DJing is a lot lot more than “playing someone else’s records and looking cool in front of a crowd” although admittedly that is a large part of it. Continued innovation in the field has turned DJing into an artform in its own right and it’s very hard to argue with the stance that the turntable is a legitimate musical instrument in it’s own right.
Even more exciting that rocking a crossfader and two 1210s is the possibilities opened up by digital DJing via timecode vinyl systems and hardware controllers. One of the pioneers in this area of DJing is Native Instruments, who have released a slimmed down version of their market-leading KONTROL S4 hardware (which is currently taking up way too much space on my desk). While the S4 has been making waves in the four-deck market, the S2 brings the same build quality to the ‘old-fashioned’ two deck market.
The new KONTROL S2 provides a “2+1” setup with sample decks as well as comprehensive mixing and effect features, all based on the same full-featured TRAKTOR PRO 2 software that you would find on the S4. It provides the same patent-pending high-resolution jog wheels, which have a great weight and feel to them, as well ergonomic controls for cueing, looping and effects – all with the sort of build quality people expect from Native Intruments.
There is an integrated 24bit/96 kHz sound card with dual stereo outputs, which maintains clarity even at high output volume, you you can happily ‘turn it up’ and make the crowd go wild.
In addition to the two full-featured playback decks there are versatile Sample Decks, which can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix, making it easier to be musically creative during your set – or even to slowly build tracks yourself.
TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is available from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop for a suggested retail price of $669 / 599 EUR.