Its rotary control is good for 1,000 counts per revolution so the jog wheels have a natural feel, whether it is for scratching or cueing. There are 10 tracks and 40 loops including synth loops, percussion, bass and drums. Open up a big reverb, a dubby delay, or a smooth filter to get your tracks popping during the mix. Again, the process is simple plug and play to get started. This includes heavy and oversized items.
Native Instruments has an inherent advantage in their hardware design: they also design the software. See table below for more information regarding the differences between both, so you can choose the right one. All of the knobs have a plastic post underneath and I would have liked to see metal reinforcements in this area, however, the jog wheels now have a metal push style surface at the top. Overall appearance is classy but the effects section missing became a drag after a few days once the novelty of the mixer effects wore off. No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay.
In a word, yes, the S2 is worth buying. They can be used for classic jog wheel control, or switched into a beatgrid adjustment mode for quickly setting and correcting the beatgrid of tracks. What do you think of all the Traktor stuff that just dropped? Since Native Instruments prides themselves on their direct integration and seamless interaction, but they provide few methods of alternating how that interaction customizable. Read on for all the info, a video of both of the controllers in action, and exclusive details from Mad Zach and Native Instruments. These are available in different styles such as trance, techno, house, minimal and dubstep. The front panel also has the cue volume and mix controls, as well as a Mic Engage button. The controller manager allows you to move things off of the stock mapping, but it requires you to use the controller manager, something I can never, in my right mind, recommend.
Instead consider searching for and reading older threads. I never really liked using my MacBook to dj in the first place. No Traktor upgrade for me. It still feels a bit on the plastic side, but the crossfader has a loose quality to it and a really short less than 1mm cut-in distance which makes it ideal for scratching and pulling off some hard fader trickery. Program details Estimated size: 36. Looking forward to seeing what Traktor Pro 3 has as details have been thin on the ground. Updates for the software could be a little simpler by allowing it to download without having to insert user name and password on every download.
Overall the build does feel better than the first iterations of the hardware and they feel like they will last just as good as or better than the originals. There is only one feature I have been asking them for ever and on their user polls but of course they are never going to do it. The option to adjust the crossfader curve lies within the Traktor Pro 2 software and it was great for scratching in the sharpest cut setting and just right for mixing in the softest setting. Connect headphones via a 3. The mk3 is more plastic.
A note about the S2 and S4 reviews — these are going to be more than update announcements. They still have the same push-top style of operation, where they must be physically pressed down like a button in order to activate the top scratching surface. My Reloop Mixtour literally wiped the floor with S2 mk3 in every department apart from jog wheels…. I enjoyed a lot of things about the remix decks, but I failed to really find myself excited by them. Native Instruments pointed me at explaining the best practices for using cables, and which cables they recommend. The encoder selects your track, and pressing it loads the track. There are separate knobs for headphones volume, headphones mix, sampler volume and master volume — no booth output here.
Traktor support offered no solution and brushed me off with the hope of a future update that would address the problem. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card. I am stuck in between of these 2 products. The resolution has stayed the same, but the magnetic braking system on the jogwheels is gone in place of the heavier wheels themselves. When the buttons are deactivated, the four buttons return to HotCue buttons for deck A and B once again. As for the headphone level, when selecting the Traktor S2 Mk2 Asio or the Traktor Wasapi Exclusive driver in the audio set-up preference, I noticed the main,cue volume and aux are greyed out therefore not adjustable on the software.
An additional remix knob alongside the 2 deck channels allows smooth mixing of the Remix Decks as a third channel — a big feature in a compact unit. The Lowdown The Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk3 is a two-channel device for Traktor Pro 3. Native Instruments is giving everyone a reason to rejoice! I have added one, still no difference. Not sure what Freeze Mode is? I am still disappointed to find that the new S2 has absolutely no additional throughputs or inputs aside from the microphone port. The specs above should give you an idea of what the S2 can do.
The Loop encoder turns a loop on or off, and turning it halves or doubles its length. The intuitive controls aside, the ergonomics is another of its strong points. Library Browse Finally, a word about the library functions. Life is way too short to waste time policing comments. This was a pleasant surprise for me, since more control especially over volume , is almost universally better. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 36. Easily access all essential Traktor features in a lightweight, focused format.
Need it now but short of cash? You need to act now because this deal will expire on March 31st 2012. Pick S4 if you want to use 4-deck controller, or if you just need the 2-deck controller, then you should choose S2. Granted, that is our minimum expectation since they make the only controllers that have any direct integration. Along with the two channels is an extra knob for remixing; with this feature, you can now use the remix decks as a third channel for smooth mixing. Just got one of these so I would like to share my own thoughts on this controller with you. We are still going to put these controllers through their paces and cover more than just the additions.