The next level in DJ midi controllers is now finally here, the much awaited and highly anticipacted Kontrol S8 has finally arrived and as we expected this new controller boasts some amazing and ground breaking features never seen before in a dj midi controller.
The first thing you will notice is the lack of jog wheels, Native instruments have taken the big bold step of leaving the jog wheels off this new controller, a bold move, but in their place we find features not found in any other controllers and to be honest anyone who has ever used a Traktor controller will agree the jog wheels or not really necassarry as we are sure you will agree any serious scratch DJ will want to use a time code based scratch system, which this controller can used in that manner , just hook some turntables up to this and using the controllers built in sound card and a copy of Traktor scratch pro 2 (included)and you will have a scratch system to rival most . The Kontrol S8 has defiantly been aimed at the Mixing creative DJ whom likes to loop,chop, sample and remix on the fly. This controller will be perfect for the DJ whom just want to take his creative visions to the next level, with the simplification of the amazing remix decks available within the included Traktor pro software. As ever with all native instruments Kontrollers a full version of the brilliant Traktor scratch Pro 2 software is included and it will be with the latest version available and any future updates will be made available to you.
The other really big new feature is 2 full colour display screens with full wave form display as well as other amazing display features including browsing your collection via the screens, this will actually allow the DJ to perform with out actually starring a laptop screen and give a more hands on feel to your performance and help you the DJ get back to a more traditional style of DJing but with all the advantages of the using a digital DJ solution, you could even close the screen on your laptop and still perform using the high quality full colour screens on the actual controller a feature we think is a real game changer.
The Kontrol S8 is also a full mixer with connections so you can add cdjs, turntables and microphones. The output section of the s8 has master output on XLR and RCA and the controller also now has a designated booth output using TRS 1/4 inch jacks , so perfect for the DJ working in club and wants to hook up to the venues PA system. Not forgetting midi thru connection for the advanced performer who wants to add even more to the set up like Maschine and other midi based instruments.
In closing this is a quality item from a renouned industry leader Native Instruments and part of the Traktor family of amazing DJ products , this is the flag ship model from Native and if your looking to add a controller to you DJ equipment line up the Traktor Kontrol S8 is ground breaking and revolutionary. Be sure to watch the video of the Kontrol s8 in action .
The future of DJing is here. Touch-sensitive controls and full color displays keep you focused on the music and the crowd. Create your signature sound with 4+4 Remix Deck controls. Enhance your DJ performance with color-coded pads for live remixing. TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 redefines DJing – don’t change the game, change the rules.
?Touch-sensitive controls trigger a wide range of pop-up displays, views, and panels
?Stunning full-color displays lets you connect with the music and the crowd
?Create your signature sound with full 4+4 Remix Deck controls and pads
?Fully-integrated 4-deck TRAKTOR controller including TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software
?30 touch-sensitive knobs and faders for intuitive control over TRAKTOR software
?2 bright, full-color displays reveal pop-ups displays, views, and panels
?Touch strip provides tactile control over track position, pitch bend and more
?Quickly access track BPM and Key as well as FX, Filter and Remix Deck parameters
?Touch-sensitive 4+4 channel Remix Deck faders for fully-integrated Remix Deck access
?16 color-coded pads for triggering samples, cue points, loops, or beat jumps
?2 customizable FX units with over 30 studio quality effects plus Macro FX
?Built-in, club-ready audio with pristine 24-bit/48kHz clarity
?4 analog inputs with phono and mic preamps let you connect up to four turntables, CDJs, or other external gear
?Works as a standalone mixer
?XLR/RCA master and 1?4 inch booth outputs for connecting main and booth soundsystems
This product has not been reviewed yet.