-Many of those who pick up the new Traktor will be like "Aww shoulda waited for Live 9!"
I'm with ableton since live 5 and it was a big step from vinyl to digital. I did it because i wanted to get beyond the limitations of a rotating disc, as basically you can play a track on vinyl just from start to end elsewise you need at least two copies of the track and more than two turntables or a really good looper. At this time Traktor was just emulating a classic DJ setup, though you could have some extra fun with loops and cuepoints. And i wanted either vinyl or a computer not a mix of both.
With ableton i can cut a track to the loops i want and play them the way i want, it is part of abletons concept. For the purpose of playing tracks that are not your own (and you have the stems) ableton has never been a DJ software, it is more like a gigantic sampler/sequencer with all the loops slaved to one Master Tempo. You can do a lot of crazy things with ableton but it requires a lot of lot of lot of preparations: cutting loops, cropping samples and most important: store them in projects in a way you can easily find them in a live situation (or you prepare the whole set and press play
) I can do DJ sets, although it never feels like DJing.
In the past years Traktor has evolved a lot. Its pushing the limits of classic DJing to an extent where its way beyond 4 Decks + Mixer + FX and still has a DJ approach (and if its just the record crate and the deck based master/slave concept). I've seen friends of mine doing things with their S4 i'm really jealous of mostly because they can do it on the fly. You just have to set Beat Grids and Cue Points in advance and thats it. In Traktor its really easy to implement spontaneous ideas while the bass is pumping. So i'm really looking forward of what Traktor Remix will be capable of.