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  • Nathan

    I have a question, i just got the F-1 kontrol and i just went to test it out, but i can’t get any output whats playing in the sampledeck?

    I got a audio dj-2 soundcard.. do i need a bigger one to get output for track 3 and (4)/ Sampledeck

    Or is just possible to use: an x-1 kontrol, F-1 Kontroll, and audio DJ-2. all together with no problems.

    HELP ME OUT!
    THANKS!

  • dirty angel

    hi i would like to do x1 f1 setup with external mixer (pioneer). need help with components. using laptop need options for 2 channel and 4 channel mixer. cheers

  • Bosco

    What would be better, Maschine Mikro or F1?

  • Jordanreif1

    in traktor 2 if you mapped your controller to the sample decks and exported the mapping into 2.5, you will be able to use the sample decks. That’s only the top one though. As you see it says deck play – remix deck (in the controller manager). You can duplicate it and map the next slot to another button. Hope I helped.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been running into a problem with the new traktor software, where whenever I attempt to load a sample from deck B of my S4 into the remix decks it automatically grabs a sample from deck A. anyone experience this, or know how to get around it?

    • variable

      I have this same problem, i thought my device was broken

  • Andrew

    Thanks NI . My two arrived yesterday and what a blast. Maschine plus Kontrol S4 plus 2 F1′S. perfect integration so far except the sound driver needs tweaking.

    Ableton has some serious competition now.

    Make grooves in Maschine, drag and drop into remix decks and instant nirvana.

    Cheers

    • Info

      How ate you dragging and dropping from maschine I’m struggling with this

  • That Guy Named Nick 13

    does this ship with the FULL version of Traktor?? or just the limited version?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513887430 Erik Andersson

    My Traktor Pro has never crashed, but 5 minutes after installing the F1 it crashed for the very first time. ;)

    The worst thing is that Traktor seems to save settings at exit, causing all unsaved changes from being saved on a crash.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513887430 Erik Andersson

      Besides the crash I love it. ;)

  • http://djorigin-al.com/ DJ OriginAl

    Wow, so you can’t use sample decks without buying a new controller?   Great… where do I sign up?

  • Arnie

    I have just purchased 2 of these and they are good, the delay at the beginning is also with wav files swell as mp3. I played out last night with my S4 for main hardware with maschine mapped for the effects and the 2 F1s for my remix decks. I run a macbook pro with 4gb and i had 3 devises plugged into a powered usb device. Now the big problem i had is it was creating very slow responses and it was making my deck A and B go nuts but having quite spots. When i used the effects on maschine this made it go even worse. Do you guys think this is because of the amount of stuff plugged into the macbook and if so how con i get round this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Reynolds/748309866 Grant Reynolds

    all this needs is a 4 channel soundcard and it would be perfect.. less cables please! but then i suppose you will get all the cheap bastards requesting that it didnt have a soundcard cause they cant afford it.. 

  • Andrew

    Have 2 on order. should be here on tuesday 5th. So far software tractor 2 goes nicely with Kontrol S4 and Maschine. Love being able to drag and drop those files out of Maschine and straight into T 2.5. Great work NI .

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

    Great review! I’m probably going to go pick one of these up after work. 

  • Djayhooker

    So now I have a Midi Fighter 3D winging its way to me…hurry up and post it djtools im starting get worried ! I just got my Xone k2 and seriously thinking about getting this as I’m going to try Traktor out instead of Ableton for a change. I have a Maschine, that is a lot of buttons :P eat your heart out Dj Shadow!

    I know I can do all this and way more in Ableton, but I  miss a decent dj eq in live , and none of the ones ppl have made are for me, and also I think this is so integrated it will help me focus more, we shall see.

  • JuanSOLO

    DANG! SO are you saying I can plug a synth into the Loop Recorder, and when the loop is done recording, “scratch” that loop?

    Or I could wire my Ableton set into the Loop Recorder and then manipulate the loops via vinyl yes?

  • BaseRunner

    For $250 I’d rather have a Midi Fighter 3d

  • http://twitter.com/cromabeats Marco Flores

    So has anyone tried an F1 + X1 + Mixer combo?

    • Peterbrizio

      found this video online showing them both in use briefly but also interested in an f1+ x1 + mixer combo

    • http://twitter.com/philgrooves Phil

      I’m using a Korg Zero4 mixer and a X1, now i added the F1 to my setup. Works great (as expected). :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/yunes.g.infanti Yunes Giovanni Infanti

      I prefer Allen&Heath’s K2 controller, has anyone tried 2*K2′s & the F1 together?

