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  • Native Instruments releases innovative TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-in-one DJ system

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    Native Instruments releases innovative TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-in-one DJ

    Berlin, October 30, 2014 – Native Instruments today released TRAKTOR
    KONTROL S8 – symbolizing a leap forward in digital DJing with innovative
    touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays that steer focus away
    from the laptop, and create an unbroken link between the DJ and the
    crowd. The all-in-one TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 also features a 4-channel
    standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance
    decks for advanced integration of TRAKTOR PRO 2’s Remix Decks.

    Designed to maximize creative expression, TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s deck
    sections and workflow simplify live editing and remixing to introduce a
    different paradigm in DJ performance. New performance tools such as
    Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed
    slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.
    The dedicated Remix Deck View provides hands-on control of Remix Sets,
    samples, and loops while monitoring a deck in full-view on the S8’s

    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 not only delivers dynamic new touch-and-see workflow,
    but adds unprecedented flexibility with both classic and modern mixing
    media. Digital DJs can fine-tune mixes with two wide touch strips for
    precise track seeking and pitch-bending directly on the unit. Standalone
    mixer functionality offers connectivity for up to four turntables or
    CDJs – perfect for analog or timecode vinyl/CD control with the included
    TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software. Remix Deck functions can even be
    controlled with timecode media for extended hybrid analog-digital control.

    Central to the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 experience, its advancements in
    hardware design deliver uncompromising, professional build quality
    unmatched even in products exceeding its price-tier. The 4-channel
    standalone mixer features a detachable fader panel fitted with patented
    inverse carbon strip faders that exponentially reduce dust and wear.
    Faders can be replaced for maintenance on the unit, prolonging the S8’s
    lifespan. The XLR, ¼”, and RCA signal outputs from the extensive
    on-board audio interface surpass that of any current TRAKTOR product,
    and easily rival CDJ output levels.

    A milestone in Native Instruments’ vision of the #futureofdjing, TRAKTOR
    KONTROL S8 is now available online and in stores worldwide.

    A video featuring Davide Squillace performing with the S8 during the
    launch at Fabric in London is available at:

    Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is available at:

    TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is available for $1199 / 1199 € / £999 / ¥ 139,800 /
    AU$ 1.500,99 at the NI Online Shop and at local retailers worldwide.

    Further product information:

    Integral to bringing TRAKTOR KONROL 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.

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

    The video introducing TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 to top DJs in Ibiza is
    available at:


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