Issue 91

Native Instruments Releases Traktor X1 MK3

Compact, modular controller streamlines modern DJ mixing workflows.


6 September 2023

To kick off a series of new product releases this autumn, Native Instruments has announced the new Traktor X1 MK3 DJ controller, a compact, modular controller for modern DJs who want exceptional portability, powerful effects control, and intuitive operation, regardless of experience level.

Building on the success of the acclaimed X1 MK1 and MK2 models, X1 MK3 adds innovative new features based on insightful feedback from the Traktor community. The result is a next-generation DJ controller with maximum flexibility and extensive functionality for effects control, playback manipulation, looping, mixer mapping, and more.

A highly visual design allows DJs to focus on their performance instead of looking at a laptop. Five OLED displays reveal essential track and effect information, including track progress, track name, loop size, selected effects, and effect parameters. An advanced lighting system notifies performers with key information, like when a track is about to run out or if it’s running in a loop.

DJs can also choose from a spectrum of colours to customise the ambient lighting and button colour, perfect for matching their unique style or brand. Accessibility enhancements include tactile dots across the controller and increased button sizes, making it easier for performers to orient themselves, even in low light environments.

The new ‘Mixer Mode’ allows DJs to press a single button to switch from effects mode to mixer mode, instantly take control of EQs and channel levels, and transition tracks while monitoring all four channel levels on the displays. Highly customisable, X1 can be quickly set up to meet your specific needs. Make adjustments to mapping with a customisation page in Traktor Pro and colour-code each button group to easily identify different functions.

A three-port powered USB hub extends connectivity, allowing you to connect to CDJs, your custom setups, or additional X1 units. X1 MK3 comes bundled with the latest version of NI’s flagship DJ software, Traktor Pro 3, so DJs can plug in and start mixing out of the box. Traktor Pro 3 includes sonic sculpting tools, professional audio quality, and a clear and intuitive interface. Additional features include time-stretching, an improved limiter, a huge array of effects, and a wide range of options for customising your mixing workflow.

Pricing & Availability

Traktor X1 MK3 is now available for pre-order from the Native Instruments website and select retailers.
Traktor X1 MK3 will be fully available online and in stores on September 20, 2023 with an RRP of AUD$449.


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