GETTING STARTED

The information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Native Instruments GmbH. The software described by this document is subject to a License Agreement and may not be copied to other media. No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced or otherwise transmitted or recorded, for any purpose, without prior written permission by Native Instruments GmbH, hereinafter referred to as Native Instruments. All product and company names are ™ or ® trademarks of their respective owners. Getting Started written by Dave Turov Product version: 1.0 (11/2009) Document version: 1.0 (11/2009) Special thanks to the all the DJ’s that have contributed to the development and testing of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, who were invaluable in making this a better product.

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Table Of Contents
1 Welcome! ...............................................................................................................4 2 Installation ............................................................................................................5 . 2.1 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software ......................................5 2.2 Installing as Part of TRAKTOR ...............................................................5 2.2.1 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software on Windows® .............................................................................6 2.2.2 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software on Mac OS® X ......................................................................... 10 2.3 Installing TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 from Stand-alone Installer ................. 14 2.3.1 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software on Windows® ...... 14 2.3.2 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Drivers on Mac OS® X ....... 19 2.4 Connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Hardware ................................ 24 2.4.1 Connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on Windows® ................. 24 2.4.2 Connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on Mac OS® X ............... 25 2.5 Ready to KONTROL ............................................................................ 25 3 Using the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 with TRAKTOR LE ...............................................26 . 3.1 Accessing Primary and Secondary Functions ......................................... 26 3.2 EFFECTS Section ............................................................................... 27 3.2.1 FX Buttons .............................................................................. 28 3.2.2 FX Knobs .................................................................................29 3.2.3 FX Assign (“Step Through”) Buttons ...........................................30 3.3 BROWSE Section ...............................................................................30 3.4 LOOP Section .................................................................................... 31 3.4.1 Primary Function: Setting Loops................................................. 31 3.4.2 Secondary Function (SHIFT): Activating Loops............................. 32 3.5 TRANSPORT Section .......................................................................... 32 3.5.1 Primary Functions: Transport Control ..........................................33 3.5.2 Secondary Function (SHIFT): Transport Control and Tempo ...........33 4 TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MIDI Mode ........................................................................ 34 5 Using Two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Units Simultaneously ........................................35 5.1 Controlling TRAKTOR LE ..................................................................... 35 5.2 Controlling TRAKTOR PRO .................................................................. 35

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find the manual as a PDF file here: ► Applications/Native Instruments/Kontrol X1/Documentation 4 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . please refer to the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Reference Manual that will be copied to your computer’s hard disk as a PDF file during installation. find the manual as a PDF file here: ► Start > Program Files > Native Instruments > Kontrol X1 > Documentation On Mac OS® X. If you need further information. On Windows®.1 Welcome! This Getting Started guide will help you to install and configure TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on your computer.

0 port is required. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 5 . The following sections detail the installation of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s software on Windows® and Mac OS® X.2 Do not connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 hardware until the driver installation is complete! You cannot install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on a USB 1. There are two ways to install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software: 1 As part of TRAKTOR (all flavors) software installation or 2 TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 stand-alone software installation. Please always refer to the Readme file on the installation DVD. Installing as Part of TRAKTOR The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 driver and Controller Editor application are installed during the TRAKTOR (versions 1. The following sections detail how to install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 driver and Controller Editor application as part of the TRAKTOR (LE/Duo/PRO/SCRATCH DUO/ SCRATCH PRO) installation. refer to the Controller Editor manual that will be copied to your computer’s hard disk as a PDF file during installation.3 or later) installation.1 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software installation consists of two individual components: • TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Driver • Controller Editor ! For more information about the Controller Editor.2 Installation This chapter explains how to install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software and connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 hardware to your computer. 2.2. ! ! % 2. as it contains last minute information that may not be available in this Getting Started guide.1 port – a USB 2.

exe. check the according checkbox and click “Next >” to proceed. 2.2. Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software on Windows® Place the installation DVD in your computer’s DVD-ROM drive. 3. 4. To continue. you must first accept the terms of the license agreement. Use the Windows® Explorer to browse the content of the DVD.1 1.” Click “Next >. After you have read the license agreement.2. Double-click the installer file named “Traktor Setup.” 5. 6 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started .

