Friday, November 28, 2014

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8

Complete 4-deck USB DJ Control Surface and 24-bit/48kHz Audio Interface for Traktor Pro 2 with Remix Deck Layout and Full-color Screens

Complete Traktor Control for Live Electronic Musicians
Many digital DJs and live electronic musicians today feel about as comfortable operating a turntable-style jog wheel as we would performing open-heart surgery. For us, Native Instruments came up with the Traktor Kontrol S8, a tactile control surface built around the parts of a traditional DJ controller we actually use. In place of the large aluminum platter that typically takes up about 40% of each deck section, the S8 offers you a pair of large color displays with dedicated controls that mirror Traktor's Remix Deck layout, but they're also perfect for regular track playback as well. Beyond that, the Traktor Kontrol S8 gives you full 4-deck control, killer performance pads, and a whole lot more.

Native Instruments Traktor S8 DJ Controller at a Glance:

Touch-sensitive controls let you command all aspects of Traktor Pro
Full-color displays provide amazing Remix Deck control and much more
Complete 4-deck mixer section includes a stunning USB audio interface
Touch-sensitive controls let you command all aspects of Traktor Pro
Don't let the slightly unconventional look of the Traktor Kontrol S8 throw you - this bad boy is mission control HQ as far as Traktor Pro 2 is concerned. Whether it's digging through your virtual crates, piling on the effects to create a killer buildup, or leapfrogging through cue points to lay down a funky new groove, there's not a thing in this beast can't handle. There's even a pair of touch strips onboard to give you fast and accurate track position scrubbing, pitch bend control, and more. You've never experienced a controller that keeps you in the zone quite like a Traktor Kontrol S8. And if you're totally new to Traktor Pro 2 (which comes included), you couldn't ask for a better way to dive in.

Full-color displays provide amazing Remix Deck control and much more
When Native Instruments unveiled their Traktor Kontrol S8 to us, many of the electronic musicians here at Sweetwater gave a collective whoop of joy and started clearing space on their desks. Many of us had been hoping for a controller build around Remix Decks since they were first introduced in the 2012 release of Traktor Pro 2, and these full-color displays totally blew us away. Not only do you get a full display that mirrors Traktor's Remix Deck window, you also get a full set of controls that let you tweak playback options, adjust levels, set loops, and more. These displays also make working with regular track playback a blast, giving you an added degree of hands-on control over track parameters.

Complete 4-deck mixer section includes a stunning USB audio interface
One of the things that's easy to overlook on the Traktor Kontrol S8 is the 4-deck mixer section. By now, we've all come to expect four decks worth of mixing on any major DJ controller, and even the grippy knobs, smooth filter controls, and playable faders on the S8 seem par for the course. But what you might not expect is the excellent mixer/audio interface that's onboard, which offers four sets of stereo inputs (line or phono), a pair of microphone inputs, and a variety of outputs to fit into any sound system. And when it comes to sound quality, you really can't knock the 24-bit/48kHz resolution, which will give most dedicated recording interfaces a run for their money.

Native Instruments Traktor S8 DJ Controller Features:

Powerful and comprehensive control surface designed around Traktor Pro 2's Remix Decks
Hands-on controls cover all aspects of Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 DJ software (included)
Full-color displays and dedicated controls provide access to Remix Decks with detailed visual feedback
16 playable tri-color backlit pads let you trigger samples and cues, set loop points, and more
4-deck mixer provides inline metering, 3-band EQs, dedicated filter controls, and smooth faders
Touch strips let you skim through tracks, control pitch, and adjust other parameters on the fly
Dedicated effects controls let you take hold of over 30 included studio-quality effects
Integrated 24-bit/48kHz audio interface provides 4 stereo channels, 2 mic inputs, and XLR outputs
Experience Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 in a whole new way with the Traktor Kontrol S8!

Tech Specs
Controller Style Mixer/Decks
Mixer Section 4-channel
Platters/Type No platters
Faders 4 x volume, 8 x sub
Crossfader Standard
Pads/Triggers 16 performance pads with tri-color backlighting
Audio Interface 8-channel, 24-bit/48kHz
Inputs 4 x stereo RCA, 1 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x XLR, 1 stereo RCA (Main Out), 2 x XLR (Main Out), 2 x 1/4" (Booth Out), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones), 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
Included Software Traktor Pro 2
Manufacturer Part Number 22792

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