This article explains the basic differences between the available versions of TRAKTOR. These can be divided into the follow two groups:
- TRAKTOR without Timecode control, i.e. TRAKTOR PRO 2, TRAKTOR LE 2 and TRAKTOR ME 2
- TRAKTOR SCRATCH with Timecode control, i.e. TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2
The SCRATCH version is part of our Digital Vinyl Systems and can be controlled by timecode-vinyls and -CDs. The other TRAKTOR versions are used with our TRAKTOR KONTROL devices or any other MIDI controller. TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 includes all features of TRAKTOR PRO 2, including support for controllers.
Note: This article mainly refers to the current TRAKTOR PRO 2 generation, however you'll find a table showing the availability of Timecode control for all generations of TRAKTOR at the bottom of this page.
TRAKTOR Without Timecode Control
TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the full version of our DJ software. It offers up to four Decks, more than forty effects in up to four FX Units, Remix Decks, a Loop Recorder, a recording feature as well as advanced functions for hardware controller integration. TRAKTOR LE 2 is the 'Light Edition' of TRAKTOR. It only offers basic functionality. Here you can find a comparison chart showing the differences between TRAKTOR LE 2 and TRAKTOR PRO 2. Based on TRAKTOR LE 2, there are also 'Manufacturer Editions', called TRAKTOR ME 2. Examples for ME versions are the TRAKTOR DDJ-T1 Pioneer Edition or the TRAKTOR ME Numark 4TRAK Edition. Compared to TRAKTOR LE 2, they offer a slightly enhanced feature set (e.g. four decks instead of two). The LE or ME versions are not available for purchase - they are bundled with various third-party hardware products which carry the TRAKTOR READY label. TRAKTOR READY controllers offer enhanced integration and compatibility with TRAKTOR. Find a list of all TRAKTOR READY controllers here. If you own the full version TRAKTOR PRO 2 you are not limited to using TRAKTOR READY controllers. The Controller Manager in TRAKTOR allows you to create mappings for any standard MIDI-controller.
TRAKTOR SCRATCH With Timecode Control
In addition to all the features of TRAKTOR PRO 2, TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 offers Timecode control functionality. Timecode control allows you to use special control vinyls or CDs with any DJ turntable or CD-player to control the playback of the Decks in TRAKTOR. The Timecode functionality in TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO requires a SCRATCH CERTIFIED device. This can be an audio interface or DJ mixer with built-in audio interface. The TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software is part of our complete Digital Vinyl Systems, which include both the software as well as our latest SCRATCH CERTIFIED devices (follow the links for detailed information on these Digital Vinyl Systems):
- TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2
- TRAKTOR SCRATCH A10
- TRAKTOR SCRATCH A6
- TRAKTOR KONTROL S8
Note: The TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 soft- hardware bundle does not include Timecode vinyl / CDs.
In addition to the devices currently included in our Digital Vinyl Systems, the following Native Instruments devices are TRAKTOR READY and can be used for Timecode control with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2:
- TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 (TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 Software & Timecode Kit required)
- AUDIO 8 DJ (legacy product, formerly part of our Digital Vinyl Systems)
- AUDIO 4 DJ (legacy product, formerly part of our Digital Vinyl Systems)
There is also a number of third-party DJ mixers with built-in audio interfaces which are SCRATCH CERTIFIED and can be used for timecode control with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2. Find a list of SCRATCH CERTIFIED devices here. If you own a SCRATCH CERTIFIED DJ mixer, you can buy the TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 Software & Timecode Kit to add TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 with Timecode functionality to your setup.
Availability of Timecode Control in Various TRAKTOR Versions
The following table shows the availability of Timecode control for all TRAKTOR versions since TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO 2.
|TRAKTOR Versions without Timecode Control||Equivalent TRAKTOR Versions with Added Timecode Control|
|TRAKTOR PRO 2||TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2|
|TRAKTOR DUO 2||TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2|
|TRAKTOR LE 2|
|TRAKTOR ME 2|
|TRAKTOR PRO||TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO|
|TRAKTOR DUO||TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO|
|TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO 3||TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO 3*|
|TRAKTOR 3 LE|
|TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO 2|
|TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO|
*Timecode control was introduced to TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO 3 in version 3.3