Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 mk2- the digital dj standard evolves
When Native Instruments first gave us Traktor, it was something of a revolution (excuse any turntable-based puns). When they gave us the Traktor Kontrol S4 and the S2, the revolution was only one USB cable away. Plugging the Traktor Kontrol S4 or S2 into your computer gave you incredible hands-on control of Traktor, everything was automatically mapped, you had the audio interface right there, and it just worked.
Time moves forward with a tedious inevitability however, and Traktor has evolved considerably since Native Instruments first sketched out their tentative design ideas for the Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2, on the back of a napkin, in a trendy Berlin minimal techno bar. Probably.
With the latest version of Traktor offering features that hadn’t been imagined in the wildest dreams of those present in the minimal techno bar that fateful evening, the S4 and S2 were in need of an update to keep all that digital dj power at your fingertips. And now they have it, as Native Instruments present the Traktor Kontrol S4 and Kontrol S2 mk2!
Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 move on…
With the same features that made the original Traktor Kontrol series such a popular choice, but with improved fader reliability, a new two-tone design, support for the Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone digital DJ app, and dedicated controls for the Traktor Flux Mode function, the Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 mk2 remain the perfect one-stop solution for controlling Traktor.
The Kontrol S4 and S2 also come bundled with the full version of the Traktor Pro software, so if you are completely new to Traktor, the S4 and S2 are great places to start and really do offer an all-in-one solution.
Don’t forget the other Kontrols: Z1, X1, F1…
Now, is an all-in-one controller like the S4 or S2 right for you, or would a more bespoke option be the way forward? Let us not forget the Kontrol Z1, Kontrol X1 and Kontrol F1. Would these be a better option for you? Perhaps, but think about your USB ports…
My several year old PC laptop came with 4 USB ports, firewire and an ExpressCard slot. These days, it seems as though you’re lucky if they give you a couple of USBs and send you on your way. If you want, say, an X1 and and F1, that’s those ports gone and you don’t have an audio interface yet. Or let’s say you use a Kontrol Z1 and an X1 (my preference): you’re covered for your crossfader, eqs, effects and transport functions, but what if you want to throw some additional percussion into your set with Maschine?
All of these things mean you need to take a USB hub with you. A powered one generally. And that complicates set up, and there’s more to go wrong. With a Kontrol S4 or Kontrol S2, you’ve covered all the bases and have a free USB port for an F1, a Maschine, a MIDI controller to play some synths or trigger loops in another application… The list goes on.
With the Traktor Kontrol S4 mk2 and Kontrol S2 mk2, Native Instruments are likely to have another winner (two actually, I suppose) on their hands. And, perhaps I should have made more of a deal of the very natty coloured buttons. The NI Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 mk2: just like having a 1970’s disco floor under your fingers!
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