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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller

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Product Highlights
  • 4 Channel DJ Mixer
  • 24 Bit/96 kHz Soundcard
  • Electromagnetic Jog Wheels
  • Integrated TRAKTOR PRO S4 Software
  • Robust Rotary Knobs
  • 3-Band EQs
  • Switchable Xone & Traktor Filters
  • Inputs Turntables or CD Decks
  • USB 2.0 Port

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller delivers an integrated hardware/software DJ mixing environment, designed to satisfy discerning professional DJs, serious home DJs, working mobile DJs and more. Kontrol S-4 is thoughtfully laid out with ergonomic controls, Electromagnetic touch-sensitive jog wheels, an array of assignable software faders, transport controls and more.

The hardware is designed for plug-and-play operation, with Traktor Pro S4 software built in. All DJs need is a suitable laptop and audio files to begin mixing. In addition, the Kontrol S-4 is a high quality audio interface, capable of 24 Bit/96 kHz stereo audio. There are two inputs that are switchable between line and phono signal for connecting turntables or external CD decks.

Highly integrated 4-deck Traktor controller and flagship software, all built by the same team
Plug & play - all you need to start mixing is your computer and MP3s
Hardware: 4-channel mixer with ergonomic layout, 2 high-res touch-sensitive jog wheels
Built-in high-end 24-bit/96kHz low-latency audio interface with Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters and MIDI I/O
2 analog inputs with phono and mic preamps for hooking up turntables, CD players or external audio gear; RCA mic in, balanced 1/4" TRS and unbalanced RCA master out
Software: Traktor Pro S4 - pro features, supreme usability; features 4-deck mixing and effects, plus all-new Sample Decks and a powerful Loop Recorder
Industry-leading Traktor engine ensures perfect sync and tight mixing - timecode control option coming soon!
2 customizable FX sections with over 25 performance effects for adding your own trademark sound
Powerful MP3 management with iTunes integration and iPod compatibility Intuitive design, ready-made sample content and tutorial videos make it easy for new users to get started
System Requirements Windows XP (latest Service Pack, 32 Bit), Vista/Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Pentium/Athlon XP 1.8 GHz OR Core2/AMD Athlon X2, 2 GB RAM

Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, Intel CoreDuo 1.66 GHz, 2 GB RAM

USB 2.0 port, DVD drive, 6 GB free disk space for complete installation
Channels 4
Sample Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Impedance Line Input Impedance 47k Ohm
Mic Input Impedance 5.2k Ohm
Phono Input Impedance 47k Ohm
Balanced Line Output Impedance 164 Ohms
Unbalanced Line Output Impedance 82 Ohms
Headphone Load Impedance 16 Ohms - 600 Ohms
Crosstalk Line Input -83 dBu
Level Line Input Full Scale Level +16dBu
Mic Input Full Scale Level -32 dBu
Phono Input @1kHz - 19 dBu
Balanced Line Maximum Output 13dBu
Unbalanced Line Output Impedance 13dBu
Headphone Load Impedance 16 Ohms - 600 Ohms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Line Input 98.5 dBu
Mic Input 92 dBu
Phono Input 85.5 dBu
Balanced Line Output 99.5 dBu
THD Line Input 0.01%
Mic Input 0.01%
Phono Input 0.026%
Balanced Line Output 0.01%
Frequency Response Line Input 20Hz-40kHz
Mic Input 20Hz-40kHz
Balanced Line Output 20Hz-40kHz
Dynamic Range Line Input Impedance 105 dBu
Mic Input Impedance 105 dBu
Phono Input Impedance 47k Ohm
Balanced Line Output Impedance 105 dBu
Unbalanced Line Output Impedance 105 dBu
Dimensions (WxHxD) 19.7 x 2 x 12.7" (50 x 5.2 x 32.2cm)
Weight 7.5lb (3.4kg)
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Native InstrumentsTraktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller
     
    4.2

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional features (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Excellent sound (10)
    • Versatile (9)
    • Consistent (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
      • Performances (6)
      • Amateur recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The S4 will be the new industry standard

      The S4 comes bundled with Traktor S4 edition (with an upgrade to the newest version when it gets released). A major plus of this product is that the software and the controller are...Read complete review

      The S4 comes bundled with Traktor S4 edition (with an upgrade to the newest version when it gets released). A major plus of this product is that the software and the controller are pre-mapped - so no annoying midi/knob mapping after installation. The unit itself is very solid and feels well built. The layout is very intuitive.I'm by no means a professional DJ but this thing is seriously fun to play with. The effects sections and looping functions are especially cool. If you live in Canada, as at the time of the writing of this review, B&H is by far the best place to get this thing. Best price[...]

