[Video] Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 “Officially” Announced
A few short weeks ago, information surfaced from a popular DJ equipment sales site regarding a brand new Traktor X1 controller that was set to be released by NI the end of this summer. The rumors are now confirmed as the new Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 has officially been announced by Native Instruments on Monday.
As we reported in the Leak Story, the new Traktor Kontrol X1 will work seamlessly with the new and enhanced features of the Traktor Pro software and provide new ways to control the mix via the new :centrally-located" touch-strip that allows DJ's to either manipulate effects/loops or nudge the track for beatmatching. The Touch-Strip can "sense" two fingers at a time meaning DJ's can nudge or drag two tracks at a time (left portion of the touchstrip for Deck A and right portion of the touch-strip for Deck B), or the user can place both fingers on the touchstrip for some extreme effect manipulation.
In addition to this new touch-strip innovation, the new X1 sports a few new features such as a loop count display, loop knobs, RGB backlit hotcue buttons, and Flux Mode. With the new X1 updates, it makes things easier for a person looking to control most of the playback functions within Traktor on a small and very portable device.
The New Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 In Action
The new X1 will use all of the same stands and cases as the original and works as a great companion for the new Traktor Kontrol Z1 mixer in Traktor Pro. On a side note, the new Traktor Kontrol X1 does not (and will not) work with the Traktor DJ App for iOS devices as many thought it would. Instead, the new X1 is aimed purely at DJ's who are using the full Traktor software on their computers either with a DVS solution or as a compact standalone controller for Traktor. The new Traktor Kontrol X1 will come in at $200 retail and it will be available very soon...
Stay tuned to this space for the full HD-Video and written review treatment coming soon...Check out the full NI press release below for more information on the Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2.
Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2
Berlin, July 15, 2013 – Native Instruments today announced the updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, a new version of the compact and highly popular decks and effects controller. With the same size and robust product design as the original controller, the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s new features include touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders, 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and an innovative multi-purpose touch strip for added tactile control. When combined with TRAKTOR PRO, KONTROL X1 MK2 delivers plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 freely assignable TRAKTOR FX units – with or without the use of turntables or CDJs.
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 allows direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. This allows fast and fluid cue point juggling and effects looping without the worry of losing phase or sync during performance. Quality RGB back-lit buttons, LED, and 7-segment displays provide precise visual feedback even in the darkest conditions. The effects section features 8 high-resolution potentiometers with buttons to match, and allows simultaneous control of all parameters on two (three in chained mode) TRAKTOR effects units.
The most significant new addition is a multi-purpose touch strip that delivers physical command over track position, pitch bend, and effects. Actions such as nudging, needle dropping, track seeking or setting loop length are now possible through simple finger swiping for customizable tactile control over these parameters in TRAKTOR PRO 2. Equally powerful with an all-digital DJ setup or in combination with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2, the touch strip relieves the need to manually adjust turntables or CDJs. LED indicators help DJs keep track of the assigned parameter without having to look at the computer screen.
The new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 hardware now provides even more dedicated control over TRAKTOR PRO 2. Advanced Browse and Loop encoders respond to touch, providing direct access to different views and functions in TRAKTOR PRO 2. Touching the Browse encoder automatically switches to the full-sized Browser view, while touching the Loop encoders instantly activates key change and tempo. Furthermore, the touch strip also interprets deck functions based on status. When playback is stopped, the strip is assigned to track seeking or needle dropping. When playback is enabled, pitch bend becomes active.
Designed with premium-grade materials, the sleek new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is both robust and compact, offering DJs an effective and creative one-stop solution in any setting. The supplementary TRAKTOR KONTROL STAND is also available separately and elevates the unit to standard mixer height.
A video that showcases TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/vO0BCH4U1jM
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $229 / 199 € / 20,800 ¥.
All X1 customers receive a personal $50 / 50 € / ¥ 5000 e-voucher delivered by email upon registration of the X1 hardware.
Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is available at:
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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