This article explains how to handle the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 if the power supply of the unit is lost while using Scratch Control (Timecode). The TRAKTOR button below the GAIN knob on each channel of your TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 allows you to switch between the software-based TRAKTOR Mode and Direct Thru mode. In Direct Thru mode the TRAKTOR button will be unlit. In this mode, you can use the respective channel to mix external audio sources such as vinyl records and CDs from external players.
As soon as the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 connects to the TRAKTOR software, TRAKTOR mode is engaged for all four channels. If, however, an external signal (e.g. from a turntable / CD player) is detected on any of the channels, then this channel will remain in Direct Thru Mode. In case of power loss (i.e. the power cable is unplugged, the power switch is pressed, general power shortage) when using Scratch Control with the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8, please consider that if a Timecode vinyl or CD is still running when restarting the unit, the Timecode signal will be played back through the channel (since Direct Thru is preserved). Therefore, this signal could be heard as a high-pitched sound through the speakers. In order to avoid this undesired effect, please restart the unit in the following manner after loss of power:
- Stop the Timecode playback on the turntable / CD player.
- Turn the MAIN volume knob on the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all the way down.
- Power on the TRAKTOR KONTROL S8.
- Press the TRAKTOR button on the channel receiving the Timecode signal to engage TRAKTOR Mode (the button will now be lit).
- Start Timecode playback in order to play your Deck via Scratch Control.
Now you may turn the MAIN knob back up until the desired output level of your mix is reached.