Native Instruments, makers of popular DJ software Traktor have released the first official dedicated control surface for their flagship DJ program.
The Traktor Kontrol X1 aims to allow digital DJs to control not just Traktor, but all popular midi enabled software while simultaneously removing the need to touch your laptop. This means artists can now bring their performance closer to their audience while still being able to rely on high-grade professional equipment.
The USB powered device has an ultra portable form factor measuring just 120 x 52x 294mm and weighing in at under 700g, meaning transporting the device couldn’t be easier. While compact, clever use of layout and function ‘pages’ means that you still have extensive control at your fingertips. The device is laid out in three basic sections that most DJs will instantly be familiar with effects, browser and transport.
Designed to work simply out of the box, setting up couldn’t be easier. Connect your X1 to your laptop running Traktor, and that’s it! Pre-mapped controls mean you can dive right in to your performance with zero set up. The unit comes complete with an overlay for Serato, as well as a blank one, enabling you to tailor the device to your specific need should you wish, and updating the overlay with your custom control assignments.
Digital DJs are always looking for ways to enhance their performance, and the X1 was built with this goal in mind. Removing the need to touch the laptop means that the art of performance is firmly back in your hands, and not behind the barrier of the computer screen. Whether you use timecode or not, now you can load tunes, sync, loop, hotcue and more without it looking like you are checking your e-mail.
- Designed by the creators of TRAKTOR for perfect software integration
- Plug and play – instant recognition by TRAKTOR with no setup required
- Precision designed high-end buttons, knobs and encoders
- Software controlled back lit buttons for comprehensive visual feedback
- Lightweight, robust housing with slim, ultra-portable form factor – fits perfectly alongside a standard club mixer
- Super-intuitive loop and cue control section
- 8 knobs and 8 buttons for simultaneous access to all effect parameters of both decks
- Push encoders for browsing and loading tracks to each deck instantly
- Expandable – connect two X1s to control four decks
- Compatible – incl. MIDI templates for controlling other DJ and performance software
As well as complete integration with Traktor, the X1 also allows for fluid on the fly manipulation with manual loop in/out and hot cue controls. Not only that, numerous hardware configurations extend the devices flexibility even further. Below are some sample configurations that will cover even the most demanding DJs needs.
Simple set up using Traktor’s internal mixer:
Typical set up with timecode control integration:
Set up to control all four decks in Traktor:
To make sure the X1 can fit in with your desired set up further, an optional carry case is available which also doubles as a solid state stand setting the controller at the same height as other pro DJ equipment, making your performance even more comfortable than ever. Now that you have everything set and ready to go, don’t forget that the device comes bundled with both Traktor LE and Kore 2 player.
Simply put, this one small box is deceivingly powerful, as well as being extremely affordable (at just under €200). Combine this with it’s adaptability and portability then you really are looking at a serious contender for the must have tool of the year. Whether you use Traktor, Ableton or Serato this small box of tricks will be a neat addition to even the most demanding performers repertoire.
Get excited and get Kontrol!