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Riddled with Problems.

      This would be a great controller if it were built solidly. I have had this controller for about 4 months and already I am returning my SECOND unit. If you buy this, make...Read complete review

      This would be a great controller if it were built solidly. I have had this controller for about 4 months and already I am returning my SECOND unit. If you buy this, make sure you get b&h's extra warranty cause otherwise you will be without your controller for weeks possibly months. SO MANY people are having issues with it that there normal Technical Support turn around time of 2-3 days is taking about a month. This is just to receive the shipping label to get it repaired. This doesn't include the repair time. The first issue I had was the JOG WHEELS sticking and therefore not releasing the track. The second issue I had was the RCA jack literally snapping off. The last issue I've had is the faders not responding properly. Also, a LOUD crackling sound whenever the RCA cables are moved. I don't know if this is made for professional DJ's but it certainly is marketed towards them. It's just not built tough enough for traveling or regular use and I spin 4 times a week.

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      1.0

      Riddled with Problems.

      By DJ David Serrano

      from Manhattan, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Professional Features

      Cons

      • Not Consistent
      • Wears Over Time

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

      This would be a great controller if it were built solidly. I have had this controller for about 4 months and already I am returning my SECOND unit. If you buy this, make sure you get b&h's extra warranty cause otherwise you will be without your controller for weeks possibly months. SO MANY people are having issues with it that there normal Technical Support turn around time of 2-3 days is taking about a month. This is just to receive the shipping label to get it repaired. This doesn't include the repair time. The first issue I had was the JOG WHEELS sticking and therefore not releasing the track. The second issue I had was the RCA jack literally snapping off. The last issue I've had is the faders not responding properly. Also, a LOUD crackling sound whenever the RCA cables are moved. I don't know if this is made for professional DJ's but it certainly is marketed towards them. It's just not built tough enough for traveling or regular use and I spin 4 times a week.

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      5.0

      Everything I need to get started

      By Dave "Evad3r" R.

      from Johnstown, PA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Features
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

        I've used traktor 2 for a while now, but was only using a mixer and had to control my decks by mouse. This is a huge upgrade. I feel unlimited with what I can do and learn. I won't be outgrowing the S4 anytime soon. I can't compare this to other hardware, but I am extremely satisfied and have yet to discover any shortcomings. I would recommend this to any beginner.

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        5.0

        Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Control

        By ENTYCE

        from NYC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Professional Features
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

        The best hardware/software DJ product to hit the market...maps perfectly with the software no extra mappings...plug and play...fx are the best the timcode is precise...great product NI.

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        4.0

        Traktor S4 Kontrol

        By Dj Bastos

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Professional Features

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

          Very nice piece of hardware, synced with MIDI to my other devices, works on my old laptop after a few adjustments.

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          5.0

          One of the best Portable Controller

          By MCadfsdfasfs

          from Fal,GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Professional Features
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

              Product is great and portable. Easy to use

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              4.0

              the next bext thing

              By DJ PUPPET

              from ISRAEL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Professional Features

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                I use it professionally, I think the product is convenient and friendly to use currently I wouldn't change anything. A single problem it dosent support Hebrew track

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                5.0

                Good for the open minded

                By allstarpunk

                from Leeds, UK

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Consistent
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Fun
                • Good build quality
                • Intuitive
                • Lightweight
                • Lots of features
                • Professional Features
                • Value
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Addicting
                • DVS Support Coming Soon

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Controllerism
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Live remixing
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Turntablism

                Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                I use my product for home studio and house parties.

                Great ability to take live samples out of any live playing track and dropping it into a separate channel. Then you can work those samples with any FX and Filters to create a totally new sound which you can then drop back into the mix.

                The software provided with the S4 is INDUSTRY STANDARD! It has an endless choice of customization options including two inputs and a mic input so you can still use any analog kit you may already own. There are also options to choose what type of preference you have in filter and EQ ranging from zone to nuo and pioneer. Also you can adjust the curve on your cross fader.

                There are two dedicated separate FX "clusters" for each of the four channel meaning you can have up to six FX on at a time per a channel. Unrealistic in most circumstances to have that many on at once, but that's not really what they are for. You can just save your most used FX and have dedicated controls ready for them at any moment.

                The cue points are great you can use them as one shots or loops.

                The jog wheels are quite good if they are calibrated properly out of the box. If not it only takes about a minute to calibrate them through the software using a wizard and it's child's play.

                I have had my S4 for 5 months now and I have played out with it and it is the most intuitive piece of musical kit I have ever owned. If anyone tells you it pops and crackles it's because they haven't adjusted their latency and sample rate properly or have a poor computer. These settings are also very east to adjust.

                You can read all of this in the specs and even check some other reviews online.