Click “Next >” to proceed. By default. click “Change…”. browse to the folder where you want to install TRAKTOR and click “Next >” to proceed. just click “Next >.” If you wish to select a custom path. To use the default path. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 7 .6. 7. TRAKTOR setup will install all options including the Controller Editor and Service Center. choose the destination folder for the TRAKTOR installation. In the next dialog.

Here you can choose which Native Instruments audio interface drivers you would like to install. 9. then click “Next >” to proceed.8. 8 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . Click the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 checkbox to install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 drivers as part of the TRAKTOR installation. then click “Next >” to proceed. Select the appropriate checkboxes for your hardware.

Once the installer is finished. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 9 . you will be greeted with this screen. Click “Finish” to exit the installer. Click “Next >” to proceed. 11. TRAKTOR and TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software installation is now complete.10.

10 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started .2. Click “Continue” to proceed.2. 4. 3. Double-click the TRAKTOR Installer file. Its icon will appear in the Mac OS® X Finder. 5. Double-click the TRAKTOR DVD icon to display the content of the DVD. Place the installation DVD in your computer’s DVD-ROM drive.2 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software on Mac OS ® X 1. 2. Click “Continue” to proceed.

As a consequence. Once you have read the Software License Agreement. click “Continue” to proceed. you will be unable to use the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on your computer. Click “Agree” if you accept the terms of the License Agreement.6. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 11 . 7. Note that if you decline the terms of the License Agreement by clicking “Disagree”. the installation procedure will be canceled.

Then click “Continue” to proceed. 9.” Then click “Install.” 12 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started .8. Click the “Traktor Kontrol X1” checkbox and any other checkboxes that match your TRAKTOR hardware environment. Click “Install” to install the driver in the default path or browse to select a custom installation path by clicking “Change Install Location…. Here you can choose which Native Instruments hardware drivers you wish to install.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 13 . you will be greeted with this screen. Click “Close” to exit the installer. Once the installer is finished. TRAKTOR and TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software installation is now complete.10.

Use the Windows® Explorer to browse the content of the DVD. To continue. 3.3. Double-click the installer file named “Traktor Kontrol X1 Driver Setup. After you have read the license agreement. you need to accept the license agreement first. check the according checkbox and click “Next >” to proceed.1 Installing TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 from Stand-alone Installer Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Software on Windows® 1. click “Next >” to proceed. On the installer’s Welcome screen. 5.3 2.exe” to start the installation procedure. 14 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . 4. Place the installation DVD in your computer’s DVD-ROM drive. 2.2.

During the driver installation.6. Click “Next >” to proceed. simply click on “Continue Anyway” to proceed with the installation. 7. This does not indicate a problem. a screen will appear with a message that the driver has not passed Windows® Logo Testing. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 15 .

exe” to start the Controller Editor installer. 16 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . Go back to Windows® Explorer to browse the content of the DVD and double-click the installer file named “Controller Editor Setup PC.” 9. Once the installation has been performed successfully. Click “Next >” to proceed. click “Finish. 10.8.

11. Click “Next >”. the installation procedure will be canceled and you will be unable to use the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on your computer. check the according checkbox and click “Next >” to proceed. 12. only “Basic Installation” is available. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 17 . ! If you decline the terms of the License Agreement by clicking “Cancel”. After you have read the license agreement. To continue. you need to accept the license agreement first.

18 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . Click “Next >” to proceed.13. you will be greeted with this screen. Once the installer is finished. Click “Finish” to exit the installer. The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software installation is now complete. 14.

2 Installing the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Drivers on Mac OS ® X 1. 4.3. then click “Continue” to proceed. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 19 . Place the installation DVD in your computer’s DVD-ROM drive. 5. 3. In the appearing dialog click “Continue” to proceed. Its icon will appear in the Mac OS® X Finder.2. 2. Double-click the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Installer file. Double-click the “Kontrol X1” DVD icon to display the content of the DVD. Select a destination volume.

Click “Install” to install the driver in the default path or browse to select a custom installation path by clicking “Change Install Location…. 20 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started .6. If you have any other applications running.” Then click “Install” to proceed. 7. you should close them now. The next screen informs you that your computer needs to be restarted when the installation is done. Then click “Continue Installation” to proceed.

In the appearing dialog click “Continue” to proceed. After a successful installation you will be prompted to restart your Mac. 10. Click “Restart” to restart your computer. After restarting your computer. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 21 . navigate back to the “Kontrol X1” DVD icon to display the content of the DVD and double-click the Controller Editor Installer file. The Controller Editor installer will start.8. 9.

