue navigation!

But… what’s Haptic Technology?
Is the same technology you find on your Sony uses in PlayStation’s joysticks, and Apple and Samsung uses on their phones.
So think of an email notification coming in to your phone and you had setup the vibration to go off as a short burst. Now think of that quick vibration, as you touching the new Kontrol S4 MK3 platter and going over a hotcue. Now you will basically have 3 ways to get hotcue info/feedback; using the GUI, the display in the controller and the Haptic feedback on the platter it self (game changer).

There’s much more to cover, but we don’t like to write as much as we like to create awesome intuitive tutorials and soon we will have fresh new material for you guys here on our site.

One last thought: As some said… maybe NI didn’t delivered everything we were all expecting after such a long time without any news in regards to Traktor but they are definitely making a better and more stable Traktor along with some incredible controllers that will give DJs what they need for a good performance and to take their creativity to the next level.

More to come.

Music is life.

Marcio Otsubo

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