New Kontrol Surface KS-1974 Multitouch MIDI Controller

Smithson Martin multitouch Kontrol Surface

Smithson Martin, creators of the Emulator touchscreen DJ controller, have introduced the Kontrol Surface KS-1974 multitouch midi controller.

The KS-1974 works with any computer, adding a 22 inch touchscreen surface with 4 simultaneous touch points. Emulator for Traktor and Emulator Modular come bundled with the KS-1974.

Emulator Modular includes a complete set of objects, so you can custom design your own multi-touch interface with buttons, sliders, circular knobs, jog wheels and custom graphics.

With Emulator Modular, you can build customized multi-touch interfaces and share custom interfaces with users in the Emulator community.

Other highlights:

  • Highly accurate and responsive 4 touch sensor;
  • Low latency (less 4ms);
  • Compatible with Windows 7 & 8 and OSX;
  • The glass face is chemically strengthened to withstand high-volume user interaction and repetitive motion.

The Kontrol Surface is expected to be available in January 2012. Pricing is TBA.

See the Smithson Martin site for details.

via SmithsonMartin

8 thoughts on “New Kontrol Surface KS-1974 Multitouch MIDI Controller

  1. Thank you guys for putting this on Synthtopia! We are very excited to show everyone this amazing piece of kit. I am heading to Las Vegas tomorrow to film the KS-1974 being used at several high profile night clubs for the promotional video. You can catch us at Drais Afterhours tomorrow (Sunday) and next Sunday as well for industry nights with DJ Chris Garcia (XS, Drais, Skamartist) and Roman Rosati (Nikki Beach).

    We will be putting the video of all our adventures on our Youtube channel;

    Cheers everyone!!!

    Alan Smithson

  2. I have a feeling this will do well – after the lemur died people probably realised that having a dedicated device is a little bit better than using and iPad – and more desirable too!
    Not that touchOSC is bad, it just doesn’t give me the geekboner that this does!

    “To withstand high-volume user interaction” made me chuckle.

  3. There are 22″ screens with far more simultaneous touch points. 4 may be enough for DJ applications but for controlling other software, I’d definitely like to have more.

  4. by the looks of it, even though it is eye catching and nice.

    it seems like it will beg for a large price point.

    another failed lemur comes to mind.

    unless it’s made in china and sold for under $499.

  5. It looks incredibly awesome, but unless it’s under $1000 (accounting for the fact it’s roughly 2x as big as an ipad), i cant see the faster response time and customizable/polished interface really baiting in that many people. If it’s over $1000, their entire sales pitch essentially becomes “well, your ipad doesn’t have wood panels”

  6. The point of knobs and faders is tactile feedback. On a touch-sensitive system you must be looking at the controller to confirm visually that you’re doing what you intend to be doing. This is not at a practical in a live/DJ/nightclub type setting.

    For example, making very fine adjustments to a fader.

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