Today, the future becomes the present, as Native instruments’ months of media carpet bombing and hashtag owning comes to end, and their worst kept secret becomes a reality. The Traktor Kontrol S8 should now be trickling into shops near you.
We know you’re all waiting for version 3 of Traktor Pro, especially with the Kontrol S8 being announced. But it looks like you’ll just have to do with v2.7 for now, but it does bring some useful updates including a mappable freeze and slicer, iTunes improvements and support for old timecode.
The Traktor Kontrol S8 moves from worst ever leak to official thing. And with the dots filled in with extensive PR, we at DJWORX can now offer a better take on what the boundary-pushing controller has to offer, and equally what it hints at too. Read on for five individual takes on this new lump of shiny nextlevelness.
Finally. After the leak came the tease, and naturally following that is the full and complete word from NI HQ about their vision of the future of DJing. The Traktor Kontrol S8 kicks jogs and pitch to the kerb, and instead focussed on loops, samples, and Remix Decks in one huge controller, that ironically is full Traktor Scratch compatible.
While the DJ industry keeps chucking great lumps of hardware to cater for the needs of software, the iPad continues to offer a highly configurable interface. The Traxus Traktor Remote offers extremely comprehensive control of Traktor’s effects. Jared Helfer takes a look, and catches up with the creators for a chat.
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?
Tablets are established within DJing, and their use is becoming more diverse too. While some use them for full-on DJing, their use as an accessory is growing all the time. TKFX runs on iOS and Android and is designed to give much greater control over Traktor’s effects.
Traktor time code special editions are scarce. But when they do turn up, they’re usually pretty special and done in conjunction with DJ A-listers. In this case, Duck Sauce’s new “Radio Stereo” single is coming on on orange vinyl via Thud Rumble. Only 1000 copies will be made so expect it to sell out quickly. Or Quackly. Sorry – it’s a puntastic story.
Was the DJ world ready for Remix Decks? Mad Zach certainly was. So does this new video mean that they’re playing a big part of Traktor’s future?
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.