One of the most exciting new contenders in the DJ software battle is Traktor Scratch by Native Instruments.Â Â The North America release date is currently set forÂ May of 2006, and the hype is already building.Â The question on everyone’s mind is, “Who will come outÂ as the bestÂ DJ software in the Serato Scratch Live vs. Traktor Scratch battle royale!”
At first glance, Traktor Scratch is set up much like Serato Scratch Live.Â It utilizes time coded vinyl/cds, an audio interface called the Audio 8 DJ interface, and Traktor 3 as the DJ software.Â One of the coolest editions is the new audio cable that will ship with Traktor Scratch, it groups all of the cables together in a nice, neat, color-coded package.Â This is sure to make setting up a breeze, and the final setup will be cleaner than usual.Â
The vinyl records are quite similar to Serato’s and have a section where you can select the next track without taking your hands off of the record.Â The records also haveÂ a side with “deeper cut grooves” for scratch DJ’s and turntablists.
The DJ software portion of the combo is Traktor 3, which has many of the same features as other DJ software solutions.Â Along with key lock, instant looping, and zoomable waveforms, the software also includes effects like flanger, reverb, tempo-synced delay, and beatmasher, as well as filters based on the Xone:92 DJ mixer.
Traktor Scratch will have a price-tag of $669 when it is released in May, but if you are willing to trade in your Serato or FinalScratch 1 or 2, you can get it for $449.Â Or, if you aren’t an idiot, you can sell your Serato Scratch Live or FinalScratch system on Ebay for $450 and then Traktor Scratch will only cost you $219!Â Or, if you are like me, just keep your Serato (or FinalScratch) and wait until Traktor Scratch proves itself in real DJ situations.Â If it lives up to the hype, it should be the next best thing in the digital DJ software war.Â Watch out Serato!