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Last night we got a sneak peak at Native Instruments latest D2 Traktor controller at the Miami Winter Music Conference.

Teased by Uner, who was playing at a Native Instruments event in Miami, the new controller is a scaled-down, more portable version of their flagship S8, dubbed the D2.

Essentially, the new controller is a more robust version of the company’s Kontrol series, but now includes all the added functionality you’d find on the company’s flagship S8 – screens, remix decks, FXs – but without the actual mixer part.

The only issue we can see, and you might have noticed in the picture above, is there’s still a laptop present, which kinda makes sense, but if you’re going to create something where you don’t need to look at a laptop – why not get rid of the laptop entirely, and maybe in time that’s NI’s plan.

What you have here then is a mini S8 of sorts, where you get all of Traktor’s flagship features without having to lug around a 4 channel mixer as well, and from a tech rider perspective – it will allow users to rock up with two D2 controllers and plug them straight into the venue’s mixer and you’ll essentially have an S8 for half the price and half the weight.

We’re not quite at the point of laptop-free Traktor DJing yet – but we’re getting very close.

Here’s some more details.

  • Portable, advanced touch-and-see control over TRAKTOR decks
  • Bright, full-color display reveals pop-up displays, views, and panels for track browsing, effect monitoring, live tweaking without reaching for the laptop
  • 4 touch-sensitive Remix Deck faders and knobs for full, 4-channel control over a Remix Deck
  • 8 color-coded pads to trigger samples, cue points, loops, or beat jumps
  • 14 touch-sensitive knobs and faders provide instant visual feedback on deck displays while browsing tracks, controlling effects, loops, and Remix Decks
  • Multi-purpose, LED-guided touch strip provides precision control over track position, pitch bend and more
  • Quick access to track BPM and Key as well as FX, Filter, and Remix Deck parameters
  • Customizable FX unit with over 30 studio quality effects plus Macro FX
  • 4 foldable rubber-padded feet elevate the unit to standard DJ hardware height
  • Integrated USB ports allow controller chaining and free up computer ports
  • Chain units with included NI Power Supply splitter cable and integrated USB ports
  • Portable, road-worthy construction ideal for long touring

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.