Meanwhile, for beginners wanting to give the Traktor world a go, the Kontrol S2 is a great controller, that ought to do well. What is your opinion of this product? Life is way too short to waste time policing comments. Had I had insurance on it, it would have been a different story! Blend your chops and cuts across four channels with super durable Carbon Protect faders. It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front! The front panel also has the cue volume and mix controls, as well as a Mic Engage button. Instead of putting so many lightened and colored buttons, it would be better if the shape of the buttons had been modified completely. The small round buttons in the effect and mixer section feel fine, but I feel like they are too small for my fingers. My frustrations with this are very niche, obviously.
There are separate knobs for headphones volume, headphones mix, sampler volume and master volume — no booth output here. So much more playable than on the older models. But if you have an S4 Mk1 and are considering an upgrade, the decision is tougher, because the upgraded features are borderline as to being worth the cost of the upgrade. Easily see tempo, looping, track time, and waveform information, as well as Stem and Remix deck components. They also look like they will last a while! Aluminium jogwheels So, about those shiny new aluminium jogwheel tops.
Native Instruments has an inherent advantage in their hardware design: they also design the software. The early days were a time where catalogs didn't have much of a presence in the industry, but what began as a college dorm room operation grew rapidly. The Traktor Kontrol S2 made with the same high quality faders, jog wheels, and controls as the S4. My original S4 is starting to fail. Meanwhile, if you hold down Shift and turn the encoder, the software cycles either through the tree items on the left, or through the favourites folders above the main library — you can choose which in the preferences. Two high-resolution displays keep your eyes on the mix as well as your ears.
Keep up the great website! I would have much preferred if they gave us a power supply. This was a pleasant surprise for me, since more control especially over volume , is almost universally better. As an entry to Traktor the S2 is great. A single volume control effectively replaces the upfaders for decks 3 and 4, and is situated in the centre of the mixer. This matters because a lot has changed since the came out years ago. There is some little problem happening to the audio output, the Bass gives a little bit of disturbance.
The performance pads come with a choice of hot cue and sample functions, which is pretty basic, but looping fares better, with both loop size and loop move encoders per channel — something Traktor has always done well. Connect a mic via the 6. We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity. Want our best price even faster? The knobs all feel consistent, none of them are too loose or tight. We are still going to put these controllers through their paces and cover more than just the additions.
I could spend hours ranting about the controller manager, but this is obviously not the place for it. It looks nice, really nice. If you are used to the previous S4 then all it takes is a slight adjustment in touch, and the familiar tight engaging control over your music is there. Trigger loops and samples, manipulate effects, and load tracks with dedicated controls. Booth output This is a welcome and much-requested feature on the S4.
Costing £300 i would have thought all the software would be sharp and alert to me pressing controls on the controller. So please disengage keyboard warrior mode before hammering in a full caps rant. Choose from eight effects and three smooth filters — from a tripped-out time gate, to delays, huge reverbs, and more. You load a Remix Set a set of samples into each of decks three and four — you can display the decks on the screen to help you do this. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 36. While I initially felt like the platters required too heavy a hand to press the plate down, as I was using them I understood why.
You still need an F1 or another controller now you can map third party ones to truly have a blast and get the most out of the Remix Decks. This product will be returned, and I fear this is a major design flaw that will take away so many of the wonderful features of … Read more » Have persisted with this, am not entirely convinced my unit is faulty. These eight slices are created no matter what the loop length, so if you take the loop length down really low, each cue button now controls a tiny slice of the audio and you can almost play them like a keyboard. Another reason is the headphone jack for cueing your next track is the standard size that come with many smart phones! Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them. Comments will be appreciated, Blaine Wow I thought it was bad back in the day having to get the bus to the nearest city to buy vinyl.
I trust I have been crystal clear. Out of the box and straight into the mix. The endless encoders are all click encoders and, while I understand why manufacturers use these, I always wish the gain and filter knobs were smooth; it feels so much more natural. All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments! Plastic body with molded hand grips on the sides, gives it a cheap feeling. Native Instruments is also clearly planning on this controller being current for a long time. The knobs are more plastic and the chassis is more plastic or at least it feels like that but after using it for an hour or so that general … Read more » Lol.
This daylight-dimness is more than made up for by the spaceship-meets-70s dancefloor appearance you get in the dark which combined with the new aluminium jogwheel tops gives a really attractive look. The controller feels exactly as I expected, what with being surrounded by various Native Instruments gear. Shop the large inventory of including! I just dj at home because it feels good to do so. So a small request, if i could get to know how to get it back to normal, … Read more » Hey Karan! One of the big changes Native Instruments boasts with this line of updated controllers is the metal plates on the jog wheels. The Loop encoder turns a loop on or off, and turning it halves or doubles its length.