Click “Agree” if you accept the terms of the License Agreement. ! Note that if you decline the terms of the License Agreement by clicking “Disagree”. the installation procedure will be canceled and you will be unable to use the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on your computer.11. click “Continue” to proceed. 22 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . Once you have read the Software License Agreement. 12.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 23 . Click “Continue” (only Basic Installation is available). 14. Click “Install” to proceed.13.

Click “Close” to exit the installer. ! You cannot install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on a USB 1.0 port is required.4. Connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on Windows® When connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 to a USB 2. 2. Windows® will identify the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and start the final installation process. Once the installer is finished.15. connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 via the supplied USB cable to an available USB 2.0 port on your computer for the first time.0 (or later) port on your computer.4 Connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Hardware Once software installation is complete. you will be greeted with this screen.1 Do not connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 hardware until the driver installation is complete. 24 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software installation is now complete. ! 2.1 port – a USB 2.

! On a PC running Windows®. Click “Finish” to complete the installation. however Native Instruments cannot guarantee compatibility with all USB hubs currently available on the market. This is normal for USB devices on Windows ®. You need to pass through the same sequence of installer steps once again in order to install all required driver components. every time that the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is plugged into a USB port that was not used during the initial installation. 2.0 (or later) port on your computer. Windows ® will discover the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and reinstall the drivers. 4. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 25 .4. % USB hubs may also be used. Choose “No” if Windows® asks you to search the Internet for a driver. This is an intended behavior. ! % 2. Ready to KONTROL ► The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is designed to be Plug and Play. 2.2 Connecting the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on Mac OS ® X Once the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 software installation is complete and the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is connected to a USB 2.1.0 port is required. 3. so just follow along to finish the installation. Once the supporting software is installed no other configuration is necessary. After you have completed the installation procedure. please refer to the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Reference Manual.3 and later. For more information. the installer will start again. however Native Instruments cannot guarantee compatibility with all USB hubs currently available on the market.2. Open TRAKTOR and you are ready to mix! ! Plug and Play functionality is available only for TRAKTOR LE/DUO/PRO/SCRATCH DUO/ SCRATCH PRO versions 1. USB hubs may also be used.5 You cannot install the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 on a USB 1. Choose “Automatic” when Windows® asks you how to install the software. no other steps are necessary.1 port – a USB 2.

just press the desired button.1 For information on using the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 with other TRAKTOR versions.3 Using the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 with TRAKTOR LE This chapter details the use of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 with TRAKTOR LE software and offers in-depth explanations of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s default mappings. To access the secondary functions. ! The following functions and mappings are described for TRAKTOR LE. For information on using the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 with other versions of TRAKTOR please refer to the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Reference Manual. For example: • Press FX 1 ON (HOLD) button (top left) to turn TRAKTOR’s FX 1 effects unit ON. • Hold SHIFT and press FX1 ON (top left) to switch the effect unit to Flanger. as labeled directly on the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1. Releasing the button will turn the effect off. Accessing Primary and Secondary Functions Each TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 button has a primary and secondary function. please refer to the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Reference Manual. Primary functions are direct. % 3. hold the SHIFT button while pressing the desired button. 26 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started .

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 27 .3. The left and right button/knob groups control TRAKTOR LE FX1/DECK A and FX2/ DECK B.2 EFFECTS Section Eight high resolution knobs and eight buttons make up the effects section allowing control of two TRAKTOR LE effect units simultaneously. respectively.

• Holding SHIFT and pressing Button 1 will load the Delay effect in TRAKTOR LE’s respective effect unit. • Button 3: Activates the Deck Filter. Releasing the button will turn the effect off. • Button 1: Turns TRAKTOR LE’s respective effect unit on and off (toggle). • Holding SHIFT and pressing Button 2 will load the Reverb effect in TRAKTOR LE’s respective effect unit.2.3. 28 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started .1 FX Buttons Primary Function • FX ON (Hold): Will turn on TRAKTOR LE’s respective effects unit only while the button is depressed. • Button 2: Not assigned in TRAKTOR LE. Secondary Function (SHIFT) • Holding SHIFT and pressing FX1 ON will load the Flanger effect in TRAKTOR LE’s respective effect unit.

