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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller  

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TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 gives you instant command of your decks and effect parameters whether you are a DJ using DVS (Digital Vinyl System) timecode or software. Simply connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 to a ... Click To Read More About This Product

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TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 gives you instant command of your decks and effect parameters whether you are a DJ using DVS (Digital Vinyl System) timecode or software. Simply connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 to a computer running TRAKTOR (or other performance software) and take charge. Robust rotary knobs with a heavy-duty feel and backlit buttons provide precise visual and tactile status feedback, letting you delve deep inside TRAKTOR without having to touch your computer.

Everything under Kontrol:
Traktor Kontrol X1's bidirectional communication with TRAKTOR through Native Instruments' high-resolution protocol gives the controller's hardware a smoother and more precise feel compared to regular MIDI controllers. All buttons and knobs have been pre-mapped for optimum TRAKTOR use but can be reconfigured in any way you like. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 can also be used as a MIDI controller for any software as well as expanded with a second unit to control 4 decks and 4 FX units.

Access all areas:
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1's high-quality, backlit LED buttons and push encoders are clearly arranged into distinct transport, browse, loop, and effects sections. With enough room for convenient control of selecting, cueing, syncing, and pitching tracks, you always have the right music on hand. 8 knobs and 8 buttons simultaneously control up to 3 effects on each deck, while the intuitive loop control section together with direct access to 8 hotcues per track will have you remixing your music without interrupting the flow.

Included software:
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 comes with a powerful selection of software to get you mixing and making music straight out of the box. The included software consists of:

TRAKTOR LE: TRAKTOR LE makes it easy to mix your digital music files. This convenient DJ software offers 2 playback decks, a 2-channel mixer, and more.

KORE 2 PLAYER & KORE Instrument: If you produce your own music, the included KORE 2 PLAYER offers 600MB of production-ready sounds for use in any sequencer.

Highest-quality components:
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 stands out with exceptionally high-quality workmanship. With meticulous attention to detail, the knobs and buttons have been designed for maximum accuracy and precision in both look and feel. With its slim, yet super-sturdy construction, the X1 is your companion in any DJing situation. The optional (sold separately) transport bag not only serves to securely transport the unit, but can be turned into a stand that puts X1 at exactly the same height as standard mixers and other DJ hardware.

Intuitive layout:
TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 features a total of 30 buttons, 4 push encoders, and 8 knobs arranged in the following sections:

EFFECTS SECTION: 8 high-resolution potentiometers and 8 buttons make up the effect section of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1. This section allows control of all the parameters of 2 TRAKTOR effect units simultaneously. In Chained mode, this means simultaneous control over 3 effects per deck. The effects section buttons are programmed to give direct access to 3 of your favorite effect presets.

BROWSE SECTION: One push encoder per deck is dedicated to browsing through play lists and loading tracks. Simply turn the push encoder to find the track you want, and push it to load it into the corresponding deck. Once the track is loaded the same encoders seek through the track, using tempo sync'd beat jumps to remain in time.

LOOP SECTION: This section allows for intuitive control of TRAKTOR's loop function, giving clear visual feedback about the loop status with LEDs. The section offers first-level access to auto loops and manual loops as well as loop editing functions such as loop size and loop position, both coarse and fine.

TRANSPORT SECTION: This section provides direct access to basic playback controls as well as shifted access to 8 secondary functions for each deck. All buttons for industry standard workflows (Play, Sync, Cue, and Cup) are located here. Switch to hotcue mode and you get another 16 buttons for controlling the 8 hot cues or hot loops per track. Plus, the CUP button flashes in time with the deck's BPM as an added visual mix aid.

Compatibility Notice: OS X 10.11 El Capitan (release date 9/30/15)
As with all major operating system updates, it is vital to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before upgrading your system. For new computer owners, it' highly advised to check with manufacturers on when they expect their products to be fully compatible with the latest operating system.

  • Top features:
  • Designed by the creators of TRAKTOR for perfect software integration
  • Plug and play: instant recognition by TRAKTOR with no setup required
  • Precision-designed high-end buttons, knobs, and encoders
  • Software-controlled backlit buttons for comprehensive visual feedback
  • Lightweight, robust housing with a slim, ultraportable form factor; fits perfectly alongside a standard club mixer
  • Super-intuitive loop and cue control section
  • 8 knobs and 8 buttons for simultaneous access to all effect parameters of both decks
  • Push encoders for browsing and loading tracks to each deck instantly
  • Expandable: connect 2 X1s to control 4 decks
  • Compatible: Includes MIDI templates for controlling other DJ and performance software
  • Optional TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 padded gig bag (sold separately)
  • Dimensions: 4.7"W x 2"H x 11-1/2"D
  • Weight: 1-1/2 lb.
  • Advanced features:
  • Seamlessly adjustable LED brightness adapts to any environment from bright daylight to the darkest club
  • Button-off glow for reading button labels in absolute darkness
  • All buttons feature backlights in multiple colors for ease-of-use. FX buttons: orange, Transport buttons: blue, MIDI mode: green, Shift and Hotcue buttons: white.
  • Bi-directional communication with TRAKTOR using NHL (Native Hardware Library). The NHL protocol features resolution that is almost 4 times that of a regular MIDI
  • Calibration wizard precisely and individually defines mid-point of each knob
  • Controller is premapped by the makers of TRAKTOR, with the option to freely customize any individual part. Tweak the defaults or reconfigure the mapping entirely to your preferred workflow.
  • Included powerful MIDI configuration software provides templates for various applications and gives access to advanced features such as encoder step size, note up/down encoder messages, and more
  • System requirements:
    Windows: Windows XP (SP2, 32 bit); Vista (SP1, 32 bit, 64 bit); Windows 7 (32 bit, 64 bit); Pentium IV or Athlon 1.4 GHz (SSE1); 1GB RAM
    Mac: Mac OS X 10.5; Mac OS X 10.6; G4 1, 4GHz or Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz; 1GB RAM

