Native Instruments Announces Traktor Kontrol X1

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.
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1109 NI Traktor Kontrol

Berlin, November 3rd, 2009 - Native Instruments today announced TRAKTOR
KONTROL X1, a highly functional performance controller that gives DJs
immediate hands-on control over vital aspects of their performance.
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.

1109 NI Traktor Kontrol

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
self-contained 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 DJ mixers.

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 Live™
system, matching the relevant features of the software to the controller
in an ideal way without any individual setup effort. A special Serato
Scratch Live™ 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 entry-level
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.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 will be available in February 2010 for a suggested
price of $229 / 199 EUR. The carrying bag / stand for TRAKTOR KONTROL X1
will be available for $49 / 39 EUR.