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    Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-in-one DJ system

    Berlin, October 13, 2014 – Native Instruments today officially announced
    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 – a new all-in-one DJ controller designed for
    state-of-the-art TRAKTOR PRO 2 control. Offering DJs an entirely new
    performance dynamic, TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is a breakthrough innovation
    built on the desire to bring the sole focus of digital DJs back towards
    the crowd and away from the laptop – accomplishing this through new and
    inspiring technology.

    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s full color displays and touch-sensitive hardware
    controls uniquely fuse with enhanced track decks, a 4-channel standalone
    mixer, and the flagship TRAKTOR software – creating a fluid,
    multisensory DJ experience. Available online and at retailers worldwide
    on October 30, 2014, the advanced DJ controller signals a milestone in
    Native Instruments’ vision of the future of DJing.

    A video showing what TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 can do is available at:

    Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is available at:

    Pricing and availability

    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 will be available for $1199 / 1199 € at the NI Online
    Shop and at local retailers on October 30, 2014.
    Preorder is also available.

    Further product information

    Integral to bringing TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s touch-and-see workflow to life
    are two high-resolution displays that respond to touch-sensitive knobs.
    Tracks appear on the displays as stunningly crisp vector waveforms while
    an array of key views and pop-up panels instantly activate when the
    corresponding control is touched. The Browse Knob for example, triggers
    the Browse View for track selection directly from the controller. When
    activated by performance knobs, Performance Panels appear over track
    waveforms to view and modify BPM, key, filter, or individual effect
    values. The FX Panel reveals current parameters of up to two TRAKTOR FX
    units when an FX knob is touched.

    The deck sections on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 were designed for enhanced Remix
    Decks integration and live performance features that extend creative
    workflow beyond current standards and empower pro DJs to develop their
    own trademark sound. When the Remix Deck View is active, samples and
    loops all become accessible in full screen on the displays for mixing
    with the eight dedicated Remix Deck faders. Eight color-coded pads per
    deck can trigger sounds while in Remix View, juggle cue points, or
    rearrange a playing track in Freeze View on the fly for boundless live

    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 also delivers increased hands-on editing functions
    for spontaneous track adjustments or further creativity. The Beatgrid
    View enables instant fine-tuning of a playing track’s beatgrid when
    adjustment is needed. Enhanced Remix Decks workflow allows live
    capturing of loops from a running deck for instant sampling. And two
    LED-guided touch strips provide motion-sensitive pitch bending, track
    seeking, vinyl scratch emulation, and keep track of phase in dark

    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 not only raises the bar in DJ performance features,
    but also integrates a comprehensive 24-bit/48kHz audio interface
    designed for expansive connectivity. Four analog RCA inputs with phono
    and mic preamps allow connection of turntables, CDJs or other analog
    gear. XLR and RCA master output and a ¼ inch booth output provide
    versatile connectivity with any sound system. And MIDI In/Out allows
    external gear like MASCHINE to sync with TRAKTOR via MIDI clock.

    Adding to its workflow innovations, the S8 boasts a mixer section with
    enhanced pro features. Four mixer channels can also work in stand-alone
    mode when TRAKTOR Mode buttons are deactivated – making DJ switchovers
    or mixed analog/TRAKTOR SCRATCH usage possible with the touch of one
    button. The fader section debuts unique wear-resistant faders, which
    prevents debris from damaging the fader’s carbon strips – prolonging
    fader life, and maintaining proper function at all times.

    Fueling the technology behind TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is the included TRAKTOR
    SCRATCH PRO 2* software. An innovation in and of itself, TRAKTOR PRO is
    the award winning DJ software used by countless professionals. Four
    software decks, over 30 studio-grade effects, and powerful advanced
    features for creative looping and cueing have provided DJs all over the
    world with inspiring and customizable DJ possibilities.

    Video introducing TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 to top DJs in Ibiza:





    About Native Instruments:

    Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware
    for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is
    to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions,
    styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological
    boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and
    amateurs alike.

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