    General: Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution; USB 2.0; DVD drive

    Power supply:
    Power supply through USB 2.0 interface, 5V 500mA bus power.
    No additional power supply or battery is needed.
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Native InstrumentsTraktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


Must Have Controller

By Kirk W.

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

I picked this up the day it was available and after installing the driver (follow the instructions carefully)the fun began! Hot plug-able & instant recognition, the X1 gives complete uncompromisable control over Traktor & Serato. Very solid, well laid out unit. It compliments other controllers as well such as Machine. This a can't live without item. Note: If you're into scratching also, leave that part to your CDJ's or 1200's using the time-code media. Last note, if you got yours in the first shipment as I did, you will need to check NI's site to claim your two overlays one for Serato and one blank one. Peace!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)



By Laptop DJ

from Orlando

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

Very professional feeling well made controller. This is so much better than all the other controllers in the same price range. Traktor recognizes it right after you install driver. There is no need to setup anything. You can also use MIDI mode and map everything yourself.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


As Expected

By Andrew DeGarmo

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

I have the pleasure of being one of the first to receive this item and have to say I'm very pleased with my purchase. This controller sets up with ease and in no time at I've learned the almost unlimited ways you can add your own unique style to your mixing. Looping has never been easier. You barely need to even touch your computer. I'll be adding a 2nd as soon as I can. Looking forward to becoming a pro on this thing.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Saves A Lot Of Time

By DJ Six

from NY

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

I'd been meaning to pick this up since it first dropped, and I'm glad I finally did. While I do feel this is a little over-priced, it can't be disputed that this is a major time saver. Using it with Traktor Scratch Pro, I can use all 4 decks, take full advantage of Traktor's effects, and browse through tracks all without touching the laptop. My only other issue is the height of it. I'll need to make some kind of base for it to bring it level with my tables and mixer. If you're a DJ, and you use Traktor, you want this. If you need inspiration, take a look at Craze going crazy on it.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By John Reyes

from Austin, TX

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

This controller is phenomenal! Got it a few weeks ago and played out live with it twice so far. Freakin' amazing. You don't have to map anything out becasue it's all right there layed out for you. Effects control was the biggest reason why I go it. I've been using Traktor since the first version came out years ago and was using the vinyls for a while and moved to the software itself and this controller let's you touch everything without having to touch your laptop. No mouse, trackpad, or anything else need but your tracks to throw down. I LOVE IT!!!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A must have Midi Controller

By Sir Edy

from San Bernardino, CA

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

If you are using Traktor this is a must have, it is truly a plug and play item. I bought it and with-in 5 min I was able to use the Midi controller. The only thing that�ۡ���s better is two of them and that is why I just ordered a second one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


You get what you pay for. And your getting gold!

By Adrian

from Texas

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

A few days ago I went to Guitar Center and I bought DJ Tech Tool's Dicer Cue control. I tried mapping it with Scratch Duo, but it just wasn't working out. So I returned them and ended up buying the Kontrol x1. After 5 min of mixing with it, I already learned how to utilize it with my sets. it's perfect. No frills, no thrills. It does the job perfectly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Also, before I bought it I always thought it was made out of plastic or something. But the build is really nice and buttons are real responsive. They click when you press them. Also it's bigger than I thought it was. It's just perfect. Thank you, Native Instruments!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Native Instruments Kontrol X1

By Joseph Presti

from Preston, Coonecticut

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

I have been using another DJ software for years and it was a time for change as more tools in software and friendly user controllers are available today. There are many options available from many company's. I choose to give Tracktor Pro a shot and found this software to be very friendly but it was missing some thing. I bought the Kontrol X1 from NI and had it 1 day and went and bought a second one i was so happy with the feel of the controls the effects very easy to connect. You have to assign 2 addresses when your using two X1 controllers. The construction is very well made USB 2.0 is needed. Every button is lite making it easy during dark situations. Once you set up all the options it is a wonderful experience getting those most important functions out of the computer and putting them at your finger tips. Have fun and enjoy a great product i am very happy with NI great job Guys....One thing NI should do is sell the X1 with the carry bag. Such a nice piece of equipment not to have a carry case..This would be my only disappointment.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great for the price

By Eddy

from Denver, CO

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

This controller is very well designed... for Traktor. If you use serato its a bit of a headache to set up, however once you're going, you're going. The TTM57SL along with the dicer eliminated the use of the Kontrol X1.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Controller!

By Dj Byrd

from Phoenix AZ

Comments about Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller:

This is a great controller, i use it with Serato 2.2. Whats good about it that you can map it out to serato and select what functions you want to map out to the controller to work with Serato! its great all around, hit cue points, loop in and out, fx , scroll song selections. i would recommend buying this product

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