Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews
A year ago, the Kontrol S4 made a sprinkle in the DJ world as NI’s initial four-deck regulator. Its Traktor Pro S4 programming set the preparation for Traktor Pro 2’s Sample Decks and improved looping highlights. It got things started, caused a great deal of slobbering, and did me actually change to Traktor for great. However, its beefy size and $899 street cost made some planned purchasers hit stop. It just weighed 7.5 pounds, however, its 19.7 x 12.7 x 2-inch outline messed some up for the knapsack set.
Enter the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews, a more standard-size 2-channel regulator that actually endeavors to use the unprecedented force of Traktor Pro 2. At 6 pounds, it feels essentially lighter than the S4, and its 17.2 x 11.5-inch measurements amount to 198 square creeps of tabletop impression, contrasted with the S4’s 250 square inches.
For that decrease, the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews loses significantly something other than 2 channel strips. Gone additionally are the equipment Loop Recorder controls, devoted channel handles, a column of catches and the showcase off of each deck’s example/circle controls, and different catches, similar to flips for Snap and Quantize modes. There are no Channel C and D sound contributions for consolidating DVS frameworks or MIDI I/O.
Yet, I’ll quit zeroing in on the negative and point out the genuine favorable circumstances of the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews, predominantly the heritage innovation passed down from the S4: a similar tight equipment/programming mix—including NI’s NHL correspondence convention for multiple times more information move than MIDI, a strong form quality, brilliant, effective control format, a magnificent 24-cycle/96kHz soundcard, and obviously Traktor Pro 2 programming, which the S4’s plan educated.
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Jog wheels and Crossfader
It’s a similar story here as on the S4—a story worth re-Browsing. The jog wheels’ top plates are contacted touchy and switch-actuated (like the CDJ Jog wheels), giving you a precise feeling of timing. Their high-goal gives you 1,000 focuses per transformation for superb responsiveness. To put it plainly, these are little, yet at the same time decent scratching wheels—for a regulator. On the off chance that you live or pass on by scratching, you’re most likely not making them your fundamental instrument. You can likewise kill scratching on the product inclinations if the prospect of inadvertently scratching a track during a show makes you wet yourself a bit.
Rubber treated, external edges on the Jog wheels have an attractive obstruction and give touchy and exact rhythm twisting. You can likewise squeeze Shift and utilize a Jog wheel to rapidly look forward and in reverse inside a track.
The Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews crossfader feels precisely equivalent to on the S4—totally fine for most controllers, however again not made for the fight to come DJs. Nor is it formally replaceable.
The Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews’ track Browsing plan is somewhat downsized, yet should in any case keep your fingers off the PC. A solitary Browse push-encoder and Load An and B button get the job done. Turning the Browse encoder looks through tracks, and pushing it flips the Browser Layout for a greater glance at your tracks. Move + Browse encoder looks through playlists and organizers on the left and pushing open those envelopes. The lone large thing missing from the S4’s list of capabilities is an approach to rapidly earphone review a track from the regulator.
Two turntables and a microphone and samplers
For some time now, four-deck controllers have been the norm to stay aware of the business patterns. We know a ton of you rockstars out there really utilize 3-4 decks in your sets, and I’d prefer to say thank you for being magnificent. More decks permit more prominent opportunities and the potential for more diseased sets (or more terrible trainwrecks).
Yet, somewhat, the four-deck pattern is in part a manner to keep the equipment and programming emphasis cycle chugging along and to legitimize supplanting old models with the new during each predefined financial quarter. At the point when the market is completely soaked with four-deck controllers, something different will mysteriously go along.
With the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews, NI designed a somewhat exquisite trade-off: Track Decks for Decks An and B, and Sample Decks for Decks C and D. This arrangement gives you a huge piece of the usefulness that numerous individuals ask for from third and fourth decks, without the swell of the additional channel strips.
Try not to misunderstand me, I’d much rather have the full channel strip power over the Sample Decks as you have with the S4, however, the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews actually gives you equipment command over the example’s volume, playback, and effects. Their channel strips, including devoted channel, are flawless in the product, so you could parse them out to another regulator if fundamental.
Each Sample Deck has four example spaces for holding one-shots or circles of up to 32 beats. Decks C and D record from and match up to the rhythm of Decks An and B separately. You can stack tests from the Track Collection (where test from past meetings are saved), make a circle and allocate it to a Sample button, or make another example dependent on the current circle length by hitting an unfilled Sample button, either while the Track Deck is playing or halted.
You change to Sample mode by hitting the An or B catches in the Samples part of the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews blender. That flips the Cue/Samples segment of each deck to control the creation and playback of tests. The solitary Samples handle controls the general volume of every one of the 8 example openings, which is somewhat of a drag, yet you do in any case have singular example volume controls in the product. You can allot Deck C and D to FX Units 1 and 2 utilizing Shift + FX 1 or FX 2 catches under the channel Gain encoders.
Without the devoted Filter handles on the S4, you can handle the channel of Decks An or B with Shift + Gain. That is a not exactly ideal arrangement, in light of the fact that the Gain encoder is indented, bringing about channel compasses of ±4 percent with each score. The channel control for Decks C and D is a programming as it were.
