Native Instruments today announced a free special offer for owners of newly registered Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ controllers, worth US$139 / €129 per user. This time-limited offer gives DJs a free scratch upgrade, consisting of a licence for Traktor Scratch Pro 2, a pair of timecode vinyls, and a pair of timecode CDs. Available throughout July, the upgrade allows DJs to mix and scratch with timecode control via directly connected turntables or CD decks.
"Combined with the advanced high-resolution jog wheels of the unit, the timecode functionality can give users independent control of all four decks of the software simultaneously," says Native Instruments.
All Traktor Kontrol S4 units that are newly registered with Native Instruments within the period qualify for the offer.
Traktor Kontrol S4 vs Numark NS6
No doubt Native Instruments has put this together with half an eye on the new Numark NS6 - currently making waves at a similar point in the DJ controller market.
The NS6, unlike the Kontrol S4, can also work as a truly independent mixer for vinyl/CDs (ie it doesn't need a laptop and software connected and running). But it is not currently possible (at least, not easily) to use the NS6 as both a digital DJ controller and a "digital vinyl system", not least because its supplied Serato ITCH software is controller-only.
With Traktor Scratch Pro functionality, the Traktor Kontrol S4 is just that - a digital controller that can be used not only as an advanced standalone DJ controller, but also as a scratch controller system, using either control vinyl or control CDs.
Throwing this functionality into the mix for free makes the unit more attractive at its current price point, especially against similarly priced units such as the aforementioned NS6 and the Denon DN-MC6000.
More information from the offer page on the Native Instruments website.
To coincide with the launch of this offer, Native Instruments has released this video of DJ Dummy using the Traktor Kontrol S4 with timecode:
Have you been toying with the idea of getting a Kontrol S4? Are you considering the Kontrol S4 against the NS6? Will this sway your decision? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.