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Native Instruments has announced Audio Kontrol 1
, a compact high-performance USB 2.0 audio interface that they say addresses the typical needs of many musicians, producers and DJs in a highly portable and affordable package. NI say that the new unit Combines professional sound quality with high versatility, and, equipped with a comprehensive software package is designed to meet a specific â€˜sweet spotâ€™ in terms of performance, functionality and price.
With its 2-in/4-out configuration, and equipped with microphone preamp, Hi-Z instrument input and headphone amp, Audio Kontrol 1ought to be suitable for a wide range of studio, live and DJ applications.
Audio Kontrol 1 is equipped with studio-grade 24-bit/192 kHz Cirrus Logic converters for pristine audio quality, while Native InstrumentsÂ´ third-generation USB 2.0 audio driver technology ensures low-latency operation down to 4 milliseconds both on Windows and Macintosh systems.
Four freely assignable control elements on the top side of the unit also make it possible to adjust any software parameter directly from the interface, enabling Audio Kontrol 1 to double as a basic controller device.
With its small footprint and solid aluminium enclosure, NI say that the completely bus-powered audio interface provides a robust and highly portable solution for many typical recording and performance situations.
Audio Kontrol 1 also comes with a powerful additional creativity booster in the form of a comprehensive software bundle.
Included are Xpress Keyboards
, three software synthesizers based on the acclaimed PRO-53, B4 and FM7, as well as Guitar Combos
, three professional amp emulations taken from Native InstrumentsÂ´ award-winning Guitar Rig.
You also get Traktor 3 LE
, a new DJ software based on Native InstrumentsÂ´ groundbreaking Traktor DJ Studio. NI believe that iTraktor3 LE is a serious creative tool, and an ideal way to enter the world of digital DJin with its features of two decks with high-quality time-stretching, an integrated mixer, performance effects, loop and cueing functions, a powerful track database and seamless Beatport shop integration.
Price and Availability
Audio Kontrol 1 will be available in October 2006 for a suggested retail price of $ 299 USD, 279 Euro.