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on June 19, 2013
I've been using this unit heavily (3-4 five-hour gigs per week) for the last several months without issue. In light of that experience, here are some quick pros and cons, and then a more detailed discussion of the F1's main advantage as (I think) the most flexible "dedicated" Traktor controller:

Pros:
1) Sturdy construction. It's plastic, but it can take a beating. I know; I've beaten the hell out of it.
2) Great buttons. They are large, soft-to-the-touch, and depress with a satisfying click. They can also take a beating.
3) The USB port on the back of the F1 is iron-clad BY DESIGN. There are mechanisms in place that literally GRIP your USB cable, so that it will not accidentally get yanked out as you bang the hell out of the F1 during a performance. This is the same mechanism that exists on the flagship NI S4 controller.
4) Great aesthetics. Those colorful LEDs look absolutely rad in a dark club environment.
5) Completely re-mappable (see below).

Cons:
1) A single F1 can only control one "remix" deck at a time. You can toggle between several "remix" decks though.
2) Several native controls can only be accessed via the 'shift' button. This can sometimes reduce the efficiency of your workflow.

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NOTE: As of this writing, other MIDI controllers cannot access all 64 sample banks in a "remix" set within Traktor. The only exception to this rule is the MidiFighter from DJ Techtools (djtechtools.com)

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On the F1's flexibility:

This controller is designed to be used with Traktor DJ software (with which it integrates perfectly). Its main purpose is to control Traktor's 64-bank "remix" decks (a sort of tricked out in-software sample player). As such, it isn't designed to be used as a primary controller (your transport controls, EQs, effects, etc.).

That being said, it allows for seamless switching between the Native Instrument preset and your other user-defined MIDI mappings. This is what makes this controller a great secondary controller: FLEXIBILITY. Even if you don't care for Traktor's "remix" decks, you can load up your own custom MIDI mapping (literally mid-song if you want - with no audio interruption; this same trick does not work with the NI S4) by hitting the shift+browse button on the F1.

Don't know how to configure custom MIDI maps? No problem, the vast popularity of this controller has meant a burgeoning community of users who have written totally rad custom MIDI mappings, which will turn your F1 into fully-loaded primary controllers (transport controls, EQs, etc.) or super tricked-out instant FX units. The very best of these mappings are distributed for free (and with step-by-step installation instructions) on various community sites (esp., djtechtools.com).

In short, if you're running Traktor and want the option of full, native hardware control over your "remix" decks without giving up the full customizability of a truly generic MIDI controller, the F1 is your best option.
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on October 30, 2012
Along with the latest version of Traktor, this is a must have. Not only it comes with a lot of loops by Native Instruments already but capturing loops and samples on the fly is so easy. I have been using it for a couple of weeks and I will just say that I couldn't remix without this anymore. It allows you to take samples from popular songs and then tease your crowd so when the full song comes they are eager to enjoy it.
I have Traktor Pro 2.6, if you are a LE user do your self a favor and upgrade, Native Instruments takes good care of Pro Users. Finally, I am an Amazon Prime account holder, I love to have orders delivered so quickly and free, another must have.
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on April 17, 2014
I own an S4 and the F1 was the missing link!

I was able to map all my loading, transport, mixer and FX controls onto the F1 for the ultimate 2-deck mobile solution when I don't want the S4.

Setup:
Top knobs: filter and low EQ for each deck
Faders: FX1/2 dry/wet, volume for each deck
Buttons: FX direct values, buttons etc. like delay/echo freeze. Loading and browse.
Grid: cue, play
cup, flux
loop set, loop size decrease
beat jump
Stop buttons: FX1/2 on/off for each deck

The possibilities are endless!

It's great that it doesn't need a power cable. Just plug in the USB cable and you're all set.

Of course it's great for the remix decks too. :)
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on November 14, 2013
I love the controller ..It honestly provides the best experience for the traktor remix decks, hands down..The only thing I was disappointed about was that it did not come with a $50 voucher that is offered when you buy directly..But I will not hold that against the controller itself..If you want to get creative with your mixes and have great integration ..You can't go wrong..I find myself using this more that the S4 itself.
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on November 29, 2016
Love this thing. Great with Traktor S2. perfect little combo
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on September 23, 2016
These things are amazing. My friend had them at first and showed me how to use them. Simple yet very effective to bring a new element to your mixes and sound. Highly recommend
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on November 18, 2015
I already have 1 hour with it and it's awesome, is a solid controller. It works perfectly and is recognized by Traktor as soon as you plug in the USB, i recommend it to all the DJ's, it is just great....I am too excited to do great things with it
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on May 8, 2016
One of the best additions I've added to my DJ setup!
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on March 20, 2015
A good tool for the digital DJ works seamlessly loops. So far it has not given me problems. The product is total quality. I highly recommend it.
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on April 17, 2017
It's the thing!!!!
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