Source Audio have released the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller, a wireless (duh) motion-sensing ring and USB stick receiver.
The Hot Hand USB is gives the musician a new method of dynamic control of DAWs or in live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Reason, Serato DJ, and Logic/MainStage. It bypasses the knobs and faders of the traditional controller, allowing users to manipulate software parameters, on three axes, with wireless motion control. The Hot Hand also integrates with DAW controllers like Ableton Push, Livid Instruments’ Base, or Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S2/S4.
Native Instruments has just released updated versions of their DJ systems: the 4+1 channel Traktor Kontrol S4 and the 2+1-channel Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ system. The S4 and S2 are now also Traktor DJ-compatible.
The Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 combine a DJ mixing interface, built-in 24-bit/96 kHz soundcard, and an “intuitive” interface engineered for control of Native Instruments’ Traktor software. Both all-in-one DJ systems now offer added control over the latest Traktor Pro 2 features. Furthermore, the S4 and S2 are both now plug-and-play with Traktor DJ, the company’s DJ app for iPad and iPhone.
Electrix, the creator of the Tweaker MIDI controller, has announced the release of its custom mapping for the Tweaker and Traktor Pro Remix Decks.
The Remix Deck mapping was designed to allow the user to directly access Remix Decks C/D. The Tweaker’s layout assists in more easily controlling the remix decks, with its 32 button grid giving direct access to the 16 sample cells on each deck. The Tweaker’s grid section also provides direct access to sample settings like Punch, Monitor, FX, and Keylock functions.
Native Instruments is now offering a ‘pro’ solution for iPad DJs, Traktor Kontrol Z1 – a new controller and audio interface intended for both Traktor DJ for iPhone or iPad and Traktor Pro 2. They call it ‘the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface”.
When used with Traktor DJ, the Z1 adds headphone cue, dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels.
According to NI, Traktor Kontrol Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for Traktor Pro 2. It can be combined with Traktor Kontrol X1 and F1 controllers, to create a setup with full control of Traktor’s Remix Decks and transport functionality. Continue reading →