Full Review & Demo: Traktor DJ 2 App For iPad, Mac & PC (With SoundCloud) – Free DJ software

Full Review & Demo: Traktor DJ 2 App For iPad, Mac & PC (With SoundCloud) – Free DJ software

– Native Instruments introduced
their first iOS DJ app, Traktor DJ, over half a decade ago. And after what feels like an eternity, they finally updated the app
to a completely new version that they’re calling Traktor DJ 2. And this new version isn’t just for iOS, Native Instruments has
decided to make Traktor DJ cross platformed and have
developed a macOS version and a Windows version as well. And these new versions of
Traktor DJ continued legacy of Traktor DJ being a low budget but fully featured DJ software
with beginners in mind and they’ve even added more new features. Now before we dig any deeper into the new version of Traktor DJ, be sure you subscribe to this channel for more tips and tricks videos, and gear and software
reviews just like this one. Now let’s get into the
review of Traktor DJ 2. Although some might scoff at Traktor DJ as it has its beginnings
as just an iOS app, be assured that this is a fully featured piece of DJ software that rides the lines of
being accessible to beginners while maintaining the kind of features that even seasoned DJs look for. So now, let’s take a
deeper look at Traktor DJ 2 and all of its features. So now let’s start with the
iOS version of Traktor DJ 2. So we’ll go ahead and open the app, and here we have what they
call the jog wheel view where you have your two stacked
wave forms here at the top and then below that, we have our two deck
sections and a mixer section. So let’s start with the deck section. So to the left and right, we
have a jog wheel right here, as well as your tempo fader. And then if we switch to the hot cue view, we have our eight pads for
our different eight hot cues. Which is nice that it’s
really easy to switch between, and then that’s mirrored on both sides. Then here in the middle,
we have our mixer section, so we have a three band EQ
that’s really easy to use, just touch it and then if
you double tap on each one, it’ll go ahead and reset
to zero, which is nice. Then, above that, we have
you’ll see it says delay, if I click on that, I can click on that and click on those four little boxes and then you can switch through
the four different effects that you can use on each channel. So for instance, I can turn the filter on and then it becomes kind
of like a touch pad, where if I scroll up, it
becomes a high pass filter, if I go ahead and move down,
it becomes a low pass filter. So if I switch to another
effect, if I go up, it becomes a delay with a high pass and then if I scroll down,
it’s a delay with a low pass. Now below that, you’ll see
this kind of dash circle where there’s two different kind of modes for this touch pad. So right now, you’ll see if
I just go ahead and let go, it returns to zero where
it says dash circle, if I tap on that, you’ll
see that it switches modes and now if I scroll up and I
let go, it stays right there. So, if I double tap,
it’ll go back to zero, just like the EQ, which is nice, so if you want to keep the effect on and you don’t want to have to touch it or you need to move your
fingers around somewhere else, you can leave the effect on. I like using it in this
mode where once I let go, the effect turns off. Just so I don’t forget to
turn the effect on and off, really simple, really easy and I’m glad that they
give you the option. Then below that, you have your cross fader that has a nice mixing curve, you’re not going to be
doing any quick scratches with the curve on this cross fader. And unfortunately, Traktor
didn’t give us the option to change the curve of the
cross fader in this software. I really wish they did but
maybe that’s something that they can add in an update. So, now that we’ve gone through that, let’s go ahead and switch views. So we can go to the
waveform view right here and this is your classic Traktor DJ view that we saw in the first
version of Traktor DJ. But let’s go ahead and load
some music to this real fast. This is the library view but we will talk about that in a second. Let’s go back to the deck. So now that we have some music loaded, you’ll see that you have
some nice big wave forms and it’s really easy to pinch to zoom. We can use the overview
waveform to kind of jump around by tapping on it just like this. Of course, this is available
in our jog wheel view as well where I can just kind of tap
around overview waveform. I can still pinch to
zoom and it’s really nice that Traktor gives you two different views in this new version. What’s nice too is that
switching between them, yes, you can do this but what’s really cool is that
I can just take this little line right here below the waveforms and I can switch really
quickly between the two. So it’s even faster to switch
and it’s really seamless to go between this view
and the waveform view. Let’s start by talking about how the tempo and the sync works, so
let’s switch back to this. Notice I do have sync on
both, so it’s a smart sync so if I move one fader, both
