Review: NI Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3

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Traktor S4 MK3 Review

The new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3 is the latest flagship controller for the new Traktor Pro 3 software.

The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3 has the new haptic direct drive jog wheels that actually spin while the track is playing. They also have small screens above the pads to show important track information.

The S4 MK3 also has the new mixer effects section and better RBG backlit performance pads than the last version

To see more pro's and con's of the Traktor S2 MK3, check out our review here.

Pros

  • Good build quality and construction
  • Great jog wheel TT mode feel (close to vinyl)
  • Small screens show track/deck info and track waveform
  • Lots of inputs and outputs (2 mics, 4 line inputs, 3 outputs)
  • Mixer FX and traditional FX control
  • Built-in DVS and standalone mixer mode

Cons

  • Jog wheel "Jog Mode" needle indicator doesn't work
  • Soft-touch finish not as durable as MK1/MK2 metal top

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Traktor Kontrol S4 Pricedrop

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 is one of the most successful and popular four-deck DJ controllers out on the market today. Our Full video review was released over a year ago and it stood out from the rest with its perfect one-to-one Traktor Pro mapping and internal Audio Soundcard that is capable of DVS timecode playback right out of the box. Native Instruments has launched a limited-time special-offer price of only $799 for the unit. Act now as this price is only good until August 31st 2012. Check out the press release inside.

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NI's Limited Time Offer on TRAKTOR KONTROL S4

Late last week, Native Instruments announced the third and final price-drop of its long-standing flagship 4-deck Digital DJ Controller called the Traktor Kontrol S4. I call this the third and final price-drop because NI has listed this offer to last from now until August 31st OR until stocks last. The writing has been on the wall for a fresh new round of all-in-one DJ controllers since the release of Traktor 2.5 and the remix deck functionality that the S2/S4 could never really take advantage of. The S4 is still a very capable DJ controller that also has a built in Traktor DJ Soundcard that allows DJ's to playback timecode vinyl or CD's with external turntables or CD decks. Take advantage of this sweet deal while you still can.

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Another Traktor Kontrol S4 Pricedrop!

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 is one of the most successful and popular four-deck DJ controllers out on the market today. Our Full video review was released almost two years ago and it stood out from the rest with its perfect one-to-one Traktor Pro mapping and internal Audio Soundcard that is capable of DVS timecode playback right out of the box. Native Instruments has initiated a new price of only $899 for the unit. Act now as this price is only good while supplies last. Check out the press release and buy links inside to get yours today!

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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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NI Traktor Kontrol S2 & S4 April Pricedrop

Native Instruments is offering a $50 discount on the new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and the S4 MK2 from now until the end of the month (April 30th) or until supplies last. This brings the price of the new S2 down to $450 and the price of a new S4 down to only $700. The Interesting part about all of this to me is the fact that they mention the deal is good until "supplies last" which makes me speculate as to whether or not NI has a new controller coming soon.

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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.