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Native Instruments claims that Traktor DJ is intuitive and easy to use and we’re not going to disagree with them there. The waveform-focused layout is clean and - particularly for anybody that has used Traktor before - feels intuitive in use.
You can scroll through a waveform with the swipe of a finger, pinch to zoom in and out, and tap on beat markers to trigger tracks. Tapping two beat markers at once will set a loop, which can also been turned on and off by tapping the loop icon to the right of each waveform.
Tapping the flag below each waveform brings up eight available cue slots, which are added by tapping the slot followed by the appropriate beat marker. The snowflake icon next to the cue flag toggles the new Freeze Mode on and off - in which users can hold down sections of a loop to repeat and retrigger them.
The controls to the right bring up the EQ and FX windows, which pop up over the corresponding waveform. The EQ is a standard three-band affair, which is fairly effective even if the controls are a little too small for anything other than broad changes. The EQ window also includes a touchpad controlled, DJ-style hi- and low-pass filter - which is fantastic and really benefits from the tactile nature of the iPad’s touchscreen.
The FX window features three tabs which can each be assigned to either Reverb, Delay, Flanger, Gater, Beatmasher 2, Digital LoFi or additional hi- and lo- pass filters - although only one effect can be used at any one time.
Again, these effects really benefit from the X/Y-style touchpad control, which makes them a joy to play with. In terms of quality, the effects are up to the high standard that Traktor users have come to expect from the software. Both the FX pads and the filters have a Lock feature too, which is extremely useful - bearing in mind that, as humans, we have only a limited number of fingers. Locked effects and filters can be tapped off even when the touchpads are hidden.
The crossfader to the right of the interface handles track blending although, while it’s certainly conveniently placed, its small size means it’s lacking a little in subtly.
Tapping the Sync button above each waveform turns beat sync on and off, while master BPM can be edited by tapping the indicator at the top of the screen.