Video Training: How To Connect External Devices To The Traktor Kontrol S8

Phil Morse | Founder & Tutor
Read time: 2 mins
Last updated 6 April, 2018

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Round the back: The Kontrol S8 has a whole host of external inputs, and lots of ways to route what you plug in there through its features. In this video, we look more closely at some of them.

So, in Get Started With The Traktor Kontrol S8, Pt 1, we looked at the very basics of how the new flagship controller from Native Instruments works with your music files even without jogwheels, and explained how really, it’s not such a leap even for those who are used to vinyl or CDJs to using touchstrips and buttons.

In the second part of this five-part “mini-series”, we’re focusing on how the Kontrol S8 works with external inputs. We’ll look at how it functions at the heart of a bigger DJ system, the kind of system that may or may not also have a DVS or timecode element, pure audio inputs, a microphone or two, and a backup device such as an MP3 player.

By demonstrating the difference between feeding analogue inputs through Traktor (“live inputs”) or through the S8’s built-in mixer alone (“direct thru”), we’ll also show you how DJs can switch laptops mid-set without interrupting the flow of the music at all.

This series is aimed at those who are totally new to digital DJing or Traktor, or who have used simpler controllers before and want to better understand the philosophy behind this unit. With some of the other tutorials out there being really very “deep”; we wanted to pull things back to practical basics to help you decide if this is the right direction for you and your DJing. Hope you enjoy the video!

The training video

Check out the other parts in this series:

Do you like the way the Kontrol S8 is designed to “sit at the heart” of a digital / analogue hybrid system like this? Are you excited by anything in particular you’ve seen here? Got any questions you’d like to ask? Please feel free to do so in the comments below.

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