The Native Instruments Kontrol F1 is a DJ controller that has been designed to unleash the full potential of NI Traktor 2.5 as a live DJ and remix tool and take DJing to new uncharted territory.
The whole ethos of Traktor F1 by Native Instruments, is to bring live performance and crowd interaction to your DJ sets by giving you the power of a synthesizer, sampler and drum machine mashed into one. The brightly lit, colourful and customisable backlit controls ensure that even in the darkest of clubs you can be setting the crowd alight. With the F1 at your fingertips you and the crowd will be submersed in a new world of interaction as you drive each other on in a creative mishmash of the known and unknown, the classic and the cutting edge, the past and the future.
Operation of the Traktor F1 is very straight-forward. You have 16 pads, four faders and four rotary controls, which in standard operation are assigned as four linear channel strips, with each channel having a filter knob, volume fader, and four pads for triggering loops and samples. This maps to the Remix Decks in Traktor DJ perfectly, representing the four slots you can load sounds into and play simultaneously. Each slot can hold a total of 16 samples which are arranged into banks of four. You can elect to have the samples and clips beat-matched to the master tempo, looped, or left as a single shots. The pitch can be controlled via the F1 to match your mix or produce new melodies on the fly. The arrangement of samples and clips into slots is called a Remix Set and these can be saved and recalled instantly. The Traktor F1 comes with thousands of remix sets within its comprehensive 1.4Gb of professional sounds.
You can control all the samples of the active bank using the pads of the F1 and simply hitting a pad will load the sample into the relative slot and it will start playing at the beginning of the next bar or beat, or whatever timing you've assigned it – including immediately for one-shot samples and instruments for real time jamming. The F1 enables you to quickly navigate between the banks for easy access to any of the 64 available sounds within the Remix Decks as well as easily assigning and controlling the effects which can be done at clip or deck level.
Any of the 4 decks that Traktor Pro 2.5 provides can be made a Remix Deck and so owning more the one Kontrol F1 will not only make your set-up look amazing but also provide a massive amount of control with up to 256 samples at your finger tips. Remix Deck behave identically to a standard deck, allowing you to automatically beat match, cut with the cross fader and even scratch. Loops can be taken on the fly from tracks playing on the other decks or sampled in via an audio interface or the Traktor Kontrol S4. It is with the Kontrol S4, or the new Traktor compatible Pioneer hardware, that life becomes really exciting as you can grab loops from vinyl and CDs as they are playing to compile a collection of fresh loops to add to the Remix Deck. This means you can blend seamlessly from classic vinyl, to timeless CDs and cutting edge downloads, all the while ripping samples and building loops to create segments of entirely new material – and you can do all this live on stage in front of the crowd, responding to their enjoyment!
The main features of Traktor Kontrol F1 include:
- 16 illuminating pad triggers with user definable back-light colour
- 4 assignable rotary controls
- 4 assignable short-throw faders
- 8 Multi-task control buttons
- Rotary multi-function control knob
- Dimensions: 4.7" (120 mm) x 2" (52 mm) x 11.5" (294 mm)
- Weight: 1.6 lb (730 grams)
- Power Supply via USB 2.0 interface, 5V 500mA bus power.
System Requirements for Kontrol F1 and Traktor DJ Pro 2.5:
- Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
- Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
- General: Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution, USB 2.0, 1 GB free disc space, high-speed internet required