• Terrymaceachern

    The Program I’m trying to run is Traktor Pro and I’m running a Asus G75v keeps stopping when I open a track or put one on….

  • Terry Mac

    Hey I’ve got widows 7 premium home and a really fast computer but my computer keeps stopping when I load a song can anyone help me. I already tried the buffer no go.

    • Terrymaceachern

       The program I’m trying to run is Traktor Pro…. lol I have an I 7 G75v

  • Ameithkumar

    is there loop recorder option in s2 ?? 

  • Xponent Torch

    Guys I think the story about S2 is overdone just because of its older brother S4 and the well known family of Native Instruments. I use the Xponent Torch combination and its several times better than S2. I wouldnt say thes vs S4 but guys this S2 sucks big time! M-Audio was not that marketed all over the net but believe me the usabillity of Torq Xponenet is at least  1.5 times better than S2/Traktor. S2 just has not ehough buttons vs Xponent that has a tone more to offer for this price range. And than this missleading info for the microphone looping/mixing combination :(((( I was so pissed of when I payed for S2 and saw that this peace of expencive shit doesent offer the mike looping possibillities that S4 has. You can nowhere find the info on the net that this doesent work on S2 and this is pretty missleading a lot of users to buy something they will not have on S2. And yes the FX section is kinda so-so done. When you have to be fast and effective in the mix – forget it you should have an extra hand to push a few buttons at the same time. Guys, if YOU own the Xponenet do NOT CHANGE it for an sucky S2. Never do it! If you buy an S4,..well ok this is pretty much a lot different story.

  • Brinkmannproductions

    All you haters talking bad about how ean gold moves when he plays music are so immature. You obviously more concerned about your image then the music. #killyoself

  • Zalien

    Just got the Traktor S2 and set it up with a MacBook. Work fine except in what I think are 2 respects. 
     1.  The main volume control at the top of the controller does not appear to be mapped to sync with the software.  I can adjust the volume on the screen or with the knob, bit they work independent of each other.  Any ideas anyone?  
    Also, the dry/wet FX buttons don’t light up when pressed (right one did for a while then stopped)

  • nicko

    How do i sign the echo effects? I just got a traktor s2 and can’t figure out to have sweet effects any help is appreciated

  • http://twitter.com/djaudio1 DJ AUDIO1

    Great information on the S2. I am definitely looking into making the purchase in 2012 from your site! Great bundle deal.

  • CStaff

    is it possible to switch from VirtualDj to Traktor and have all of my already set cue points from VDJ transfer to Traktor??? I’m about to switch from a hercules 4mx (bc of lack of ability to use effects) and get the S2 but i don’t want to if A. i have to pay for the full software on top of that and B.can’t transfer all my cue points and data.

  • Gaibauer

    Is it possible to prelisten the Sampledecks with a Headphone?

  • Bag hunter

    What backpack would fit this?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52O2O5FX2PV733MTUHKYO7NJWA Sea U

    Why do the people of europe have to pay 160 usd more than americans. !!!!!!
    (do they think we are rich)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52O2O5FX2PV733MTUHKYO7NJWA Sea U

    Why do the people of europe have to pay 160 usd more than americans. !!!!!!
    (do they think we are rich)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LTA7SPY2PXQTXHMPJHF573VKLE Paul

    Why are you people screaming at the lack of a dedicated filter knob when you can just map it onto one of the three effects knob at the top?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LTA7SPY2PXQTXHMPJHF573VKLE Paul

    Why are you people screaming at the lack of a dedicated filter knob when you can just map it onto one of the three effects knob at the top?

  • Davo Ec

    i’m requesting a samurai review!!!

  • Jointhefiasco

    Also if I hooked up a deck for a pal to scratch on, could I put it down the mic channel and can I add effects to that?

  • Diggatron

    A few things I’d like to know:
    1/ Whilst there are no filter nobs, you can assign one of the three fx nobs as a filter can’t you?
    2/ If I use echo on one track, and then stop the track, does the echo tail off?
    3/ Is the internal sound card quality of this good enough for a big system if I use wavs?
    4/ Can you put FX onto the samples – eg if I wanted to delay it?

    Thanks!

  • Eliasmartinez77

    I would love an djtt version of this.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone see the jog wheel advancements making it to the s4 soon, like as a software update, or are the differences in the hardware?

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone see the jog wheel advancements making it to the s4 soon, like as a software update, or are the differences in the hardware?

  • Davo

    would a midi fighter work on this controller?

    • Anonymous

      You can use many controllers together. If you use the search, you should be able to find an article that explains setting it up.

    • Anonymous

      You can use many controllers together. If you use the search, you should be able to find an article that explains setting it up.

  • Davo

    would a midi fighter work on this controller?

  • DJ Brandon Curtis

    I posted in the General Forum for advice on S4 vs. S2 vs. MC-6000 since I don’t have a controller for Traktor yet (currently making the switch from Serato), but I didn’t get any replies :(.  Beginner on my way to intermediate.  I think innate creativity is more crucial than features and I’m kind of needing a controller pretty soon.  So I think I’m more interested in a solid piece of hardware that will last.  Hence, these comments have me actually leaning toward the MC-6000, particularly since I already own Pro 2.  (Or, making my VCI-300 work but I did already try that and it was by far less than ideal.)  So I guess the MC-6000–unless there are other options people feel I should explore…

    • mb

      i own an s4 and its build quality is so bad!!! 6 months and buttons stop to work!!!(s2 has the same build quality, i was reading eans review of ns6 and u can tell he is an ni boy!on here he dosent diss the buiild quality at all! but on ns6 he was dising it cause the midi.tsi for traktor wasnt so good(its made for serato itch!), now what`s more important, how long b4 your gear breaks down or an midi tsi you can make as well!!!) and i am not alone in this with s4 check the forums!!! as for comparing s2 mc6000?
      mc6000 is miles better and cost a little more!you might wanna check ns6 as well ,its great to use with s.itch!
      but dont do the same mistake as i did , go for something that can last 2 years!!! usually around xmas new controllers popout!! maybe waiting a few months and get the latset tech isnt a bad idea!

      • DJ Brandon Curtis

        Thanks MB.  I saw your post above.  I also read a LOOONG thread with people dissing Denon for not having (a firmware update I believe–for the S2?) out for a very long time that Denon finally posted.  That was kind of a turn off on Denon but I’m still liking the sturdy feel of the unit.  I have some disposable income but that doesn’t mean I want to be trading in controllers every few months as you say.  ;)  Thanks for your follow up.  I’ll let you know.  I’m feeling the need for something pretty soon.  You mentioned the Pioneer, too.  I’ll look at that.  Thanks again!

    • mb

      i own an s4 and its build quality is so bad!!! 6 months and buttons stop to work!!!(s2 has the same build quality, i was reading eans review of ns6 and u can tell he is an ni boy!on here he dosent diss the buiild quality at all! but on ns6 he was dising it cause the midi.tsi for traktor wasnt so good(its made for serato itch!), now what`s more important, how long b4 your gear breaks down or an midi tsi you can make as well!!!) and i am not alone in this with s4 check the forums!!! as for comparing s2 mc6000?
      mc6000 is miles better and cost a little more!you might wanna check ns6 as well ,its great to use with s.itch!
      but dont do the same mistake as i did , go for something that can last 2 years!!! usually around xmas new controllers popout!! maybe waiting a few months and get the latset tech isnt a bad idea!

  • nate

    Man, the ONLY thing that is keeping me from buying this thing is the missing filters! How can you leave those out?? 

  • Controller Buyer

    I was wondering if it would be possible to use the Samples A/B buttons or the reset tempo buttons to switch A/C and B/D if you want to use 4 track decks instead of 2 tracks plus sample decks. If this is possible, than S2 wins over Twitch with a smile on the face.

