Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 Quick Review

Traktor Kontrol S8
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Categories: DJ Controllers, DJ Gear Manufacturers, Native Instruments, Quick Overviews, Reviews

The Traktor Kontrol S8 made a lot of noise when it came out in 2014, almost 2 years ago. The lack of jogwheels, the build in screens, the 4 line faders per deck to control remix decks.. It was quite different from other controllers on the market. 2 years later the S8 still is relevant, with the arrival of Stems and the Sequencer function it becomes a true performance machine for the creative DJ/producer.

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Our Rating

What We Like

  • Excellent screens, very bright and informative. Allow you to disconnect from the laptop.
  • Innovative features such as channel line faders and touchstrip, allowing to manipulate Stems & Remix decks to perfection
  • Hardware mixer & DVS support, connect your turntables, media players…

What We Like Less

  • The lack of pitch fader is annoying even if there is a way to change the pitch
  • If you don’t want to use Stems or Remix decks, the 4 line faders per channel are a bit a waste of space

Features & Specifications

  • Cutting-edge DJ controller, Stems-ready decks, and stand-alone mixer
  • Stunning high-res displays react to touch-sensitive controls
  • Plug-and-play with included TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO software
  • Displays keeping you focused on the performance – not on your laptop
  • Create your signature sound with responsive Remix- and Stem-Deck controls
  • On-board 4-channel mixer features unique wear-resistant faders that offer unprecedented durability
  • Smart views and pop-up panels deliver dynamic visual feedback
  • Two wide touch strips allow for pitch bending, track seeking, and vinyl scratch emulation
  • Perfectly integrated 4-Deck TRAKTOR-Controller
  • 30 touch-sensitve controls and faders for intuitive control
  • Trigger cue points and loops with 16 color-coded performance pads for instant creative editing
  • Touch-sensitive knobs respond to activate the Browse View, plus filter, pitch, and effect parameters
  • Touch-sensitve 4+4-Channel Remix Deck-Fader for fully integrated Remix Deck-operation
  • More than 30 high-quality studio-effects, two adjustable effect-units
  • Built in professional Audio-Interface with excellent 24-bit/48 kHz-quality
  • 4 inputs for connecting turntables, CDJs or other gear
  • Built in XLR/RCA master and 1/4 inch booth outputs, 1/4 inch TRS balanced and RCA unbalanced outputs
  • Built in RCA unbalanced inputs, 1/4 inch and mini TS microphone input
  • MIDI In/Out lets you sync TRAKTOR with synthesizers, drum computers, MASCHINE, or external effects
  • Dimensions: 38

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