Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2

Traktor Kontrol S2, MIDI Control Surface for DJ from Native Instruments in the Traktor series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 18 reviews )
 9 reviews50 %
 4 reviews22 %
 2 reviews11 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
James...09/06/2011

James...'s review"Priced high but worth it"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
It's essentially 2 decks an a full mixer, set up in such a way that the whole unit interfaces as well as possible with traktor. It's a true plug and play unit made to take the guesswork out of the whole, "how do I get my mixer and deck to work with traktor" problem. It's a true stereo unit with mic inputs and USB obviously. Ready to work fully with a PA. Effects and EQ are onboard. You obviously need a laptop or PC to get any real use out of it.

Let me say I've been a huge fan of traktor since I discovered it as a budding DJ and my love of Traktor is what motivated me getting this controller. It seems pretty popular even though the price had me scratching my head a bit.

I am using the most up to date drivers and they work fine. No hiccups or crashing really. Seems to work 100% with traktor, and I've never used it for anything else. Typically I like to use this controller when I'm at home or when I have a serious show that I don't want to drag my "full rig" out to. It's probably the most functional and full featured thing I've ever used that only requires I plug into a laptop and PA really.

This board is configured a lot like a traditional mixer/deck as far as the layout goes, but there's a lot of modern control features due to the whole traktor integration thing. Not only does it have a very very extensive effects and eq section, but it has the 4 hot cue buttons, which might be the most useful feature I never knew I needed. The thing about this unit is you are really only limited to what you can do in traktor, which is a whole lot. At first this is a little intimidating because you feel kind of overwhelmed. I personally like to set it up as a more traditional mixing deck despite the fact that I could probably do a lot weirder things. But I suspect most users will do what I do anyway. The decks actually feel really good, which I didn't expect. Honestly this controller doesn't look like much but when you get your hands on it you realize it's a seriously functional device.

I don't have many complaints really. Yeah it's not cheap, but what you are paying for is the traktor support. I'm not a huge fan of the look of this controller. At some shows I will have DJ's check it out and kind of laugh if they are the more high brow types who prefer more organic looking units. This is definitely the future of DJ mixing decks I think, or where it's going. The possibilities when connected to traktor are just too awesome to ignore. I still think NI needs to improve this one though, as it's not 100% all it can be. But the quality is there. I'm keeping mine for now.
killmelater08/24/2013

killmelater's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A mapping to put the FX on jogs"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
The Kontrol S2 changes the philosophy of mixing the creative with links that can be created between the effects, samples and pads can become the remixer composer of songs played. As long as you associate with F1 is simply a source of endless temptations composition. Create their samples, the twist with effects, mix it back in his short, but happiness. It takes time to know exactly what effect combinations, after a time when it explodes with an escalation of effects, we find that the best will be made in the subtlety of these, and always depending on the atmosphere of the dancers. Do not forget that the background over form, as it is technical and will never replace a good track, although it was a bit stuck in a sequence ...

My little mapping for Kontrol S2: https://maps.djtechtools.com/mappings/1268

Be seeing U!
scudmax02/28/2013

scudmax's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
How long have you been using?
- This 1year do I use

Did you try many other models before buying it?
-I had a numark MIXTRACK PRO before my kontrol s2, as you say it changes when you go from one to the other ..

What is so special that you like most and least?
- Plus: Very easy to install, a move, to use (the grip to do quickly). Many effects, lots of fun live, the capabilities of the machine are fairly consistent even when we can do a lot of stuff and make good sympatic. For my part I use a launchpad I map for traktor and it is pleasant enough, the combination of the two is quite pretty and makes a lot more thing.

-The least: It is not very reliable / solid, let me explain: I have two buttons that effect do not work very well and my left deck no longer works very well for scratching.

How do you rate the quality / price?
- I bought mine new and promo (€ 399) so at this price I judge the quality / price excellent. Now I came across a promo and I think the base price (€ 480) a bit expensive.

With experience, you do again this choice?
- Without hesitation, I think this is the best mixer 2voie market at this price. If you do not hesitate héistez is perfect for beginners who want to go up a level and enter a world of "semi-pro". The possibilities are numerous and it is a delight to evenings with this table
viig02/13/2013

viig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" surprising"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
hi!
I use this controller for 7 months

this is the first I try

I love being able to take it everywhere, instaler in 2/2 being mobile enough (I work in season) it really m'convient.

the less impossible to cut trebbles / medium / low mini ... c con but we made it and maybe quality over time? Finally, I do not ca air as beefy enough gear.

its a great value for money there is no better j'pense for a beginner it is easy to use and the sync! dj and confirmed will be bursting with well and is both complete (indeed, cue, samples, 2 decks + 2 decks, etc. ..) and can be used as an adjunct or possibly in troubleshooting at a party It will be a serious case!

I remake that choice without hesitation

I mix half a score of years since, I mixed all the time on vinyl plate (mk2) never paltines cd I bought traktor scratch (timecode) 2 years ago, the product I was more and more mobility (I live half the year in truck), I wanted to test this controller and the ca frankly quite well.
The knob is really faders and cross frankly c solid, we can go, good must not be a nag as normal then what! traktor interface is very well thought intuitive, it is a pleasure to mix a beginner or already confirmed will find happiness. the size of the controller is small enough it is quite confusing at first but got used to it very quickly, and chock tracks with jogs is simple enough for the purists! I even mixed in ptites 3 nights this summer on walls ptits speakers, the sound was really good, I eatais surprised and no bug, the browser selection is great for practice, and ther are a lot of thing more ...
to buy with your eyes closed! (In this price range, not tested after the other but more expensive)
monstersound01/28/2013

monstersound's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Kontrol S2"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
* _ I have been using is almost 7 months
* _ Before that I had them pack IBIZA SOUND useless said his has nothing to do ^ ^

_ * The + is that it is ultra portable, less hassle than a set pioneer lugged example or even her big sister S4

The - I would say that there should've put a knob on the filter apart as the S4 and much more.