  • dj ahlon

    will it work on traktor scratch pro 2? or i need to install also that software bundled with s2? 

  • Someone

    If you understand what’s Ean doing, you’ll find it great… if not… then not….b :P

  • Manta McLovin

    Neither read the article properly nor watched the video but I have to say that I’m disappointed. Didnt NI even take one single look at the mockup thread on the forum??? There’s a bunch of great ideas. S2 might be a great device but it’s not what I expected to be NI’s next step.
    Seems like they try to appeal to bedroomers.

  • Anonymous

    perhaps it is something unique to the s2?

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you’d need to make a custom map for that.

  • Anonymous

    “They have improved the S2?s custom user mapping, so you can modify and
    change the way your controller works without losing all of the
    resolution offered by the native HID connection.”

    This means they have removed the “inappropriate control” error message when mapping, and every custom map behaves as standard midi right? We could make a single knob turn on and effect and change dry/wet in the same motion correct?

  • MB

    I do own an s4. my exprience? well what can relay to s2 any way.
    Build quality. s2 has the same build quality as s4.
    within 6 months my efx on/off sometimes dosent work! 1 of efx encoders dosent work properly either and this arent covered by waranty.
    my headphone jack in gives only sound to on side of head phone.
    now i have found others with similair problem. looking at s2/s4 u can tell its not pro dj built quality straight away(looks like an toy.).
    that just not good enough specially like me if u need to use it 4 times a week at gigs. u dont buy an controller for 6 months but 2-3 year!!!!!
    thats not much about that in the review Ean. look at ns6 , mc-6000, djtt(pioneer) and they all have pro built quality !!!!
    so if you are for an controller that last u sometime this isnt the one!!!
    another thing if the gain encoders are the same as s4 than they are useless(the worst gain encoder ever made and autogain isnt accurate!!).
    now s4 is great on some stuff like looping,loop recorder but i regret spending money on it and 6 months down the road thinking of buying a new contoller!!!!
    another thing is that it is hid and u cant change anything on hid (like using your gain for filter) unless you dont use hid but use midi fully.
    to be honest i googled mc-6000 and found it for 510£ thats 10£ more.
    but it is miles better than s2!!!!!! for starters it has an real mixer!!!
    so no worries if traktor crashes, and the real eq sounds better than eq on traktor(try hi on traktor and a real mixer and u hear the difference)
    it is better build! it has to mic input, xlr output,monitor output where u can even chosse which source goes to monitor. all in all s2 is good for bedroom djs but why buy an nissan when u can have an audi for same price?

  • Noelflava

    Nice! 
    Too bad no filter knobs but more than enough to rock a sweet party set. 
    Not an S4 but not far from it for the the price, and smaller footprint… Tempted to pick one up just for its portability. 

  • Jorge

    Hello Ean. I was reading your review on the S2 and I can see that you get frustated with things like they have not included the filter knobs.
    I can also see that the final layout of the controller is all down to the guys of NI.

    With all the experience that you have gained making the S4 and S2. Why don´t you create your very own controller? That way you would be free to include whatever you what on it.
    My opinion is that the S4 and S2 are very good but they are all built within a budget, I would love to see a controller with no restrictions.

    The best knobs, the best faders, the best jogwheels… no excuses. (maybe 2 versions of the controller 1 portable and the other not as portable with absolutely massive motorized jogwheels with lots of space to manipulate the controls)
    Why not sell each part separately so for example if somebody doesn´t want the jogwheels that person will be able to buy just the controller itself. I think that way you can concentrate freely on building every part properly without being concern about the space. I know the final product could be expensive, BUT we will sleep tight at night knowing that we have the best of the best and that it is 100% your own creation.

    Come on Ean ! Whatever you create or whatever project you are involved in people can´t wait to get their hands on.

    We are with you.

  • dj ahlon

    i  have a software traktor scratch pro 2? if  i purchase s2.  do you think it will work?  if olny i download the drivers for s2?

  • dj ahlon

    i  have a software traktor scratch pro 2? if  i purchase s2.  do you think it will work?  if olny i download the drivers for s2?

  • Eligh

    can you hamster switch the fader?

  • Eligh

    can you hamster switch the fader?

  • Djnvmiami

    Is there a mapping on the site for the jogwheel to control effects like this video. I hve S4 but I imagine mapping is the same. I searched but didnt find one.

  • Djnvmiami

    Is there a mapping on the site for the jogwheel to control effects like this video. I hve S4 but I imagine mapping is the same. I searched but didnt find one.

  • Simonmomejian

    Cooll but i cant wait to see if NI will come up with a kontrol X2 !

  • Simonmomejian

    Cooll but i cant wait to see if NI will come up with a kontrol X2 !

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.oteyza Allan Oteyza

    until the platters have the same scratch reaction as vinyl im still going to use my vci arcade. no need to upgrade

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.oteyza Allan Oteyza

    until the platters have the same scratch reaction as vinyl im still going to use my vci arcade. no need to upgrade

  • kaek

    I think no DVS is a real shame. It was one of the main selling points of an S4. Including it wouldn’t have been a problem.

  • kaek

    I think no DVS is a real shame. It was one of the main selling points of an S4. Including it wouldn’t have been a problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

    from reading everyones comments, i think the people want an X4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

    from reading everyones comments, i think the people want an X4.

  • http://about.me/gianpaj GianPaJ

    how did he made a custom mapping with native HID (and not midi)?
    you can’t with S4 right?

  • http://about.me/gianpaj GianPaJ

    how did he made a custom mapping with native HID (and not midi)?
    you can’t with S4 right?

    • NewManSoon

      In the article above, it says that the version of Traktor that comes with it allows you to do custom mappings and keep the HID where as with the S4 you can’t. 

    • NewManSoon

      In the article above, it says that the version of Traktor that comes with it allows you to do custom mappings and keep the HID where as with the S4 you can’t. 

  • Houseincorporated

    I wonder djtt will carry those knobs.

  • Houseincorporated

    I wonder djtt will carry those knobs.

  • Simon Heiss

    Anybody knows where to get these samples? Especially the string sample and the dubstep song…

  • Simon Heiss

    Anybody knows where to get these samples? Especially the string sample and the dubstep song…

  • Ironstylus

    Ahh, at least we know why djtt are phasing out support for the vci 100…

  • Ironstylus

    Ahh, at least we know why djtt are phasing out support for the vci 100…

  • http://www.onesheet.com/redskyy Josh

    I got a S4 no reason for me to switch. the s4 is the total package. 

  • http://www.onesheet.com/redskyy Josh

    I got a S4 no reason for me to switch. the s4 is the total package. 

  • Mylestec

    I’m not impressed with the S4 let alone this watered down version.  I personally know two people that purchased the S4 and have since abandoned it.. one person sold it on ebay for 60% of the original purchase price…. their opinion and mine (for anyone who cares to listen)… these are just very expensive toys that you can’t really rock in a live setting (for lots of real-world reasons)… nobody is gonna take you seriously spinning on these controllers…. sorry, but that is the truth…. save your $$$ for something that can be used in a live club or festival type setting.

  • Mylestec

    I’m not impressed with the S4 let alone this watered down version.  I personally know two people that purchased the S4 and have since abandoned it.. one person sold it on ebay for 60% of the original purchase price…. their opinion and mine (for anyone who cares to listen)… these are just very expensive toys that you can’t really rock in a live setting (for lots of real-world reasons)… nobody is gonna take you seriously spinning on these controllers…. sorry, but that is the truth…. save your $$$ for something that can be used in a live club or festival type setting.

