DJ JEFX has created his very own custom built DJ unit that houses his Traktor Kontrol S2 and iPad and it looks very cool.
I spotted JEFX on google plus and saw his images. I contacted him to see if he was willing to share his design on Traktor Tips and he thankfully agreed. His design allows the Traktor DJ App User to incorporate the new Traktor Kontrol S2 with the iPad in an all in one casement unit.
This is a home project just for himself, but I am sure he would love to be in a position to create this for many and who knows, maybe this could go into mass production?
In the meantime though, JEFX happily explains his process down below.
The build process began after I realized how much I liked using a iPad and Traktor DJ App more than a bulky laptop.
A notebook with separate audio interface and separate controller, plus all the power cords always felt too cluttered to me. The iPad feels more musical and I think it will eventually replace the bulky notebook / laptop for many DJ’s.
Traktor DJ has been very reliable and does not “crash”, the controller works great with no latency issues.
I basically came up with the idea to make something that is simple yet looks good.
I bought some wood from my local hardware store and made this in a few hours.
It is actually only two pieces of wood cut and put together with screws, heavy duty velcro holds the S2 and iPad in place and all the stickers came with the S2 and Maschine.
The usb cable has a hole drilled through the wood to get to the iPad.
I have always wanted to design new midi controllers, I have so many ideas for new design layouts, I hope to help design one someday. More videos will be made and posted to my Youtube page in the next few weeks.
JEFX in action on his new Casement Unit
Be sure to check out more from JEFX on his YouTube Channel and SoundCloud.
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8 thoughts on “Custom Traktor DJ Unit – No Laptop Required!”
I am definitely a fan of minimal set up! I hear ya!
wow good idea just needs to get an ipad now rather than macbook pro
It is a cheaper alternative, but also an option that will restrict you in a few ways. The full software of Traktor Pro can handle alot more.
Except unfortunately that nifty freeze mode…
yes – that freeze mode is pretty sweet!
He doesn’t look restricted to me. The full version of Traktor Pro is a pain in the butt to install and dealing with updates makes me contemplate suicide. I use to use external HDs that housed all of my music, which means you have to put the root directory, DB on the external, not in documents. Too much drama. I’m amazed at how easy it was for my iPad and Traktor DJ to work together, find and analyze my music. Very impressed with the minimal setup. I currently use Rekordbox (on my iPad), a rotary dj mixer (Vestax PMC-26) and a pair of Pioneer XDJ-700s. Already that is a pretty minimal setup. But for even lighter setups, ideal for smaller bar situations, the Kontrol S2 and Traktor DJ is perfect. My style of DJing doesn’t require stems and all of that beat slicing and beat jumping. NI don’t think I’ve ever seen that type of DJ perform outside of YouTube.
Looks amazing hey!