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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

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  • Highly integrated 4-deck TRAKTOR controller and flagship software
  • Hardware: 4-channel mixer with ergonomic layout, 2 high-res touch-sensitive jog wheels
  • Software: TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 - features 4-deck mixing and effects, plus all-new Sample Decks and a powerful Loop Recorder
  • Built-in high-end 24-bit/96kHz low-latency audio interface with Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters and MIDI I/O
  • Powerful MP3 management with iTunes integration and iPod compatibility
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 19.7 x 12.7 inches ; 7.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004A95HDW
  • Item model number: 20900
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,768 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Native Instruments revolutionized the DJ world nearly a decade ago with the introduction of TRAKTOR, the world's first professional DJ software. Now they're back at it again with TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, a DJ performance system designed from the ground up from the team behind TRAKTOR. Note:Free update to the new TRAKTOR PRO 2 software for registered S4 users. See Native Instrument's website for latest software and firmware updates. The New Performance DJ System Forget what you know about DJ controllers and DJ software. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 was designed from its conception as a fully integrated system where software and hardware are fused in perfect harmony. Once you experience it, you'll immediately feel how simple, yet powerful and fluid a professional DJ system can be. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is the culmination of a 10-year vision and experience only Native Instruments can provide. So whether you're a seasoned TRAKTOR user looking for the ultimate controller, or just entering the world of digital DJing, the S4 delivers. Custom-tailored for TRAKTOR, the S4 fuses a premium-quality 4-channel DJ mixer, a built-in 24-bit/96kHz soundcard, an intuitive controller, and the flagship TRAKTOR PRO S4 software into one fully professional solutionthe ideal one-stop package for DJs who want pro features, instant usability and go-anywhere portability. KONTROL In Action The sleek, stylish controller puts TRAKTOR at your fingertipsfusing hardware and software into one harmonic unit. Innovative Sample Decks, high-quality electromagnetic jog wheels, two effect units, and two clearly laid-out deck control sections can be assigned to any of the four software decks and deliver a new level in creative control over your one shots, tracks, and loops. The intuitive and ergonomic controller layout and its robust rotary knobs provide precise visual and tactile status feedbackperfect for any DJ situation. Highly responsive to the touch, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is incredibly smooth to use.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I am a beginner DJ and really like this thing.
Ted Schnie
Once a track is in cue mode, you will be able to utilize the cue volume and cue mix knobs.
Matt
The hardware and new S4 software integrate very well.
The JLB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By The JLB on November 14, 2010
I know the S4 wont appeal to everyone and there are other probably just as good or better (in some peoples opinion)4 deck controllers out there, but for me this controller fits what I do 100%. I'm not a scratch DJ or turntablist and if you are, this device probably isn't for you... but that's not what this is for anyway.

I play House, Electro, Trance & Chilled, been DJ'ing for over 20 years and been through the whole Technics 1210 & CDJ phase too. For me, digital DJ'ing is the way forward and something I learnt very early on, less than 1% of your audience care what kit you are using, the fact that I'm not pulling records out of a case they don't care. They just want to dance and have a good time.

The layout of the S4 is very intuitive, I like the way the jog wheels are placed towards the back of the deck, I don't catch them with my hand or arm like I used to on the VCI-100 (which this has replaced)

The deck is quite big, but I like that. The knobs and faders are spaced out well with the knobs being quite tall. In a low light DJ booth I've found it very easy to use. I made a plinth for the S4 to sit on, over the top of the Technics 1210's in the booth as space is often limited.

I've played 4 live gigs with the S4 now and it's been rock solid. Having the 4 decks easily controlled from the deck is great, no more clicking with the mouse or worrying about the lo-mid-hi settings, it's all there right in front of you.

The deck is lit up very nice & subtle, there are a couple of nice touches like when you are in browse mode the decks that are stopped and are available to load the song into flash gently. It's very quick and easy to operate in the club.

The hardware and new S4 software integrate very well. I cant fault it yet.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Franz on November 29, 2010
The review above stated for a turntablist this unit isn't for you. I am a turntablist/club dj/producer. My style involves alot of scratching. I currently use Serato and I will still use Serato. Serato is a powerful piece of software. I purchased this controller to see what Traktor has to offer. This unit is sick! It took awhile to set up in comparison to Serato (plug and play) due to all of the additional features available. My first test was obviously the scratching. I can perform some of the most technical scratches on my S4. I didn't believe NI could capture the feel of a record on those little jog wheels but they did it and did it well. Like I said, I enjoy using Serato and will now use Traktor as well. Both are incredibly fun to use. The effects in Trakor are no joke! I spin hiphop and house music. Traktor can enhance both styles of mixing. I have been djing for 16 years. Started with turntables, even battled for awhile, and now my primary focus is delivering music in the best possible fashion I can and I can tell you, this piece of equipment can enhance anyones delivery hands down.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W. Mccammon on January 26, 2011
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Native Instruments has been making incremental improvements to their Traktor DJ software, every year or so, ever since Traktor was first introduced in 2000. The software has grown to be a very full-featured dj performance suite and rightly holds a duopoly at the top of the market with Serato.

In 2009 NI began shipping branded hardware tailored to their Traktor software. There were (and are) other companies out there making hardware perfectly usable with Traktor, but NI did do a good job of leveraging their deep knowledge of their own software and their market to deliver devices that integrated with Traktor very tightly. The various flavors of audio interface boxes were excellent. Their first "control surface" unit (the Kontrol X1) was a nifty little box of knobs that was wonderfully matched to the software (it oughta!) and opened up the options for live-performance even more. The Kontrol X1 was strongly geared to djs who spin modern, quantized, "Pro Tools"-era music (trance, techno, pop, most hip-hop, etc.). For those styles, it is a fantastic helper box.

The Kontrol X1 is also a great add-on for folks using Traktor Scratch and it's time-coded control vinyl records on traditional turntables, adding the same direct tactile access to the software looping and effects capabilities that it added for software-only djs.

Where the Kontrol X1 and non-Scratch Traktor software didn't always hit on all cylinders was with djs who spin older or modern non-quantized or analog recorded/edited music, like 70's disco, live band music, or "world" music. Music with tempos that speed up and down randomly just doesn't play well with tools that expect a rigid "beat-grid" structure and trying to work with music like that with just increment-up/down buttons can be nightmarish.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Uday Dorawala on September 27, 2012
I have had the S4 for almost a year (though it hasn't worked for almost 3 months).

It integrates flawlessly with Traktor and, if you are a controllerist or like using samples or 4-decks, I haven't found a better, compact alternative. However, I have a strong warning about tech support. Here's what I've gone through:

1) The power stopped working through both the USB and the power supply, so I called Tech Support to get a UPS label to get it serviced.

2) Three weeks later (after I call them again), they send me the label.

3) I send it in and wait a few weeks, then have to call them again to get a time estimate. After I call them, they send me another unit. The unit I receive is DOA (and it doesn't have a power supply) so I have to send that one back. They apologize for the inconvenience and say that they'll send me a brand new unit instead of a refurb and they'll send it immediately (as in, not wait to get the DOA unit back).

4) I send the DOA unit back and wait 2 weeks and still don't have a replacement. So, I call them again to ask when they will send a replacement. They say they'll send it the next day.

5) I wait another week and I still don't have a tracking number. So, I call them again to ask if they have shipped a replacement out. They haven't. They told me the DOA unit I sent back went to a service center and the service center has to ship a replacement but it would happen ASAP.

6) It's been 2 more days and I still haven't gotten any communication about when I will have a replacement unit.

So, basically, I haven't had an S4 for 3 months and I have no idea when I will get another.
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