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Color Mapping the Kontrol F1

The TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 User Manual states,

“A Remix Deck consists of 4 Sample Slots, each holding 16 Sample Cells to be loaded with Samples from the Browser, or for capturing Samples live from Track Decks and the Loop Recorder… Samples are color-coded: The colors for each Sample Cell are selectable, and they are reflected on the pads of the F1. The color on the F1 will always be the same as the color on the Remix Decks.”

The TRAKTOR 2 User Manual states,

“The Waveform Display and Stripe View share the same Color Mode (color scheme). There are four Color Modes available: Ultraviolet, Infrared, X-Ray and Spectrum. Select a Color Mode in Preferences > Decks > Miscellaneous > Color Mode.”

When “Spectrum” view is engaged, the waveforms assume a range of colors depending on what sounds they are referring to. Solid bass notes or kick drums are Red in color. Heavier beats flooded with snares and synths are often pink or Magenta. Vocals and mid-range sounds like trumpets or saxophones are often displayed as a pale blue or Green. The FX, sweeps and intro/outro samples were assigned cool colors, inspired by white noise house music sweeps that are often Blue‘ish.

Red – Song

Magenta – Intense Song

Blue – Extras

Green – Vocal Loops and Samples

Most of the waveforms will either directly reflect the graded color arrangement below or fall in a logical place between the sample/color types in the hierarchy.

Standard Layout and Pad Order

The pads are in their standard color orientation and are labeled 1-16 consecutively from left to right. [1] Once familiar, try freestyling and composing using the F1. Keep in mind that not all of the sample spaces need to be filled in order to arrange a fantastic piece. Balance your mix and try not to have too many things going on at once as it can muddy and over complicate the sound. Use the FX, experiment with Punch-Mode, 1-shot’s, Loops, Up-faders, Filters, all of that! Have fun and enjoy!


n01      Basic Beat – Low to moderate intensity with space to add
n02      Basic Beat w/ Variation
n03      Beat Transitions + Lead Ins/Outs

n16      Intense Beat – Fully forced beat with little space to add
n15      Intense Beat w/ Variation
n14      Intense Beat Transitions + Lead Ins/Outs

n09      High Freq. – Snares & Claps

n04      Mid Freq. – Violins, Horns, Strings

n07      Vocals

n10      Intro/Outro & Buildups/Breakdowns

n12      FX Samples

[1] This color-coding can also work for other programs that feature it, such as Serato DJ, Maschine and Ableton Live. Back

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