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Native Instruments Traktor S4 MK3

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4 Channel DJ Controller and Audio Interface

  • HAPTIC DRIVE: Motorised jog wheels with haptic feedback for a new style of performance
  • RGB LED ring around each jogwheel for visual feedback
  • High-resolution colour displays
  • Deck FX and Mixer FX
  • Pro mixer layout
  • Pro-grade high-end 24-bit / 96kHz audio interface
  • Carbon Protected Faders for a longer life
  • Main output (RCA and XLR)
  • Booth output (6.3 mm)
  • 4x Stereo line inputs (RCA)
  • 2x Microphone inputs (XLR combo jack and 6.3 mm)
  • 2x Headphone outputs (3.5 mm and 6.3 mm)
  • USB Port
  • USB to Host connection
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 542 x 339 x 60.5 mm
  • Weight: 4.3 kg
  • Incl. Traktor Pro 4 software (purchase from June 17th 2024 or later) and power supply
  • Suitable cases: Art. 454112, Art. 454113 (both not included)
Available since October 2018
Item number 447986
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Controller type All in one
incl. software Traktor
Micro In 2
Master Out XLR
Stand Alone Mixer Function Yes
Mobile Support No
USB Player No
Stereo Line-In 4
19" No
Rec Out No
Weight 4,3 kg
Phono Input 2
Audio Interface Input 4
Audio Interface Output 4
Booth Out 6,3 mm bal.
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The flagship controller for Traktor

The Traktor Kontrol S4 MKIII is the third version of Native Instruments' flagship controller for Traktor and leaves nothing to be desired. Reworked to take advantage of the latest features of Traktor Pro, the MKIII's revised look and feel make the controller even more coherent and intuitive than its predecessors. The standout feature of this controller, however, is the large metal jog wheels with Haptic Drive. Cue points and loops that click as the user scrolls past them with the jog wheels offer even greater precision and provide for the first time the feeling of a true vinyl turntable in a controller. The new jog wheels, the mix effect controls, and the two high-resolution displays make the Traktor Kontrol S4 MKIII the most sophisticated Traktor controller from Native Instruments to date.

Faders on the Native Instruments Traktor S4 MK3 DJ controller

Haptic Drive makes the difference

The new jog wheels with Haptic Drive enable a completely new connection between the DJ and their music. These are motorised and not only respond to nudging, scratching, and backspins but also provide haptic feedback on cue points and loop makers, guaranteeing an unparalleled DJing experience. The RGB LED rings around the wheels, together with the new high-resolution colour displays, provide a clear overview of all the important information about the track being played, so the user doesn't need to keep looking back and forth between the controller and their laptop and can devote their full attention to the former. By adding these new jog wheels, Native Instruments has therefore managed to bring an even better version of the Kontrol S4 to the market.

Potentiometers on the Native Instruments Traktor S4 MK3 DJ controller

A club setup to go

The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MKIII serves as a complete command centre for Traktor Pro which, along with its size, makes it both the perfect companion for club gigs and other larger events and a good choice for home setups. With its integrated audio interface (24-bit/48kHz) for four channels, as well as matching master and booth outputs in XLR format, the controller can be easily integrated into any DJ setup. The new functions of Traktor Pro, such as the mix effects, which can now also be operated directly from the controller thanks to the revisions integrated into the MKIII version, further enhance the club feeling of the controller compared to its predecessor. All of this makes the latest incarnation of the Kontrol S4 suitable for all those who want to bring the real club feeling home, as well as for those who prefer a portable setup without making sacrifices in terms of features.

Sample pads on the Native Instruments Traktor S4 MK3 DJ controller

About Native Instruments

Native Instruments is a Berlin-based company, founded in 1996, which specialises in products for computer-assisted music production. The company develops a wide variety of products: Software solutions such as Komplete, which hosts a huge range of virtual instruments that emulate both acoustic and electronic instruments in hi-fi quality, and Reaktor, which lets you create your own virtual instruments - through to hardware products such as beat-making and DJ controllers. Native Instruments' goal is to inspire and encourage musicians with its innovative products. To this end, more than 500 people are employed at the company's headquarters in Berlin and at other locations including Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Shenzhen. Since 2023, the manufacturers Plugin Alliance, iZotope and Brainworx have also been part of Native Instruments.

For those in search of their own style

Whether it's scratching, remixing, or live performance, the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 MKIII gives users the freedom of choice: It has never been easier for them to show off their own style in a live set, as the variety of features on the controller offers almost endless possibilities. Countless effect and loop combinations, remixes (thanks to the remix decks), and unique scratches made possible by the new jog wheels with Haptic Drive make every mix an experience that the audience is sure to appreciate. At the same time, the new and revised features of the flagship DJ software Traktor Pro offer even more freedom.