  • Kraal

    i am wondering if there will be a kontrolx1 update cause i need a controller for my turntab;e set up that lies between the x1 and s2

  • Kraal

    i am wondering if there will be a kontrolx1 update cause i need a controller for my turntab;e set up that lies between the x1 and s2

  • http://www.facebook.com/djsence Lance Archer

    I would have bought it but the lack of Phono inputs (for DVS control). totally kills it for me.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/djsence Lance Archer

    I would have bought it but the lack of Phono inputs (for DVS control). totally kills it for me.  

  • Djkartier

    Still in love with my VCI 100se…. Really dont like the fact that this controller does not have filter knobs

  • Djkartier

    Still in love with my VCI 100se…. Really dont like the fact that this controller does not have filter knobs

  • sno

    would it be possible to remap the gain potis as filters?

  • sno

    would it be possible to remap the gain potis as filters?

  • JJ

    This looks cool but…  I’ve had the Original VCI-100 for a few years on Firmware 1.2 and don’t really see a reason to upgrade.  I’ve not seen anything yet come into the market that offers the VCI-100s stability, robustness and sheer usability for the same cost, even though the market seems to have been flooded with alot MIDI controllers.  Now I may be bias since i’ve got my unit set it up to work just how I want it to, but for someone like me who plays RnB, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Dance music on a standard 2 deck setup  I can’t see what more this has to offer me. 

  • JJ

    This looks cool but…  I’ve had the Original VCI-100 for a few years on Firmware 1.2 and don’t really see a reason to upgrade.  I’ve not seen anything yet come into the market that offers the VCI-100s stability, robustness and sheer usability for the same cost, even though the market seems to have been flooded with alot MIDI controllers.  Now I may be bias since i’ve got my unit set it up to work just how I want it to, but for someone like me who plays RnB, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Dance music on a standard 2 deck setup  I can’t see what more this has to offer me. 

  • http://www.djdanbooth.com Dan Booth

    Non-replaceable faders? If so, impossible to purchase.

  • http://www.djdanbooth.com Dan Booth

    Non-replaceable faders? If so, impossible to purchase.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    Being a member of the Novation Twitch Evangelists nowadays (yes, for 3 whole days), I giggle at controllers with Jog wheels now, it’s so 2008 ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    Being a member of the Novation Twitch Evangelists nowadays (yes, for 3 whole days), I giggle at controllers with Jog wheels now, it’s so 2008 ;)

    • MP

      Twitch is not for real Dj’s. Real DJ’s still beatmatch and correct with jog wheels. 

  • tekki

    Sorry for spoiling it on the forums a few hours before the release. ;)

  • tekki

    Sorry for spoiling it on the forums a few hours before the release. ;)

  • PAUL_GIBSON1985

    IT LOOKS LIKE TRAKTOR/NI HAV JUST COPIED VESTAX!!! VCI 100 MODEL!! THE WHOLE LAYOUT IS THE SAME INPUTS OUTPUTS THE SAME EVEN WHERE THE EFFECTS BUTTONS ARE IS ALL THE SAME!! EVERYTHING LOOKS THE EXACT SAME!!!!!!!! SO WHY WOULD I GO OUT AND SPEND A LITTLE MORE ON THIS AND ALSO WAIT A FEW MONTHS TO GET IT WEN I CAN ALREADY HAVE THE SAME THING THT HAS BEEN OUT SINCE FEB 2011??

    ONLY DECENT THING I CAN SAY IS IT LOOKS A BIT BETTER WITH ITS SLEEK BLACK FINISH!! AND THE FACT IT COMES WITH PRO 2!! THIS ALONE COST ME £499 THIS YEAR WHICH FRANKLY WAS A BIG LET DOWN AT THAT PRICE!! AS NOW I CAN BUY THE SOFTWARE AND A CONTROLLER FOR ALMOST THE SAME AS THE SOFTWARE ALONE!! SO IM CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW DO THE JUSTIFY THIS PRICE??

  • PAUL_GIBSON1985

    IT LOOKS LIKE TRAKTOR/NI HAV JUST COPIED VESTAX!!! VCI 100 MODEL!! THE WHOLE LAYOUT IS THE SAME INPUTS OUTPUTS THE SAME EVEN WHERE THE EFFECTS BUTTONS ARE IS ALL THE SAME!! EVERYTHING LOOKS THE EXACT SAME!!!!!!!! SO WHY WOULD I GO OUT AND SPEND A LITTLE MORE ON THIS AND ALSO WAIT A FEW MONTHS TO GET IT WEN I CAN ALREADY HAVE THE SAME THING THT HAS BEEN OUT SINCE FEB 2011??

    ONLY DECENT THING I CAN SAY IS IT LOOKS A BIT BETTER WITH ITS SLEEK BLACK FINISH!! AND THE FACT IT COMES WITH PRO 2!! THIS ALONE COST ME £499 THIS YEAR WHICH FRANKLY WAS A BIG LET DOWN AT THAT PRICE!! AS NOW I CAN BUY THE SOFTWARE AND A CONTROLLER FOR ALMOST THE SAME AS THE SOFTWARE ALONE!! SO IM CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW DO THE JUSTIFY THIS PRICE??

  • Djtavi77

    for all of you asking for ine of this with no jogwheels U should check out the NOVATION TWITCH! awesome controller… the other thing I don’t get is how much people like to show off… think on this, mr Skrillex is an awesome dj and he only uses his macbook and an m-audio trigger finger… he even makes more $ than any of us who spent a ton of $ in equipment… just saying … but anyways I think this is a great controller pure NI quality

  • Djtavi77

    for all of you asking for ine of this with no jogwheels U should check out the NOVATION TWITCH! awesome controller… the other thing I don’t get is how much people like to show off… think on this, mr Skrillex is an awesome dj and he only uses his macbook and an m-audio trigger finger… he even makes more $ than any of us who spent a ton of $ in equipment… just saying … but anyways I think this is a great controller pure NI quality

  • Kabute

    Hello is there anyway I can use the s2 along with the X1? Thanks.

  • Kabute

    Hello is there anyway I can use the s2 along with the X1? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      That should be be fairly simple. I believe you just add the TSI for the X1 in your controller manager in Traktor and away you go.

      scamo

  • dirtypunk

    Ehh… I was hoping for something 4 channel without the jog wheels for around the same price. Guess I’ll get another X-1….

  • dirtypunk

    Ehh… I was hoping for something 4 channel without the jog wheels for around the same price. Guess I’ll get another X-1….

  • Apoclypse

    I’m assuming the new mapping stuff will make it to the S4 as well. I don’t see any technical reason why that wouldn’t be the case. It seems to me that it will probably be in the next Traktor update. 

    I have the S4 and frankly I’d rather have the smaller unit. I may sell the S4 and get this instead. Not sure yet. I got the S4 on release but its just gathering dust at the moment. 

  • Bombast

    Great performance Ean, clean and pleasing to the ear.

  • Bombast

    Great performance Ean, clean and pleasing to the ear.

  • Mrrawuk

    Not much said about the on board sound card here? why not? Is it the same sound board as the s4? 

  • Mrrawuk

    Not much said about the on board sound card here? why not? Is it the same sound board as the s4? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Looks like it minus the in’s and the ability to switch to booth output. Not 100% sure, but I think the RCA’s will switch to booth. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Looks like it minus the in’s and the ability to switch to booth output. Not 100% sure, but I think the RCA’s will switch to booth. 

  • Djmaoz

    I like it, I don’t like price, NI has discounts on software upgrade, what about hardware from S4 to S2 or even External Audio Cards

    Controller is exactly what I need, funny thing is I have now:

    X1
    Traktor 3
    Traktor Pro
    Traktor Pro 2
    Audio 4

    now…. S2

    is all piling up and then  EAN  GOLDEN —– EAN GOLDEN  YOU ALL KNEW IT WAS COMING WHY NOT SHARED THAT!!!

