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Kontrol S4 MK3 Ninja

Description and Instructions

Latest version: 1.0.2

Updated: January 1, 2020

DISCLAIMER: Due to Kontrol S4 MK3 issue with LED Output we can not properly refresh the controller output by switching modifier state back to zero. This is why all new functions in the Shift layer are currently not supported with LED feedback.

This mapping will activate 4 additional pad modes in each Deck. See provided JPG file for the list of all new features.

Since ver. 0.4.1 you can choose to install special tsi "Kontrol S4 MK3 Ninja (Freeze + Remix)" which is offering 64 Sample Cell triggers in Decks C and D. This tsi deactivates Pad Modes on Deck C and Deck D and activates all 64 triggers instead. Do not expect full LED feedback here - the feedback is limited to "loaded" and "playing" states. 

Since ver. 1.0.2 you can choose to install special tsi "Kontrol S4 MK3 Ninja (Freeze + Vinyl Brake)" which takes the advantage of Turntable effect in order to produce that turntable stop sound each time you press a PLAY button to stop a Deck. Anybody who attempted to map this on their own knows how difficult this can be because TTFX doesn't work if assigned Deck is stopped... To use this feature you will have to enable Virtual Midi Ports on your computer. The process if fairly easy and instructions are included in download.

1. Tone Play:
Hold SHIFT and press PLAY to toggle the Tone Play Mode 'ON' and 'OFF'. Works with any cue =)

Ensure to enable the following setting: Preferences\Transport\Cue Play (CUP) Mode\ set to "Instant" (not "On Release" which is default setting)

-Since the 0.3.0 version you can press CUE button to toggle between two sets of Key (tone) values:

  * 0, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7

  * -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0

2. Freeze Mode:
Hold SHIFT and press HOTCUES to toggle the Freeze Mode 'ON' and 'OFF'. The Flux Mode function will be activated automatically.

-Since the 0.3.0 version you can choose to install one of three different types of controls for this Pad Mode:

  *Freeze Mode

  *Loop/Roll Mode

  *Beatjump Mode

3. PAD FX 1:
Hold SHIFT and press SAMPLES to toggle the PAD FX 1 Mode 'ON' and 'OFF'.


-Filter 92-O

-Delay T3

-Echo Freeze

-Beatmasher x3

-Turntable FX

-Transpose Stretch (Activated by supercombo)

-LaserSlicer (Activated by supercombo)

-Ramp Delay

4. PAD FX 2:
Hold SHIFT and press STEMS to toggle the PAD FX 2 Mode 'ON' and 'OFF'. 


-Filter LFO

-Delay T3

-Echo Freeze

-Gater x3

-Turntable FX

-WormHole (Activated by supercombo)

-Flanger Pulse (Activated by supercombo)

-Macro 1: Beatmasher + Reverb + Filter 92

-Macro 2: Beatmasher + LoFi + Peak Filter

-Macro 3: LaserSlicer + Phaser + Peak Filter

-Macro 4: Gater + Zzzurp + WormHole

Note on PAD FX:

-Each deck uses 2 FX Units which means that you can control effects on Decks A and C independently of Decks B and D.

-The Echo Freeze button have built in fail/safe setting - once it is activated, the mapping will prevent you from selecting an other Deck or a Pad Mode until you deactivate the Echo Freeze button first. In this way you won't have to think about whether you left it activated or not. You can also deactivate the Echo Freeze by Loading a corresponding Deck.

(A/C + B/D + HOTCUES + SAMPLES + STEMS + VIEW are disabled whilst Echo Freeze is activated)

-Top four fx buttons are extension of a PAD FX. Use them in combination with pads for more instant grat effect controls.
Press a button to activate effects and keep it held down to modulate fx parameters automatically.


Download and unzip the file. Inside you should see one folder with mapping content. It is strongly recommended to back up all your current mappings and effect settings in the Controller Manager before importing this one because those will be overwritten in the step 2! And be aware that there is no undo.  

1). Start Traktor and click the gear symbol to open the preferences window. Click the BIG IMPORT button which is located at the bottom of the preferences window and then navigate to the folder where the .tsi file is saved. Once you select the .tsi and click on OK the next window will pop-up asking you which settings do you wish to import - ONLY the "controller mappings" and the "effect settings' categories should be selected - then click on OK. Please note that you need to repeat this step one more time to successfully import the FX settings. (this only matters if you're installing this mapping for the first time)

 Go into the Controller Manager's upper-right corner and make sure that the In-Port is set to your Kontrol S4 MK3 hardware.
If you want to add more controller mappings next to this one be sure to use smaller Import button which is located under Device Setup: Add > Import TSI > Import Other.

If you are checking out mappings and looking into buying S4 please consider ordering from DJ Techtools Store: https://store.djtechtools.com/products/traktor-kontrol-s4

Your S4 will come with free set of Chroma Caps =)

Click on http://traktormappingservice.com/ if you need help with custom mappings for Traktor or Ableton.

Let me know in the comments if you need support or bugs to report and be sure to click on Subscribe to get notified about new updates.

Mix on and I hope this mapping serves you well.
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Comments for v1.0.2
BAB's 1 day ago
Hi Stewe, First of all thank you very much for this awesome work that you offer to the community ! Bunch of questions: does this mapping affect the latency, especially for the jog wheels ? I rekon it has to pass through MIDI and not anymore to the "native protocol" ? Or does it "overwrite" certain functions and keep the "jog protocol" as it is ? I'm a scratch DJ so need to be near to Zero latency (I've try the MK3 and it's fine, but with the mapping ?). I just sold my S4 MK2, wonder if i buy a MK3 since I like Traktor, but need more functions that this mapping can offer. Otherwise I'll have to look on Serato, which I don't like for the FX rendering, the ugly sync implementation, and the lack of snap on stopped deck hot cues. I also wonder why NI don't implement natively that functions, it's well demanded, quite easy because, in a way, already in the soft since many years ! Like the ajustable start stop every other DJ softs do, come on... Thanks you again. BAB's
Stewe 1 day ago

Hey Bab's, 1) You don't need to worry about the latency - in fact jog wheels are not "overmappable" at all. 2) Some features are hard to implement due to old base code Traktor is running on. Let me know if you need help with anything else.

Mikael Lassen 5 days ago
Thank you, Stewe for great work and great mapping. I just experience that when I am in deck B and I touch the move enconder and press hotcues it´s deleting the sample in deck D even if I didn´t activate deck D. And sometimes when I press a hotcue in deck B it´s also playing the sample at the same time from deck D. How can I get arround this? Best regards Mikael
Stewe 4 days ago

Thank you for the heads up! Can you please let me know which variant of the mapping do you have installed? (Freeze-Roll-Bestjump-Remix-Vinyl Brake) Cheers,

Unlock 9 days ago
I love your mappings, thank you!
Stewe 4 days ago

Much appreciated!

gweinmann 16 days ago
Hey Stewe, awesome work! Thanks. Is there a chance, the mapping poster (image embedded above) can be delivered in a better quality? Regards G
Stewe 15 days ago

Thanks! The same image is included in the download package. Open in photo viewer and zoom it in.