The company's new flagship hardware/software DJ system will hit stores in the winter.
Combining an extended version of the existing Traktor Pro software with a dedicated hardware controller, the Traktor Kontrol S4 is aiming to provide an all-in-one solution for digital DJs. The controller comprises a four-channel mixer, an integrated 24-bit/96kHz audio interface based on NI's Audio 4 DJ, and interface sections for looping, cueing, track browsing and effects control.
Two sample decks are among the key new additions. Up to eight beat-synched or one-shot samples can be added simultaneously to mix, with the option to capture and loop recordings from the live mix. Meanwhile the jog wheels, based on "a new patent-pending electromagnetic technology", are run over NI's high resolution NHL protocol and are said to offer a far superior performance than that of standard MIDI.
Those who don't like the idea of ditching their time-coded vinyl or CDs will also be pleased to learn that this feature is scheduled in as future update, presumably during early 2011. The video below takes a closer look at the new sample decks and loop recorders.
Traktor Kontrol S4 will be available this winter with suggested retail price of $999/899 Euro.