NI’s Traktor Kontrol S8 has an official release date and price
When Native Instruments released the Traktor Kontrol S4, it was a game-changer for the digital DJing world. It proved to be the perfect all-in-one controller for bedroom DJs and mobile professionals alike thanks to its compact setup and feature-rich design. Now, Native Instruments is looking to inspire the next great wave of change with the Traktor Kontrol S8.
Unlike its predecessor, the Kontrol S8 is a less of an intermediary between the old school-new school DJ dialectic and more of a full-on espousal of the digital DJing world. With that said, it’s also an attempt to shift the focus from the Laptop and onto the controller itself.
From the previews and images thus far, the controller has received a bit of a mixed response. There are countless digital DJs who have embraced the vision of the controller, yet their enthusiasm is matched by the skepticism of DJs from the turntable and CDJ world have scoffed at the controllers’ lack of jog wheels and tempo faders. Finally, you have a large demographic left in the middle, puzzled by its design but curious as to its potential.
With Native Instruments’ latest video, we get a bit more sense of what the all-in-one controller is capable of, and from the looks of it, there’s quite a lot to be excited about.
The Traktor Kontrol S8 will be available October 30th for the price of $1,199. Pre-order it here.