of them will move together which is really nice. Now if I turn sync off, I
can do this independently and then you can see the BPM either to the left or the right, depending on the deck and
you can see it moving. Again, if I turn sync on, it would jump right back to the right BPM. And what’s nice too it’s
that it’s a smart sync, meaning that it’ll wait
and it would be quantised to make sure that when
it you hit the cue point, it would be right on time. So, let me give you an example of that, it’s easier to show you than
it is to kind of explain it. So, we’ll start the song on the left deck. (slow hiphop music) Notice, there’s a little white space ’cause it’s waiting for
it to let go on beat. So if I hit play, there you go. ♪ Yo ♪ And I can mix between the two. Really simple, really easy. The sync works really well, really tight as long as the beat
grids are really tight. So let’s go through how to
adjust those beat grids. So let’s switch down
into this waveform view. Now, all I have to do is go ahead and tap on the tempo right there. And then I have the option to either half or double the beat grid, set the beat grid or reset it to the original settings when you imported the song into Traktor. So for example, this beat grid is on point but let’s just kind of
mess it up on purpose. So I just hit down beat,
notice the beat grid shifted and if I wanted to set it right, can move that back to the
right spot, set downbeat again and it’s right back locked in. Really simple, really easy to get your beat grids nice and tight and on point to make sure that sync works as well as time based
effects like the delay. So, this is pretty much all
the features that you get in the the deck views. So let’s go over the library view again. Now, that we have the library view open, we can go through everything
from left to right. So, here at the top, we
have all of the tracks that we’ve imported into Traktor, then we have some playlists right here. And then if I tap on the button below it, we have the music that’s
stored locally on your iPad. Currently, I don’t have
any music on this iPad. Now below this is a really exciting one. So if you click on that, this is the SoundCloud Go+ integration. So, if you have a SoundCloud Go+ account, you can access all of your
music that you have saved or liked in all the
playlists that you have saved and it’ll automatically load
directly into this DJ software. So, what’s nice is that once
you download Traktor DJ 2, it comes with a free 30 day trial account. So if you don’t have one, you have 30 days to try it
out to see if you like it and there’s thousands
of songs on SoundCloud so I’m sure you can find at least a couple tracks that you like. So here, you can see that
I have a bunch of tracks that I’ve liked on my SoundCloud account and then I can go through all my different
playlists that I’ve saved. Now I’ll go ahead and load one. I can just click on it
and hit tap to load. Now notice it takes a
little bit of time to load because this is actually
live downloading the song to the iPad and it needs an
internet connection to go ahead and access the song. So, there is no offline mode and you can’t access this music unless you have an internet connection. So that means either WiFi
or if you’re using an iPad, an iOS device, it needs to have 4G or some type of cellular connection to access all this music. So, it’s not like some other
DJ apps with streaming services where you can actually save them locally or kind of like how Spotify
works on your phone. You need an internet connection
to access this music, so definitely keep that in
mind if you intend to DJ with SoundCloud Go+. Okay, now let’s go and load some tracks that have some cue points and
a little more stuff to them. Bang bang, and now let’s
go through other features of the library section. So, right here on the right
side, if I have a song playing, (orchestral music) I can tap on this light bulb, it’ll give me track suggestions. So Traktor is actually
going through my library and seeing what tracks it thinks it might be able to mix together and you can actually
see that it’s giving me four different options
of songs that it thinks that’ll mix well with the song
that is currently playing. So that’s really cool,
then again if I stop that, if I start playing the other one. (upbeat music) Right there, it shows me
four different choices. So it’s really cool,
especially for beginner DJs that are just kind of
getting the hang of things and are kind of curious like, oh man, what song do I mix with this? Having some tracks
suggestions can be helpful. Now you can switch over to this right here and this is cool, this
is what they’re calling the prepare playlist or queue. And this is nice because it’s kind of like the prepare crate in Serato DJ Pro where I can just load a whole
bunch of songs like that, and just have them ready. Songs that I want to play
later and as I load them, they disappear from this
playlist which is really nice. So I don’t have to worry about
did I play this song already? Did I not? I know that once I’ve loaded
