So, now that I am using traktor with Final Scratch in a serious manner again (yay for 2.6 release!), I went looking for a small controller solution so I wouldn't have to use my laptop keyboard while playing out. Something about touching a keyboard is offensive when you don't (or shouldn't) have to. I bought the Shuttle Pro 2 controller by Contour Designs. It was $99 bucks from the Apple store and it works with Macs and PCs. It hooks up via USB and is shaped to fit your hand resting on it... it is one of the smallest, and full featured, devices of its kind, IMO. I have a Novation Remote25 keyboard, but that thing is too honkin' big to bring to a gig WITH A LAPTOP and FS AMP too. Fuhgettaboutit. But the Shuttle Pro 2 is the right size. And a long connection cable too. Important for sure. So, I've set it up to mimic keyboard commands (as opposed to MIDI that most external remotes will probably use). It works REALLY well. It has 15 assignable buttons, and a nice knob with a good feel. I've set the middle scroll piece to select tracks and the knob piece for pitch bend adjusts... and it feels great. Adds a bit of physicality to the whole DJ process as it bypasses having to strike a key. It has a bit of pull/play to it. Very nice. Anyway, Highly recommended. NI should hook up with these cats and do a special set up for it. I've got this thing set up to the point that I don't have to touch my keyboard to select tracks, load them, loop, pitch correction, etc. The only thing I wish worked in 2.6 was the F key shortcuts for playlists... this is the only piece (playlist selection) that causes me to have to touch the computer at all. rob.