Native Instruments has a new tool for DJs called the TRAKTOR KONTROL F1, a pad-based, USB-powered hardware controller which controls the advanced Remix Decks in the included TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 software. The device features 16 multi-colored, touch-sensitive LED pads, an advanced global control section, and an ergonomic mixer section with four volume faders and dedicated filter knobs.
The KONTROL F1 allows a DJ to launch clips by switching between up to 64 tracks, loops and one-shot samples on each deck. The compact system was also designed to integrate perfectly into any TRAKTOR DJ setup.
Look for the NI TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 to be available on May 30th for about $279. Video presentation below:
TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 was designed specifically to control the Remix Decks™ and provides full and tactile control over the new feature, benefiting from seamless bi-directional software-hardware integration and offering full visual feedback through the multi-colored LED pads. Advanced parameters such as Punch mode and FX assignment can also be comfortably changed from the KONTROL F1 and four smaller pads at the bottom of the matrix stop or mute a group of samples. Controlling Sync, Quantize, Sample Size, Reverse and other functionality, the comprehensive global section also features a push encoder to switch through the four pages of the 16 pads and offers a ‘Capture’ button, which allows DJs to grab samples from running tracks of each track deck within the TRAKTOR software, both before and during the actual DJ performance.
Each regular track deck within TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 can be switched to a Remix Deck, thus offering dedicated transport, sync and tempo master controls. This allows DJs to control an entire Remix Deck via Native Scratch timecode control with vinyl or CDs, or using the jog wheels of the KONTROL S4 and KONTROL S2 hardware.