Speculations on a new piece of Native Instruments DJ gear have been going around for a while now – whether it be a Traktor Kontrol Z4 mixer or… a Traktor Kontrol S8. Well folks, wait no longer! It’s now official. NI just unveiled their new Traktor Kontrol S8.
This new piece of gear has built in LED screens to further take the laptop out of the DJ’s sights and just fully concentrate on the music playing.
I think this is a really cool new feature, I was especially intrigued by it when Numark’s NV Serato DJ controller first hit the market with built in LED screens.
The only thing I don’t really like about the S8 is that it does not have any jog wheels. So for all of you scratch DJs out there, you’re gonna have to hold off on cutting and scratching if you’re only lugging the S8 to your gigs.
On the bright side, NI’s Traktor Kontrol S8 is DVS compatible so… If you need to scratch during your set, just bring one turntable (or two for juggling purposes).
Personally, this is a piece of equipment I’m definitely going to be looking into. I don’t always scratch during my sets and if I do need to, it wouldn’t hurt to just bring one 1200 with me. I’d probably even throw an Innofader PNP in there!