  • joe

    Hi guys great initial review:)
    Question: How do you set a specific sample as the master tempo of the remix deck on the F1? Many thanks in advance for the help!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

       Just throw one of the samples on a track deck and make it the master?

      • joe

        thanks I mean once you are already playing samples in a deck, you add a new one and then want to set the new one as the master syncing then the other with the new sample tempo, thanks for any help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.drase Dustin Drase

    Super excited to get my hands on one (or maybe two) of these, but the fact that there’s only two USB ports on my MacBook Pro has me a bit concerned.  I’m currently rocking an S4 and an X1 and there’s no room for anything else!  Does anyone have advice on powered USB Hubs to accommodate all these fancy toys? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

      With that much NI stuff you’ll want a powered splitter. Check amazon and make sure you read the reviews. With my usual controllers + a mouse and whatever sondcard I’m sing I require 7 usb ports. I use 2 splitters, one is powered. You can have two midifighters and a vci-100 plugged into a non-powered 3 prong splitter before you’re really pushing it. But I would trust NI when they say you need powered splitters for their stuff. X1′s sometimes don’t light up when plugged into splitters without power (unless they’re the only thing plugged in). Audio 2 dj works fine in a power with no hub but Audio 10 cards don’t work so well. I’m not sure how relevant that is to you since your soundcard is built in, but I’m sure when you combine a soundcard with a controller you’re just double the likelyhood of needing any splitter you plug it into to be powered.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

       The most important thing is reading the reviews. If you find some cool splitter on a website like “thinkgeek.com” that happens to have good reviews, don’t necessarily trust that is will fit your needs. Just because it’s shaped like Yoda’s head or requires a removable key to function doesn’t mean it’s well made. Even if a splitter has good reviews, you have to consider who the reviewers really are and whether or not their needs could be met even with an unpowered splitter made by some kid in a basement. Look for amazon reviews where the reviewer has identified him or herself as a producer or dj, then trust that the review is legit.

  • MaBonzo

    wouldn’t it be cool if they put out a new version of maschine that has RGB like the F1 and be able to control the remix? Thats something i would jump on 

  • http://www.facebook.com/bonestln Tash’i-nga Nyamuyaruka

    wouldn’t it be cool if they put out a new version of maschine that has RGB like the F1 and be able to control the remix? Thats something i would jump on

  • Sasha ua

    Guys who know where i can download nice hip-hop siren sample free – like in old-school hip-hop track or in partybreak – many guys use that sound, but where are they download it? please give me a link.

  • armyofme – Priscilla.J

    Thanks for posting the vid. Appreciate it. And kudos on an excellent review.

    • RockingClub

      Lol! I already assumed that video could be by you due to the typical style of shooting^^

      • armyofme – Priscilla.J

         hehe.

  • 520|S_Rig

    Great review as always DJTT, but am I the only one that sees Kontrol F1 as the best compact controller for Ableton?! Think of it combined with Allen & Heath DB4!

    • Anonymous

      I’m writing a “red box” remote script for it as we speak :)

  • http://twitter.com/djbriandamage djbriandamage

    So are these remix decks just glorified triggers or do they have transport controls?  Can I load Aah and Fresh into remix decks and scratch them?

    • BPSS

      Yes

      • BPSS

        Yes you could actually switch between the aah & fresh mid scratch if i understand correctly how the punch mode works.

  • http://spencerthayer.tumblr.com Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

    The F1′s exclusivity wont last for very long. Right now there are two people who have posted semi working proof of concepts on this issue, http://youtu.be/SuzDxwzv5Sg & http://youtu.be/zQ4djl8wi0Q

  • Jfd6812

    Very cool, no doubt, but if you DJ with the S4, space is already at an absolute premium. I think it would be tough to fit both an S4 and an F1 in a lot of DJ booths. 

  • DJ Segatto

    How about an arcade button hack kinda like the original vci-100 mod that kicked off this site? Graft the top part of a F1 on top of a MF3D and we’ll have the ultimate remixd deck controler combining super tight 2way integration with killer arcade buttons!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/piopro James ‘Pioneer’ Burkill

      good call seeing as NI neglected to tell DJTT about T2.5

  • Beerflavoredwater

    Wherecan i find the F1 manual?

  • http://twitter.com/Lylax_Dubs Lylax

    I ended up getting the F1 this past weekend after some strings were pulled at my local guitar center. ( thank you DJ Treeman ) I am really impressed with the look and feel of the F1. Its solid, and the pads have a perfect feeling to them.

    I did like the remix packs….some were awesome (Superior Dialect is nasty), but im looking for more samples and such, and really get a “live remix” happening. I am thinking of using the F1 with A Capellas to really mix up some vocal verses and choruses.

    is there anyone else out there making their own packs yet? or got some ideas on using the remix decks in their own way. just looking to get creative and have some fun while moving away from the NI sample packs.

    –Steve A

    • Anonym

      Just get some sample-packs at loopmasters ;)!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

      DJTT just posted an article on where you can get loops. It’s probably still on the home page, toward the bottom. I would recommend buying your sound packs. I torrented a huge pack of samples the other day and the majority of the pack was junk. 

  • Ward Slager

    NI should make a hybrid combination of the Maschine and ship it with traktor and maschine!!

    • ned

       Maschine RGB… that just sounds like pure sex

      • George Rosebush

        Funny that this actually ended up happening.

        • wardtf

          Will they give me a job now designed a product for them? :P

    • Ginkgo

      I’d wager that when Maschine 2.0 drops, that’s what it will be. Thus pissing off everyone who already owns a Maschine or an F1.

  • M.P.

    Well… Still I prefer to buy your 3D miracle box than this :)

  • Truth

    nice review, glad to see it here first. one might even say that DJTT is the the only place you’ll ever need to come for anything related to DJ technology.

    • https://plus.google.com/112767041460502214504 Greg Miernicki

      djworx isnt bad either :)

    • DJ JOHN HAMMER

      DJWorx is a go-to site if you enjoy articles that are related to DJing and gear outside of the NI hype-machine. 

      DJTT is good but has a tendency to suck the NI nipple a little too hard, a little too often. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

        But NI is the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513887430 Erik Andersson

    Man I suck… I told myself that I wasn’t going to buy any new hardware…but still ended up ordering a Kontrol F1. :P

    • Michael_lawrence01

      lmfao…i am on the same boat….I haven’t ordered yet though…i said I would wait for th article to decide…and my finger is lingering over the “checkout button” lol

    • http://profiles.google.com/rob.ticho Robert Ticho

      I had to make a bet with another DJ as a safeguard against buying the f1 right away. The bet was that if I purchase it in the first two months it’s out, he gets to use it for the first 4 weeks.

  • Jane

    Excellent read – thanks DJTT

  • Anonymous

    Finally a viable way to combine and trigger all those horn blowing, “put your hands up in the air” and other wonderful DJ tools and accapellas :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269257451 Sebastian Gonzato

      I can finally transition between Drum & Bass Songs without having to mix! All I have to do is play a sample telling people to put ‘lightas in the air’, spinback the track and drop the next one: brilliant! 

      Nah but the remix decks look quite fun.

  • http://djfdrk.blogspot.com FDRK

    Just reserved one for tomorrow!

  • Anonymous

    Join our project to hack NI’s F1 HID protocol and make a driver that sits between Traktor and your MIDI device. It should make Traktor think it has an F1 installed and allows your MIDI device to spoof F1 messages to Traktor allowing full access to Traktor’s capabilities to MIDI devices: http://forum.djtechtools.com/showthread.php?t=52878

    • Periklis

      • Anonymous

        oops.

      • Anonymous

        Sending the keys is simple enough, converting MIDI events to a HID record where all keystates are sent as a single HID report. We want the full bidirectional LED feedback too…

    • http://www.facebook.com/piopro James ‘Pioneer’ Burkill

      get hacking team that is all i can say i’m a hardware to your software make this work and beautiful for us all

  • http://twitter.com/AlexMarkachev Alex Markachev

    I spent 4 hours yesterday trying to tune traktor 2.5 settings to use remix decks with TouchOSC, result same as on my S4. I can’t control cells, only slots. That’s actually a bit sad news, and mp3 loops quality really poor as in article said.

    • MaLazer

      Wow, same here. Ran into a LOT of road bumps…

  • Str80180

    Looking forward to the software update! That said though, using your mouse to select squares from the remix decks for a controller to trigger in Traktor 2.5 is still far more intuitive than the sample decks were, I just wanna get back out of the laptop.

    Would far rather a MF3D mapped to this than the F1, but an awesome, complementary controller either way. I’d definitely use it if i had one, we’ll just see who folds first, my wallet, or NI with their mapping update.

  • GM

    Nice controller but still a bummer that we can’t map the remix deck to something like the Launchpad

  • http://twitter.com/delaeasy Delaeasy

    FIRST “DELAEASY” NYC!!! I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!! TO GO WITH MY S4,X1,MACHICE