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                5.0

                Proper Digital Deejaying Has Arrived!!!

                By Positive Touch

                from Leicester, England

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Professional Features
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Professional Deejaying

                  Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                  Linked to a mac laptop this controller is like a glove fitting on a hand in the process of being able to mix, chop and sample as any conventional deejay would like to perform his trade, hobby or professional. I recommend this controller with a Mac, as a Deejay of over 20 years. I can finally move on from CDs with a facility that is likened to vinyl, however modern and digital.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Product

                  By az mini

                  from Queen Creek, AZ

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                    I use the traktor for personal use and recording. This product is amazing and has so many useful features. The downside is , it has some many feature it take a while to learn everything. Once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Easy to use + Advanced = Permanent Gear.

                    By Traktor Apostle

                    from Rochester, MN

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Professional Features
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                      I highly recommend the Traktor S4 to any of my friends that want to get into DJing/remixing. It is all-in-one, which is nice for someone that doesn't have a bunch of audio gear yet. It is really easy to use which means a quick gratification when using it for the first time. The build quality feels like it will last for a long time. The best part is how you can grow with the S4 and all of its advanced features.

                      The S4 isn't just for the rookie. The S4 has tremendous potential for more advanced Traktor users. Adding your favorite CDJ or turntable to the S4 is possible. Adding other midi controllers is also possible. Seriously this isn't needed in my opinion, because the jogs are already great.

                      The knobs feel great especially the chunky smooth filter knobs on each channel. The EQ, filter, effects, and headphone/mic knobs are all smooth with one center click so you can easily find the middle of each parameter. The channel gain, search, loop, loop position knobs are interval click so you can easily move one or two values with accuracy. The jog wheels are have a really nice weight to them and are perfect my needs. Fader, crossfader and buttons have a good quality feel to them as well.

                      The LED displays and button lights are perfect. Not too bright, not to dim.

                      The sound quality is awesome. It could be compared to the Audio 8 soundcard in my opinion.

                      Some things that you should be aware of is that there isn't booth output for monitors, just main outs and headphones. I hook my main outs to my monitors at home and use headphones. When I go to gigs I hook main outs to the PA system and use headphones. You could hook the S4 up to the club mixer and use the club's mixer for booth outs if you really need them. This doens't seem necessary because the S4 has cue mix for your headphones so you can mix the output and cueing to your preference.

                      I wish I bought the S4 first instead of all the other DJ gear I own. Very slick controller that is not going anywhere except to the parties of course.

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                      (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Not big enough , still a toy

                      By Bobby DJ

                      from NY, NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound

                      Cons

                      • Hard To Use

                      Best Uses

                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                      Not big enough , still a toy, platter too small,

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                      5.0

                      The S4 will be the new industry standard

                      By Marc D

                      from Montreal, QC

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Professional Features
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                        The S4 comes bundled with Traktor S4 edition (with an upgrade to the newest version when it gets released). A major plus of this product is that the software and the controller are pre-mapped - so no annoying midi/knob mapping after installation. The unit itself is very solid and feels well built. The layout is very intuitive.I'm by no means a professional DJ but this thing is seriously fun to play with. The effects sections and looping functions are especially cool. If you live in Canada, as at the time of the writing of this review, B&H is by far the best place to get this thing. Best price[...]

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love my S4

                        By Noddies

                        from NY

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Professional Features
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                            Love my s4. Best controller i have used so far.
                            These include the hercules mk2, Rmx and vestax vci 1oo. Slight delay with play when sync is activated if songs are not beat grid.Jogs are great and very responsive.

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                            4.0

                            Great controller after the update...

                            By DJ

                            from NY,NY

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Needs the be updated

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                            I'm a club DJ and this controller really makes things easy for me. I was using CD players was my DDM4000. Now I only need my computer and controller.

                            Make sure you download the update to fix the poping and clicking issue. Once downloaded the S4 works great! I havn't used it live yet b/c I'm still learning how to use it. But I'm learning fast!

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                            (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Bad Controller - Keep your money

                            By Erick Caraban

                            from San Diego, California

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                                  I've received this controller 5 days ago it is built with quality, it haves a lot of problems:

                                  - Defective Jog Wheels
                                  - Clicking and popping sound
                                  - Latency problems

                                  The first batch is defective, NI forums are full of users with problems, be careful and take care of your money.

                                  For 899 this unit is very bad, you can get a better unit from any other mayour brand.

                                  Overall, i don't recommend this product.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing just amazing

                                  By Santiago

                                  from New york

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Professional Features
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ

                                    Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller:

                                    Im happy with my product made by the best company in music "traktor" and I love buying from b&h my favorite place to buy anything I need good prices [...]

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