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Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 is the latest generation of the popular DJ software which was originally launched in 2001. Since its launch, Native Instruments DJ software has powered Stanton’s “Final Scratch” DVS before going it alone in the world of DVS as Traktor Scratch.

The software became Traktor Pro in 2008 before NI launched the original Traktor S4 in 2010 – delivering the first hardware DJ Controller and software combination developed by one manufacturer. This deep level of integration would kick start the DJ controller boom, with many other brands following the same ethos to this day.

In 2011, Traktor Pro 2 was launched with a wealth of new features, NI continued to push the boundaries of the DJ booth. In 2012, the first dedicated Traktor scratch mixer – Kontrol Z2 – arrived, again changing the game with built-in mixer controls to allow turntablists to take their performance to the next level.

The development of STEMS would add the D2, S5 and S8 to the Kontrol range, and would again offer DJs another opportunity to take their sound further.  With the ability to split individual tracks down into four sub mix STEMS (for example, bass, drums, vocals and instruments) a number of dance labels took the opportunity to re-release some of their back catalogue.  While STEMS was well received, after the initial period of re-releases sadly STEMS ready tracks began to appear with less frequency and NI took the decision to park the product and return to Traktor Pro’s roots.

Traktor Pro 3 was announced on September 6th 2018, along with two exciting new additions to the Traktor Kontrol portfolio. The Traktor S4 MK3 is now the flagship controller, featuring Haptic jogwheels, upgraded audio capabilities, new FX and improved build quality. The Traktor S2 MK3 offers beginners a gateway into the world of Traktor DJing at a highly competitive price point.

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