Traktor Pro for Mac is a popular and highly regarded DJ mixing app for Mac OS X. It is available from many sources, and after the 30-day trial you have to pay $229 USD to buy a license. Traktor Pro for Mac installs easily.
While the price may seem high for a DJ mixing app, Traktor Pro has long been a standard for serious professionals and amateurs alike. Traktor Pro for Mac offers a two-deck interface that lets you cue up audio from two different sources and manipulate a virtual mixer to keep a constant stream of music playing. You can use an external USB or MIDI mixer console with Traktor Pro for Mac as well, if you have one. There are a lot of advanced features to Traktor Pro for Mac including synching capabilities, multiple sound effects, great looping, and lots of filters and EQs. While there are a lot of features in Traktor Pro for Mac, you can also use it in a simple manner, meaning you can be working with the software in a few minutes. Traktor Pro for Mac can read all your music library files, CDs, and external devices.
We've used Traktor Pro for several years, and this new release adds some new features that extend the software even further. Traktor Pro for Mac remains the software DJ mixer against which all other packages are judged.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Traktor Pro for Mac 1.2.6.
Traktor Pro is the latest version of the leading digital DJ software, offering four full-featured playback decks, an integrated DJ mixer with studio-quality EQs and filters, 28 flexible performance effects, automatic beat-matching and intuitive control functions that accommodate DJs of all styles and experience levels.
All crucial performance functions like cueing and looping have been revised and refined for intuitive handling in Traktor Pro, while extensive cover artwork support allows users to visually browse their music library in an especially efficient way. Advanced syncing functions give DJs more time to focus on the creative aspects of their performance. Precise beat grids are created automatically for all tracks, and the "Sync Lock" function makes sure that even multiple decks and tempo-synced effects never drift out of sync.
Traktor Pro also opens up vast new possibilities for creative sound manipulation, with a powerful performance multi-effects section that is both extremely versatile and highly accessible. And to give users the maximum level of control over their performance, Traktor Pro offers state-of-the-art MIDI controller integration, and comes with mappings for all relevant DJ controllers on the market.
The two-deck "Traktor Duo" version provides most of the powerful features of Traktor Pro at an even more affordable price, offering an ideal entry into the world of digital DJing.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.2 adds two additional multi-effect sections, three new creative effect algorithms, improved studio-quality time-stretching as well as various usability and performance enhancements.