Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It is beautiful, ergonomic, reliable, sturdy, and functions exactly how you would want it to. Not only is the hardware of exceptional quality, the free software that it comes with, Tracktor Pro 2, is relatively easy to set up and configure. Overall this product is top notch/industry standard.
Within the first 15 minutes after setting everything up and getting it hooked up to my laptop, I was already spinning like a pro. Now as a first time DJ this piece of equipment may be over you're head, but it is truly designed to be as simplistic as possible, while allowing as many possibilities and functions as you could imagine.
Being a 4 channel mixer however, some people may argue that it is a bit more difficult than a two channel mixer. The guy that sold it to me at guitar center said that most of the mixer returns were 4 channel mixers. So if spending a little extra time getting the hang of stuff isn't your thing, you should check out the Traktor Kontrol S2.
The lights are brilliant on this thing. The lights are solid bright and colorful. They just look amazing when you are using it. You can even adjust the brightness of the active/inactive buttons with the software. They serve as excellent indicators and make it very easy to get the hang of the equipment.
The Scratch Pads:
The scratch pads are extremely well designed. Pressing the middle of the pad mimics putting your finger on a vinyl and allows you to scratch. These pads are quality enough to scratch with, but it will take time to get used to them if you are switching from vinyl to them. The outer ring allows you to speed up or slow down the track without scratching.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love it! Dealing with Native Instruments though is a real test of ones' patience!Published 20 months ago by Michael Hamilton
The S4 is a dope controller. I would say get the S8 now thats its out but at the time when I bought the controller only the s4 was out. The versatility of this controller is dope. Read morePublished 21 months ago by bakari
Just to be sure, this controller comes with the software right?Published 21 months ago by Kronic Assassin
Do NOT buy this if you use a new model MacBook- it will crash so often that it can't ever be used in a professional environment. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mr. P. Shenton