Native Instruments' flagship all-in-one DJ system.
Experience a new way to mix and perform with TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 – a 4-channel stand-alone mixer, professional audio interface, and enhanced Stems-ready decks for ultimate control over the include...
Throughout this video (and starting at 00:51), Carl Cok talks about his first experience and use of the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 Controller: "The key or secret to what I do is that I love it. I have a passion. I live and breath it. I share my music with people. It doesn't have to be hardcore, it doesn't have to be techno, it doesn't have to be jungle or anything. It just has to be good music. And for me, that's all I need to give to people, as far as I'm concerned. I do feel that I play differently because of the technology because I've always been involved in what happens next. I know I can mix two records together very well, that's what I grew up doing. I want to know what I can create outside of that box. I want to know what I can do today, how far I can push the elements of being a creative DJ. From the first time I saw the unit and the first time I saw what could be done with it I was already in. My setup now, with the S8, is I still have two players at least, and two players internal, so I actually have the best of both worlds. I can still stop/start, spin back, cut... I still want to work. I still want to be sweating. I still want to be riding the groove on the seat of my pants. That's the thing that makes me who I am. I need to be challenged still. One of the the things that got me inspired by the S8 is that first and foremost, everything was integral with the mixer. Now it's just one unit to do one thing and for me, that's brilliant because I can just concentrate on exactly what I need to do and how I need to do it. And instead of looking at the computer, I can look at the desk real quick, find what I need, and make that work. And for me, that's really a great day. My favorite feature is definitely the remix. I think the remix is really amazing. That really gets into another funky realm of what could be created as a DJ. You can actually produce something right now, live, in front of an audience. These things are enabling you to create the next generation of sound."more
"As well as writing, we've been putting some serious work into taking our DJ performances to the next level, and look forward to announcing some sets around the world soon. We couldn't have done it without the help of Pablo and Owain @nativeinstruments for their insight into #traktor and their enthusiasm in working with White Lies since day 1. Also, we're planning a future collaboration with #nativeinstruments and developing a VERY exciting new way of performing stripped-down shows once the new record is finished. Watch this space. •"more
Native Instruments' flagship all-in-one DJ system.
Experience a new way to mix and perform with TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 – a 4-channel stand-alone mixer, professional audio interface, and enhanced Stems-ready decks for ultimate control over the included TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO software. Touch-sensitive controls and high-res displays deliver DJ workflow that is truly cutting-edge.
Connect with Your Crowd
Get physical with the music. Touch-sensitive knobs, faders, and LED-guided touch strips bring TRAKTOR software to life on vivid full-color displays, keeping you focused on performance - not on your laptop. The S8's touch-and-see workflow means you connect with your music - and with your crowd.
Two high-res color displays put TRAKTOR software in plain sight. Browsing, track info, effect, and filter values come into view directly in front of you. Keep an eye on the running track's ultra-crisp vector waveform. Or access Remix Decks in full view.
Play different. TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO's Effects, Remix Decks, and track browsing come to life on full color displays triggered by touch-sensitive controls. Two wide touch strips allow for pitch bending, track seeking, and vinyl scratch emulation.
Sixteen color-coded performance pads transform the decks into powerful live performance controls. Trigger Remix Set cells, slice up and rearrange in Freeze mode, tweak your loops, or improvise using hotcues - all within view, and within reach.
Not the average mixing interface. TRAKTOR Mode buttons on every mixer channel toggle between TRAKTOR and stand-alone mode for integrating a wealth of analog and digital gear - perfect for use with TRAKTOR SCRATCH and seamless transitions between multiple setups.
The S8's 4-channel mixer section features innovative wear-resistant faders. Under the hood, inversed carbon strips prevent nightclub wear from debris and drastically prolong fader life.
The S8 offers the most comprehensive connectivity on a TRAKTOR controller yet. Four analog inputs with phono and mic preamps let you connect turntables, CDJs or other gear. Both XLR and RCA master outputs and ¼ inch booth outputs connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 to any sound system imaginable.