in, it’s gone from that list and I can just keep going
through whatever’s left. And it’s a really nice way of working and making sure you have
a couple more tracks ready and locked and loaded, ready to go. And not having to worry about
if you’ve played them or not. All right, so now let’s jump
back into the actual deck view and just kind of go through,
kind of mixing a couple songs. So again, we’ll just
use these as an example. Have that turned up,
have the song playing. (orchestral music) Really simple and easy to
use, hit play, it’s quantised. So we go up and it loads up. (hiphop music) You can use that. Now, let’s try adding some effects. So, here’s some delay. Maybe some reverb. That’s nice, I can hear the reverb. Switch. Filter, same thing. Oh, the one I didn’t go
through yet, the gater. Classic Traktor effect. Let’s try it on this song. There, you can hear it
a little better there. Really simple and really easy to use. I love this app, I love what Native
Instruments has done with it. The changes that they’ve
made, really nice. And really makes it feel like more of a fully featured DJ app
especially on the iPad. Now that we’ve gone
through the iPad version, let’s switch over to the
desktop to see what’s different. Now a lot of this is going to be the same but there are some slight differences. Especially because you get all
that extra screen real estate on your desktop or laptop. And here we have the desktop
version of Traktor DJ 2 and this one looks a lot
more like Traktor Pro 3. And that’s mainly because
you have a little bit more screen real estate and you
can add the library section and the deck section
at the exact same time. So, we have this view right here. So it’s the stacked waveform view. Very similar to the iPad version, you just kind of click and drag the songs and then you have them here at the top in the stacked waveform view. Then you have your classic
Traktor deck section with mixing section in the middle and then you have your
library section here below and you’ll see you still
have the same functionality of the prepare, suggestions
and then you have the tracks that you’ve loaded to Traktor. And then you have your
SoundCloud integration and notice it’s the same
as what I had on the iPad because it’s connected
to the same account. So here’s the big difference is that you now have three
views instead of just the two. You don’t just get the jog
wheel or the waveform view. Now you have the addition
of the classic Traktor view. So this right here, now
this really reminds me of Traktor Pro 3 or even
other versions of Traktor Pro. All the way to Traktor Pro 1 where you have these two
very distinct deck sections that have the waveform in the middle and you don’t get the stacked waveforms. And then the mixer section
rather than middle. Now, one other smaller difference here is that the way that
the effects are handled. So on the previous version, it was kind of like a touch trip here, it’s just like a knob like you
would find on a controller, so I can switch it just by going through this list right here. And this is much like the mixer effects that you find in Traktor Pro 3, so I’m glad that they kept the
kind of same design mentality between these two pieces of software and I really like how this is integrated. And I can see why they decided to go with the kind of touch
trip on the iOS version ’cause that makes a lot of more sense and it just was a little more flexible when using a touchscreen. But on the desktop version, especially if you were
going to have a controller connected to this, this makes more sense having it just like you
would find on Traktor Pro 3. The last few that I did
show is the waveform view and this one is just
like what you would find on the iOS version, so really easy to see the two big stacked waveforms. Now, I could see myself using this if I have a controller connected but if I’m actually just
mixing, just using my computer, I really can’t see myself using that. This one, really usable, this one as well. But I’m glad that they gave
that extra kind of classic Traktor view to the desktop
version, just makes sense. You have the extra room, it gives you even more room
for the library in this view, so it’s really nice. I like the fact that both
versions are really similar, so if you’re using one and
you’re switching to the other, I think they’re designed really
well and really easy to use and really fun to DJ on. Overall, Traktor DJ 2 is great package, especially considering that it’s free. It’s the perfect way for anybody that’s interested in DJing to get started. It has all the features that
a beginner DJ would need in a digital DJ software
and makes a great second or backup option for all
the seasoned DJs out there. And with what’s provided
at this price point, there’s no reason that a DJ shouldn’t at least give
Traktor DJ 2 a try. So, we hope that you liked this review and if you did, be sure to
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21 thoughts on “Full Review & Demo: Traktor DJ 2 App For iPad, Mac & PC (With SoundCloud) – Free DJ software

