Review & Video: Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller

Traktor Kontrol S8

The versatile and innovative Traktor Kontrol S8 brings control over more of Traktor than ever, and perhaps most importantly makes some bold statements of intent as to where Native Instruments sees digital DJing going. But is it for you? Read our full length review and find out.

How To Optimise Your Mac For DJing

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In this article, I’m going to share with you some tips on getting your Mac running at its best while you DJ, as well as some small caveats for Mac users that you may not know about. Yes, Macs are known for their stability and reliability, but let’s be clear on a couple of things…

DJing with Laptops: Why To Some People, It’s Just Not The Real Thing

Laptop DJ

Do laptop and controller DJs need to spend an arm and a leg for a full-on Pioneer set-up just to earn the respect and credibility of the public? Here’s my take on the growing trend of laptop-less (or “hidden laptop”) DJing…

Controller Clinic #34: Remix Decks vs SP-6 Sample Player

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Reader Robert writes: “My question is about the SP-6 decks in Serato which I assume are the equivalent to Traktor’s Remix Decks. Traktor has a huge library of remix packs which can be bought to supplement the free stuff. I have checked out Serato’s website and I cant find any substantial material/packs.”

Traktor Pro 3: The 10 Features We’d Love To See

Traktor Pro 3

So Native Instruments is getting closer to launching its Traktor Kontrol S8, the new jogwheel-free flagship controller that adds screens to help break the reliance on the laptop screen. It wouldn’t take a genius to work out that at some point – either when the S8 drops, but probably shortly afterwards – Traktor 3 will be with us too.

Traktor Kontrol S8 Next Generation DJ Controller Ships Oct 30

Traktor Kontrol S8

Native Instruments officially announced today that its newest flagship controller, the Traktor Kontrol S8, ships from Oct 31. Straying from the norm, the Traktor Kontrol S8 does away with jogwheels and platters completely, dropping in a variety of controls in their place as well as two high-resolution, full colour displays.

5 Ways The Apple Watch May Help DJs

Apple Watch for DJs

Yesterday, Apple waved its magic wand and introduced us to its take on wearable technology, the Apple Watch. Touted as the company’s “most personal device”, as far as I can see it can do two things quite well that may be of interest to DJs.