Native Instruments has premiered the Traktor Kontrol S5, a new, all-in-one, Stem-ready compact digital DJ system. With a reduced size from their S8 flagship, the Traktor Kontrol S5 provides all the latest features of a Traktor DJ MIDI controller, including Stems compatibility into a ready-to-gig form factor.
Building on the design of the S4, Traktor Kontrol S5 features four channels with EQ and Filter controls, as well as FX assigns, and touch-sensitive controls (touching an effect knob for example, instantly reveals and hides a deck’s FX values) to bring smart views, performance modes, and pop-up panels to view on two full-color displays. Traktor Kontrol S5’s deck types also switch intelligently to match the track, Stem file, or Remix Set being loaded into the included Traktor Pro 2 software. Live remixing with enhanced Remix Decks workflow is also provided. Loops can be captured from a running track for realtime sampling, and cueing, nudging, or seeking through tracks is achieved with motion-sensitive touch strips.
Traktor Kontrol S5 becomes the fourth addition to the family of Stems-ready Traktor controllers, the open audio format for enhanced DJ performance. The Stem View shows stem files as four color-coded, stacked waveforms on the displays. The 16 performance pads map and color-match automatically to each stem when a Stem file is loaded. DJs can mute and unmute different musical elements with the pads or control volume, filter, and effect routing of individual stems, creating spontaneous a cappellas, instrumentals, and mixes.
The S5 measures to the same size as the S4, allowing for protected transport with the optional S4/S5 Flightcase. The built-in 24- bit/48kHz audio interface features both XLR and RCA master outputs, plus one 1?4 inch booth output to connect the unit to any type of sound system. And the independent stand-alone RCA or 1?4 inch AUX channel input can be used to connect a mic, MP3 player, or any additional line-level device.
NI’s Traktor Kontrol S5 will be available for $799 / €799 / ¥99,800 / £579 on October 1, 2015.