Native Instruments unveils new controller at WMC
Last night, at an intimate gathering in Miami, Native Instruments revealed their newest DJ controller: the D2. The unit was unveiled by way of live stream with Uner and Dubfire on hand to showcase the hardware in action.
From the initial images (as well as some background info from Native Instruments), the D2 looks to be a portable deck version of the S8 — Native Instruments’ successor to the widely popular S4. It brings the same full-color display found on the MIDI controller, while also integrating the versatile remix deck functionalities of the S8. The D2 does not appear to have a built-in soundcard — rather it’s designed to be hooked up an existing audio interfaces like a DJM or Xone mixer.
For Traktor users, the D2 could very well be a potent addition to a live setup, allowing one to keep the focus on the decks rather than the laptop while also incorporating some of Traktor’s more innovative features. While we’re still waiting on an official announcement from Native Instruments with pricing details and shipping dates, the company has provided the below images of the controller in action.
Images provided by Native Instruments.