Software-wise it’s probably not the update most Traktor users were waiting for, but as was announced a few months ago and re-iterated today, NI are currently undergoing a major Traktor re-build, re-coding the software from the ground up. Hardware-wise, NI have also announced the MK3 versions of their popular S2 and S4 controllers, both of which have seen a major refurb.
The main addition to the S4 is the new Haptic Drive feature that introduces physical feedback using Jog, Beatgrid and Turntable modes. The jogs vibrate in different ways depending the mode you’re operating in, essentially allowing users to detect things like cue points, and at some point even track energy, based on jog vibrations. A new high-resolution display shows all the track info and there’s also DVS compaitble inputs for all versions of Traktor. New RGB pads also offer more performance features.
The S2 on the other hand has dropped its FX controls in favour of increased jog wheel size – both the S2 and the S4 have also added an extra USB A port round back to hook up another controller such as the F1 or to add a USB stick with music.
The S4 MK3 will cost £719 (Aprox R12900), the S2 will cost £239 (Aprox R4300) and the Traktor Pro 3 software will cost £89. (Aprox R1600) All will be available 2018 Q3.