[Video] Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 & S4 MK2 Announced!
Native Instruments just slashed prices on the Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 and continued the promotion "until supplies lasted". NI has finally finished off its inventory of S2 and S4 controllers to make way for the new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and the Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 Digital DJ controllers which were just announced today! The new controllers boast improvements to the original designs by adding multi-color hotcue/remix deck pads, hi-res aluminum metal plate jog wheels, FLUX mode buttons, and Traktor DJ iOS compatibility.
The original S2 and S4 DJ controllers were the perfect 2-channel and 4-channel mixing consoles for the Traktor software. Now that the Traktor software has seen lots of new updates and features since the release of the original S2 and S4, it's only natural that NI gives its users new controller interfaces to access the new advanced features such as remix decks controls and FLUX mode.
The new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is the new 2+1 deck Digital DJ controller for Traktor that controls two decks simultaneously, while the S4 MK2 is the new 4+1 deck Digital DJ controller to control up to four decks at a time. All of the original features of the S2 and S4 are still present in the new MK2 editions including the internal Traktor DVS soundcard which resides inside the S4 MK2. Some of the new updates to both new controllers will include new RGB Multi-color backlit buttons for Cue points and remix deck control, upgraded hi-res aluminum metal plate jog wheels, Flux mode buttons, and plug and play compatibility with the Traktor DJ iOS app. There is also a hint of better construction overall with more "reinforcement" for the knobs and chassis. Both controllers will now be able to access the Remix Decks using the on-board controls as well.
The S4 MK2 also has a few features that the S2 MK2 does not have. The S4 MK2 has an additional four Remix Deck start/stop buttons and oversized high/low Pass Filter knobs above each line fader to give users slightly more control than the S2 MK2 can provide. The S4 MK2 also contains additional loop counter LED windows (similar to the X1 MK2 and Z2) right above the autoloop encoder knobs which shows the user the beat frequency of the current loop. the S4 MK2 also has a new Booth output and volume knob for those who want to monitor the mix while simultaneously playing the music through the master output.
Just as with the original Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4, the new MK2 editions come bundled with the FULL Traktor Pro 2 software right in the box which is a HUGE plus in today's saturated controller market where most controllers come with a lite version of a DJ software. The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 will be available later this month for only $799, while the S2 MK2 will be available for only $499. I'll be sure to get them both in the lab for a full HD-Video and written review ASAP...Check out the quick video and press release below for more information.
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 24bit/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 ready-made 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 ¥.
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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