Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ Controller
- Highly intuitive 2.1 channel DJ performance system from the makers of Traktor
- Plug and play with included Traktor PRO 2.5 software - start mixing immediately
- Compact controller based on the S4 with ergonomic mixer section and 3 band EQ
- 4 dedicated hot cue buttons for on the fly remixes, switchable to Sample Decks
- High resolution jog wheels for precise track control
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I was a bit skeptical before purchase as I thought the s4 would be a better fit, but I'm more than satisfied. Besides a high quality sound you get a high quality experience. The hard part is figuring out what I am going to mix next!
At the time of this review I've had this thing for 3 days and have spent so much time on it that I'm once again hooked and ready to bring this bad boy out for my next gig. Native Instruments nailed it.
The s2 has a very small learning curve. Its highly customizable and by that i mean you can map out your controller to your liking.
You can map your jog wheel to control the FX units and just really make it fit to your style of performing, whether its just causally playing music at a small party or taking your skills to the next level with controllerism.
The audio card built in is great, sounds real good to my ears.
You can set the built in audio card to your default audio card and leave your S2 on while you watch a movie on Netflix, watch YouTube videos, or listen to music with iTunes to get the most from your S2's built in audio card.
Overall my experience with the S2 Has been great, Make sure you read the manual on how to set it up nice and soundly.
Its really not that hard just plug and play, the only thing that will take a while is the installation of Traktor Pro (free when buying this item), and the extra minute to set your audio preferences.
Check out my pics under the name of JC to get a bit more info.
Macbook Pro 2GB
Logic 9 + VSTs
Yamaha 2.1 Monitors
S2 + Macbook Pro 8GB(use with Ableton)
Like most new equipment, this thing is a bit daunting at first but I got the hang of it after a half hour of playing around and I had never used a DJ controller or turntables or even DJ software before. You can map the S2 to your liking, which is cool because everyone has a preference. Traktor 2 is fairly simple, I've used most of the major DAWs (Protools, Logic, Reason, Ableton) so im familiar with music programs but Traktor is pretty much 1 dimentional considering its only one screen/window, so there isn't much of a learning curve.
I'm using the S2 for original mixes, don't plan on gigging with it anytime soon......I'm not a DJ but would like to become a better live performing producer.
I recommend the S2 if you are a beginner, I've only used it for 2 weeks so I don't have much criticism. The S4 isn't worth the extra $500 IMO considering you can pick up an X1 ($200) or the new F1 ($250) controller for extra sample decks/FXs or use the Maschine with the S2 like I do.
*******1 YEAR UPDATE*********
I sold the S2 about 2 months after I wrote the initial review. I found myself not using it because I didn't have the time to DJ, only produce music. If I got back into it I would probably buy the S2 again. MANY of these DJ controllers on the market are sold because of the bells and whistles, that light up and look pretty.Read more ›
Just be sure to get a good pair of headphones (for $200, Sennheiser HD-25s are probably the best bet) along with it; don't make the mistake that I did and get a cheaper pair ($100) only to be upset when all your audio sounds distorted and you can barely hear it in a club setting. Because the S2 is USB powered, that produces a weaker signal, but with a decent pair of headphones that cancel out background noise (e.g.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So, I buy an entry-level controller that belonged to a friend of a friend who passed away. Traktor requires the owner of the serial number to do a transfer within their account. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew
As most Native Instrument products, the S2 is excellent for beginners in the DJ world. Tough build, easy to set up. The buttons are just the right size, comfortable and durable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Francisco Lacayo Ocampo
I am so glad that I purchased this controller. Have used it a ton for DJ ing house parties. Wish it had more sample pads but other than that perfect for a first controller.Published 22 months ago by Alex
-Amazing quality. A mix of metal and high quality plastic. It does not feel cheap or flimsy. All controls are stiff and have great movement. Read more
Got this for $399 ... can't go wrong .... I am a hobbyist when it comes to DJ. This thing rocks. Got rid of all my old gear .... denon stuff that took up crazy space ... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Luxotic
The S2 is a great DJ deck that shows it's quality the moment you start using it. Controls are smooth and work very well. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Robert Mech