Light-up colored grids are hardly news in the controller scene. But what makes original, boutique hardware worthy of the name “Digital Warrior” is the unique take it brings to DJing and live remix – pushing the envelope with Native Instruments’ Traktor (all the while perhaps making even Ableton Live a little bit jealous).
The new hardware takes Traktor’s Remix Decks and transforms them with built-in step sequencing, in a kind of mash-up of a lot of different techniques. You have to see the results in action to really appreciate how nice that can be.
CDM reader and electronic music inventor Tomash Ghzegovskyy is the artist who created the hardware, and the best way to understand what he’s done is to watch him play.
It’s like the monome and Traktor met in a club and danced until dawn.
And this hardware will be coming to you soon. Here’s what Tomash says:
Heavily inspired by the Midi Fighter, Maschine and Ableton Push, is an light and compact midi controller. Its uneque feature though, is the ability to map Traktor’s remix decks to the controllers 32 step sequencer, giving the ability to rhythmically manipulate loops on the fly, without the need of running any DAW’s or expensive hardware.
It’s actually a little easier to follow what’s going on in a video of an earlier prototype:
I’d be impressed enough if Tomash just built this for himself, as his performance technique is rather nice, but he’s seeking to bring the product to others. Specs:
built in 16 voice 32-step sequencer. traktor remix decks mapping for on the fly dynamic loops
16 banked RGB button pads and 2 endless tri-color encoders
164 uniquely mapable elements for total control
fully aluminium enclosure
Read the full specs:
It’s all done via MIDI, so this could be adapted to other software, too.
And the price is 120€ kit, 160€ assembled.
Now, the build is not what you get from an Ableton or NI – these are standard pads and whatnot, and that means someone else might rig something up with their own software and hardware. But I like the idea from a performance perspective a lot. And there’s something charming about seeing DIY hardware in a Traktor rig. I hope we get to see this develop.
And it’s worth checking out more of the work of Tomash Ghz – great audiovisual performance stuff here: