Is A Traktor Kontrol S3 Coming?

Last updated 24 January, 2023


Native Instruments offered a glimmer of hope to Traktor users amid the recent news of layoffs and restructuring, promising a new controller by the end of the year.

But what will it be?

To be completely upfront: We have no idea, no insider knowledge, nothing. However, as that doesn’t stop us speculating… (and – update – a keen reader spotted an “S3” in the new Traktor beta menu – see the comments…)

And considering the only two controllers recently released for Traktor are the Kontrol S2 Mk3, which is a limited, beginner unit, and the Kontrol S4 Mk3, which is a feature-rich and expensive model, could there be room for something in the middle?

A Traktor Kontrol S3 Mk3 could have four channels, but basically be the same as the S2 in other respects (eg built-in sound card, non-motorised jogwheels, Mixer FX) allowing Traktor’s house and techno-loving up-and-coming DJs the chance to mix across four channels like their heroes, but without the expense of the Kontrol S4.

These kind of “middle-range” controllers have worked well for other manufacturers in the past, so why not NI and Traktor?

Anyway, the purpose of this article is really to throw it over to you.

What do you want to see Native Instruments release for Traktor? What kind of hardware would you shell out for were they to announce it? What do you think is missing in the line-up?

Share your thoughts on what you think is coming or what you like to see coming for Traktor hardware below…

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