Berlin, October 30, 2014 – Native Instruments today released TRAKTOR
KONTROL S8 – symbolizing a leap forward in digital DJing with innovative
touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays that steer focus away
from the laptop, and create an unbroken link between the DJ and the
crowd. The all-in-one TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 also features a 4-channel
standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance
decks for advanced integration of TRAKTOR PRO 2’s Remix Decks.
Designed to maximize creative expression, TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s deck
sections and workflow simplify live editing and remixing to introduce a
different paradigm in DJ performance. New performance tools such as
Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed
slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.
The dedicated Remix Deck View provides hands-on control of Remix Sets,
samples, and loops while monitoring a deck in full-view on the S8’s
TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 not only delivers dynamic new touch-and-see workflow,
but adds unprecedented flexibility with both classic and modern mixing
media. Digital DJs can fine-tune mixes with two wide touch strips for
precise track seeking and pitch-bending directly on the unit. Standalone
mixer functionality offers connectivity for up to four turntables or
CDJs – perfect for analog or timecode vinyl/CD control with the included
TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software. Remix Deck functions can even be
controlled with timecode media for extended hybrid analog-digital control.
Central to the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 experience, its advancements in
hardware design deliver uncompromising, professional build quality
unmatched even in products exceeding its price-tier. The 4-channel
standalone mixer features a detachable fader panel fitted with patented
inverse carbon strip faders that exponentially reduce dust and wear.
Faders can be replaced for maintenance on the unit, prolonging the S8’s
lifespan. The XLR, ¼”, and RCA signal outputs from the extensive
on-board audio interface surpass that of any current TRAKTOR product,
and easily rival CDJ output levels.
Integral to bringing TRAKTOR KONROL S8’s touch-and-see workflow to life
are two high-resolution displays that respond to touch-sensitive knobs.
Tracks appear on the displays as stunningly crisp vector waveforms while
an array of key views and pop-up panels instantly activate when the
corresponding control is touched. The Browse Knob for example, triggers
the Browse View for track selection directly from the controller. When
activated by performance knobs, Performance Panels appear over track
waveforms to view and modify BPM, key, filter, or individual effect
values. The FX Panel reveals current parameters of up to two TRAKTOR FX
units when an FX knob is touched.
The deck sections on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 were designed for enhanced Remix
Decks integration and live performance features that extend creative
workflow beyond current standards and empower pro DJs to develop their
own trademark sound. When the Remix Deck View is active, samples and
loops all become accessible in full screen on the displays for mixing
with the eight dedicated Remix Deck faders. Eight color-coded pads per
deck can trigger sounds while in Remix View, juggle cue points, or
rearrange a playing track in Freeze View on the fly for boundless live
TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 also delivers increased hands-on editing functions
for spontaneous track adjustments or further creativity. The Beatgrid
View enables instant fine-tuning of a playing track’s beatgrid when
adjustment is needed. Enhanced Remix Decks workflow allows live
capturing of loops from a running deck for instant sampling. And two
LED-guided touch strips provide motion-sensitive pitch bending, track
seeking, vinyl scratch emulation, and keep track of phase in dark
TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 not only raises the bar in DJ performance features,
but also integrates a comprehensive 24-bit/48kHz audio interface
designed for expansive connectivity. Four analog RCA inputs with phono
and mic preamps allow connection of turntables, CDJs or other analog
gear. XLR and RCA master output and a ¼ inch booth output provide
versatile connectivity with any sound system. And MIDI In/Out allows
external gear like MASCHINE to sync with TRAKTOR via MIDI clock.
Adding to its workflow innovations, the S8 boasts a mixer section with
enhanced pro features. Four mixer channels can also work in stand-alone
mode when TRAKTOR Mode buttons are deactivated – making DJ switchovers
or mixed analog/TRAKTOR SCRATCH usage possible with the touch of one
button. The fader section debuts unique wear-resistant faders, which
prevents debris from damaging the fader’s carbon strips – prolonging
fader life, and maintaining proper function at all times.
Fueling the technology behind TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is the included TRAKTOR
SCRATCH PRO 2* software. An innovation in and of itself, TRAKTOR PRO is
the award winning DJ software used by countless professionals. Four
software decks, over 30 studio-grade effects, and powerful advanced
features for creative looping and cueing have provided DJs all over the
world with inspiring and customizable DJ possibilities.
A milestone in Native Instruments’ vision of the #futureofdjing, TRAKTOR
KONTROL S8 is now available online and in stores worldwide.
A video featuring Davide Squillace performing with the S8 during the
launch at Fabric in London is available at:
Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is available at:
TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is available for $1199 / 1199 € / £999 / ¥ 139,800 /
AU$ 1.500,99 at the NI Online Shop and at local retailers worldwide.