Native Instruments has announced Traktor DJ Studio 3, the latest version of its powerful software for digital DJs.

This version offers several new features, including four playback decks, a suite of performance effects, an analogue-modeled mixer section, and a customizable user interface. The software also features built-in access to online club music digital distribution service, Beatport.

Four track mixing

Four full-featured playback decks means DJs can now mix up to four tracks simultaneously, or integrate additional loops and samples. Each deck offers zoomable waveform displays, comprehensive cueing and looping functionality, and time stretching technology.

The new four-channel mixer section is modeled after the Allen & Heath Xone:92, one of the most acclaimed professional DJ mixers on the market. The emulation was developed in cooperation with Allen & Heath to ensure maximum authenticity and fidelity.

Each mixer channel can be individually switched to emulate the EQ sections of either the Ecler Nuo4 or the Pioneer DJM-600.

Fly tools make it hot

Creative sound tools include: filter, beat masher, flanger, delay and reverb effects. Each effect parameter can be assigned to external hardware controllers, and different effects can be inserted on individual channels and the master section of the mixer.

The interface has been redesigned. It is now fully resizable to adapt to any screen size and aspect ratio, and offers a freely configurable modular section that allows individual control modules to be combined according to the personal preference of the user.

Parameter changes for knobs and faders can be "pre-dialled" using a mouse and then instantly activated.

Hey mash-up selector

The library functions have been extended. The track browser now supports Context Selection for increased overview and versatile track sorting, while a new Category Search function allows for much faster results when searching for specific tracks, artists, labels or even BPM ranges.

The product ships in November and costs 249 Euros. An update for Traktor 2 owners costs 79 Euros.