    Until official released, what’s the point of your WEBSITE if it DOESN’T STAY AHEAD OF RELEASES.. for us Readers??

  • Djmaoz

    I like it, I don’t like price, NI has discounts on software upgrade, what about hardware from S4 to S2 or even External Audio Cards

    Controller is exactly what I need, funny thing is I have now:

    X1
    Traktor 3
    Traktor Pro
    Traktor Pro 2
    Audio 4

    now…. S2

    is all piling up and then  EAN  GOLDEN —– EAN GOLDEN  YOU ALL KNEW IT WAS COMING WHY NOT SHARED THAT!!!

    Until official released, what’s the point of your WEBSITE if it DOESN’T STAY AHEAD OF RELEASES.. for us Readers??

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLYBOYGULLY Janmichael Valdez

      gotta reminder if he told us NI probably wouldnt have gave him a shit load of them to seelll to us plus he is selling his for a 100 less NI has going for 699

    • Anonymous

      Maybe Ean is bound by a contract? I don’t see a problem. Ean obviously has had the S2 for some time and gave us a great insight into it, the good and the bad, on the day of the official announcement and that is all we really need. He helps his readers make a buying decision with his experience. Thanks Ean!

      Sure, for those of you, who bought the S4 in the past few weeks and would rather have bought an S2 for the money had you known it was coming, are pretty much out of luck. But, with the S4 you do have the value you have paid for too. It IS a good piece of equipment.

      scamo

    • Anonymous

      Maybe Ean is bound by a contract? I don’t see a problem. Ean obviously has had the S2 for some time and gave us a great insight into it, the good and the bad, on the day of the official announcement and that is all we really need. He helps his readers make a buying decision with his experience. Thanks Ean!

      Sure, for those of you, who bought the S4 in the past few weeks and would rather have bought an S2 for the money had you known it was coming, are pretty much out of luck. But, with the S4 you do have the value you have paid for too. It IS a good piece of equipment.

      scamo

  • Djdivinejustice

    What about vinyl control?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      No in’s

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      No in’s

  • Djdivinejustice

    What about vinyl control?

  • Ss714sS

    hmmmm….. VCI-300 killer??  though a nice controller…. I would buy it… for what it does… sample decks…. fx control… scratching.. simple.. sound card.. y not… plus you can add another controller.. nice… does it compete with other controllers… yes… price.. eh…. that’s what a vci 300 cost….

  • Ss714sS

    hmmmm….. VCI-300 killer??  though a nice controller…. I would buy it… for what it does… sample decks…. fx control… scratching.. simple.. sound card.. y not… plus you can add another controller.. nice… does it compete with other controllers… yes… price.. eh…. that’s what a vci 300 cost….

  • Lombardstore01

    awesome mix jzt amazing !!!!!!!

  • Lombardstore01

    awesome mix jzt amazing !!!!!!!

  • Ely

    Can you reverse the crossfader for hamster stlye scratching?

  • Ely

    Can you reverse the crossfader for hamster stlye scratching?

  • Taz

    With this new Traktor update could we expect to see a finalized version of the VCI-100 T2 mapping? Would love to have it be similar to this type of play, using deck C & D as always available sample/loop players.

  • Taz

    With this new Traktor update could we expect to see a finalized version of the VCI-100 T2 mapping? Would love to have it be similar to this type of play, using deck C & D as always available sample/loop players.

    • Toontown

      As far as chances go for that I would guess they are slim to none…

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

        There’s a new official T2 mapping for the VCI-100 in the forum. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

        There’s a new official T2 mapping for the VCI-100 in the forum. 

    • Toontown

      As far as chances go for that I would guess they are slim to none…

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings
    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings
  • Allan Cox

    Jesus does it again, another Dubstep miracle!

  • Allan Cox

    Jesus does it again, another Dubstep miracle!

  • Simon Heiss

    Would you mind uploading that dubstep instrumental and the string-sample? Really liked that sound =)

  • Simon Heiss

    Would you mind uploading that dubstep instrumental and the string-sample? Really liked that sound =)

  • Pabloco

    it looks good. But there is really a lot of things i cared about gone. like the loop recorder and filters. and sample decks.

  • Pabloco

    it looks good. But there is really a lot of things i cared about gone. like the loop recorder and filters. and sample decks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      The sample decks are still there. To load the sample slots it looks like you hold shift and hit a cue. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      The sample decks are still there. To load the sample slots it looks like you hold shift and hit a cue. 

  • Diggin the remix

    Really liked the remix.  Not a fan of the controller, but thought I’d give credit when it’s due

  • Diggin the remix

    Really liked the remix.  Not a fan of the controller, but thought I’d give credit when it’s due

  • Mart21har

    Save your money more.. 200 bucks more will get an s4….

  • Mart21har

    Save your money more.. 200 bucks more will get an s4….

    • http://www.facebook.com/per.jakobsen Per Jakobsen

      Agreed. i have difficulty contemplating why i should not add the extra cash and get an s4.  I would have liked to see the difference in size by having the two controllers standing side by side

    • http://www.facebook.com/per.jakobsen Per Jakobsen

      Agreed. i have difficulty contemplating why i should not add the extra cash and get an s4.  I would have liked to see the difference in size by having the two controllers standing side by side

  • recombinant

    kinda disappointed about the price so i’ll probably keep saving for the S4… it’s what i really want anyway!

  • recombinant

    kinda disappointed about the price so i’ll probably keep saving for the S4… it’s what i really want anyway!

  • Mattinthebox

    Ean,

    Very impressive performance. I’m more of a scratch guy than controllerist, but that was a great use of the tech to put on a good show.

    I’m not hugely impressed with the S2, as a DVS guy I don’t see how it would fit into my setup. Although I’m hoping the S4′s price may decrease which would allow me to use it as a mixer.

    Cheers 

  • Mattinthebox

    Ean,

    Very impressive performance. I’m more of a scratch guy than controllerist, but that was a great use of the tech to put on a good show.

    I’m not hugely impressed with the S2, as a DVS guy I don’t see how it would fit into my setup. Although I’m hoping the S4′s price may decrease which would allow me to use it as a mixer.

    Cheers 

  • Deecodameeko

    Cool! I can also see from this an x2 announce which would be the mixer section of the s2. Surely there’s a reason why the x1 is on sale. Either they[NI] introduce an x2 which would be an x1 with the s2′s mixer or simply the mixer portion of s2. That could work. Also, considering the price of an x1, you could buy two x1′s and an x2(if it exists)  and be all set for about the same price as the s2. Nice controller…waiting to see what’s next for NI’s hardware.

  • Deecodameeko

    Cool! I can also see from this an x2 announce which would be the mixer section of the s2. Surely there’s a reason why the x1 is on sale. Either they[NI] introduce an x2 which would be an x1 with the s2′s mixer or simply the mixer portion of s2. That could work. Also, considering the price of an x1, you could buy two x1′s and an x2(if it exists)  and be all set for about the same price as the s2. Nice controller…waiting to see what’s next for NI’s hardware.

  • Djstefy74

    So…i would be intrested in the s2 for the price and the fx controls,but i don’t know if is a good motivation to replace my Vci300,anyone has compared the jog wheels feeling between the 300 and the s2s4?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      S4 jogs blow away the VCI jogs imo. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      S4 jogs blow away the VCI jogs imo. 

  • Djstefy74

    So…i would be intrested in the s2 for the price and the fx controls,but i don’t know if is a good motivation to replace my Vci300,anyone has compared the jog wheels feeling between the 300 and the s2s4?

