Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol X1
(www.native-instruments.com/TraktorKontrolx1.info), a performance
controller that gives DJs immediate hands-on control over various
aspects of their performance. It integrates with the latest Traktor
generation and can purportedly control any MIDI-compatible DJ
software on the market.
Traktor Kontrol X1 provides DJs with a way to control loop, cue,
effect, track selection and transport functions of their system.
According to the folks at Native Instruments, the unit accommodates
the two most common digital DJing paradigms: it complements a typical
timecode-controlled Traktor Scratch setup consisting of a hardware
mixer, turntables or CD decks, and also excels as a self-contained
controller for DJs who play beat-gridded tracks with the Traktor
software and mix externally. Two X1 units can also be combined into a
four-deck setup that controls all decks and effect units of Traktor
Pro or Traktor Scratch Pro simultaneously.
Beyond Traktor, the Kontrol X1 can be used to 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 set of
parameter assignments for the Serato Scratch Live system.
Traktor Kontrol X1 also ships with Traktor LE, a basic version of the
Traktor Pro software that provides two decks with looping, effects
and mixing feature. Owners of Traktor LE can upgrade to the
full-featured Traktor Pro software for a special discounted price.
Traktor Kontrol X1 will be available in February 2010 for a suggested
price of US$229. A carrying bag /stand for Traktor Kontrol X1 will be
available for $49.