Native Instruments introduces Traktor Kontrol S8


The flagship all-in-one DJ controller and mixer comes complete with high-res displays and touch controls.

Despite already having the comprehensive Kontrol S4 in its family of DJ controllers for Traktor Pro, Native Instruments have evidently found room for improvement with the announcement of the Traktor Kontrol S8. Billed by the company as its new flagship all-in-one DJ controller, the biggest surprise is that Native Instruments have dispensed with the jog wheels typically found on DJ controllers and replaced them with two touch strips much like those seen on Novation’s Twitch controller.

The controller also features two full colour displays displaying library and track information, with the aim being to take the user’s focus away from their laptop. Like the Kontrol S4, the S8 also doubles up as a standalone mixer, and features backlit performance pads for use with the Traktor software’s remix deck capabilities. The controller, due for release at the end of the month, doesn’t come cheap at a price of £999.99, but those interested in seeing it in action can check it out via the video below.

Native Instruments will release the Traktor Kontrol S8 on October 30.