Professional 4-Deck DJ Software
Traktor Pro 3 is a world class professional DJ software capable of 4-decks with optional two Stem decks for live re-edit or remix of your playing tracks. It is the flagship of Native Instruments’s DJ software lineup used by bars, clubs, to the biggest stages around the world. Its pro-grade audio, with new time-stretching and improved limiter to the software’s overall stability has made Traktor a benchmark for other software to compare.
developing high-impact effects you can use in an instant, TRAKTOR PRO 3 is designed more than ever for unique, dancefloor-filling mixing. TRAKTOR PRO 3 is compatible with many third-party controllers and seamlessly integrates Beatport and Beatsource LINK. Make sure to update to the latest version via Native Access.
Traktor Pro 3: The latest incarnation of this long-established program from Native Instruments.
From Native Instruments, which is one of the biggest music production software and hardware companies, Traktor Pro is about to become Traktor Pro 3. That’s its first major update in many years, and there’s new hardware too, making this quite an exciting time for the platform.
Traktor is to an extent a “closed” ecosystem. While it is possible to “map” the software to use all kinds of DJ and music making hardware, in practical terms, it is best used with its own hardware, all of which is made by Native Instruments. (It does work fine as a DVS, though, and also in the pro DJ booth with Pioneer pro gear, with the same caveats as discussed in the Serato text above.)
The current flagship DJ controller for Traktor, the Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk3, has innovative spinning platters with haptic feedback in a relatively small and lightweight case, and is a lot of fun, and there’s also the Kontrol S2, a budget beginner controller. Apart from a few much older pieces of hardware, that’s about it – so you’re going to have to trust that Native Instruments is going to continue to look after you hardware-wise if you leap in this direction.
The Traktor software has several functions that appeal particularly to DJ/producers in the electronic music scene – its Remix Decks, for example, allow you to perform in a way that’s far removed from just playing tracks one after the other. Likewise its Stems feature allows you to DJ by isolating parts of tracks such as drums, bass, melody and vocals, albeit using special music files of which precious few are currently available.
Traktor’s effects are strong, and the latest version offers genuine improvements to the way it works when you want to use traditional DJ mixers, upping the sound quality considerably over earlier versions.
That said it is not the easiest to use, and lags behind the other big players in some technical aspects, the biggest being an inability to prepare music played by real drummers (and that thus has slightly varying tempos) to work properly with the sync function, and a lack of “smart playlists”. There’s no video, either.
Best for: Electronic DJs and DJ/producers.
Get the software: Traktor website
For those who mix in key (and for those who don’t key), TRAKTOR PRO 3 makes harmonic mixing faster and easier.
Pitch up or down by semitones, with the resulting key shown in the deck header, and see tracks with matching keys highlighted in the browser – so you’ll always know which track fits. It also means more control over creatively building energy throughout your set through key changes.
Watch Chris Liebing share his take on harmonic mixing in TRAKTOR PRO 3.
PLAY ON 4 DECKS
SOUND YOUR BEST
TRAKTOR PRO 3 sees a series of changes to our audio engine, designed with club- sized sound systems in mind. New Elastique 3 time-stretching, an improved master limiter, and industry-mixer modeling options mean that whatever your style, and whatever you do to your tracks, they’ll always be music to your ears.
YOUR SETUP, HOWEVER YOU SET UP
For the the wax enthusiasts, digital vinyl support lets you control TRAKTOR decks using timecode vinyl on your turntables. For performers blurring the lines of DJing, MIDI syncing, Ableton Link, and external inputs let you build extensive hybrid setups. Fine-tune your setup with a new, simplified MIDI map mode.
A LIBRARY READY FOR ANYTHING
Your music library is reflected in your sets – organization is key to a performance that can adapt to the dancefloor. Playlists, iTunes sync, and favorite banks keep your library performance-ready. So when you’re ready to drop the promo that landed in your inbox last month, you can load it up in seconds. Smartlists let you create new playlists by combining filters of your choosing, and they continue to update when new tracks are added to your library – have all your 160bpm workouts, DJ tools, and euphoric interludes ready where you need them.
PLUG AND PLAY WITH ANY GEAR
Got a mixer or controller you know back-to-front, inside-out? Aside from seamless integration with all TRAKTOR products, you can also hook up lots of TRAKTOR-ready gear. Most industry-standard equipment you’ll find in a DJ booth is compatible from the get-go, so you’ll never arrive at the club unprepared.