Native Instruments has officially announced the arrival of their newest compact DJ controller for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2. The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the "deck" section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls. The D2 and the S8 will also use these remix deck controls to manipulate the new Stems file format.
The Traktor Kontrol D2 has the hi-res screen to show the waveforms, BPM, track information, library navigation, hot cues, loops, and much more. The D2 also has the same effects controls, remix deck/stems controls, loop controls, touchstrips, multicolor backlit pads, and Freeze controls that are found on the S8. The D2 hardware has foldable rubber-padded feet that extend to raise the unit to standard mixer height, or angled towards the user. The D2 also has dual USB ports and a dual power cable so that two D2's can be chained together with one common connection for the power and one common connection for the USB connectivity.
The Traktor Kontrol D2 will be available for $500 on May 4, 2015. We'll definitely have one in the lab for the full out review treatment so stay tuned for more!