Review: NI Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3

Watch our latest review of the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 DJ Controller.
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The new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 is the latest entry-level controller for their new Traktor Pro 3 software.

The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 is smartly priced, comes bundled with Traktor Pro 3, and has a compact footprint to fit into most DJ booths and tight spaces.

The S2 MK3 also has bigger jog wheels and better RBG backlit performance pads than the last version of this compact controller.

Below you will find our review and unboxing videos, as well as our review summary, with a full rundown on the new hardware from Native Instruments.

Pros

  • Great Price (only $320)
  • Comes bundled with the full Traktor Pro 3 Software
  • Large and responsive jog wheels
  • Simple mixer effects are easier to use for beginners

Cons

  • Build quality not as good as S2 MK2 version
  • No traditional effects Module Controls
  • Small pitch/tempo sliders

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Traktor Kontrol S2 Final Pricedrop

The Traktor Kontrol S2 Digital DJ controller is now near the end of it's product run as Native Instruments slashes the price before making space in their warehouses for the "future". Following the final pricedrop of the Traktor S4, the S2 is now also on sale for only $399. We reviewed the Traktor Kontrol S2 about two years ago and its still a VERY formidable controller for any DJ who needs a great compact controller for Traktor Pro.

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[Video] Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 & S4 MK2 Unboxing & First Impressions

The new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and S4 MK2 Digital DJ controllers were just released to the public last week and we've got review units in the lab for full out video and written reviews. The new controllers boast improvements to the original designs by adding multi-color hotcue/remix deck pads, hi-res aluminum metal plate jog wheels, FLUX mode buttons, and Traktor DJ iOS compatibility. The original S2 and S4 DJ controllers were the perfect 2-channel and 4-channel mixing consoles for the Traktor software. The Traktor software has seen lots of new updates since the release of the original S2 /S4 so it's only natural that NI releases new controller interfaces to access the new advanced features such as remix decks controls and FLUX mode. We'll have the full reviews completed shortly, but check out our unboxing & first impressions videos in the meantime to see what comes in the boxes.

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NI Traktor Kontrol S2 Out Now

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 is now released to the public and available for sale worldwide! This is the two channel/two deck version of the super-popular Traktor Kontrol S4, with a lower price and a few less control buttons so beginner DJ's aren't turned away. The Traktor Kontrol S2 made with the same high quality faders, jog wheels, and controls as the S4. The S2 also comes with a full blown version of Traktor 2 to boot. The full video review will be coming shortly. Check out the full press release inside.

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[Video] Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 & S4 MK2 Announced!

Native Instruments just slashed prices on the Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 and continued the promotion "until supplies lasted". NI has finally finished off its inventory of S2 and S4 controllers to make way for the new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and the Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 Digital DJ controllers which were just announced today! The new controllers boast improvements to the original designs by adding multi-color hotcue/remix deck pads, hi-res aluminum metal plate jog wheels, FLUX mode buttons, and Traktor DJ iOS compatibility.

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[Video] NI Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 Unboxing & First Impressions

The new Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 has now shipped from Native Instruments to our very own DJbooth.net lab for the full written and video review treatment. The new Traktor X1 has most of the same functions as the original X1 but adds a new touch-strip section in the middle of the unit that can control effects parameters, nudging for beatmatching, and for jumping to a particular section in a song. The review is on the way, but watch the unboxing video to see the new X1 MK2 fresh out of the box.

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NI Traktor Kontrol S2 Price Drop!

Native Instruments is giving everyone a reason to rejoice! If you've been putting off purchasing a new all-in-one Traktor controller, then this is the time to act. The Traktor Kontrol S2 is now available for only $449 on the official NI website, but AMS actually has them for only $400 in our "Buy" links. That's a serious discount consisting of a full $200 price drop. That means you get the nice MIDI mappable, all-in-one controller with a full version of the powerful Traktor 2 Pro software. You need to act now because this deal will expire on March 31st 2012. Check inside to see our full video review and to purchase your new Traktor Kontrol S2 for the new low price.