The Flagship DJ controller for Native Instruments was the first DJ Controller to be different from the rest.
The Traktor Kontrol S8 was the first DJ controller to incorporate high-resolution screens to encourage DJ’s to move away from looking at a laptop screen and start engaging more with the crowd.
The Kontrol S8 has also made a step away from the norm by replacing the standard Jog wheels seen on all DJ controllers and replaced them with a touch sensitive strip. Unless you’re a scratch DJ who uses jog wheels, the average DJ would only nudge wheels for beat matching and Native Instrument challenged the normal way of thinking by stating this action doesn’t have to be done in a rotation but by touch strip.
Where the Jog wheels would have normally been seen, The Traktor Kontrol S8 differs. Native Instruments introduced the electronic music scene to remix and stem deck technology. Remix decks allow you to trigger samples and loops using the 8 colour coded pads on the controller, while the Stem deck technology splits a ‘stem file’ track into 4 musical elements for example bass lines, drums, vocals and melody.
Other main features of the Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller are the 4 Channel Stand alone, DVS ready mixer, four channel analog inputs for connecting CDJ’s and turntable’s, and midi in/out for synced connection between external synths, drum machines including Ableton Live or Maschine.
The Future of DJING - Experience a new way to mix and perform with TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 – a 4-channel stand-alone mixer, professional audio interface, and enhanced performance 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.
High-Resolution displays - 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.
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 software - TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is built for seamless control of the included TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2* – the choice DJ software of countless professionals worldwide. Get in-depth control of your music with up to four software decks, customizable interface, timecode media, and advanced track library management.