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Native Instruments has announced the release of Traktor Kontrol X1
Which they describe as a highly functional performance controller that
gives DJs immediate hands-on control over vital aspects of their
performance. Here's what they have to say about it in their press release...
Designed by the team behind the groundbreaking
TRAKTOR DJ platform, the compact KONTROL X1 offers an
unprecedented level of integration with the latest TRAKTOR generation
for maximum performance and ease-of-use, and can also efficiently
control any MIDI-compatible DJ software on the market.
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 provides DJs of all styles and genres with a
highly efficient and intuitive way to control loop, cue, effect, track
selection and transport functions of their system. The unit accommodates
the two most common digital DJing paradigms - it ideally complements a
typical timecode-controlled TRAKTOR SCRATCH setup consisting of a
hardware mixer, turntables or CD decks, and also excels as a selfcontained
controller for DJs who play beat-gridded tracks with the
TRAKTOR software and mix externally. Two X1 units can also easily be
combined into a four-deck setup that controls all decks and effect units
of TRAKTOR PRO or TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO simultaneously.
The functionality and layout of TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 was carefully
engineered and fine-tuned based on extensive artist feedback and
usability testing in order to combine a versatile feature set with maximum
ease of use. The unit is equipped with precise and durable high-quality
buttons, knobs and encoders, complemented by dynamic colored
backlighting for additional visual feedback. The X1 integrates with the
TRAKTOR software through a dedicated high-resolution protocol,
resulting in a level of precision and responsiveness beyond what regular
MIDI-based controllers can provide, and allowing for true plug-and-play
operation with no setup or specific configuration required.
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 has been specifically designed for heavy-duty
usage in performance environments. Its compact casing is both robust
and lightweight for high portability, and the special vertical form factor
makes the unit fit seamlessly within a typical club setup. The optional
high-quality carrying bag for the X1 doubles as a versatile stand that
conveniently raises the controller surface to match the height of typical
Beyond TRAKTOR, the KONTROL X1 can be used to efficiently control
any MIDI-compatible DVS, DJ software or music performance application.
The optional MIDI mode of the controller can be engaged on the fly via a
dedicated button on the unit. The X1 also comes with a carefully
designed set of parameter assignments for the Serato Scratch Liveâ„¢
system, matching the relevant features of the software to the controller in
an ideal way without any individual setup effort. A special Serato Scratch
Liveâ„¢ overlay for the X1 is also available.
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 also ships with TRAKTOR LE, a basic version of
the TRAKTOR PRO software that provides two decks with essential
looping, effects and mixing features, turning X1 into a complete entrylevel
solution for digital DJing. Owners of TRAKTOR LE can upgrade to
the full-featured TRAKTOR PRO software for a special discounted price
at any time.
Pricing and Availability:
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 will be available in February 2010 for a
suggested price of $229 / 199 â‚¬. The carrying bag / stand for TRAKTOR
KONTROL X1 will be available for $49 / 39 â‚¬.