Native Instruments's new Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ controller.
Native Instruments today announced the highly anticipated Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ system (US$899 / £754 / €869), a four-deck hardware/software combination that it calls “the future of professional DJing”.
The controller – which is similar in appearance to the X1 and in layout to controllers such as the Allen & Heath Xone:XD, the American Audio VMS4, and the new Denon DN-MC6000, offers tight integration with the new Traktor Pro S4 software across four decks. Have a look at the first of two official Native Instruments YouTube videos we have for you:
The Omnitronic TMC-2 is a workmanlike controller with some high-end features.
German manufacturer Omnitronic is finally making its previously announced new DJ controllers, the TMC-1 and TMC-2, available from next month.
Priced at €180 (US$239) and €275 (US$365) respectively, and designed to work out of the box with Virtual DJ (the LE version is bundled with the controllers), the difference between the two units is that the TMC-2 has a built-in soundcard. In this way the choice here is similar to that offered by Hercules in its Steel & RMX products.
It’s something many Traktor users and digital DJing fans have waited a long time for, and today the web is buzzing with rumours – triggered by the above YouTube video, released by Native Instruments – that this new Traktor controller and software combination for Traktor will be released soon. Is digital DJing about to come of age?
Further rumour has it that the 4-deck controller – which looks closest to the Xone:DX dedicated Serato ITCH interface – will retail for as low as US$799, which with an updated version of Traktor would be an absolute bargain for a hardware / software combination of this apparent calibre.