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    Default Traktor Pro Anouncement

    From the Native Instruments mailshot:

    Dear Traktor user,

    On behalf of the Traktor team, I am happy to introduce the
    next generation of our DJ technology to you today - called
    TRAKTOR PRO. The "Pro" stands for "professional", and in
    fact the new Traktor makes some important steps forward
    that I would like to explain to you.

    After many years of development history, starting with the
    release of the very first Traktor version in 2001, we have
    come a long way in the technological evolution of DJ gear.
    Specifically, DJ software has developed from a "geek tool"
    to a standard platform for DJs of all styles and
    experience levels. Something that we were especially proud
    of is that around one fourth of all DJs in the current "DJ
    Mag Top 100" are now using Traktor Scratch and/or Traktor
    3 as their main DJ tool.

    The new Traktor generation that we are announcing today
    was designed to take this paradigm shift into account, and
    to push DJ technology forward even further. On November
    1st, Traktor 3 and Traktor Scratch will be succeeded by
    Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro, with both product
    versions now based on the same new Traktor Pro software.

    Traktor Pro was designed with a strong focus on a
    professional DJ approach - for playing out live in a
    performance environment. The new version brings many
    additions, refinements and changes to the software you
    know. Our central aim was to improve Traktor in a way that
    supports and inspires you on the actual creative act of
    DJing in the best possible way, and that reduces all the
    associated maintenance and preparation effort as much as
    possible.

    For Traktor Pro, we have strongly optimized the user
    interface and given it a much clearer look and a very
    logical, intuitive layout. We have also "supercharged" the
    effect capabilities of Traktor, an area that we know is
    very important for many users. Other major areas of
    improvement include looping and cueing, beatgridding, sync
    features, browser and database handling, and MIDI control
    - please check our website for detailed info.

    Redesigning the interface for the new Traktor generation
    also allowed us to integrate the timecode functionality in
    a more efficient way. You will find that the related
    functions in Traktor Scratch Pro are integrated
    seamlessly, from the improved timecode scopes within the
    decks to the convenient handling of the timecode signal
    calibration.

    The workflow improvements in Traktor Pro are based on many
    months of conceptual research and usability tests, and of
    course on the huge amount of constructive feedback that we
    have received from the user community. Some changes might
    require you to adapt and even relearn certain ways of
    handling loops, cue points and effect controls.
    Ultimately, we are confident that you will find the new
    way of doing things in Traktor Pro very inspiring and
    convenient.

    To make Traktor Pro as efficient and reliable as possible,
    we have also removed some aspects of the previous Traktor
    version that are less relevant within the focus on a
    performance application.

    In favor of a more compact application, there is no longer
    an integrated music store in the Traktor software.
    Instead, Beatport will start to include Traktor metadata
    with all their new releases in 2009. Beatport also now
    offers a special download application that comes with the
    same convenient download features that we first
    established in Traktor.

    There is also no "Native Mix recording" in Traktor Pro
    because we gave priority to other aspects of the new
    version. You can of course still record your set as an
    audio file straight to hard disk. We plan to add mix data
    recording functionality to Traktor Pro at some point in
    the future.

    We will release Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro on
    November 1st. Of course, the development does not stop at
    this point. We have many further improvements planned, and
    you can expect them to be introduced via free feature
    updates in the future.

    You can find all details of the new Traktor generation,
    including tutorial videos and info on the update pricing,
    on
    -> http://www.listentopro.com

    Thanks for using Traktor!

    Friedemann Becker Senior Product Designer / DJ Division

    P.S. We always appreciate hearing your feedback on
    Traktor! Because this email goes to thousands of Traktor
    users, we cannot individually respond to every single
    reply that we receive. However, all messages will be read
    carefully.

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    Interesting.

    The new/improved auto beat grid functionality mentioned in the blog piece - will this mean a new, more accurate algorithm for detecting beats?
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    I just saw Ean's post so mine is kinda redundant...

    BUT IT'S FREE! well, for me anyways
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    Looking really good! Am very pleased with the changes revealed so far. This suddenly made me look very much forward to November

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    Gah! another 120$.... Im a little hesitant , especially now that my firmware is updated and we got some sick Midi mappings.

    Though i probably will eventually get it, cause it looks sick, and iv always wanted multiple effects. Maybe now ill never make the move into ableton?

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    Ean (and anyone else who may have the product),

    Will you field any questions from us in regards to this new version?

    Thanks.

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    I actually think that people should stop crying about the money. No one is forcing you to by it. You can just stay with Traktor 3.4 if you dont want to pay the price. And ofcause a huge upgrade like this is not for free considering the many many work hours that went into the development.

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    I don't think anyone's saying they will download a crack or anything. Just saying they don't want to pay it.

    I don't think it's worth being chided :-)

    Anyways, free for me!
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    This is perfect timing for me. I have owned Traktor for a few years, but I have never done a gig with it because I'm just too comfortable with my PCDJ+DAC2 controller.

    I was planning to switch in the next two months and I've already got a VCI-100 and a new laptop, so I'll be jumping right on board and if I get enough practice in (and don't hit any glitches) then I'll make the switch in January.

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    Oh thank god they came out with the "Pro" version. Now we can all upgrade from Traktor Amateur.


    Anyhow, the new effects unit looks promising. I hope they finally added a better Midi mapping interface. How about: click on the GUI and touch your controller = Mapped. Ever heard of Ableton?
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