Many modern DJs prefer to mix with an iPad instead of a laptop, and Native Instruments has just updated its Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 decks (shown both above and below the break) to accommodate those tastes. The new controllers now work directly with Traktor DJ, giving iOS-based artists hardware controls for everything they see onscreen. There are updates to the controls themselves, of course. The two systems now have backlit RGB buttons, higher-precision jogwheels and sturdier designs; there's also a shortcut to Flux Mode, which helps DJs tweak cue points and loops in mid-set. The revised version of the two-channel S2 is available for $499, while the four-channel S4 sells for $799.
Native Instruments announces updated TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 DJ systems, now also TRAKTOR DJ compatible
Native Instruments unveils redesigned all-in-one 4+1 channel and 2+1 channel pro DJ systems with added TRAKTOR PRO control and integration with TRAKTOR DJ
Berlin, Sept 12, 2013 – Native Instruments today announced new versions of both the industry-leading 4+1 channel DJ system TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and its 2+1 channel counterpart, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2. The KONTROL S4 and S2 perfectly combine a premium DJ mixing interface, built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, and an intuitive interface into a powerful all-in-one DJ system engineered for seamless control of TRAKTOR software. Both units now offer an improved look and feel with added control over the latest TRAKTOR PRO 2 features. Furthermore, both the KONTROL S4 and S2 are now plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ – the world's most successful DJ app for iPad and iPhone.
Trusted by countless professional DJs for its unparalleled creative possibilities and supreme work flow, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 now features a sleek new design with 8 color-coded RGB buttons that trigger and identify loops, cue points, and samples for improved visual feedback. Also upgraded are high resolution jog-wheels which now feature aircraft-grade aluminum plates for increased durability and performance. The advanced Flux Mode feature is now instantly accessible on the KONTROL S4 and S2 via dedicated buttons on each deck, while TRAKTOR PRO 2's Remix Decks controls can now be accessed directly from the units.
Built to the same professional standards as the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, the KONTROL S2 has also been redesigned with RGB backlit buttons, reinforced knobs, and high-res jog wheels also with new aluminum plates. In addition to offering all core TRAKTOR PRO 2 controls, the S2 is now plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ, delivering physical control for every function including cue
points and Freeze Mode. Its compact size, robust build, and innate TRAKTOR DJ integration make TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 the ideal choice for iOS-based DJ setups.
Both TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 include a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 with Remix Decks® software, opening up a wealth of creative possibilities. TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers powerful cue, loop, and sampling functions, a suite of over 30 effects, pro-grade EQs, and fluid
playback control of up to 4 decks. DJs can instantly add live editing and sampling to their sets with the use of TRAKTOR's Remix Decks. Eight Remix Deck slots can hold a total of up to 64 loops or one-shot samples and readymade Remix Sets from renowned artists are available for instant use.
TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 also now boast flawless integration with the revolutionary TRAKTOR DJ app for iPad and iPhone. With a 2-channel mixer, 3-band equalizers, and eight professional effects, TRAKTOR DJ brings the quality of TRAKTOR PRO software to the compact and tactile iOS platform. On-the-go set preparation is also now easier as TRAKTOR PRO 2 syncs with TRAKTOR DJ offering seamless song management with iTunes. Both units charge connected iOS devices when in use.
Pricing and availability
TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $799 / 799 € / 83,800 ¥.
TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $499 / 499 € / 52,800 ¥.