* _ Level value for money is not a quibble in these prices are not the best investment level I think.

Without hesitation I choose to remake and eyes CLOSE!

This is ideal for larger launched after like S4 or even remained on the S2 wants transportable.

Native instruments make good stuff, we feel that it is solid and the Traktor software and the best in my eyes. Mixed with the possibility of its HUGE!
Anyway I could talking hours, I recommend it!
Cutink01/27/2013

Cutink's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Incredible"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
How long have you been using?

I used it for 6 months (until the day I drowned at a party)

Did you try many other models before buying it?

Previously I was on 2 cdj 210 gemini and in DJX 750 at behringer. Conclusion H2 me change my life, I assure you

What is so special that you like most and least?

I really love the software, and 4 hot cue and the samples (it's great to give his life a mix), against damage by that there is no filter knob (like the S4)

How do you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice?

There was no hesitation in the same price range you have in the ddi ergo pioneer but more like a play ...
With the S2 you go to discover the fun of mix but you go quickly evolve to S4
Enzo1612/26/2012

Enzo16's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ideal for beginners in the world of DJing"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
Very complete instructions, beautiful product beautiful finish, top to start to explode! I do not regret the purchase if it is only for S4 ^
ccaro212/23/2012

ccaro2's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent workmanship and compatibility"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
as I received a few requests I start.
- I use it since I changed my config for Imac quadcore (ie with a pentium 4 it could work with 2GB ram tt but still too unstable (crunches, swings, followed the pc too bad ) with the mac integration plug and play, just like traktor pro 2.5 (comes with S2), quality apple and Native Instruments. going perfectly together. If your computer is powerful enough, everything goes well. Installation is bug free, without lugging 30min on site for drivers recent OS X instantaneously.
- The surface is recognized usb 2. there is a fairly well done wizard wizard that guides you through the installation of your devices (other control surface, vestax, numark, pioneer .. possible, besides it not recognize evil and allows mapping facilities) for s2 is the Traktor certified so all controls respond INSTANTLY (happiness). Same conclusion. Pamphlets / diagram showing the color very nice features and connections are supplied in the box. (Native thank you!)
- I have not tried the other controller (with jogs etc.. Similar) except store to see manufacturing (plastic, less good. Except pioneer good or what is allen and heath, but of course it is more expensive). I assignais windows awkwardly on my master keyboard commands traktor pro a few for me already a little fun with the knobs and faders on the keyboard (edirol pcr800). but it did not have the same opportunities! I waited impatiently for the S2.

- Jogs are soft, super good match, very little latency as the buffer / selected settings .. and they are not cheap. The pads are perfectly. this is what strikes with Native, this German quality (design, choice of manufacturing elements, because the realization is probably made in China) but with specifications Berlin, happiness, plastic (looks like) the brushed aluminum, everything is solid, no fader that is too hard, too slow, not rotten or potentiometer plasticky. no gum, superb, sometimes toothed (when he takes to the grave med treble) for example. I also pilot itunes (just for listening / main volume S2) because my saffire 24dsp is not yet arrived, I use the s2 as an internal audio interface to maximize the sound of a youtube video for example. Warning it can hardly replace a sound card such mao (very few connectors).
- Other interest traktor pro: integration (mac) to iTunes directly in the library of traktor to choose your tracks when you mix (which is what 90% of dj, I watched Magda at rex club the other night choose its tracks) Namely, the S 2 has a clickable knob allows you to send the selected track on deck A or deck B (we choose in the list, up down, turning) and click: it sends the track on a particular platinum (button A and B is right next door) practice! everything is intuitive.
- Traktor "analysis" tracks before your loader in each deck (deck). It does not train, but in my old pc it took ages: so make sure you have 2 or 4GB of ram. I probably add to 4GB to 8GB of ram go on the imac).
- Excellent value for money, yes I remake this choice, but if you have a budget S4 is probably worth (more inputs and outputs, filter, phono preamps for platinum (because only regret I have well connected vinyls). on s2 can connect a mic in front or hear the cue mix on headphones, with the volume of course.
- Tjs settings are not the wealthiest in the audio setup 'of traktor but I have not used enough stupid pr criticize the simplicity of the parameters (that is it is a very simple setup not sure :-) !

- To repeat, in the price range I think this is the best! it offers many pads, integrated effects .. does not scratch the tilter the computer (but that it has also the power mac, that we may authorize to your multicore processors, I think my quadcore help I'm not sure that using traktor up to 4 cores but at least 2).
- I recommend the product to their native usually serious. I read a lot of tests before taking course.
caro
Trinitek12/23/2012

Trinitek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" simply impeccable"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
I use it since November 2011.

I tested before VCI300 Vestax, Denon MC6000 Numark MIXDECK and.

the +:
ease of installation that the product is dedicated to Traktor, the plugin is done alone, however you can modify according to your needs. This is a quality product, I carry regularly (even do one faith or fall 2) and no problems. The sound card is good too (although I'm not audiophile). Its use is incredibly easy.

the -:
I do not see. Perhaps management samples but I have not looked further.

The value for money is very good, for € 490 at its output with Traktor Pro2 course.

Today I would change for the S4 ;)
but otherwise yes I would do this choice :) )
Binoo3112/22/2012

Binoo31's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect for mix two decks"

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2
- A few months

- Hercules dj control air

- +: Strong, full options, MAJ, ...

-: Occasional software bug