Native Instruments Announces Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ System
Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol S2, an entry-level, integrated DJ performance system that was designed for two-deck Traktor Pro 2 action. Based on a compact version of the market-leading Kontrol S4 hardware, the Kontrol S2 provides a “2+1” setup with sample decks as well as comprehensive mixing and effect features, all based on the included full-featured Traktor Pro 2 software.
To offer DJs a more portable alternative to the professional 4-deck Traktor Kontrol S4 system, the S2 is centered around a new compact controller hardware. It provides the same high-res jog wheels, combined with ergonomic controls for cueing, looping and effects. The integrated 24bit/96 kHz sound card with its dual stereo outputs is based on the award-winning technology of the Traktor audio interface range, and provides the same acclaimed sound quality with its clarity and especially high output volume.
The two full-featured playback decks of the Traktor Kontrol S2 are complemented by the versatile Sample Decks of the latest Traktor Pro 2 software, which can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix. This effectively equips the S2 system with a third channel that opens up a wide range of additional creative performance techniques beyond the typical two-deck paradigm in its product category.
TRAKTOR KONTROL 2 benefits from the same seamless bi-directional software-hardware integration as the KONTROL S4, featuring convenient plug&play configuration, dynamically backlit control elements and the high-resolution NHL protocol, for maximum efficiency both during the setup and the actual DJ performance.
Not as inexpensive as we would have liked for an “entry-level” model from the German concern, but a compelling offer nonetheless.
Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S2 will be available in October for $669 / €599.