Native Instruments have finally revealed their latest bit of DJ kit which was teased a couple weeks ago. The new package is a combination of MIDI hardware mixer and software, very much in the vein of Serato’s ITCH packages.
Some musings of my own as well as from other respected sites:
- The system is effectively two MIDI channels and two analogue channels, with the samplers using wet/dry control. This means it is stuck with two virtual decks and two sample banks along with turntables or CD decks.
- Ean from DJTechTools had a hand in designing the system, meaning controllerism is at the heart of this mixer.
- The audio interface uses the guts of the Audio 4 DJ, meaning rock solid performance and great sound quality.
- The hardware use HID for control. This allows for much higher resolution, meaning smoother jog wheels and filters.
- The software features will eventually feed down into the original Traktor [Scratch] Pro software, giving current owners the chance to use Samplers and some of the new streamlined interface tweaks.
- This thing is true Plug n Play meaning no messing about with settings. SIMPLES!
There has recently been a slew of new 4-deck controllers from some of the biggest hitters in the industry. Allen & Heath launched the DX/ITCH package at BPM 2009, Denon have just announced the DN-MC6000, American Audio have the VMS4 and I’m sure there are other just around the corner from the likes of Vestax, Reloop and Numark.
Pricing and availability
The Traktor Kontrol S4 system will be available this winter for a suggested retail price of $999 / 899 EUR or around £750. The case will be available at the same time for $189 / 169 EUR or around £140.
Now check it out in action!
Here are some other blogs covering the system: