NI didnt have a whole lot of new kit on show, I had a play with the F1 remix decks and theyre pretty hard to tame, I dunno how I’d use it if I were to integrate it into my setup.
They only had one Z2 out, which was being setup for shiftee to do another demo on the NI stand.
It looks like a cool bit of kit! Wish I’d had a play on it.
I’m a geek, I love shiny new pieces of tech to lust over. Its compelling and I have no idea why.
So when the guys over at DJ Tech Tools posted this up I got a bit excited!
It looks like theyve pretty much covered all the bases, many of the quarrels people had with the S4; no booth outputs, shitty faders, etc. Have all been addressed!
Its not without cost though, £600 or so of cost!
For a 2 channel mixer, that’s pretty steep. But the added features do balance the cost in its favour. I’ll check it out at this years BPM and report back!
For the full review and write-up, head over to DJ Tech Tools: http://www.djtechtools.com/2012/10/04/traktor-kontrol-z2-exclusive-preview-with-ean-golden/
We all got a little hint that HI was dropping something a little different yesterday (11/09/2012). Cue wild speculation, etc.
I personally speculated about a 2 channel mixer with F1/X1 controls, basically NI’s answer to the rane 62 and a poke in the eye of Pioneer.
Looks like I was right! Check it out:
Next level business from shiftee . . again!
This guy is really pushing controllerism & turntablism together like no-one else I know at the moment. He must really take some time over these routines he demo’s for NI. great stuff!
Now I want a kontrol F1!
You can salivate over the new F1 page NI has up until its release on May 30th: http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-f1/
So earlier in the week we saw DJ Shiftee messing about on some tasty new hardware from NI. Just announced, here is the press release on the new product, the F1!
Way to overshadow NAMM, NI!
So, taking the Ableton way of doing things and putting them right at your fingertips in Traktor! I like the sound of it!
I have messed around with ableton quite a bit, I do like it as a DAW, its very intuitive, but I’ve never really got to grips with the DJ side of it.
Many people route traktor into ableton as an audio channel (I think), then proceed to mash up clips with an MPC of sorts whilst spinning tunes in traktor too.
The trouble is, running ableton alongside traktor can be quite strenuous on RAM and processing power. Not so much of an issue in this day and age, but running 2 programs at the same time and routing audio through them is probably fraught with pitfalls.
Currently I use 2 X1’s to do external 3 deck mixing, half of 1 X1 is not used for anything much at all, I intended to use them for an extra sample deck but its a bit mind bending trying to juggle whilst properly spinning on 3 decks! Hopefully this’ll introduce a proper workflow around the sample decks without having to create some mind boggling midi mapping. Im interested, and lstening. Impress me NI.
Release for the product, as stated in the video, is April. Im sure we’ll be subject to many more teaser vids before then.