The new Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 has now shipped from Native Instruments to our very own DJbooth.net lab for the full written and video review treatment. The new Traktor X1 has most of the same functions as the original X1 including cue points, browse/load controls, effects, and loop control, but adds a new touch-strip section in the middle of the unit that can control effects parameters, nudging for beatmatching, and for jumping to a particular section in a song.
As we reported in the
, the new Traktor Kontrol X1 works seamlessly with the new and enhanced features of the Traktor Pro software and provides new ways to control the mix via the new :centrally-located" touch-strip that allows DJ's to either manipulate effects/loops or nudge the track for beatmatching. The Touch-Strip can "sense" two fingers at a time meaning DJ's can nudge or drag two tracks at a time (left portion of the touchstrip for Deck A and right portion of the touch-strip for Deck B), or the user can place both fingers on the touchstrip for some extreme effect manipulation.
In addition to this new touch-strip innovation, the new X1 sports a few new features such as a loop count display, loop knobs, RGB backlit hotcue buttons, and Flux Mode. With the new X1 updates, it makes things easier for a person looking to control most of the playback functions within Traktor on a small and very portable device.
The new X1 will use all of the same stands and cases as the original and works as a great companion for the new Traktor Kontrol Z1 mixer in Traktor Pro. On a side note, the new Traktor Kontrol X1 does not (and will not) work with the Traktor DJ App for iOS devices as many thought it would. Instead, the new X1 is aimed purely at DJ's who are using the full Traktor software on their computers either with a DVS solution or as a compact standalone controller for Traktor.
Stay tuned to this space for the full HD-Video and written review treatment coming soon but be sure to watch our full unboxing & first impressions video to see what's in the box.