Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3

The Kontrol S2 MK3 is a two-channel controller with an integrated sound card. It has two integrated stereo outputs (line and 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS), headphone outputs (1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS) and microphone inputs (1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS). The MK3 uses the standard HID protocol to send and receive signals from a computer, so it can work with Mixxx. The Kontrol S2 MK3 can run from USB bus power, and using a separate power supply has no impact on the output level or LED brightness (as opposed to the MK2).

New in version 2.2.4.

Changed in version 2.3: Unbind Main knob from Mixxx's Main Gain, because it controls the hardware volume.

Mixxx Sound Hardware Preferences

  • Main output: channels 1-2

  • Headphone output: channels 3-4

Mixxx mapping

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 (schematic view)

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 (schematic view)

Element

Primary function

Secondary function (+ SHIFT)

  1. REV Button

Reverse play while held

Reverse play + slip mode while held

  1. FLX Button

Enable and disable slip mode

(3) Browse knob (turn)

Scroll vertically in library

Scroll horizontally in library

(3) Browse knob (press)

Load selected track into deck

Eject current track

(4) Preparation button

Add selected track to AutoDJ queue (bottom)

Add selected track to AutoDJ queue (top)

(5) List view button

Toggles maximizing the library

  1. Sync button

Syncs the BPM and phase (depending on quantize). Press longer to activate sync lock on that deck.

Syncs the phase to that of the other track

(7) Keylock button

Enable keylock for the deck

(8) Loop knob (turn)

Halve or double loop size

(8) Loop knob (press)

Set a loop of the defined number of beats and enables the loop

Toggles the current loop on or off

(9) Samples button

Active sampler mode (for the number buttons)

(10) Hotcues button

Activate hotcue mode (for the number buttons)

(11) Move knob (turn)

Beatjump backwards/forwards

Halve or double beatjump size

(11) Move knob (press)

Activates a rolling loop of the defined number of beats. Once disabled, playback will resume where the track would have been if it had not entered the loop

Activate current loop, jump to its loop in point, and stop playback

  1. Jog wheels

Control scratching when touched from the top (Missing: temporarily bend the pitch when touched from the side)

  1. Grid button

Adjust beatgrid so closest beat is aligned with the current play position

Adjust beatgrid to match another playing deck

(14) Shift button

Activates secondary functions when pressed

  1. CUE button

CUE default

If the CUE point is set, jump to it and stops

  1. Play button

Toggles playing

Seeks a player to the start and then stops it

(17) Number buttons

Function depends on current mode

Hotcue mode

If hotcue is set, seeks the player to hotcue position. Otherwise set hotcue at current position

Clear the hotcue

Samples mode

If track is loaded into corresponding slot, go to CUE point and play

If track is playing, CUE default behaviour. Otherwise eject track

  1. Tempo fader

Speed control

(19) Quantize button

Toggles quantization for both decks

  1. Gain knob

Unmapped (adjusts the hardware gain)

(21) Microphone button

Toggles microphone talkover, long press for permanent activation

(22) Pre-Gain knob

Adjusts the pre-fader gain of the deck

  1. HI knob

High frequency filter

  1. MID knob

Middle frequency filter

  1. LOW knob

Low frequency filter

(26) Effect Superknob

Quick effect superknob for the corresponding deck

  1. Sample knob

Adjusts the pregain for all the sample decks combined

(28) Headphone mix knob

Adjusts the cue/main mix in the headphone output

(29) Headphone gain knob

Adjusts the headphone output gain

(30) Effect buttons

Enable or disable effect units for both decks

(31) Headphone buttons

Toggles headphone cueing

(32) Volume fader

Adjusts the channel volume fader for the corresponding deck

(33) VuMeter LEDs

Show the current instantaneous deck volume

  1. Crossfader

Adjusts the crossfader between both decks