Best Beginner DJ Controllers: Traktor S4 MK2

Best Beginner DJ Controllers: Traktor S4 MK2

First Impressions Of The Traktor S4 MK2

Where do you start when there are so many buttons? Let me tell you, seeing the Traktor S4 MK2 up close for the first time is a sight to behold. It is so pretty but also quite intimidating.  You all know that feeling, but if you’re going to indulge in a hobby then you better be prepared to face some new challenges. As a beginner you truly are looking for simplicity when starting something new and the Traktor S4 MK2 is nothing of the kind… BUT, after a few online tutorials, which can be found very easily, the Traktor S4 MK2 becomes more of a toy then a burden very quickly.

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Using The Traktor S4 MK2

As I alluded to before, there are a ton of tutorials online that help you get down the basics and I highly suggest you look into them before tackling the Traktor S4 MK2 on your own. Once you have the basics down you can get into mixing fairly easily. Now I specify mixing because that will be how you spend the majority of your time. Scratching is a little impractical for beginners considering how sensitive the Traktor S4 MK2 jog wheels are, but possibility is still there which brings in a lot of value.

Traktor S4 MK2 Structure

The look and feel of this thing is down right amazing to use for the first time. It literally has the perfect amount of weight to it, gives off astrong feeling of durability since it is marketed as an all-in-one portable unit. All of the knobs, the cross faders, the hot cues, everything is on point and a joy to use.Nobody will be disappointed with the physical interface of the Traktor S4 MK2.Native_Instruments_Traktor_S4_Jog_Wheel

Traktor S4 MK2 Portability


Back_View_Of_Native_Instruments_Traktor_S4The S4 is extremely portable and that is a huge selling point. Now I have to warn you that there is a possibility that the Traktor S4 MK2 will not be compatible with the DJ booth at your venue.  This is just a sign of technologies clashing so I will strongly suggest to take whatever you learn on the Traktor S4 MK2 and apply it to other areas of DJ’ing because you may not be able to rely on the Traktor S4 MK2 at all times.

Traktor S4 MK2 Software

Traktor Pro 2.0, that comes with the Traktor S4 MK2, is intuitive and again beautiful to the eyes. Keep in mind that these are all impressions coming from someone with a background in the area so my bias opinion is that the software is a great addition with as many options as you could imagine, but the truth is this all may be overwhelming for a beginner DJ. Once again I am referring you to the multitude of tutorials available online.Native_Instruments_Traktor_S4_Traktor_Pro_2.0_Software

Traktor S4 MK2 Conclusion

Native_Instruments_Traktor_S4This was a brief summary of the Traktor S4 MK2, for beginners, written by an ex beginner. The Traktor S4 MK2 is a gorgeouspiece of equipment. Its more durable than you would expect, more portable than you would expect and just about as much fun as you could have with a mixer. The only gripe is its compatibility with modern DJ booths but as long as you apply the knowledge gained from the Traktor S4 MK2 you will be in good hands.

Traktor S4 MK2 Rating: 9/10

DJ Whrr
DJ Whrr
Starting at the ripe age of 15, I (DJ Whrr) started my DJ career. After buying up high quality equipment and teaching myself how to mix, I soon hit the DJ scene. From DJing graduations and weddings, to clubs and house parties, I tried it all! I have performed at many venues including the Filmore in Detroit, MI the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI and 5th Quarter in Ann Arbor, MI (if you want me to connect you with any of these venues, I’ll do my best – just shoot me an email in the lower right-hand corner). Finally, I also taught DJing at the University of Michigan for a little while. All these things inspired me to create How to DJ Quickly for DJs to learn online. However, aside from DJing, I am passionate about teaching others. This is why I created How to DJ Quickly. Starting out DJing can be tough (trust me, I know). Whether you are confused about DJ Equipment, How To Mix, How To Mix Like A DJ, Getting DJ gigs, or just need General DJ News, Tips, and Tricks and information about the DJ Lifestyle, I will help you! I know what it is like to be a each skill level and I want to help all! This is why beginners, novices, and experts can use How to DJ Quickly to learn more about DJing! Like I said, I am here to help, so if you have any questions, please email me using my email which you can find on my: "Questions? Contact Me." page. Check out How to DJ Quickly for more!
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