Novation launchpad or Kontrol f1 [Traktor 2.5]
I have a dilemma, i want to start using loops more in my routine, now i use:
Midifighter classic (Instant gratification mapping)
Now i want to add something to control traktor 2.5 remix decks, the question is to either buy an
Novation launchpad or Kontrol f1 i like the Launchpad because you can use it for so much more like FL 10 or Ableton but will i ever be able to properly control the remix decks in Traktor?
i like the F1 because it built for traktor and also it seams to be built better and extra faders and knobs are nice, but then i probably wont have any use for it in FL 10 or ableton also it has less buttons ans costs more and im afraid i wont get full control over the remix decks because i can only afford one.
im driving myself mad with this question, hopefully someone has some good inputs
I'm in the same predicament mate, I'd wait as i'm sure they'll open Traktor up soon enough for everyone to use its remix deck benefits soon enough.
i will use traktor 90% of the time and just use the launchpad for producing, but could i really survive on just one F1? the price is pretty steep for my budget, the mapping part is really no problem i dont know how to map myself but im sure there will be midi mappings available that i can use
1.) You doesn't sound like you would love to spend a lot of time with setup issues so I would rather recommend the F1. Of course you will only be able to control one Remix Deck at once so this would mean you always to mix out or into a song (track deck) or use the second Remix Deck only using the upper 4 sample slots with your midi-fighter or all sample slots with your mouse.
2.) With the Launchpad (To be honest, I would rather suggest the APC 20 as it comes with hardware faders) you won't be able to control Traktor's Remix Decks at all (only the upper 4 sample slots at the moment). Using only 4 sample slots per Deck in Traktor is not really satisfying (and would already be possible with your midi-fighter). This means you would have to use a Traktor-Ableton/FL combo for performing your loops live. So in the end, the Launchpad's huge amount of buttons won't really help you with Traktor (to control the remix decks). With Ableton it will be a great controller though!
3.) You talk about producing. Are you already in production? If not, are you aware of what production means? Especially considering the costs this is probably one of the most expensive hobbies you can imagine. Besides a very powerful computer this will demand at least 1000$ if you want to sound semi-semi-professional without only using pre-canned loops. And of course it takes a bunch of time to get decent skills.
Traktor & loop live performance: F1 > Launchpad
Ableton & production or loop live performance with Ableton: F1 < Launchpad
haha, i've been producing for a while in ableton and Fl studio, got a great computer so that's not a problem but i see your point about deeper control in Traktor, i think ill go for a F1 but not entirely sure yet ^^
yes rocking club thanks for your input it makes me think alot
The F1 is really nice man. I drove an hour to pick one up today, and it was so completely worth it. Its integration is flawless, as to be expected. The pads have a nice click to them when depressed. The LEDs are VERY bright. Knobs and faders feel great. Overall a highly recommended piece of kit. Nothing bad that I can say about the hardware at all.