Native Instruments has given the world a sneak peek at the new Kontrol D2 deck controller live in action at WMC. DJs Uner, MK, and Dubfire are performing on a live stream using what appears to be the deck portion of the S8. Is it a replacement for the X1 Mk2? Keep reading for more information on the latest hardware from Berlin.
What We Know About The New Kontrol Unit
The graphic above is a theoretical mockup of how we imagine the controller might be set up given what can be seen from the live stream (watch the stream below). This is a switchable deck controller that has taken one side of the Traktor Kontrol S8 and isolated it from the mixer. Here is a shot posted on Uner’s Facebook page yesterday with a better look at the actual units:
We are basically looking at the S8 deck section with an extra 4 small buttons in the upper right hand corner.
Full 4 channel remix deck control
Touch strip replaces the jog wheel
Control over remix cells, flux, 8 cue points, and loops from the pads.
D2 is targeting everyone who liked the screens, and layout of the S8, but has no interest in packing a giant controller on the plane or in their backpack. Here are the facts so far…
There is no sound card, this is only a controller
There are 2 extra USB ports for chaining sound cards, controllers ect…
It’s large! Almost double the width of a X1 controller and quite a bit thicker as well.
The deck is switchable and is designed to control two songs in Traktor.
Based on the screens, and size this will probably be fairly expensive and certainly more than the X1 series, which sit in the $199 range today.
There appear to be some kind of new expandable feet which have angled the unit forward and brought it closer to mixer height
The unit will probably require a power supply (as used in the live stream which is viewable bellow)
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