Allen & Heath's newest modular MIDI controller called the Xone:K1 is essentially a Xone:K2 MIDI controller but without the built-in stereo soundcard interface and MIDI layering capabilities. The Xone:K1 is a universal MIDI controller that can be mapped/programmed to work with any DJ software and it has six push-button rotary encoder knobs, 12 knobs, four faders, and 30 three-color backlit performance buttons to take precise control over specific software functions. We have a new Xone:K1 in the lab for the full review treatment, but check out the unboxing and first impressions video while we get to work on the official review!
The Xone:K1 would make an ideal companion for any DVS user who are using timecode decks, but need an additional amount of control over the software functions. There are mappings already available for Traktor Pro including Remix Decks as well as mappings for other popular DJ software like Mixvibes and Ableton. The Xone:K1 also has an X-Link RJ-45 connection along side the USB port to connect other X-Link mixers and/or controllers so that they share a single USB port for connectivity. Check out the quick rundown video below of the Xone:K1 that we got straight from the DJ Expo showroom floor last month.