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Native Instruments F1 Controller & Traktor 2.5

Native Instruments F1 Controller & Traktor 2.5

So, waaay back at the start of NAMM week, we got the first teaser vid of the new Native Instruments Traktor F1 remix controller, which was tipped to be called the X2.

Well, now it’s offically surfaced its actually the Traktor Kontrol F1, but the feature set seems pretty much as predicted.
The unit will ship along with Traktor 2.5 software, which brings in the “Remix Deck” functionality. The NI CEO introduced the device by saying

“So those of you that like Ableton but actually didn’t feel that it’s quite a DJ product, this is it. We take the whole production clipping aspect right into a DJ application, and these pads light up in just the same color as the cells in the Remix Decks.”

Well, it certainly seems to deliver exactly that, and here’s a Vid of DJ Shiftee putting it though its paces (once the mc shuts up!)

Here’s a hi-res image of the controller

Lets take a look from the top down then…..

First thing to notice is the four filter knobs, i’d presume at this point that they would control the same hi/low pass filter thats found on the S4, though of course with these controllers, you can assign them to any parameter in the software to suit your workflow.

 

Next up are the faders, presumably preset to volume, so perfect for doing some manual fades.

 

 

 

Then we get down to the control buttons, sync will lock all of the samples loaded to the master tempo, and the QUANT(ize) button will make things lock to beat, so they are come in tempo perfect (the same as ableton) and i expect that the dial will also be able to change the quantize resolution to bar, quarter note etc.

Capture and size we still know nothing about,  but you can definatly reverse samples so, thats probably what the reverse button is for.

 

As you can see from the buttons, there is no “trigger everything in a line” button, like you find on the ableton controllers, but with four fingers, you should be able to trigger things quite easily, so i cant see that being any great loss. The stop buttons at the bottom are a nice touch too, so that you can easily stop using the decks and go back to regular dj’ing.

 

 

The Native Instruments Kontrol F1 will be available from at the end of May and will retail at £199, including the Traktor Pro 2.5 Software.

For More Information On the F1 Controller From Native Instruments

The Native Instruments F1 Controller At Scan

Traktor Kontrol S2 Offer from February 1st – 31st March.

For two months only, Native Instruments are offering a special deal on the Traktor Kontrol S2 allowing us to sell through at a special offer price of £329 saving £150 on our previous list price.

What Native Instruments have to say about the Traktor Kontrol S2:

The TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 has pro credentials throughout, the 2.1 design couples the most essential items for any DJ — 2 decks and a mixer — with controls for multi-effect units and a third channel for samples. Set it up in an instant and dive right into the mix.

Rugged and highly portable, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the only controller of its size to come with the full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2 included – the same software that pro DJs of all genres use. With TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside, the S2 is tuned for maximum intuitiveness and creativity – resulting in an intensely fluid and fun mixing experience.

The included TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the culmination of 10 years of experience as the industry-leading DJ software platform. Its ease-of-use and astounding creative arsenal are built on the concept of TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside.

This compact and portable unit was built by the same team and with the same components that brought you the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4. Robust knobs and backlit buttons let you know what’s going on at all times and two high-quality, pressure-sensitive jog wheels deliver total track control and easy pitch bending and tempo nudging.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the ideal hardware for new DJs who want to access the same great features used by the pros in an easily accessible and focused format.

There’s no steep learning curve with the S2 – the perfect integration between hardware and software means everything is ready to go, so you can focus on selecting the hottest tracks from your hard drive or iTunes® library. Get deep into the powerful looping features, and use the four dedicated ‘hot-cue’ buttons to effortlessly remix and re-edit tunes on the fly – all perfectly in time.

The Samples knob lets you mix the eight Sample Deck slots into your mix – either record loops from the playing track or use any of the included sound content and two flexible FX units give you access to 30 pro effects that automatically sync to tempo, so you can easily stamp your own style on the mix. Welcome to the future of DJing.

Traktor Kontrol S2 Full Shot
The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2

Scan Shop : Traktor Kontrol S2

Native Instruments Traktor S2 Offer Information Page

New Traktor Controller – (X2???) mini Ableton-esque

Ok, so NI are still quite tight lipped about this one, but as a hardcore Traktor user, i think i can work out whats going on.

It seems to be a multiple loop trigger control, a bit like a 4 channel version of ableton, that will probably be switchable with the sample decks currently in Traktor Pro 2.

I really like this concept, as you could load them up with stems from a track and remix it on the fly. this is especially good for producer-dj’s who can do live versions of their tracks as part of a dj set.

 

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Guitar Rig 5

GUITAR RIG 5

Guitar Rig 5 is the latest in Native Instruments guitar amp modelling software. It features 2 new models, namely “Van51” and “HotSolo+” which are both pretty full on types of heavy overdrive based distortion. It features a new classic compressor model, the reverb “vintage verb” with various plate and spring emulations, a new convolution reverb,  an analog-modeled 8-band filterbank, the new “stereo tune” chorus, and a unique “Resochord” harmonizer.

A cool new feature is the “Control Room pro” model, a speaker emulator allowing up to 8 cabinets to be combined at a any one time. You can mix and match from 27 cabinets and 16 types of microphone, you have control over mic placement and room sound, and I can’t think anyone could need more than that, no matter how “experimental” you wanted to get.

For those of you who want to integrate Guitar Rig 5 further into your production, it also has a new side chaining function which can be assigned to any stereo input.

Finally, there is a new feature called “container” which allows the creation of FX chains that are easy to create and recall for live work.

And speaking of live work, check out the controller pedal/audio interface.

A proper robust piece of kit that performs incredibly well.

 

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