This is the way the market has gone and we prefer it. Keep up the great website! There is also a simplified sequence function; by pressing the record button you can drum a pattern using loaded Sample Deck samples, which is auto quantised and looped. For beginners, the Kontrol S4 + a laptop might seem like a steep investment, considering the system requirements call for a recent, robust machine. Pads The performance pads adopt the standard that most controllers have nowadays, being laid out in a four by two arrangement under each deck. As stated earlier, touching a pad while the pads are in hotcue mode will save an active loop to that pad. Inputs and outputs There are improvements in the available inputs and outputs for the S4 Mk3.
The edges are in a tactile rubber finish, and are used for nudging rather than scratching. There are a couple of niggles though. However, it does not live up to high-end crossfaders on scratch mixers, and it is not officially replaceable. Loop control There are two encoders that between them give you all the looping control you could want. Comes with Traktor Pro S4 with new Sample Decks and Loop Recorder. Mixer The mixer section is clean and logical, and there is no longer the gap between the two left and the two right channels.
The software feels old compared to Serato and especially rekordbox. We want this in Traktor Pro! Pioneer had news interesting controllers almost every other year. The pad colours correspond to the stem waveforms in the waveform, which is nice. They all sound great and many of them are remarkably expressive, especially when you dig into them in Single mode. I have been using turntables for years and now deciding on either the S2 or S4 mk2.
The thing I love most is hove smooth the jog wheels work. Overall, the layout is exactly what it was with the original S4, with the exception of the Flux button over the pitch fader and the metal caps on the jog wheels. I just dj at home because it feels good to do so. The loop encoder buttons and the trigger sample pads started to fail too. At this point, you can hit Undo to scrap the recording, record again to overdub a layer, or bounce the recording to an empty sample slot. Routing was a breeze, and the turntables were instantly connected. The fact that I can use my iPad instead of my computer has made it way more mind blowing because no one will believe me when I pull out the iPad and just rock a set.
Swap parts, mute, them, or overwrite the sequence in the heat of the moment. And it forces you to make a conscious choice between volume and filter, and loop and move to also have a Page Scroll button. Instead of Reset being a shift function under the Flux button near the pitch fader it is a separate button next to Flux, and there is a Load button above each jog wheel instead of needing to use the Cue buttons when in Browse mode. They also look like they will last a while! In Use From the start, we found the Kontrol S4 Mk3 a lot of fun to use. The center panel has a Quant and Snap button right under the Browse knob, as well as a Master Clock button for swapping Auto and Master settings. Hi i have recently purchased Traktor S2, This is mainly for portable purposes.
Both mixers have their merits, but one thing is constant with both: these are excellent mixers that are build to high-quality standards. If Native Instruments is going to take pride in their direct integration, they should offer as many options as possible as easily as possible, to allow users to take as much advantage of their controller as possible. While you can change what the knobs do in the Controller Manager, we all know how frustrating that experience can be. Every button and every detail was taken into account. Traktor Pro 3 is out and with it comes some new controllers and a new lease of life for some older ones. Personalize your tracks by adding an electrifying layer to your mix. There is no booth output with a separate volume knob, but both main outputs can be used simultaneously and routed to separate speakers.
I had considered switching to other controllers just because of all the new gear that had come out and frankly…………had gear envy. A huge improvement over the previous S4s here is simple switching of external channels at the top of each channel. A Stem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into four musical elements — bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example. Once in the folder you want, use the jog wheels or the Browse encoder in the middle to scroll through tracks. If all the sample slots are full, you can clear them out by pressing Shift + Sample button. Finally, the cue and play button are much improved compared to the older models, now bigger and set one above the other at the left side of each deck. Not only that, the jogs actually spin, giving you a real turntable feeling when playing.
Native Instruments do bring that touch of class to their controllers. So much more playable than on the older models. I felt that the StudioKonnekt pumped out a slightly more defined, warm and round sound, but one could hardly tell the difference. The Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk3 reminds you literally with a jolt. If you know you need four decks or will be using any remix decks, the S4 is a better option. Then spend hours listening choosing and spending.
You still need an F1 or another controller now you can map third party ones to truly have a blast and get the most out of the Remix Decks. Traktor Pro 3 Traktor Pro 3 — the supplied software — is very good at lots of things loops and effects to name two, plus the new Elastique timestretch engine sounds awesome. Then hit the Load button for the deck you want to load to. If you are in an active loop, you can save the loop to a pad, which then activates on pressing the pad. The built-in screens are a big help as well.