Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Review – Top Class DJ Controller

July 13, 2012 | By | 1 Comment
DJ Midi Controller from:
Native Instruments
Version:
Traktor Kontrol S4

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On July 13, 2012
Last modified:September 23, 2012

Summary:

Great system. I loved testing this one - lots of fun and so easy to use. Totally intuitive.

When it comes to DJ equipment, there are few names that are as big or an innovative as Native Instruments. Their Traktor controllers have made waves in the DJ business time and again, revolutionising the way DJs played their sets and recorded their tracks. Of course, the Traktor Control S4 is far more advanced than the earlier models were and can arguably off you more. The full Traktor S4 review can be found right here.

Key Product Features

The Native Instruments S4 has several key product features that may appeal to you. They are as follows:

  • Integrated 4 deck Tracktor controller with 4 channel mixer
  • 2 high res touch sensitive jog wheel
  • Incredible layout, highly ergonomic and responsive
  • Traktor Pro 2.5 software, including 4 deck mixing effects, loop recorder and all new sample decks
  • MP3 management with iPod compatibility and integration with iTunes
  • High end 24 bit low latency audio interface, complete with MIDI I/O and Cirrus Logic converter

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Specification

The full Traktor Kontrol S4 product specification is:

  • Dimensions of 19.7 x 12.7 x 2 inches.
  • Weight of 7.5lbs
  • 4 channels
  • 16, 24 bit resolution
  • Cirrus Logic converter
  • PC System Requirements –2 GB RAM, Windows XP, Vista or 7, USB port and Core2 or AMD X2.
  • Mac System Requirements – 2 GB RAM, OS 10.5 or later, USB port and Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz

 My Review

The Traktor Kontrol S4 is an incredibly strong DJ MIDI controller option and it blew the marketplace wide open when it was first released. Its features list is jaw dropping, the capabilities it displays mind blowing and sounds it can produce of the highest quality.

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Unique, innovative and taking the DJ MIDI controller to the next level, the Traktor Kontrol S4 is the crème de la crème of DJ systems. Intuitive, loaded with high quality features and portable, it offers instant usability for all DJs, no matter what their reason for use. Sturdy, well made and business like in nature, the hardware is well spaced and very easy to get use to. The knobs, wheels and faders are all non-slip and very responsive, although not too responsive by any stretch of the imagination. It offers subtle but effective control as a result. The jog wheels are also well placed at the back of the unit so it is impossible to catch it unless you mean to.

It is also worth noting that, although it can take time to get used to the unit, it is perfect for mixing, scratching or any other technique you may use. Club DJs and turntablists have agreed that it is actually one of the better options available on the market today. The loop recorder comes in particularly high on many individuals’ lists and is entirely enjoyable to use.

The Traktor Kontrol S4 does have a couple of questionable features that may be negative points for some. For example, there is no group saving of sample sets. This could be an inconvenience and requires further equipment if you do want to save your sample sets. For the amount it costs, this feature should really be included. In addition, there is no current compatibility with DVS systems, although Native Instruments have said that it will be a feature in the future. Finally, there is an issue with power, and this is the main complaint in fact. The Native Instruments S4 should not be used if it is on USB power alone because it causes dim LEDs and this can impact upon the effective use of the hardware. These are minor points though and easily circumnavigated if you set up the hardware effectively. As such, they do not outweigh the pros.

With all of the above in mind, it is easy for this Traktor S4 review to conclude that Native Instruments certainly lived up to all of its promises. This all in one 4 deck system has a strong level of hardware and software integration. Its sound card is excellent and it provides the controllerist community with a real and highly professional option. It does not profess to provide every DJ with everything they want but in doing so it is highly focused and well worth the investment.

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Great system. I loved testing this one - lots of fun and so easy to use. Totally intuitive.

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