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NI downsize - their sound card that is
NI downsize - their sound card that is
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009 :

audio 4 dj native instruments sound card

NI's Audio 8 DJ is not just a beautiful piece of soundcard technology, but it's also twice as much card as most people need. MIDI controllers tend to be just 2 channels, as do other DVS systems not called Traktor Scratch Pro. So rather than try to sell a lovely but expensive card into a market that doesn't actually need that much card, why not slice it in half, make it the right product for everyone else and price it accordingly. That's Audio 4 DJ that is.

Other than having the usual excessive NI quality, Audio 4 DJ is a simple 4 in 4 out sound card with a headphone control. It's under the hood where the goodness happens. NI have some carefully prepared words for your viewing pleasure:
Native Instruments Introduces AUDIO 4 DJ
New DJ audio interface based on the acclaimed AUDIO 8 DJ combines versatile connectivity with compact footprint and affordable price

Berlin, January 15th, 2009 Native Instruments today introduced AUDIO 4 DJ, a performance-optimized USB 2.0 audio interface specifically designed for TRAKTOR and other DJ software. With its versatile feature set, outstanding audio quality, extremely low latency, and its compact and robust aluminium casing, AUDIO 4 DJ is the ideal centerpiece for a wide range of club and studio setups.

Based on the acclaimed AUDIO 8 DJ interface that is also at the heart of Native Instruments' TRAKTOR SCRATCH DJ system, the new AUDIO 4 DJ offers a 4-in/4-out configuration with the same pristine audio quality, but with an even smaller footprint and at a more affordable price. Two stereo inputs with software-switchable phono preamps allow DJs to connect turntables, CD decks and music production gear for various live performance and recording purposes. Two stereo outputs provide the necessary connectivity for routing two decks into an external DJ mixer, or outputting a separate master and cue signal when mixing in software. All audio connections are in RCA format for straightforward interfacing with DJ equipment.

AUDIO 4 DJ is equipped with studio-quality 24bit/192 kHz audio converters from Cirrus Logic that provide crystal-clear treble and rich bass response, and features special high-gain output stages that deliver a powerful +10dBu signal with additional headroom. Low-latency operation down to less than 4ms enables the high degree of precision and responsiveness that professional DJ performances rely on. AUDIO 4 DJ also features a ground point for turntables and an adjustable headphone output, as well as signal level LEDs for all inputs and outputs. The interface is completely bus-powered, making a cumbersome AC adapter unnecessary.

AUDIO 4 DJ comes as a full-featured DJ system due to the inclusion of TRAKTOR LE, a compact version of Native Instruments' TRAKTOR software that offers two decks with high-quality time-stretching, an integrated mixer, performance effects, loop and cueing functions, and a powerful track database. All owners of AUDIO 4 DJ can also take advantage of a discounted upgrade to the full-featured TRAKTOR PRO software at any time.

Pricing and availability
AUDIO 4 DJ is available now for a suggested retail price of $249 / 229 at authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop.

Further product information and press material
Additional information on AUDIO 4 DJ is available at

audio 4 dj native instruments sound card
audio 4 dj native instruments sound card
audio 4 dj native instruments sound card
audio 4 dj native instruments sound card

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8 comments to this story

On January 16, 2009, Yorick said this:
Next question is, "does it work with Scratch?".

On January 16, 2009, psylock said this:
is it a toy ?

On January 16, 2009, Maskrider said this:
Tractor is having a hard time selling their Audio 8.

On January 16, 2009, dj vic said this:
it doesn't come with the traktor scratch pro software,just with the 3 le or the traktor pro and you need additional software for digitizing old vinyl.

so if your not a scratch dj this would be a good choise but since most of us here also scratch i can't imagine buying this.

On January 16, 2009, Ed said this:
I'm sure they'll bundle it with Scratch Pro for an increased price, and I'm sure you'll be able to buy it and upgrade to Scratch Pro to use timecoded vinyl or CDs. Look on the top of it. It has PHONO and LINE modes. Why else have that?

But, why does it still not have a A/C adapter input, so that when switching between DJs using Traktor Scratch, they can continue to play regular vinyl?

On January 16, 2009, qfour20 said this:

I am assuming that this soundcard will be bundled the same way that the Audio8 was, which includes the WONDERFUL multicore cable set. These cables have a XLR style quick disconnect in the middle that allows you to change out audio interface boxes (per channel) very quickly and easily. It shouldn't be a problem.


On January 17, 2009, ski said this:
"But, why does it still not have a A/C adapter input, so that when switching between DJs using Traktor Scratch, they can continue to play regular vinyl?"

qfour20 is right. Unlike the SL-1 box that needs to be powered to do this NI's multicore cables allow normal records to be played during switchover. Dont sleep on TS peeps, its not the standard but imho its a better system overall.

On January 18, 2009, Lawrence said this:
Nice to see NI use the Rane TTM 57SL mixer/soundcard on their product video.

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