Native Instruments noted today that its Traktor DJ software is now shipping with Stanton Magnetics Inc.’s
technology. The Final Scratch 1.1 package, bundling
software, was first announced at the NAMM trade show this past January.
Traktor enables digital DJs to mix CDs, MP3s and WAV or AIFF files, and the version adapted for Final Scratch uses many of the same features as Traktor DJ Studio 2.0. You can “pre-listen” to tracks on a third deck, do beats-per-minute (BPM) recognition, use waveform displays, and more. What’s more, Traktor FS is compatible with iTunes, the iPod, and Traktor DJ Studio 2.0 databases.
Final Scratch itself is a hardware device designed to provide instant access to techniques familiar to DJs, like pitching, cueing, spinning and needle dropping. The device uses time-code technology encoded on special vinyl records to manipulate digital music, and is designed to work with, rather than in place of, a standard DJ mixer and two turntables.
The initial release of Traktor FS with Final Scratch 1.1 is available first for Mac OS X and Linux, according to Native Instruments. Mac system requirements call for Mac OS X 10.2.3 or later; G3/500MHz or faster; 256MB RAM. The suggested retail price is US$699.