Native Instruments Releases TRAKTOR PRO 2.5

Remix Decks make their debut, giving access to a loop suite made up of 64 slots      28/05/12
Native Instruments has announced the availability of TRAKTOR PRO 2.5. They tell us that this latest version introduces the innovative Remix Decks, giving access to a powerful loop suite made up of 64 slots, each able to hold loops, one-shot samples or even tracks. DJs can control up to four Remix Decks at once and save their work as an entire Remix Set. To help DJs get started with the new technology, Native Instruments are giving away a selection of Remix Sets, many of which they tell us were prepared by renowned artists. The free content, which amounts to 1.4 GB in total and covers a diverse selection of genres, is available to all users once they register TRAKTOR PRO 2.5.
Users of any TRAKTOR Generation 2 product will receive a free upgrade to the new 2.5 version. It also comes bundled with any TRAKTOR hardware, including TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 – set to hit stores worldwide on May 30th. NI say that TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 was designed specifically to control the Remix Decks and provides full and tactile control over the new feature, benefiting from seamless bi-directional software-hardware integration and offering full visual feedback through the multi-colored LED pads.
Pricing and Availability:
Traktor Pro 2.5 can also be bought individually from the NI Online Shop, and costs $89 / 79 € / 7800 YEN. All owners of TRAKTOR PRO 2, TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 and TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 will receive TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 as a free update. More information:
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codec    Said...

This is NI's first foray away from an open midi controller system. Only the top row of sample slots can be designated to 3rd party MIDI controllers. The rest can only be controlled by the F1,(With a loose promise of future support). It's the old "release now, fix it later" story.

It seems like NI is finally making good money with the DJ market, and are moving forward with the closed controller system to increase sales of hardware. I am suspicious of this direction especially after NI abandoned the unfinished Kore platform.

My other complaint is against the tech-support for Traktor at NI. It seems that every NI tech-support call I've had addressing Traktor issues has ended with "sorry we couldn't help you, it's a known issue". I'm a bit burned at this point, and won't be buying the rainbow-brite controller until they resolve Traktor's other blatant software issues. they also need to give some love to the synth line, and not just release Reaktor patches for sale.

What happened to the NI we knew and loved?

28-May-12 08:21 PM


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