Decks and jogwheels
Each deck section has big responsive sync/cue/play-pause buttons, a line of five hot cues (small but again nice and responsive with a good “click”) , a useful couple of buttons to help with Traktor beatgridding, and a really nice long-throw pitch control with a pleasing resistance and a range button for fine or course adjustments.
Loops, effects and filters
Above each deck is a comprehensive loop section, with a host of autoloop functions: loop shift, beatjump, half/double loop length plus manual in and out; it’s the most comprehensive loop section I can recall seeing on a Traktor controller. Also in this section but not connected to these functions are the touchstrips, which allow you to hop through a track, as if dropping a needle through a record.
The central section
Above the mixer is a section with a shiny grey plastic backplate, within which a black back-plated area contains a few output controls and the library controls. Here there are a booth volume, master volume, record and autoplay buttons, and a view button for cycling through Traktor’s screen views.
Front and back of the unit
Across the front are crossfader assign and curve switches and knobs, switches to turn fader start on and off, headphone cueing volume / mix and split cue controls (good to see split cue on a DJ controller; along with kill switches, split cue seemed to go out of fashion a while back), plus two sizes of headphone sockets.
Setting up and in use
Traktor is never the easiest software in the world to get going with third-party controllers, even when you’ve got a special edition (this comes with a “4Trak edition”). You have to install the drivers, reboot, then install Traktor, then plug in and run the software, at which point you have to tell it you want to enter a serial number, register with the Service Center, finally entering your serial number in order to get past the opening screen of the software.
DJing with the 4Trak
In use, the controller is, with the exception of one issue, a dream. The jogs, particularly, are extremely good. They have a high resolution and the scratch performance in Traktor is excellent – not always the case with Traktor controllers.