Dropping a big hitter before the year is out…
They promised and they came through on their word. The latest member of the Native Instruments family is the Traktor Kontrol S3 DJ Controller, which comfortably slots into position between the Kontrol S2 and S4. Remove some of the more advanced features of the S4 whilst retaining the playability and expanding the number of channels on offer and you’ve got a piece of hardware that is perfect for those kicking off their DJ career.
The Kontrol S3 is a 4-channel DJ Controller packed with high-quality hardware and seamless integration with Traktor Pro 3 software (included), it is the ideal choice for those who want to develop their skills without breaking the bank.
Ready for the floor
The Traktor Kontrol S3 is built to a 4-channel club-standard layout with identical deck design, 4-channel mixer, long pitch faders and dual deck control. Everything is set around what you’d expect to see day-in, day-out in club setups around the world.
Large set (14cm / 5.5-inch) precision jog wheels provide accurate tactile control during performances. Illuminated rings around each jog wheel provide accurate visual feedback including deck control so, you can rest assured that you’re on top of things whether practising your set at home or performing in the darkest of clubs.
Below each jog wheel you’ll find 8 RGB pads that control a range of functions such as triggering Hotcues, loops and samples.
Mixer Control Layout
The 4-Channel mixer is home to everything you’d expect to see on industry standard kit with 3-band EQ, signal gain pot, and Mixer FX for instant one-knob FX and filter control. You can choose from eight FX and three filter types that can be assigned independently to each channel.
Traktor Pro 3
The team at Native Instruments have rather generously included a full version of Traktor Pro 3. With the software you can readily mix across four deck with absolute precision thanks to ever faithful looping and beatjump functions. You can scratch, re-edit tracks mid-mix, and sample with Remix decks to your heart’s content.
The software itself has received a fair amount of work with enhanced audio quality with mixer bypass mode and Elastique 3.3 time stretching. Mixer FX is easily assignable so that you have the controls that you desire to hand. Thanks to the improved browser section with dedicated features for harmonic mixing you can kiss goodbye to complications.
Traktor DJ 2
The Traktor Kontrol S3 also integrates with the free app Traktor DJ 2, which allows you to make music on the go with your iPad or on desktop. Thanks to the collaboration and integration with the SoundCloud Go+ app, you also have access to an ever-growing track collection to make beats with. Readily mix using track recommendations, sync, and utilise Mixer FX borrowed from Traktor Pro software for imperious creativity.
Connectivity & Portability
As we’d expect from a Kontrol there’s a generous selection of connectivity options to play with including:
- Mic input (combo XLR / 1/4-inch)
- RCA aux input
- XLR and RCA main outputs
- 2 x 1/4-inch TRS booth output
- 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch headphone outputs
Thanks to the lightweight and portable design of the Kontrol S3 you can take it anywhere the music takes you. Whether you’re honing your set at home, heading to your friend’s place to practise, kick-starting a house party or performing in a club, you have everything needed to cruise through sets in style.
- Large (14 cm / 5.5-inch) precision jog wheels
- 4-Channel club-standard layout with identical deck design, 4-channel mixer, long pitch faders, and dual deck control
- Illuminated jog wheel ring for visual feedback including deck selection
- 16 RBG pads for triggering Hotcues, loops, and samples
- 3-band EQs with modelling of industry-standard mixer EQs
- Mixer FX for instant one-knob FX and filter control, choose from eight FX and three filter types to assign independently to each channel
- Full version of TRAKTOR PRO 3 included
- Integrates with the free TRAKTOR DJ 2 app
- iOS ready for use with TRAKTOR DJ 2 for iPad
- Compatible with the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 flight case
- Powered via USB or included power supply unit
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.