A big ups to skratch worx www.skratchworx.com for posting the now exposed and much rumored Native Instruments controller for Traktor Scratch. The pictures of this device are absolutely beautiful. I literally just had a half hour conversation about how much this thing could cost with the infamous Donny Iceburg. After much debate it’s hard to say, it really depends if this will act solely as a controller or operate as a mixer as well. There has been confirmation that there will be an audio interface built in, what has not been confirmed is whether or not there will be line / phono ins at the back for running Turtables or CDJ’s. Admittedly, I love this controller, however, are people going to use this in addition to a mixer? Probably not. How much space do you really get to set up in most Dj booth’s? Not much, if you’ve ever had do do it.
Here’s a list of what was noted from the pictures,
*Large form factor like the Torq Xponent and Amercian Audio VMS4
*4 hot cues
*Transport controls below the jogs
*Sample player – looks like 4 slots per deck (or maybe 2 decks plus 2 sample banks?) with play, volume and maybe F for filter (should silence the haters at last)
*4″ Jogwheel with a big ass Traktor logo
*Some sort of status bar showing different lights – on air, samples, deck a/c and deck b/d indicators, keylock and master
*Loop controls to crunch or expand the loop with what looks like an numerical readout
*Built in track navigation and loading
*Big filter on each channel
*Lots of lights for ease of use in the dark
*I can’t make out effects controls, but seeing as this controller largely mimics the interface of Traktor, I expect these controls are across the top
If you can’t realize that you must embrace the future and change the way you Dj, it may be to late for you at this point.