In Point Blank’s latest studio tech overview, they were joined by Dave Clark, the man behind digital and vinyl expert, to explore the differences and upgrades from the Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 to the S4 MK3.
Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3 was designed to let you connect with your tracks in new ways. It features new motorized jog wheels which provide you with haptic feedback (the ability for the controller to communicate back to you via touch for those who aren’t familiar) so you’ll be able to nudge, stop and spin them just like vinyl. Two hi-res displays have been added to help you keep an eye on the mix during your sets as well as a variety of new features which you can check out in the video. If you’d like a more hands-on experience in learning to DJ, Point Blank offer a variety of courses suited to every skill level. Check out their DJ courses here and watch the Traktor S4 MK3 in action now.
First up Dave and PB’s DJ Ravine look at the inputs and outputs of the new controller. These include its new combi mic XLR jack, two headphone inputs (jack and 1/4 inch jack), additional powered USB port for your music and more as well as the ability to use the controller as an external mixer for turntables or CDJs. Focussing on the jog wheels, the MK3 features a much bigger and flatter CDJ mechanism which, as mentioned previously, is mind-blowingly motorized with haptic drive so you can really feel the beats during your mix. The pair play around with the controller’s flux and reverse modes before taking a look at the new hi-res screens which display track info, BPMs and the song’s key which to the delight of harmonic mixers can now be changed using one of the dials.