With the S4, you could switch the full deck controls to C or D, enabling you to scratch or rhythm twist the examples with the Jog wheels, yet that is not the situation with the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews. Likewise, we’re actually trusting that the capacity will save and afterward reload gatherings of 2-8 examples with bunch names, which would be an amazing asset for live remixing. Extra special please, NI?
On the off chance that you were pondering, I had the option to make Decks C and D into Track Decks in the product and burden tunes into them. Nonetheless, the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews don’t yield their sound.
Gracious definitely, about that receiver. You can plug a condenser mic (no ghost power accessible) into the 1/4-inch mouthpiece contribution on the backboard. There’s additionally a Mic Gain control in the back, and a Mic Engage button on the front for enacting the mic channel, which courses straightforwardly to the principle yield. You can utilize the mic channel if the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews is associated with a PC.
Cue points and Loops
At the point when not in Sample Mode, the Cue/Samples areas are devoted to setting and playing Hotcues, NI’s catch-all term for Cue focuses and live circles. You get eight of them for every track, except just four equipment buttons. Their LEDs light up blue when there’s a signal point put away there, or green for circles, which can be bobbed to open Sample spaces.
Like with the S4, we suggest utilizing a decent 16-catch or cushion network like the Maschine or the MIDI Fighter with the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews on the off chance that you take part in energetic signal point shuffling. The four Cue fastens here aren’t especially very much divided or developed for being played like a percussion instrument.
In the event that you needn’t bother with the Loop In and Out catches for making circles of unpredictable size on the fly, the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews Control Options in the Preferences let you change them to Auto Loop. After that, the Loop In and Out buttons will make new 4-beat or 8-beat circles, separately or split or twofold the length of dynamic circles, individually.
Traktor’s belongings have set up their own legend and could be the subject of their own survey; NI even sells a heap of 12 of them as a different item. Be that as it may, since the S4 dropped, Traktor Pro 2 has added four new effects, carrying the complete to 32.
The new yield comprises Tape Delay, Ramp Delay, Bouncer, and Auto Bouncer. The Bouncers give you a pleasant method to play with both controlled and uncontrolled re-pitchings and re-triggerings of sections of the approaching sound, and obviously, the entirety of the effects sound incredible and offer rhythm matching up.
With the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews, you just oversee FX Units 1 and 2. You can enact each of the four FX Units in the Preferences, yet you’ll just have programming command over Units 3 and 4.
To my ears, the 24-bit/96-kHz sound interfaces of the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews and the Kontrol S4, which utilized similar segments and innovation as the all-around respected NI Audio 4 DJ, sound the equivalent. What that implies basically is that you’re getting not simply a usable sound card within a regulator, however one that you’ll utilize cheerfully.
These soundcards stand their ground against devoted units that cost more than the S4 itself, just forfeiting the smallest piece of warmth and definition under examination.
Connections incorporate two fundamental yields: adjusted 1/4-inch TRS (that can course to XLR contributions with the correct links) and unequal RCA for corner yields. In response to client input, NI incorporated a different Gain Level on the back board for the RCA stall yields.
The earphone segment in advance incorporates your 1/4-inch sound system earphone out, Cue Volume and Cue Mix handles, the two of which can drive into the unit to avoid the way.
The S2 likewise shares similar high yield levels as the S4, which amounts to a lot of gain from the two mains and the earphones.
USB Bus Power Vs. Force Adapter
Similarly, likewise, with the S4, the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews accompanies an AC Adapter with a bunch of global fittings. AC power, notwithstanding, is discretionary. You can run the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews off of a completely fueled USB 2.0 port. In the event that you go that course, the LEDs faint down to what I think about an almost unusable level, except if in the dimness, and the earphone level drops somewhat.
- Same incredible sound quality as the Kontrol S4 and other NI sound interfaces.
- Added free increase control for the booth yields.
- Incorporates full form of Traktor Pro 2.
- MIDI mode for controlling other MIDI stuff. USB bus power choice.
- Intended to extract the most from the diminished number of controls.
- Still no EQ off buttons. No auxiliary line input or footswitch input. No MIDI I/O.
- Can’t change from Group to Single effects modes with the equipment.
- Decks C and D are accessible just as Sample Decks.
- No equipment controls for the circle recorder or FX Units 3 and 4.
- No devoted Filter handle. Restricted command over the Sample Decks.
- No value break for authorized Traktor Pro clients.
Shaving inches, weight, and $300 off the Kontrol S4 additionally imply a critical slash in the utility of the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews. Nonetheless, with two Track Decks, two Sample Decks, vigorous looping, killer effects, a top-notch 24/96 soundcard, and a full duplicate of Traktor Pro 2, the Traktor Kontrol S2 Reviews could be the go-to decision for fledglings, those changing to Traktor, or for those exchanging over from vinyl or DVS. Given the price point no one can really ask for anything more.
Much of the time, Best DJ controllers under 500 likewise offer additional benefits as well, such as access to extra features of the software or a built-in audio interface permitting you to hook your whole setup to a speaker system like you would with a conventional mixer.