Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Flight Case
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- Elevates your S4 unit to industry-standard DJ hardware height
- Detachable front panel for adjusting controls on the front of the S4
- Material: Wood with aluminum casing and inner felt padding
- White Traktor Kontrol S4 logo print on front
- Bottom: rubber feet for sturdy positioning.
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Description for Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Flight Case
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Flight Case. The black Traktor Kontrol S4 Flight Case from Native-Instruments is specifically designed to hold the Kontrol S-4 DJ Software Controller. This is a sturdy and reliable case that is tough on the outside but soft padded on the inside. For the DJ who gets around town, this is the way to go. Not only does it hold the S4 but it can readily be turned into a laptop stand. The stand also elevates the S4 into an industry-wide accepted height for DJs that will comfortably fit into any booth. The wood and aluminum casing is meant to withstand the rigors of nightclub and transportation. The front opens up so you'll have full access to the controls on your S4. Reinforced corners prevent damage from incidental bumps. For sturdy footing, the bottom is supplied with durable rubber feet that will hold the case firm during gigs. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Flight Case Features: Elevates your S4 unit to industry-standard DJ hardware height Detachable front panel for adjusting controls on the front of the S4 Material: Wood with aluminum casing and inner felt padding White Traktor Kontrol S4 logo print on front Bottom: rubber feet for sturdy positioning. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Flight Case Specifications: Type of Closure: Twist locks 1 Exterior Dimensions: 23.6 x 18 x 8.3" (60 x 46 x 21cm) Carrying/Transport Options: Carry handle Weight: 8.7 kg.
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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4/S5 Flight Case
This robust and reliable case is designed especially for TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S5. Soft padding on the inside, extremely durable on the outside, perfect for any mobile DJ. Special feature: This case can easily be turned into a rock-solid laptop stand as well as elevating the S4 or S5 unit to the level of industry-standard DJ hardware - a compact solution that fits into any DJ booth.
- Elevates your S4/S5 unit to industry-standard Dj hardware height.
- Detachable front panel for adjusting controls on the front of the S4/S5.
- Wood with aluminum casing and inner felt padding.
- White TRAKTOR logo print on front.
- Outer Dimensions: 23.6" x 18" x 8.3"
- Weight: 19 lbs
- Rubber feet for sturdy positioning
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Too much room in the back where the wires are and also on top of it. Might need to invest in some more padding if you're worried. Get some double sided velcro and heavy duty foam and cut to size to keep secure while traveling.
However, Because the pads are so perfectly fitted on the side of the mixer, it actually holds the mixer into place, and if it ever did come loose in transit, there's a pad velcro'd to the bottom of the laptop stand that should protect it a bit.
Really couldn't be happier with this case. Love being so mobile on a moments notice without worrying :)
I recommended, at least, to those that want to have fun at home mixing for your own parties while keeping them secure and away from the wrong hands (kids) and collecting dust when not in use. For the professional, I couldn't tell for sure if it's right for the road, but for the price, you could give it a try. (as of May 2013 you won't find it new anywhere for less than $169. I took the time and did my homework)
It matches the build quality of major case-makers like Odyssey, etc. (and is likely built by one of them, under-contract). Very solid metal edge hardware, corner bumpers, latches, and tongue-and-groove lid/body joints should provide more than adequate protection. (However, do note the thin plywood panels used, which provide only minimal protection from penetrating impacts. This is very standard for this type of case and not out of the norm, just something to be aware of).
The inside of the case has custom-cut foam to cradle and restrain the S4 controller as well as provide shock absorption, again in-keeping with the norm for a professional case. This is where a specifically-made case like this shows it's value - this case is made just for this piece of hardware and doesn't waste space (or weight) that a more generic case would.
The sliding laptop tray has excellent rails, superior to those on similar dj-cases I've used. The tray slides easily and with no wiggle or "racking". The tray itself has a convenient hole in the center rear to allow pass-through of the USB cable for the controller. It also has a metal "lip" at the front edge to keep a laptop from sliding off the front. Given the carpet/fabric surface of the tray, this is probably superfluous and it does get in the way of using open-space on the tray as a mousing surface. Unfortunately, it is wrapped under the carpet and not really removable. Some folks would desire the extra security of this lip.
The tray also has two wide velcro straps attached to its lower surface, with which to secure a laptop to the top of the tray. I could see no use for these. They would be in the way when performing and my laptop is too large to fit on the tray with the case closed (not that it was relevant for me. I keep my laptop in a padded laptop bag. For me, the case is strictly to protect the controller). These straps were easily taken off by removing a couple of screws. The case also includes a package of pre-cut foam pads, presumably to customize the fit of the foam to other brands of controller, etc.
It's a case, so it doesn't really need a manual, but a 1-page pack-in sheet (or a similar blurb on their website) explaining NI's intent for the velcro straps and the foam pieces would have been helpful. I was left scratching my head and wondering how much these added to the price, unnecessarily.
The case has a removable panel on the front edge to allow good access to the headphone jack and associated control knobs on the S4. This panel will be easy to lose, when it's loose, but it's a necessary thing. I would have appreciated a similar panel on the rear edge, as cable connections can be a bit more work than they ought to be. The case has a decent amount of open-space behind the controller to allow for cables but not really enough. Getting cables up over the case's lip and hooked into the S4's jacks pretty much forces pulling the S4 up out of the foam. This is extra hassle and will also wear the foam out, in time. 90-degree adapters make this easier, but NI missed the mark here and it's my only real gripe about this case.
Some folks may also be put off by the graphics on the case's exterior. Typically, flight cases are plain black affairs, but NI took the opportunity to make sure your audience knows you are using Traktor. It is silk-screen on most flat surfaces and on the edges of the laptop tray. If your a proud NI Traktor user and want to show it, this won't be an issue. If you'd prefer to advertise your own company or yourself, then it will take some extra effort to paint over (and waste some of the purchase price).
Closing thought - this is a very good case and is custom-made to protect the Kontrol S4. With most folks paying in-excess of $900 to get that controller, I can't imagine taking that kind of investment out to gigs without professional-caliber protection and this case does a great job with minimal excess size and weight.
Also, The handle is awkward when you close the case. It seems upside down. What I mean is: when you close the case with the S4 facing up and latch the sides... the spring handle you pull down rather than pull up from a sitting position. It's counter intuitive to the traditional flight case I'm used to for my Technics + Odyssey cases
Other than the little nuance, it has worked great for me in this month or so!