Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced Traktor Kontrol S4, an integrated DJ system with performance capabilities and tactile control. It combines a special version of the Traktor Pro software with a hardware controller.
The controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomically laid-out control elements and an integrated audio interface. All relevant functions — including looping, cueing, effects control and track browsing — are immediately accessible on the portable hardware, while multi-color backlighting, LED status displays and comprehensive level metering allow DJs to focus on their performance.
The included Traktor Pro S4 software offers the full feature set of Traktor Pro. Two Sample Decks can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix. The Loop Recorder also allows DJs to capture and overdub audio loops from the live mix, cue signal or an external input on the fly, and drop them back into the mix at any time.
Traktor Kontrol S4 will be available this winter for a suggested retail price of US$999. The Traktor Kontrol Case will be available at the same time for $189.