  • Jilboxxx

    I think it falls short of the reloop jockey 3 since the reloop is also and standalone mixer, offers more features and is a more solid design.

  • Jilboxxx

    I think it falls short of the reloop jockey 3 since the reloop is also and standalone mixer, offers more features and is a more solid design.

  • Anonymous

    What happened to the blog? I wanted to listen to the demo at home with headphones. Bummer.

    Edit/ Ok, blog is back. I watched it on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VJm0mi7aUc

    Awsome stuff Ean!!! Can’t wait for the “Making of” vid.
    scamo

  • Anonymous

    What happened to the blog? I wanted to listen to the demo at home with headphones. Bummer.

    Edit/ Ok, blog is back. I watched it on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VJm0mi7aUc

    Awsome stuff Ean!!! Can’t wait for the “Making of” vid.
    scamo

  • Brian Shih

    Is there a reason the post is empty now…?

  • Brian Shih

    Is there a reason the post is empty now…?

  • Jon

    If this supported DVS I’d be all over this like a rash. I was excited before I realised it didn’t.
    I suppose it needs not to have that feature to help keep the S4 more attractive for the higher price.

    That aside, the S2 will sell well, but personally if it was my money I’d go for a Twitch (jogs v no jogs preference would apply).

  • Jon

    If this supported DVS I’d be all over this like a rash. I was excited before I realised it didn’t.
    I suppose it needs not to have that feature to help keep the S4 more attractive for the higher price.

    That aside, the S2 will sell well, but personally if it was my money I’d go for a Twitch (jogs v no jogs preference would apply).

  • http://www.facebook.com/4P1ay Tomii Forsythe

    I think that NI should make a controller similar to the Denon SC2000 to compliment the X1. Ive seen mock ups in the forum that are perfect. Just saying

  • http://www.facebook.com/4P1ay Tomii Forsythe

    I think that NI should make a controller similar to the Denon SC2000 to compliment the X1. Ive seen mock ups in the forum that are perfect. Just saying

  • Deejay_vertigo

    I think they really missed out by not putting audio inputs on there. That have been awesome.

  • Deejay_vertigo

    I think they really missed out by not putting audio inputs on there. That have been awesome.

  • safadao

    As far as the S2 goes … whatever! Great mix/demo you put together though Ean! It would be great to see you perform an extended version.

  • safadao

    As far as the S2 goes … whatever! Great mix/demo you put together though Ean! It would be great to see you perform an extended version.

  • Nope

    I absolutely ADORE that video LMAO, I love how you ride those jog wheels to make it look like your actually doing something neat or cool as you “rock out”, even though you could just SIMPLY knob all that filter like the rest of us, Controllerism is so poser.

  • Nope

    I absolutely ADORE that video LMAO, I love how you ride those jog wheels to make it look like your actually doing something neat or cool as you “rock out”, even though you could just SIMPLY knob all that filter like the rest of us, Controllerism is so poser.

    • Isobar

      Silly DJ, making your performance fun to look at! A good DJ only moves as much as they have to, and DEFINITELY DOES NOT ROCK OUT.

      • Anonymous

        You mean, not like this guy?:p

        I wish I could get 4.3 million Youtube views by just standing still.:D

        scamo

      • Anonymous

        You mean, not like this guy?:p

        I wish I could get 4.3 million Youtube views by just standing still.:D

        scamo

    • Isobar

      Silly DJ, making your performance fun to look at! A good DJ only moves as much as they have to, and DEFINITELY DOES NOT ROCK OUT.

    • Anonymous

      If you look a bit more closely, it is more than just a “filter ride” with the jog wheels. The right jog controls 3 effects and 3 parameters for those effects simulaneously. Something you can’t do with one or even two hands.

      The left jog also controls three effects and two parameters.

      And the fact Ean is performing and “feeling his music” is his thing. I also found his jerky hand action to be strange at first. But I actually like it now. It is his way of performing and this mix, of one of my all-time favorite bands, is downright sensational.

      scamo

      • Nope

        Superknobs, showcased by Ean Golden Ironicly enough.

      • Nope

        Superknobs, showcased by Ean Golden Ironicly enough.

    • Anonymous

      If you look a bit more closely, it is more than just a “filter ride” with the jog wheels. The right jog controls 3 effects and 3 parameters for those effects simulaneously. Something you can’t do with one or even two hands.

      The left jog also controls three effects and two parameters.

      And the fact Ean is performing and “feeling his music” is his thing. I also found his jerky hand action to be strange at first. But I actually like it now. It is his way of performing and this mix, of one of my all-time favorite bands, is downright sensational.

      scamo

    • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

      Jimi Hendrix should had been seated and just focused on playing the guitar. What a poser!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

      Jimi Hendrix should had been seated and just focused on playing the guitar. What a poser!

    • bearskinrug

      HATER, Ean is really talented. All this is about is having fun, who doesn’t make “weird” gestures when they are feeling the music on any instrument. A controller is just another instrument (in my opinion the best instrument). NO crowd cares about DJ Ego anymore complaining that using a controller isn’t real Djing. Music is evolving, technology is evolving, and all the djs complaining about controllerism being “poser” are not evolving or progressing themselves. Quit hating, and go make something creative with your time instead lurking a blog that posts mostly about controllers. Don’t like what you see get out.

    • bearskinrug

      HATER, Ean is really talented. All this is about is having fun, who doesn’t make “weird” gestures when they are feeling the music on any instrument. A controller is just another instrument (in my opinion the best instrument). NO crowd cares about DJ Ego anymore complaining that using a controller isn’t real Djing. Music is evolving, technology is evolving, and all the djs complaining about controllerism being “poser” are not evolving or progressing themselves. Quit hating, and go make something creative with your time instead lurking a blog that posts mostly about controllers. Don’t like what you see get out.

    • Brent Silby aka DJ Maestro B

      If you are standing in front of several hundred people playing music, your performance *has* to involve more than simply starting tracks and triggering loops. People are watching as much as listening, and they feed off the visual energy of the DJ as well as the musical energy. No-one wants to watch a boring DJ. They want to see someone immersed in the joy of music, as Ean demonstrates in his performances.

      • Nope

        huh lol? See I’ve actually played a venue big enough for several hundred people like you say, and in those situations no one can ever ever ever see in the booth because its up out of the way of all those fawking people..you poser.
        Just because this guy brought his S2 and likes to Michael J Fox out all night Doesnt mean you should ever use a huge expensive visual system to showcase filterplatterboy instead of COOL ASS GRAPHICS AND VISUALS the crowd actually enjoys.

        • Gh0st

          “cool ass graphics and visuals”?

          That sounds more poser than anything lol. Way to lose your credibility.

        • Gh0st

          “cool ass graphics and visuals”?

          That sounds more poser than anything lol. Way to lose your credibility.

          • Nope

            oh noes he said cool ass graphics!!!  lmao EVEN The prodigy crab visual loop for 5 hours is still better then a fag who thinks turning a knob video worthy

          • Nope

            oh noes he said cool ass graphics!!!  lmao EVEN The prodigy crab visual loop for 5 hours is still better then a fag who thinks turning a knob video worthy

        • haus

          dude… ive rocked for thousands of ppl. always always always entertain the crowd. we live in the moments of music and spinning is absolutely vital for our collective joy. the amount of hate u have is hilarious. oh… and just to prove it… http://www.motoehaus.com just so u know im not you. lol!

        • http://www.facebook.com/brent.silby Brent Silby Maestro B

          Well, why even turn up to the venue then? Just supply a pre-record if you think people don’t want to look at you. In fact, let’s cancel all live band performances too. Based on your expert opinion, people don’t want to watch performances, they just want to watch graphics and visuals while listening to the music.

