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overall very fun to mix with and fairly well built
on February 12, 2015
overall very fun to mix with and fairly well built. i disagree with people saying it is like a tank because only 3 of the 6 sides are metal, the rest are plastic, but it doesn't feel flimsy. all the potentiometer shafts are plastic.the touch strips are very nice, and the crossfader is actually decent for stock.the performance pads have an annoying clicky thing to them, and i feel that they would be better off being more like MPC drum pads, than these clicky things, however they are very responsive and work fine.the screens are amazingly clear and nice to use. i really want to love this unit to death and im not far from it.....
the factory mapping is pretty well thought out and intuitive, if you are already used to traktor , you will up and used to the workflow in a few hours.
however the factory mapping does leave some things to be desired, such as a preview player, and there are no pitch faders, which is ffine for me but some may find bothersome, and the BIG drawback, and the reason im giving 4 stars rather than 5 is that you CANNOT at the time of this review, customize the factory .tsi settings on this controller. there is a midi page available but you cannot user map the screens. you also cannot customize the display information on the screens, such as showing key text, or beats to cue. im really hoping a future update addresses this major downfall of this otherwise awesome control, as i am someone that places traktor in its own league due to the fact you can easily customize your hardware layouts through mappings. in the end the features i miss arent game changers per se(and ill just map the funtions i need to a smaller side control), and i do really enjoy using the S8, however for this kind of money i would really like to be able to tweak the unit to my exact use.
if they open the tsi to user changes... instant 5 stars.