NI Traktor Scratch A10 Audio Interface Review

NI Traktor Scratch A10 Audio Interface Review

Traktor Scratch A10 was until not long ago the best audio interface that Native Instruments marketed for its flagship software, Traktor.

However, and surprisingly, they stopped manufacturing it, although as always with quality products it is not very difficult to find it in the second-hand market.

To date there has not been an interface as complete with as many inputs and outputs as this Traktor Scratch A10, in this review we will tell you everything about the device.

Construction and durability

This is probably one of the aspects in which this Traktor Scratch A10 interface stands out the most, it is designed to withstand the rigors of the cabin without many problems. Its casing is entirely made of metal and each of its components are designed for extreme durability.

On the front it has a kind of metal handles that apart from serving to hold the interface protects it from blows if you are unlucky enough that the device falls head-on.

In addition, right in that area, there are some of the few plastic elements that this A10 has, specifically a knob to regulate the mic gain and another to control the volume of the headphones.

Curiously, in this type of device, the element that works as an interface is very small, so manufacturers strive to protect it with hard and resistant casings that withstand the foreseeable blows that the interface may carry and that finally protect the interior of the product.

It should be remembered that elements such as the sides and the upper part of this Traktor Scratch A10 do use plastics or similar materials (the upper part is covered with a kind of high durability tempered glass) but in no case it is low quality plastics.

As we always remember in this section, it is best to always carry it in a compatible bag or separate from the rest of the elements in your suitcase because despite its resistance it is still a device that does not withstand all kinds of blows.

Sound

Another of the strengths of this Traktor Scratch A10 is its sound, being a premium device, Native Instruments has made sure to provide it with a quality sound that justifies the price that was paid for the device.

You will not have any problem when using it in large events, since both the Traktor audio engine and the interface will offer you an excellent sound that will be at the height of any audio system.

Connections

Traktor Scratch A10 has 10 inputs and 1st outputs, which allows you to handle up to 4 decks in Traktor, in turn it is possible to use vinyl or timecode CDs that are included in the box.

On the other hand it includes a microphone input jack with gain control and headphone output also in jack with dedicated volume. Finally it has MIDI input and output that is compatible with older devices.

What’s in the box?

Inside the box of this A10 you will find everything you need to work with the device once you have it in your hands.

For starters, it has 4 RCA cables to use most of its inputs and outputs, two time code vinyls and two time code CDs to handle the DVS function, power supply with adapters for all continents and finally the USB cable always essential in this type of products.

It is important to clarify that the Traktor Scratch A10 only works with the supplied power supply, if you try to connect it only through the USB cable it will not turn on.

This difference is key if you compare it with other interfaces of the Native Instuments itself such as A2 or A6 that are class compilant and therefore can work simply by connecting them through the USB cable.

final thoughts

Many Traktor users do not understand why Native Instruments does not continue to sell this Traktor Scratch A10, it is a high quality interface designed for professional environments but which in turn can be used by any type of user.

Fortunately in the second-hand market you can still find the MK2 version, which is the one we analyze in this review.

Be careful because the MK1 version is still being sold second-hand, but the vinyls that they bring are not compatible with the most recent versions of Traktor and the difference in manufacturing time between the MK1 and the MK2 is considerable.

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