  1. Hi folks at digital DJ tips,

    I have a question, don't know where to put it in, so I put it in these comments;

    I usually play at weddings, therefore there are quite different party people almost every event, often with different cultural backgrounds. So during the main- or hottime, when the dancefloor is full, I'm struggling to find that tunes, that are taking them further and further on the top of the party-mood wave. Especially in the hotrotation its difficult, when songs are played only up to two minutes. With this comes the Serrato-face, I have no capacity for making those MC stuff and partying with the crowd, because I always try to find that one tune, that work best for the crowd as a whole. I can't prepare as good as for a club, where the usual taste is known.

    What tips can you provide, to minimise the Serrato-face and to be able to be a party-rocker DJ, who rocks with the crowd?

  2. Cue traktor standalone units soonish. Traktor has the best bpm algorithm out there s4 mk4 already?

  3. so you can use this on your phone?

  4. @7:20 "There's thousands of sounds on Soundcloud…" Lol, there are actually 150 million tracks on Soundcloud (compared to the 30 million on Spotify), including all mixes and podcasts of course.
    Also, you forgot to mention a key iPad-only feature that's actually pretty cool: Freeze mode, which lets you chop up beats by touching individual bars.

  5. I have a Pioneer DJ DDJ SB2, will it work with the new Traktor DJ 2

  6. Will this integrate with any hardware like TRAKTOR kontrol s4 mk 2 or S8. Thanks

  7. I would rather use VDJ than Traktor, the interface just has too much going on for just the fun live show I feel it's almost more of vital production thing and Serato is good for turntables but limited in certain areas I've always found vdj especially 8 did DVS system seems just as good and I ran it with a Serato box and without a Serato box didn't notice much difference at all

  8. is there an elastic beat grid you can set like Serato?

  9. Will this work with the ddj rb and some of the other controllers

  10. Without spotify support ?

  11. Regarding the desktop version: How do I add my iTunes playlists?
    And, in regards to the iOS version, I still prefer the depth and control over fx, and eq in Traktor DJ. Just having four fx (including the filter) seems like a step backwards to me. Full on XY control in Traktor DJ is something that I really love!

  12. Any way to analyze tracks with this current version?

  13. no surprise they did not have a curve option in the software for the crossfader but this is not for the scratch djs in our world. but the app is great. going to get it.

  14. I noticed you missed that fact that mixcloud support has been removed so has the record function.. i tested my Z1 controller and it works with the new software but i hate the fact that the original ios version had more features and you could connect more controllers. With that said that the original version has now been removed from the app store. I feel not having a paid version for people wanting a pro application on the ipad will be downfall for trakor ios i am hope this changes but i can't see it.

    R.I.P Trakor iso

  15. No record button WHAT am i being completely stupid???? Or the app developer??

  16. What happened to the looping and effect functions? Sadly this version is nowhere near as good for what I was used to doing- is there a way to obtain the previous version?

  17. What happen to the record button? luckily i still have the old one. and also what happen to the automix? it will be good at weddings to play music for dinner. any clues please?

  18. How do you add your own tracks… i have playlists in iTunes?

  19. Ditto to the iTunes import question on desktop. No mention of this in the video, but we can clearly see the iTunes logo was absent. Is this not available on desktop?

  20. What can i do if i cant make a g+ Account??

  21. How do u add ur own tracks into
    The ipad app … considering i dont use soundcloud go…. do i need to
    Buy tracks of itunes?

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