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Matt

Matt
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 …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 26, 2012

GROUP TEST: Kontrol F1 vs Xone K2

Allen & Heath have been making controllers and mixer accessories long before Native Instruments arrived on the scene with their X1.  Native Instruments still has had the slight advantage over A&H due to their ownership of the flagship DVS software, Traktor – but does this mean Allen & Heath doesn’t make competitive controllers anymore?

The Xone K2 arrived on the scene at the same time as the Kontrol F1.  Both are eerily similar to each other given the 4 line faders, and 16 pads at the bottom.  Build quality between the two is on par to each other as well, with the only real differences being the extra set of knobs on the Xone K2 and more spacious line faders.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 21, 2012

What Controller Is Right For You? All-In-One vs Modular DJ Setups

There is enough midi equipment out there to please any DJ or Producer, but it isn’t always easy to figure out what suits you best.  Your first idea, like many, is to seek out review of the best gear at the cheapest price, and hopefully you’ll find one piece of equipment that satisfies all of your needs.  Once you have obtained that controller, you find that it isn’t enough or it’s too much for you needs.

Modularity is the key issue you need to take into consideration.  All-in-one units like the Vestax VCI-400 give you everything you need at your fingertips, but perhaps the buttons are big enough for your liking.  On the other hand, you have modular units like the Traktor Kontrol F1 that make great additions to any setup, but it’s still one more thing that you have to plug in and mount.  Consider your needs, and choose …