          I dare you to try raising your arms in the air and start clapping one night and involve yourself with the crowd. You’ll find they respond. They want to connect to the DJ. Try it out one night.

      • Nope

        huh lol? See I’ve actually played a venue big enough for several hundred people like you say, and in those situations no one can ever ever ever see in the booth because its up out of the way of all those fawking people..you poser.
        Just because this guy brought his S2 and likes to Michael J Fox out all night Doesnt mean you should ever use a huge expensive visual system to showcase filterplatterboy instead of COOL ASS GRAPHICS AND VISUALS the crowd actually enjoys.

    • Brent Silby aka DJ Maestro B

      If you are standing in front of several hundred people playing music, your performance *has* to involve more than simply starting tracks and triggering loops. People are watching as much as listening, and they feed off the visual energy of the DJ as well as the musical energy. No-one wants to watch a boring DJ. They want to see someone immersed in the joy of music, as Ean demonstrates in his performances.

    • Anonymous

      Dude, he’s like always, *always* since back in the vci 100 days used the jog wheels to control effects.  It’s because the pressure on the platter is another midi control so along with the platter itself it lets him control two things with one hand, making it better than just a knob. 

    • IronKlad

      you’re an ass

  • http://twitter.com/tomas Tomas a.k.a. Domas

    Great job on that live mix!

  • 356

    It will be interesting to see what kind of success the S2 has. Of course they’re kind of counting on the knee jerk reaction of  ”Hey it’s $300 cheaper than the S4! I’m SOLD, Dude!”. 

    I like that they set limitations on the S2 and keep you focused on two decks plus extras coming from dedicated sample decks. Someone has discovered that less is in fact more when you’re actually mixing music for people. 

    Personally, I’m more interested in what they intend to introduce that will replace (or augment) the X1 controller. I need a browse function for Traktor, I need cue point, loops, sample decks, and FX control. If I want to keep it totally in the box and mix from inside the mac then I’d want EQ controls, and volume faders. Maybe a crossfader…in fact here…

    If I were going to design a controller to compete with the S2 I would keep it at the same footprint dimensions, then I would eliminate the pitch slider. I would add a dedicated filter knob, and I would seriously consider doing away with the jog wheel. If all it’s there to do is become assignable to a parameter of your choice then why not replace it with a series of knobs, or arcade buttons that could accomplish the same thing? The platter takes up a lot of real estate, and it’s a carry over from a CDJ and a turntable. But perhaps in the future digital DJ’s won’t use a ”platter” at all. If you want to create interesting mixes of really tasty music, you’re not “scratching” and trying to “get down” with your controller skills, the “platter” area can be utilized for something else. Just a thought.

    The S2 is OK, but I’d like to see some different designs hit the marketplace before I hand over more cash for a new controller.

  • 356

    It will be interesting to see what kind of success the S2 has. Of course they’re kind of counting on the knee jerk reaction of  ”Hey it’s $300 cheaper than the S4! I’m SOLD, Dude!”. 

    I like that they set limitations on the S2 and keep you focused on two decks plus extras coming from dedicated sample decks. Someone has discovered that less is in fact more when you’re actually mixing music for people. 

    Personally, I’m more interested in what they intend to introduce that will replace (or augment) the X1 controller. I need a browse function for Traktor, I need cue point, loops, sample decks, and FX control. If I want to keep it totally in the box and mix from inside the mac then I’d want EQ controls, and volume faders. Maybe a crossfader…in fact here…

    If I were going to design a controller to compete with the S2 I would keep it at the same footprint dimensions, then I would eliminate the pitch slider. I would add a dedicated filter knob, and I would seriously consider doing away with the jog wheel. If all it’s there to do is become assignable to a parameter of your choice then why not replace it with a series of knobs, or arcade buttons that could accomplish the same thing? The platter takes up a lot of real estate, and it’s a carry over from a CDJ and a turntable. But perhaps in the future digital DJ’s won’t use a ”platter” at all. If you want to create interesting mixes of really tasty music, you’re not “scratching” and trying to “get down” with your controller skills, the “platter” area can be utilized for something else. Just a thought.

    The S2 is OK, but I’d like to see some different designs hit the marketplace before I hand over more cash for a new controller.

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLYBOYGULLY Janmichael Valdez

      true in deed i like to see something like the arcade buttons  with a touch strip to drop or select where you wanna go then i suggest they just say hey why not just put fader rotary knobs  for the volume fader and tempo put a cdj size plater  but at the top  just in case you want to scrath 

      • LmnLm3

        If you want to scratch you get an S2 or S4 – there should be an S1 w/o jogs and basically be an x1 and mixer combined. That’s all most of us need.

        If you really are a turntablist, use turn tables.

      • LmnLm3

        If you want to scratch you get an S2 or S4 – there should be an S1 w/o jogs and basically be an x1 and mixer combined. That’s all most of us need.

        If you really are a turntablist, use turn tables.

  • Agentdownbeat

    Finally and  update that does not make me regret my S4 :P !

  • Agentdownbeat

    Finally and  update that does not make me regret my S4 :P !

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Riot.the.Dj.Mellen Danny RiottheDj Mellen

    aces as always, burned because a more compact two channel version is what I wanted from the beginning, but filters I def use, even if they are a  bit touchy, and this is just gonna make me use 3 to 4 decks more often out of spite,
    oh and def big ups on the remix, this is going to be a great way to end my next podcast….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Riot.the.Dj.Mellen Danny RiottheDj Mellen

    aces as always, burned because a more compact two channel version is what I wanted from the beginning, but filters I def use, even if they are a  bit touchy, and this is just gonna make me use 3 to 4 decks more often out of spite,
    oh and def big ups on the remix, this is going to be a great way to end my next podcast….

  • http://www.facebook.com/LFUonSet Leonard Urrego

    So expensive! i prefer the reloop jockey 3! same price more functions!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LFUonSet Leonard Urrego

    So expensive! i prefer the reloop jockey 3! same price more functions!!

  • impressive

    any mapping for that filter platter just like on the VCI-100 for the S4?

  • impressive

    any mapping for that filter platter just like on the VCI-100 for the S4?

  • Nelson Ramalho

    Wish they included 2 inputs for DVS control :( looks very cool though, could still use current sound card for the deck inputs I guess… Excellent remix Ean, I’m a big Depeche mode fan :D

  • Andrewrivassc

    Cool, but not sold on it. As a person who has a VCI-100SE i look at this and can’t find a reason to switch or “upgrade”. Can someone point out major differences?

  • Andrewrivassc

    Cool, but not sold on it. As a person who has a VCI-100SE i look at this and can’t find a reason to switch or “upgrade”. Can someone point out major differences?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ktit.disco Kay Tit

      Same for me. I got a VCI-100 but I always mix externally and I’m not planning on carrying around my own mixer at all times.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ktit.disco Kay Tit

      Same for me. I got a VCI-100 but I always mix externally and I’m not planning on carrying around my own mixer at all times.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gbushkuhl Grant Bushkuhl

      I also am still an owner of the VCI-100SE, I don’t see any reason to switch, the DJTT overlay with 1.4, I think at time are much better than that of even say the S4..I feel like even without the loop recorder I’m not missing out on much of what NI has to offer w/ the S4 and now the S2…plus I still have filter knobs…

    • http://www.facebook.com/gbushkuhl Grant Bushkuhl

      I also am still an owner of the VCI-100SE, I don’t see any reason to switch, the DJTT overlay with 1.4, I think at time are much better than that of even say the S4..I feel like even without the loop recorder I’m not missing out on much of what NI has to offer w/ the S4 and now the S2…plus I still have filter knobs…

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLYBOYGULLY Janmichael Valdez

      it dose have the function to use booth out which the s4 didnt have the remapping be great if you just wanna use 4 deck and switch i had the twicth controller and was impressed with it for itch but lets be real itch is a toy like soft ware and i rather have tratok and a smaller version of the s4 to travel i say get this a midi fighter pro and your good to go 

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLYBOYGULLY Janmichael Valdez

      it dose have the function to use booth out which the s4 didnt have the remapping be great if you just wanna use 4 deck and switch i had the twicth controller and was impressed with it for itch but lets be real itch is a toy like soft ware and i rather have tratok and a smaller version of the s4 to travel i say get this a midi fighter pro and your good to go 

    • Bristoleffect

      Doesn’t it have a built in sound card? That’s a nice addition for someone who is looking for a plug and play solution. 

