Stanton Launches FinalScratch Version 1.5

Feb 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Stanton has released FinalScratch Version 1.5. Powered by Traktor, this new version runs natively on the Windows XP platform (without Linux) and on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Version 1.5 also features a high-quality Key Correct function to maintain the pitch when changing tempo, the ability to fully resize the user interface and better overall performance.

According to the company, moving completely to Windows XP brings many advantages such as low-latency drivers, the ability to hot-swap the Scratch Amp without restarting the application, and reliable, software-enhanced detection of the Scratch Amp. Users also gain full support of network and FireWire drives; faster performance when searching, analyzing and browsing; and full save and write operations. To transition from Linux to Windows XP, Tracktor can import tracks, playlists and collection data from the Linux partition. (Linux is no longer supported from V. 1.5 forward.)

The new Key Correct function allows DJs to change the tempo of tracks without affecting pitch. Three types of Master Tempo modes are provided—low, medium and high-quality—allowing users to select a mode suitable to the resources of their computer. These high-quality, real-time, timestretching algorithms are the same used in Native Instruments’ full version of Traktor.

FinalScratch V. 1.5 will be available as a software upgrade for Final Scratch users and can be downloaded this month at for $49 ($69 plus shipping for a CD). Users who purchased Final Scratch V. 1.1 after January 1, 2004, can download the update free for a limited time or get the CD by paying a nominal shipping charge.

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