Native Instruments soups up flagship S4 Kontroller, Traktor DJ software

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Native Instruments soups up flagship S4 Kontroller, Traktor DJ softwareNew Native Instruments Trakor Kontrol S4

Both DJ hobbyists and serious controllerists have a ton to look forward to in Native Instruments‘ revamped hardware and software offerings, including a tasty new S4 controller and Traktor Pro 3 DJ software. After almost four years, the beloved DJ ecosystem was beginning to lag a bit as competitors added hefty features — but NI is out to remedy that. The updates to the company’s flagship pro controller and software are just a handful of an entirely revamped product lineup. New goodies on the production side include new versions of favorites like their Komplete virtual synth bundle, and Maschine sampler hardware. NI CEO Daniel Haver put the changes in perspective, saying:

“This announcement marks a new chapter in NI history. For music-makers of all styles and abilities, there’s now an ideal entry point to the NI ecosystem—from inspirational starter kits that guide first experiences to pro-grade products that enable our users to push the boundaries of music production and performance.”

The impressive new S4 alone is must-see tech for DJs. The biggest news? The S4’s new jogwheels are motorized and equipped with new Traktor tech they’re calling “haptic drive.” The jogs promise tactile weighted feel for improved scratching and beat matching, as well as lightning-quick access to song search, cue point setting, and more. The S4 is set to ship in November at $899, while Traktor Pro 3 drops this October. If two decks and ultra-portable fun is enough, NI’s updated S2 entry level rig can be had for $299.

Pizza Hut has created playable pizza box DJ decks

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Pizza Hut just upped the ante on pizza deliver as we know it. No longer will simply pizza pie and soda pop suffice — Pizza Hut is ushering in a new era of pizza parties with the world’s first playable pizza box DJ decks. In a similar move to McDonald’s MIDI controller placemats, Pizza Hut has designed a new battery-powered pizza box for DJs that syncs to users’ phones or computers via bluetooth, and can connect with any MIDI-compatible DJ software.

The pizza box of the future comes equipped with two decks, pitch and volume controls, a crossfader, and even a synch button, as beat-matching with a belly full of pizza and greasy fingers is the kind of finesse that is usually best left to the pros. The global pizza franchise is rolling out the new DJ gear at select locations in the UK with the purchase of a collection pizza with further release details to be made public soon.

Watch Rinse FM’s DJ Vectra show off Pizza Hut’s new controller above.

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