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 backlit
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.