December 3, 2012

Drumcell Interview: Thoughts on Traktor

With the release of Traktor Pro 2.6 earlier this year, many DJ’s are beginning to take advantage of the new remix deck functionality, better BPM detection, and the new flux mode and macro FX selections. In addition the new hardware  from Native Instruments like the Traktor Kontrol F1 and their first forray into mixers with the Traktor Kontrol Z2, help to make these new features in the Traktor update even more useful. The techno DJ and Traktor specialist Drumcell is not just a former spokesman for the DJ software, but he is an active user of the software and uses it at every gig.

When we interviewed Drumcell he was performing with two laptops: one to use with Traktor and utilizing 4 decks, and the other with Ableton where he was launching clips with Native Instruments Maschine. He noted that in the very near future he will be integrating …


August 29, 2012

Maschine Mk II- Some Upgrades Are Hard to Fight

So, it’s finally happened. After a little speculation as prices dropped and units ran out of stock all over the place, Maschine has finally seen an upgrade.

Last week, we had Native stop by our offices to talk about this and some other wild surprises en route from everyone’s favorite integrated hardware/software geniuses, and were not let down when we got our hands on the new unit. Yes, I have known the whole time and couldn’t tell you guys, unlike certain leaky brick and mortar retailers… I’m sorry… but I still love you.

So, although I have been tight lipped, I will give you the skinny.

1. Color Led pads:

Remember those awesome pads from the mikro? Remember those awesome pads on the F1? Well, they’ve been combined. Now you have the improved feel of the Mikro and you also have color coding and such at your disposal. Brave …