Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol S2 (http://macte.ch/ip8Ed), an integrated DJ performance system. It will be available in October at a suggested retail price of US$669.
Based on a compact version of the Kontrol S4 hardware, the Kontrol S2 provides a “2+1” setup with sample decks, as well as mixing and effect features, all based on the included Traktor Pro 2 software.
To offer DJs a more portable alternative to the professional 4-deck Traktor Kontrol S4 system, the Kontrol S2 centers around a compact controller hardware. It provides the same jog wheels, combined with ergonomic controls for cueing, looping and effects. The integrated 24bit/96 kHz sound card with its dual stereo outputs is based on the technology of the Traktor audio interface range, and provides the same sound quality.
The two playback decks of the Traktor Kontrol S2 are complemented by the Sample Decks of the latest Traktor PRO 2 software, which can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix. This effectively equips the Kontrol S2 system with a third channel that opens up a range of l creative performance techniques beyond the typical two-deck paradigm in its product category.