Native Instruments Officially Announces Traktor Kontrol S4 – Won’t Be In Your Xmas Stocking
Native Instruments has officially announced the Traktor Kontrol S4, an integrated hardware/software DJ system. Traktor Kontrol S4 combines a special version of the Traktor PRO software with an advanced hardware controller, both developed in unison.
Traktor Kontrol S4 represents a new level of software and hardware integration that makes DJing more versatile, more intuitive and more fun. The full-featured controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomically laid-out high-quality control elements and an integrated audio interface. All relevant functions including looping, cueing, effects control and track browsing are immediately accessible on the robust and portable hardware, while dynamic multi-color backlighting, LED status displays and comprehensive level metering allow DJs to focus on their performance rather than on the computer screen.
The included Traktor Kontrol S4 software offers the full feature set of Traktor PRO, further expanded through new performance functions and an optimized user interface. Two flexible Sample Decks can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix, opening up creative remixing and mash-up possibilities that go far beyond conventional DJing techniques. The unique Loop Recorder also allows DJs to capture and overdub audio loops from the live mix, cue signal or an external input on the fly, and drop them back into the mix at any time.
The dual touch-sensitive jog wheels on the Kontrol S4 hardware offer precise and responsive deck control due to a new patent pending electromagnetic technology, complemented through Native Instruments’ high resolution NHL protocol that provides additional performance over conventional MIDI. The integrated low-latency 24bit/96kHz audio interface is based on the Audio 4 DJ, and provides quality signal quality to match the most high profile club systems. External time-code control via turntables and CD decks will be enabled through a future software upgrade. To accommodate touring DJs, a professional flightcase that doubles as an adjustable performance stand will also be available as an accessory for Traktor Kontrol S4.
NI employed the über-talented DJ Shiftee to demonstrate the new S4 and its marquee features. His scratching on the mini jog wheels looks pretty Mickey Mouse, and we don’t know who is teaching him those new “dance moves,” but he really does Native right by deftly showing off the Live Remixing potential of NI’s new system…and maybe gives a glimpse of how he intends to defend his DMC World Championship.
NI’s Traktor Kontrol S4 will be available this winter for $999 / €899. The Traktor Kontrol Case will be available at the same time for $189 / €169. More information on Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4.