Hello fellow DJTT'ers.
It is 9:08AM here in Toronto, and I am at work. I am taking the time out my schedule to share my latest findings and concerns about the S4 with all of you because I feel like you would be very interested to hear how my S4 has been behaving. I'm also quite frustrated, and would like to see discussion and resolution by the end of the day (and I will be posting in the NI forum shorty after this with a swift copy/paste, but wanted you to be first).
There are three big concerns. Let's start with the known concern first.
1. PHASING IN THE HEADPHONES
From what I could tell, I was the first to post about this concern on this forum. After 30 seconds of my plugging in the S4 and operating it, I noticed this problem. Now, this same issue is popping up independantly of my finding on the NI forums. Therefore, other people around the world think it's a concern too! Now personally, this isn't a big deal for me. But it's been 18 days since the release of the S4. NATIVE INSTUMENTS SPEAK THE FUCK UP AND START ADDRESSING YOU CUSTOMERS.
2. FULL TRACKS IN TRACK COLLECTION RANDOMLY TAGGED AS SAMPLE LOOPS AND UNPLAYABLE
The 2 days ago (and only my 3rd day of actually testing the S4) I go to my browse window to select a track I had recently analyzed. I press play, and NO SOUND. The waveform is moving. Okay, what's up? Look down at my faders to see if I knocked one down/over...nope. Okay, did I press anything? Nope. Okay, maybe the speaker blew/unplugged? Nope. Hmmm. I press my CUE1 to re-cue my track, and... NOTHING. The fucking controlls were completely unresponsive. The jog wheel, completely unresponsive. THE THING FROZE LIKE A FUCKING PC! Now I've already brought this up in a thread on the NI forum, and promised Karlos Santos that I would post a video. Which I will. Apparently even with the track marked to be a loop, the track should (obviously) be playable.
3. JOG WHEELES = TRAINWRECKS
So last night aka DAY 4 of testing, and I'm playing a track on my left deck. I decide I want to mess around with some loops, and find a cool section of the track to loop for some juggling for my show at Cobra in Toronto in 2 weeks. I grab the jog, spin the jog back with my index finger at a medium pace to scrub backwards a tad to a cool sample I heard, and FREEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Here is what I know happened: The jog acted as if my finger was using the force and acting as if it was pressing and holding it although sadly this was not (obviously) the case nor my intention. I can confirm that this was the case by testing of moving the pitch bend outter rim. Can anyone guess what happened? The waveform moved (duh). So the motherf**king jog held down and wouldn't let go. Oh, sure, I knew what to do right away. Recalibrate, right guys? Right? Yeah it worked. SWEET!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO TRAINWRECK DURING MY SHOW, THANK GOODNESS THERE IS THE OPTION TO RECALIBRATE *exit slight sarcasm*. This is just so stupid. And completely unprofessional.
3 Issues in 4 days of testing. 2 of them MAJOR. Discuss.