August 9, 2013

Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk2 Decks & Effects Controller

On a controller that does not change shape or form, there is only room to add new features if some older features are eventually dropped.  Thus, when a second revision is made to a well known controller, these new additions better be worth what is going to be eliminated.  In the case of the X1 mk2, the changes have been justified.  One complaint that was received from the beginning was a lack of native iOS support that was built into the first version – however that is sort of redundant now iOS has its own touch control interface built into the operating system.

The touch strips seem to be a stroke of genius that few are willing to fault.  In the same amount of space that could be used for a jogwheel, one could cram up to 4 of these touch strips in the same area (not that anyone would).  As far as how well they work, they seem to take only a little bit of time to get used to.  This is a surprising revelation, considering how difficult most jogwheels are to learn.  Each has their own amount of sensitivity and force that is needed to control it for nudging and scratching.