24-bit/48kHz of built-in, pristine audio boosts output to levels designed for the most demanding situations. MIDI In and Out lets you sync TRAKTOR with synthesizers, drum computers, MASCHINE, or external effects.
Remix in the Moment
Create your signature sound with responsive Remix Deck controls. Intuitively mix in sounds with 4+4 channel Remix Deck faders. Plus, live capture and trigger your own samples and loops using 16 color-coded performance pads.
Built for Performance
Connect anything your setup needs - TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 boasts the most expansive connectivity on a DJ controller yet. The on-board 4-channel mixer features unique wear-resistant faders that offer unprecedented durability. Plus, TRAKTOR Mode buttons on every mixer channel switch between TRAKTOR and stand-alone mode - ideal for handing the night over to the next DJ.
Designed for Traktor Pro with STEMS
The latest version of Traktor Pro Software is STEMS ready. A Stem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into four musical elements – bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example. With each element available independently, you can mix in ways that just weren’t possible until now. With Stems fully supported by the included flagship TRAKTOR software, each of these TRAKTOR controllers are pre-mapped and designed for playing with Stems right out of the box. You can get mixing with Stems right away with a 1.5 GB package of free Stems tracks. Derived from selected MASCHINE expansions, these 65 Stems tracks cover a wide range of tempos and genres ranging from techno, house, and funk, to trap, drum and bass, dubstep and more.
*TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl or CDs not included with TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 and must be purchased separately.
This piece of equipment is the swiss army knife of mixers. It has the capabilities to be a stand alone mixer as too! This is my preferred mixer for large shows and everyday use. I don't always have the luxury of transporting this beast so that can kinda be a kick in the pants sometimes. I use this with my cdjs, sl1200's and serato. Although you lose a few features using serato vs. its native program traktor, you can always midi map.
By far the most integrated Traktor controller ever! Love the build quality & color display. Don't be discouraged by the lack of jogwheels, because you can connect turntables/cds & use it as a standalone mixer!
The stems format is easily to use to the fullest. The whole body and structure of the controller is like two F1's combined, but now more easily accessed. I'm really proud to be one of the few actually using the remix decks live on stage, and combined with other live elements and the easy filtering of layers in my tracks that I prerecorded makes this thing a spaceship on it's own. It's definitely something to take notice of, if you never heard of either Remix Decks or Stems. But; 1 but, there's no platter. I really missed these for scratching. But the robust outlook could probably only be maintained with the touch sensitive pad above the transport pads on both the lower sides of the decks.
Simple to use, it can get more complex the more you use it. Theres always something to improve on it. From mastering the remix to the freeze function.
I didn't learn how to DJ starting on turntables or CDJ's, I started with controllers because that is what was accessible to me at the time. After gaining a foundation on the basic techniques I wanted to expand creatively and musically. Only then did I realize that the hardware (or instrumentation) I used, regardless of brand or whatever, would always be my direct connection to the music and crowd and that I would be freed or restrained only by it's limitations and my ability to control it.
Fast forward a bit, after really diving deep into what DJ software can allow you to do, and I have found myself fully engulfed in the world of NI Traktor, especially the concept of Remix Decks. With the Kontrol S8, I finally had a way to monitor and control every minute detail and aspect of my performance, without multiple pieces of equipment, cluttered cabling, and issues regarding digital devices playing nice with each other.
It really did open up a lot more possibilities of performance for me and I'm glad I took the risk of trying it out. I can't wait to see the next generation of these types of controllers.
Note: For some reason, it's not letting me rate this item, but I give it 5 stars.
The first time I've ever used one of these was last week, where one of my mates was using this unit. I first had my doubts about it, considering there are no jog wheels on this specific controller. After watching some reviews from Digital DJ Tips along with DJ Techtools, I decided to head out and try one, and ended up taking one home.
The possibilities on this unit are endless, the inputs work as a Traktor audio box so timecode vinyls works without lugging a large audio box around (also saves your desk from messy cables!), the mixer is a standalone so using this as a mixer without a computer is possible, the remix decks are actually very handy as well; being able to isolate different voices simultaneously. That's only a fraction of what this unit provides.
I would definitely recommend this unit.