Native Instruments announced Monday the release of their new Traktor Kontrol S4, an integrated hardware and software Digital DJ solution based around a custom version of their Traktor Pro Software. The package includes a dual turntable control surface along with a dedicated version of Traktor Pro called Traktor Pro S4.
This has been extremely anticipated since a cryptic Dubfire demonstration video last month that had the NI DJ forums going wild. The software will support mapping of other controllers through MIDI but connects directly to the S4 hardware via HID, allowing for higher resolution of the jog wheels and other control elements, other than a somewhat simplified Master Section and visual make-over, the software is essentially the Traktor Pro we have all come to know and love excepting the following updates:
8 Loop sections that can replace decks C and D for the playback of 8 loops and samples. Each loop has a filter, volume knob and will sync to the master clock so you don’t have to beat match you samples just punch them in on the fly.
Loop recording lets you to record loops of up to 32 bars on each loop deck the source for the loop recorder can be anything you like including the master out for live performance looping.
The S4 unit is designed to match the Traktor interface as much as possible with 4 full channels in the mixer and 2 decks that are switchable from A/C and B/D. To help those who need to take it on the road
Windows® XP (latest SP, 32 Bit), Vista®/Windows 7® (latest SP, 32/64 Bit), Pentium®/Athlon® XP @ 1.8 GHz OR Core™2/AMD X2, 2 GB RAM Mac OS X® 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™Duo 1.66 GHz, 2 GB RAM USB 2.0 port, DVD drive, 6 GB free disk space for complete installation
Traktor Kontrol S4 will be priced at US$999 and €899 and NI will also release a matching flight case for the S4 that will be $189.