      If someone looking for a MIDI controller at this price point was debating between the S2 and the VCI-100SE as a new purchase, why wouldn’t they choose the S2?

    • Bristoleffect

      Doesn’t it have a built in sound card? That’s a nice addition for someone who is looking for a plug and play solution. 

      If someone looking for a MIDI controller at this price point was debating between the S2 and the VCI-100SE as a new purchase, why wouldn’t they choose the S2?

      • Andrewrivassc

         built in soundcard, booth out, and mic input are great. If you dont have a vci100 already then this is for you.

        My gripe more was the fact that this product didnt make any progress forward. This is close to the same product that came out 5 yrs ago for more money and less effects. Just my opinion.

        …but like i said if i didnt already own a vci 100 i would buy this.

  • Matthiasfranke

    Its simply amazing what you put out on any digital controller. Thanks a lot for sharing these tracks with us!

  • Matthiasfranke

    Its simply amazing what you put out on any digital controller. Thanks a lot for sharing these tracks with us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benbaronmusic Ben Baron

    Wow really great remix Ean, good job on that. I’m not usually into Dubstep, but I like that more chill kind of stuff (vs say Skrillex). I’ll be looking forward to the Soundcloud post. I’m getting into controllers to do exactly those kinds of mixes, i.e. custom adding vocals to instrumental tracks in real time on the dance floor so if I want to play vocal sets I’m not restricted to already vocal tracks (which more often then not are a bit cheesy compared to instrumental tracks, at least for house music imo).

    Also that S2 looks pretty interesting. Using a cheap Numark Mixtrack for now as my main controller and it’s actually much better than I thought it’d be, but I’ll probably be upgrading to either an S4 or this S2 at some point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benbaronmusic Ben Baron

    Wow really great remix Ean, good job on that. I’m not usually into Dubstep, but I like that more chill kind of stuff (vs say Skrillex). I’ll be looking forward to the Soundcloud post. I’m getting into controllers to do exactly those kinds of mixes, i.e. custom adding vocals to instrumental tracks in real time on the dance floor so if I want to play vocal sets I’m not restricted to already vocal tracks (which more often then not are a bit cheesy compared to instrumental tracks, at least for house music imo).

    Also that S2 looks pretty interesting. Using a cheap Numark Mixtrack for now as my main controller and it’s actually much better than I thought it’d be, but I’ll probably be upgrading to either an S4 or this S2 at some point.

  • http://soundcloud.com/aara aara

    great concept, should destroy the pioneer controllers as it looks like it would be perfect for serato and assuming someone will map it accordingly. personally i use all 4 decks so i like my s4 layout

  • http://soundcloud.com/aara aara

    great concept, should destroy the pioneer controllers as it looks like it would be perfect for serato and assuming someone will map it accordingly. personally i use all 4 decks so i like my s4 layout

  • Depah

    Time for s1

  • Depah

    Time for s1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Boris-Boom/100001418112912 Boris Boom

    Just wanted to say it was a great video you did for NI. 

    I personally rarely use 3/4 deck mixing, so this controller would be perfect for me. On the other hand I have been using controllers for the last years (Reloop DJ2, VCI-100) and came to the conclusion that I might want to go back to using pioneers with timecode because of the aesthetics. 

    Great review, thanks for your work over the years. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Boris-Boom/100001418112912 Boris Boom

    Just wanted to say it was a great video you did for NI. 

    I personally rarely use 3/4 deck mixing, so this controller would be perfect for me. On the other hand I have been using controllers for the last years (Reloop DJ2, VCI-100) and came to the conclusion that I might want to go back to using pioneers with timecode because of the aesthetics. 

    Great review, thanks for your work over the years. 

  • Drm916

    Can i just map of of the other buttons/knobs to be a filter? Or make the platter work as a filter?

    • impressive

      i hope so on this for the S4

      • Padi_04

        you can use the s4 platter as a filter since day 1

      • Padi_04

        you can use the s4 platter as a filter since day 1

    • impressive

      i hope so on this for the S4

  • Drm916

    Can i just map of of the other buttons/knobs to be a filter? Or make the platter work as a filter?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Americansmark Josh Clontz

    Very nice.  I was about to buy the S4 this fall.  I don’t know, but I think I just found myself a new best friend.  :P  I’ll lose the filter knobs for 400 bucks in savings.  Haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Americansmark Josh Clontz

    Very nice.  I was about to buy the S4 this fall.  I don’t know, but I think I just found myself a new best friend.  :P  I’ll lose the filter knobs for 400 bucks in savings.  Haha.

  • Ss

    another big plus about this is it HAS A BOOTH OUT, they better make a new s4 with that too

  • Ss

    another big plus about this is it HAS A BOOTH OUT, they better make a new s4 with that too

  • http://www.digital-dreamspace.com/ Digital Dreamspace

    Nah, I still be wanting the S4.

  • http://www.digital-dreamspace.com/ Digital Dreamspace

    Nah, I still be wanting the S4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

    This controller makes perfect sense to me.  I mix two regular decks and two sample decks with the sample decks being at full volume all the time using the individual sample slot controls for volume. In fact I’ve got decks C & D on my mixer going through the same channel. The only thing I can hope for is that NI will eventually release it as a controller only option for those that already have traktor. NI knocking the $199 would be much easier than trying to sell the software that comes with the controller. Plus you would never get full value for it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

    This controller makes perfect sense to me.  I mix two regular decks and two sample decks with the sample decks being at full volume all the time using the individual sample slot controls for volume. In fact I’ve got decks C & D on my mixer going through the same channel. The only thing I can hope for is that NI will eventually release it as a controller only option for those that already have traktor. NI knocking the $199 would be much easier than trying to sell the software that comes with the controller. Plus you would never get full value for it. 

  • Dennis

    Ean -
    Any chance of doing a video explaining how you put that remix together like you did for the Ozzy video? EMWTK!

    I personally would like to know what your thought process was as you chose one loop or sample versus another… The technical part is the easy part, there are tutorials, videos, etc. that will show you how to punch the buttons — the artistic part is where I would like see some discussion.  Why did you decide to use the pieces you used vs. other possible choices? 

    So how about it? Can you give us a peek into your creative process?

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      Yes! there is another video that explains it and I will go into more detail in the post in about 2 weeks. 

      • Anonymous

        Cool!.:)

        scamo

      • Anonymous

        Cool!.:)

        scamo

      • Matthew

        Mr. Ean golden will, you be making a second more comprehensive video about the s4 functionality anytime soon. Please reply, just wanna have something to look forward to if those are your intentions. Your new s2 video was totally awesome, love the smoothy sound.

      • Matthew

        Mr. Ean golden will, you be making a second more comprehensive video about the s4 functionality anytime soon. Please reply, just wanna have something to look forward to if those are your intentions. Your new s2 video was totally awesome, love the smoothy sound.

      • Simon Heiss

        One short Question: How are your joggwheels mapped? I was trying to map my S4 like this, but the effektknobs in Traktor only move veeeery slowly. Altough i have the sensibility an acceleration turned up all the way. How have you adjust the jogwheels?

