Thoughts on how to modify NI Traktor S4 to play USBs (ie. function standalone)?
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    Default Thoughts on how to modify NI Traktor S4 to play USBs (ie. function standalone)?

    Hi All,

    I have an old Traktor s4 MK1, and I'm thinking about ways in which I could modify it to be more like a CDJ then a controller which requires connection to a computer.

    Ideally I'd like to figure out how I could get it to play media via USB sticks without having to have traktor open.

    Any electrical engineers or hobbyists every try this? let me know

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    Its not possible without building another computer into the case of the S4.

    The S4 has no 'brains' which is what the laptop is for.

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    Intel core 2 duo laptop. Strip the screen. Create extension onto the bottom of the s4. Mount a 8" hdmi 720p monitor to the back. Plug it in. Build a usb hub into your s4 and connect it to said laptop. Good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smoez View Post
    Hi All,

    I have an old Traktor s4 MK1, and I'm thinking about ways in which I could modify it to be more like a CDJ then a controller which requires connection to a computer.

    Ideally I'd like to figure out how I could get it to play media via USB sticks without having to have traktor open.

    Any electrical engineers or hobbyists every try this? let me know
    Well I thought about using a Raspberry Pi connected with a 10" Display and loading Traktor on it...that would be way lighter to carry than a Notebook.

    But I am not Nerdy enough to do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Nawlins View Post
    Well I thought about using a Raspberry Pi connected with a 10" Display and loading Traktor on it...that would be way lighter to carry than a Notebook.

    But I am not Nerdy enough to do it
    That's not going to work, NI does not support Linux and therefore Traktor won't work, I had considered a similar option myself with a screen built into a flight case with a controller as an all in one setup, with RPi running it, but, nope, it ran into various issues around drivers for controller and storage solutions, and that's before I even got to learning that the software wouldn't work. There are software alternatives for DJ'ing, but you'd be restricting your options I think, and the RPi doesn't like being pushed too hard either, so processor intensive stuff won't end well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Nawlins View Post
    Well I thought about using a Raspberry Pi connected with a 10" Display and loading Traktor on it...that would be way lighter to carry than a Notebook.

    But I am not Nerdy enough to do it
    This is way less convenient than a laptop. Youll have to carry a keyboard and mouse, monitor cables, find a way to mount the screen, and its much less powerful than a very cheap i3 laptop.

    This is replacing the laptop computer with a much less efficient and suitable computer thats harder to carry around and setup than a laptop.

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    This whole thing is a dead end idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ekwipt View Post
    i believe in you

    My ears...

    Can't unhear it..
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    what type of form factor are you trying to stick to?
    Is this for other people or just for your own personal use?
    Will it be in a road case?
    When you fly, do you want it stowed or carry on?
    What is your budget?

    Why not just sell the S4 and get an S8?
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