Native Instruments Releases Updated Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2

Native Instruments today released its updated Traktor Kontrol X1, a new version of its decks and effects controller.

With the same size and design as the original controller, Traktor Kontrol X1’s new features include touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders, 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and an innovative multipurpose touch strip for added tactile control. When combined with Traktor Pro, the 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.

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Native Instruments Intros New Traktor Kontrol X1 mk2

Native Instruments has introduced Traktor Kontrol X1 mk2, a new version of their popular decks and effects controller.

The updated Traktor Kontrol X1’s new features include:

  • touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders
  • 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and
  • A multi-purpose touch strip for added tactile control.

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Traktor Kontrol Z1 Now Available

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Native Instruments has announced the release of Traktor Kontrol Z1, which they call ‘the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface’, for both Traktor DJ for iPhone and iPad, and Traktor Pro 2.

When used with Traktor DJ, the Z1 adds headphone cue, dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels. Continue reading

Printing Paper DJ Controllers

Dr. Kate Stone has a vision of comining art, design and science. An interesting example of her work is her printed paper DJ controller.

By combining conductive ink with bluetooth, Stone has created paper controllers that actually work.  Continue reading

New Numark Mixtrack Quad At Musikmesse

numark-mixtrack_quadThis week at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Numark is unveiling its new Mixtrack Quad, a professional four-channel DJ system that follows on from their NS6 and N4 and this year’s NS7 II (unveiled in January at The NAMM Show). In addition to its four-channel capability, Mixtrack Quad incorporates a “stunning” array of colors on the platters and pads of its fully interactive control surface.

The Mixtrack Quad uses a 16-color palette to give DJs immediate visual feedback to differentiate among the four decks — and to distinguish among Loop, Hot Cue, and Sample Modes. Lighted pad and platter animations signal transitions when loading tracks or moving between modes and configurations.

Mixtrack Quad is the only four-channel controller in its class to have dedicated mixing controls for all four decks. The low-profile platters are dual-zone and touch-activated. Virtual DJ LE software is included and 16 dedicated effects controls are built in to the control surface to add and manipulate flanger, phaser, echo, and more. Mixtrack Quad is class-compliant, USB-powered, and also has built-in audio, making setup and configuration as simple as possible.

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Pioneer Mixer DJM-750

pioneer-djm-750Musikmesse 2013: Pioneer has introduced the DJM-750 four-channel digital mixer, featuring ‘Boost Colour FX’.

Available in black and silver, the DJM-750 features Boost Colour FX, which adds a second effect to the Sound Colour FX in play, and lets you control the parameters of both FX with one knob. The mixer boasts 13 Beat FX – including the new VINYL BRAKE – with a dedicated Level/Depth knob for tactile control of the wet/dry mix.

Like the DJM-850, the DJM-750 has a built-in USB sound card to enable simultaneous input and output. Connection to laptops needs just one USB cable, for instant mixing with DJ software. Continue reading