      • Simon Heiss

        One short Question: How are your joggwheels mapped? I was trying to map my S4 like this, but the effektknobs in Traktor only move veeeery slowly. Altough i have the sensibility an acceleration turned up all the way. How have you adjust the jogwheels?

      • DJ Brandon Curtis

        Hi Ean.  I’m a newbie but on my way.  Getting good with Traktor Pro 2 and an X1 and trying to decide between the S2, S4 or something else.  I posted elsewhere but forgot to say how much I liked your video (plus this site in general).  It doesn’t hurt that I’m a big fan of Depeche Mode, being “of that generation” shall we say.  Guess I’m not too old to be doing this after all.  Looking forward to getting more involved in the community!

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      Yes! there is another video that explains it and I will go into more detail in the post in about 2 weeks. 

  • Dennis

    Ean -
    Any chance of doing a video explaining how you put that remix together like you did for the Ozzy video? EMWTK!

    I personally would like to know what your thought process was as you chose one loop or sample versus another… The technical part is the easy part, there are tutorials, videos, etc. that will show you how to punch the buttons — the artistic part is where I would like see some discussion.  Why did you decide to use the pieces you used vs. other possible choices? 

    So how about it? Can you give us a peek into your creative process?

  • Arielsegatto

    Turn on auto gain. Map gain knobs to filter. Done.

  • Arielsegatto

    Turn on auto gain. Map gain knobs to filter. Done.

    • http://www.facebook.com/junkimchi Jun Kim

      If the gain knobs are like the S4′s, then it’ll be a click knob, making it a bit awkward to use as filter knobs. The gain knobs also spin indefinitely left and right and don’t have a center indent. 

      • Facebook User

        I use a different controller, but i use click knobs for faders. I just set it up such that whenever I click, it resets the filter to the 0% position. 

      • Facebook User

        I use a different controller, but i use click knobs for faders. I just set it up such that whenever I click, it resets the filter to the 0% position. 

      • Facebook User

        I use a different controller, but i use click knobs for faders. I just set it up such that whenever I click, it resets the filter to the 0% position. 

      • Facebook User

        I use a different controller, but i use click knobs for faders. I just set it up such that whenever I click, it resets the filter to the 0% position. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/junkimchi Jun Kim

      If the gain knobs are like the S4′s, then it’ll be a click knob, making it a bit awkward to use as filter knobs. The gain knobs also spin indefinitely left and right and don’t have a center indent. 

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      totally decent suggestion- encoders work really well as filters with the push state for on/off. only problem would be a display state. 

    • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

      totally decent suggestion- encoders work really well as filters with the push state for on/off. only problem would be a display state. 

    • Arielsegatto

      Well here’s how i would map it to get around those issues.
      -Map filter on and amount to the encoder movement
      -Map filter off and reset to the push state
      That way you can just grab the encoder and start twisting it to filter to your hearths content, then when your done filtering just push the know and the filter will be off and back to center ready for the next filtering session.

    • Arielsegatto

      Well here’s how i would map it to get around those issues.
      -Map filter on and amount to the encoder movement
      -Map filter off and reset to the push state
      That way you can just grab the encoder and start twisting it to filter to your hearths content, then when your done filtering just push the know and the filter will be off and back to center ready for the next filtering session.

      • Arielsegatto

        “push the KNOB”

      • Arielsegatto

        “push the KNOB”

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLYBOYGULLY Janmichael Valdez

      that and you could also just use one of each top exffects for filter … i think plp on here are just looking for a reason to not like the s2 

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLYBOYGULLY Janmichael Valdez

      that and you could also just use one of each top exffects for filter … i think plp on here are just looking for a reason to not like the s2 

  • Anthologic

    Big news, great review and AWESOME Live demo… That remix is pure magic Ean!!  Huge Ups!

  • Anthologic

    Big news, great review and AWESOME Live demo… That remix is pure magic Ean!!  Huge Ups!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSBLN3D2F6L2FCRR3XCZWCZIJU Godzilla Jr.

    I’m still a pretty noob dj (been at it for a little over a year) and just bought the S4 last week. With my limited skills, the S2 controller sounds right up my alley. Damn! I’d have to lose money on the restocking fee to take the S4 back so I guess I’m stuck with it. 

    Same thing happened to me when I started deejaying last year. Bought a Numark Mixdeck in August and about a month into learning Traktor found out that S4 was coming out in Nov. If it weren’t for bad luck… LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSBLN3D2F6L2FCRR3XCZWCZIJU Godzilla Jr.

    I’m still a pretty noob dj (been at it for a little over a year) and just bought the S4 last week. With my limited skills, the S2 controller sounds right up my alley. Damn! I’d have to lose money on the restocking fee to take the S4 back so I guess I’m stuck with it. 

    Same thing happened to me when I started deejaying last year. Bought a Numark Mixdeck in August and about a month into learning Traktor found out that S4 was coming out in Nov. If it weren’t for bad luck… LOL

    • Anonymous

      As you get better, you’ll be glad you got the S4.:)

      scamo

    • Anonymous

      As you get better, you’ll be glad you got the S4.:)

      scamo

    • Guest

      sound a little gear happy to me

    • Guest

      sound a little gear happy to me

  • Eno

    Hey Techtools, can you make this mapping available for the S4? Awesome video by the way.

  • Eno

    Hey Techtools, can you make this mapping available for the S4? Awesome video by the way.

  • Bigbucket

    Will an s4 update offer the same enhanced midi update?

  • Yuppiecore78

    since I do not care at all about samples, is there any way to use the LOOP SAMPLES VOLUME as FILTER? i see there is a knob called SAMPLE, which has 2 little buttons nearby (which should be “3″ and “4″). now, an idea could be press 3 toggle filter for deck A and move the knob down to have a low pass and move the knob higher to have a high pass… wold this be possible??

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Since they’ve improved the user mapping capabilities I would think you could use it like that. Time will tell though. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Since they’ve improved the user mapping capabilities I would think you could use it like that. Time will tell though. 

  • BennyJr

    Ok..now i think this is what im going to buy! 

  • Ivanzilch

    hmmmm if i didnt already have the S4 then i will be all over this hahaha, loving the small, compact form factor, always thought that the S4 is a tad too big

  • Iax

    ahh I want!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vinicius-Hoffmann-Bernardes/722545416 Vinicius Hoffmann Bernardes

    Great new toy for starters but I wish that this one didn’t had a jogwheel, It would allow so many more controlls :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.heitzmann Sebastian Heitzmann

    ean is deep into dubstep… nice :-)

    • Nope

      he’s just playing whats poppy on the west coast like he always does…. Eans Deep into being popular, not a genre.

      • Mattinthebox

        I would argue that this was a very creative mix with a tasteful use of effects. Yes, dubstep is popular but it doesn’t mean it can’t be implemented well.

        • Nope

          I was being more specific then just Dubstep.

          simple or slow Dubstep/glitchhop + chart topping acappella hit over the top =  every west coast party every time.

          Its getting to the point of OMG STOP like the Electro house + top 40 mashes that haven’t stopped coming for a decade.

        • Nope

          I was being more specific then just Dubstep.

          simple or slow Dubstep/glitchhop + chart topping acappella hit over the top =  every west coast party every time.

          Its getting to the point of OMG STOP like the Electro house + top 40 mashes that haven’t stopped coming for a decade.

      • Mattinthebox

        I would argue that this was a very creative mix with a tasteful use of effects. Yes, dubstep is popular but it doesn’t mean it can’t be implemented well.

    • Nope

      he’s just playing whats poppy on the west coast like he always does…. Eans Deep into being popular, not a genre.

  • Richard