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Behringer has introduced an entirely new family of universal control surfaces, which they say puts the power of production software at the user's fingertips for maximum hands-on control. This trio of controllers consists of the X-Touch Universal Control Surface and its siblings, the Compact and Mini. Behringer tells us that these brilliant controllers have everything needed for home studio or live setup, yet can grow as the user's needs expand. Here's the full story in their own words...
The X-Touch features 9 high-quality and touch-sensitive motor faders, 8 LCD Scribble Strips for instant overview of track names and parameters plus 8 rotary controls with LED-collars for on-the-fly parameter adjustments.
Built-in Ethernet, USB and MIDI interfaces provide direct access to PC or Mac computers, a MIDI device and future X32 remote control.
Equipped with the same motorized fader count as its bigger brother, plus a total of 16 rotary controls and a Dual-Layer Mode, the X-Touch Compact is ideal for making lightning-fast transitions between DAW and instrument applications. All control elements come preconfigured, so the unit is ready for use – right out of the box.
The X-Touch Mini Ultra-Compact Universal USB Control Surface features a long-lasting 60 mm master fader and a Dual Layer Mode for quick changes, such as switching between DAW and instrument control. The MINI's 8 rotary knobs with LED-collars and 16 dedicated illuminated buttons (including transport control) provide on-the-fly adjustment of the user's favorite parameters. A built-in USB/MIDI interface allows direct connection to Mac/PC computers and for future add-ons of other controllers – no drivers required. Just plug in and enjoy immediate access to 2 layers of control elements.
X-Touch Series controllers offer a superior user experience to "the mouse" every time, especially when it comes to professional DAW applications.
Product Manager Bert Niedermeyer, said, "These all-powerful control surfaces really let you get your hands on your software. You'll love the tactile feedback you get from the controller surface, and you'll wonder why you ever relied on a mouse. They really feel that good!"
Pricing and Availability:
The X-Touch, X-Touch Compact and X-Touch Mini are available at a suggested U.S. MAP of $599.99, $399.99 and $99.99, respectively
Huge range, extremely flat response
Pauls gives us a look at what is currently available and coming up in the year ahead