We consider ourselves most fortunate to be able to play with DJ gear as a career. So when the opportunity arose for Dan Morse to take one of the hottest pieces of gear home for an extended play, he jumped at the chance to test his Traktor skills on more than just turntables and add-ons. This is a short story about his weekend with the Traktor Kontrol S8.
Need to know even more about the Kontrol S8 that isn’t already online? NI UK is touring the country’s retailers to give you the lowdown, starting today.
You asked and we answered. Well Native Instruments answered the handful of Kontrol S8 questions that came up that we couldn’t. You’re welcome.
Having previously established that the internet doesn’t allow for the stuffing cats back into bags, NI has to do what it can with what is left. So here’s a teaser video for the new Traktor Kontrol S8… to go with the high res images that ended up on Amazon last week. In a bold move, the S8 has no jog wheels and no tactile pitch control. Are we entering a brave new world shaped in NI’s vision?
DJing is a diverse scene, where making music is becoming an important part of being a popular DJ. So complimenting Traktor is Komplete, and Native Instruments has just announced the Komplete Kontrol S keyboards to harness Komplete’s vast and awesome power. Owain Wilson was on hand to demo the new keyboard controller at BPM 2014.
Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ 1.5. It’s not a big upgrade to the core software, but via the new in-app purchase model, you can now buy cool new features, the first of which is SuperSlicer. Imagine a slice broken into three layers, and being able to apply an effect to each. That’s SuperSlicer.
Native Instruments are really trying to drive discussion around their #futureofdjing hashtag. This time, they hook up with Techno darlings Pan-Pot to find out about how they work and how NI’s Traktor range fits into what they do. But NI also opened up the question of if live remixing is the #futureofdjing to DJ royalty. The responses are not exactly unexpected, but are still interesting.
What is the future of DJing? Native Instruments wants to know and are giving away five X1s signed by House DJ MK to coax an opinion out of you.
Native Instruments has rolled out a long overdue update for iMaschine, making the iPad version more advanced than the iPhone counterpart.
NI has made its already tiny Traktor Audio 2 interface smaller, and at the same time iOS friendly. Mark Settle falls in love with this pocket rocket.