Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ Controller
The Traktor Pro S4 is the new kid on the block, and boasts the familiar USB audio interface and turntable-style controls. Whats new- a sampling and sample-playback functionality that catapults it to the top of the pack for value, making it our new number one DJ controller. Two jog wheels both have magnetic brakes, a proprietary technology that makes for a more realistic feel. Also a 4-channel USB audio interface, the S4 comes with two decent preamps, and can process audio up to 24-bit/96kHz. The various channels available each have a volume fader, send effects, a 3-band EQ, as well as filters that can help you color your sound to your hearts content. The crossfader included has a sharpness curve, making it further customizable. Also included is the Traktor Pro S4 DJ software, which has been updated to include four decks, as well as sample decks, making it possible to perform live looping and sampling. This allows the user to grab samples on the fly and loop, overdub, and create a track on-the-fly. The possibilities for live performance are endless, and a big part of the reason that we place the Traktor Kontrol S4 right at the top of the list.