Connections on the rear of the Native Instruments Traktor S4 MK3 DJ controller

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GH
Incredible piece of kit
Gary H 16.03.2022
I was stuck between the Numark NVII and this. If you've used CDJs or other standalone decks and gotten comfortable with them, only then will you understand the feeling of limitations in controllers. The Numark NVII does a good job of trying to be CDJs, the built in screens are just amazing and mean you can keep laser focused on mixing instead of taking your head up to look at a screen. However, Serato seem to be the EA of DJing software - "we have the features you want, but it will cost you extra on top of the original purchase!" You have to pay extra for DVS, FX & filter models in a lot of cases so do your research!

Contrast this to Native Instruments and Traktor. They give you everything, for one initial price. DVS, a massive selection of FX - assignable to 3 tracks for each deck and also a mixer FX section where you have 4 FX switches plus an additional filter switch! There are a nice few filter models which can be changed in Traktor, which I recommend. On first launch, the "EQ Selection" will be set to "Classic". Click the settings cog, go to the "Mixer" tab and experiment. I recommend the "P600" and the Filter Type "Ladder" for that natural resonance sweep without distortion.
The Haptic feedback technology is really, really interesting. The torque is just like a turntable, no joke, it is. However, I haven't gotten used to it enough to be able to truly judge it.

Finally - the unit is really well built, it just has a premium feel. The lighting is well balanced and the controls and commands are more intuitive as you continue to use it.
The only issue I have had so far is sometimes the mini-screen for the waveform and track information just stays saying Traktor until I turn the unit off and back on (while Traktor is running). Reproducible bug and I'm sure it will be solved in time.
It's an extremely honourable offering. I'm just bummed I didn't grab it for €759 before it rose in price to €899!

EDIT (1/10/22): The screen bug doesn't appear to have happened for a while. I have the option to send statistics and reports ON and I recommend you do too, otherwise it's slower for these problems to get fixed!
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Bv
Decent quality, don't need the jog wheels.
Bob van Hoove 14.09.2022
Pros
- Proper layout, all important functions are directly available
- Decent sound card
- Faders, FX and Eq buttons have a decent feel, just enough resistance.
- Easily assignable filter FX
- Filter FX are easier to use / more accessible than channel FX
- Combination of filter FX and channel FX allows for interesting ways to manipulate the sound.
- It's reasonably lightweight, convenient if you want to bring your controller to a gig.

Cons
- Filter knobs have little resistance and feel 'cheap' at first impression. Not what you expect from a device in that price range. But to be fair when mixing it doesn't bother me.
- Personal preference: I don't need jog wheels, I'm fine with nudge buttons. Would have rather had separate controls for every deck.
- Deck switching is prone to confusion, eg. hitting a cue button assuming you're controlling deck C while it's actually A. Practice helps, but mistakes still happen.
- The screens could've been a bit larger and show more info. I got Joe Easton's mod which is a nice improvement, but if Joe can do it, why didn't NI make it such in the first place?

Overall I'm happy with the controller. I can carry it to gigs and it all works like a charm. I might switch if a new version becomes available that replaces the jog wheels with deck controls.
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Good, but not perfect...
DJoan'Z 01.10.2019
I confess I ordered this controller because of the motorized jog wheels feature. The first unit I got, clearly had a left jog wheel issue that caused the music on Deck A (and C) to drag and skip on its own. Got a second unit from Thomann and this unit is now working fine (thank you, Thomann). The motorized jog wheels in TT mode are a lot of fun to DJ with, no doubt. I'm a bit old school and I love vinyl. The S4 MK3 allows me to have all the fun of vinyl without the hassle of having to carry heavy records in a trolley. However, the operation is not as smooth as you would expect from such an expensive controller. Playing using either TT or Jog mode, there are still few "bugs" that cause the software to sometimes not interpret the MIDI signal correctly and the Tempo glitches a bit making beatmatching not so accurate... A slight nudge of the jog wheel and the problem solves itself.
I think it might be a TSI problem... Maybe even a firmware problem. Not sure. I'll keep experimenting with TSI's and wait for another update.
One huge overlook from NI, in my opinion, is the lack of dust sleeves inside the faders. This made me anxious, so I improvised some external ones made of felt and mask tape. Although the faders are inverted and carbon protect, that doesn't mean that dust sleeves are obsolete... In fact, if there were dust sleeves, the faders would probably last even longer. Alas...
That said, the sound is amazing and very clear, the unit feels solid, although it's plastic, and, so far, I love playing with it.
Note: Mac Mojave users have to create a new account/user with admin permissions and download the S4 MK3 Firmware Update from the NI website using Safari to be able to update the controller firmware. Otherwise, it just won't work...
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pantov 01.09.2022
i had a s2 mk2 before, but this is on a whole other level. i dont use the tactile stuff. but the layout, build quality make me happy. sound is good.
only thing is that the software isnt that stable..
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