NI Traktor Kontrol F1 & Traktor Pro 2.5
Native Instruments today announced TRAKTOR KONTROL F1, a pad-based, USB-powered hardware controller.
It was built to control the Remix Decks in the included TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 software. TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 provides 16 multi-colored, touch-sensitive LED pads, a global control section as well as a mixer section including four volume faders and dedicated filter knobs.
TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 includes the full version of the TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 software, also available as a free update to users of the TRAKTOR 2 generation. Version 2.5 introduces the Remix Decks, giving access to a loop suite made up of 64 slots, each able to hold loops, one-shot samples or tracks. DJs can control up to four Remix Decks at once and save their work as a Remix Set with its respective beat grids, BPM and key information in a new file format that can be imported into a track deck via TRAKTOR’s browser.
TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 was designed to control the Remix Decks and provides control over the new feature, benefiting from bi-directional software-hardware integration and offering visual feedback through the multi-colored LED pads. Advanced parameters such as Punch mode and FX assignment can also be 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 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, offering transport, sync and tempo master controls. This allows DJs to control a Remix Deck via Native Scratch timecode control with vinyl or CDs, or using the jog wheels of the KONTROL S4 and KONTROL S2 hardware.
Pricing & Availability:
TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 will be available on May 30th for a suggested retail price of $279 / 249 EUR at authorized retailers and at the NI Online Shop It will ship with a full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2.5.
Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 and TRAKTOR 2.5 is available at www.native-instruments.com/f1.