Knob 2: Controls the Deck Pan parameter.3.2.2 FX Knobs • • • • DRY/WET: Sets the clean (dry) to effected (wet) signal ratio. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 29 . Knob 3: Controls the Deck Filter. only the effected signal will come through. Knob 1: Controls the TRAKTOR LE effects unit parameter knob. For example turning the knob all the way to Wet.

Pressing the BROWSE knob will load the currently selected track into its respective TRAKTOR Deck. 30 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . 3. Once a track is loaded. the same encoder can be used to seek through a track. Secondary Function (SHIFT) • Holding SHIFT and turning the BROWSE knob will quickly seek through the currently loaded track.3.2.3 FX Assign (“Step Through”) Buttons Primary Function Pressing either the left or right FX Assign button will step through TRAKTOR LE’s available effects on the corresponding effects unit. ! • • Note that the LOOP knobs have two levels of control. Push and Turn. Secondary Function (SHIFT) Holding SHIFT and pressing the left or right FX Assign button will set the corresponding TRAKTOR Deck to clock Master. Primary Function Turning the BROWSE knob will scroll through your currently open playlist. • Holding SHIFT and pressing the BROWSE knob will switch TRAKTOR’s layout (View) to hide the Decks and maximize the Browse window. These 2 knobs are used to control TRAKTOR‘s Browser.3 BROWSE Section One push encoder per Deck is dedicated to browse playlists and load tracks.

and the LOOP IN and OUT buttons lights will turn off. LOOP Knob . The two LOOP IN and OUT buttons below the LOOP knob will light.1 Note that the LOOP knobs have two levels of control. The LOOP IN button will light. ! 3.Push • Pressing the LOOP knob will directly set an active loop with a length that is currently selected in TRAKTOR’s Deck.4. indicating that TRAKTOR is waiting for a Loop Out Point. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 31 .Turn • Turning the LOOP knob while no Loop is active will change the currently selected Loop length. indicating that a loop is active. • Turning the LOOP knob while a Loop is active will change the length of the active loop by moving its end point. LOOP IN Button (labeled IN) • Pressing the LOOP IN button will set a manual Loop In Point. • Pressing LOOP IN again without setting a Loop Out Point will exit manual Loop setting and the LOOP IN light will turn off. Push and Turn.4 LOOP Section The LOOP section allows intuitive control of TRAKTOR LE‘s loop functions and provides visual feedback of loop status via the buttons‘ LEDs. • Pressing the LOOP knob again will deactivate the current loop.3. Primary Function: Setting Loops LOOP Knob .

LOOP OUT Button (labeled OUT) • When pressed alone. • When pressed after LOOP IN. the button’s lights also indicate the status of several of those functions. 3. In addition to direct access to TRAKTOR’s functions. % Pressing the LOOP knob while a loop is active will always deactivate any manual or Auto loop.5 TRANSPORT Section The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s bottom set of buttons are dedicated to TRAKTOR LE’s transport control.2 Secondary Function (SHIFT): Activating Loops LOOP Knob .4. 3.Push Holding SHIFT and pushing the LOOP knob will cause TRAKTOR to loop the next stored Loop point it comes across in that track. LOOP OUT will set a manual Loop Out Point. 32 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . LOOP OUT will automatically set a 4 bar loop.

- TEMPO +: Will manually increase or decrease the tempo of the corresponding Deck. SYNC: Will activate the SYNC function of the corresponding TRAKTOR Deck. |< CUE: The left button will force TRAKTOR’s Deck back to the beginning of the currently loaded track. TAP: Allows you to tap in the tempo for guiding TRAKTOR’s Autogrid function in a loaded Deck. TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 33 .5. <| BEAT |>: In TRAKTOR LE these buttons activate the corresponding Deck’s Pitch Bend.3. CUE: Will set a Floating (temporary) Cue Point and the button will light up indicating that the Cue Point is set. temporarily speeding up or slowing down the track. 3.2 Secondary Function (SHIFT): Transport Control and Tempo • • • • KEY: Will activate the corresponding Deck’s key lock function.1 • • • Primary Functions: Transport Control • PLAY: Activates the playback of the corresponding TRAKTOR Deck.5. CUP: Functions same as CUE but will start playback from the last Floating Cue Point. Pressing it again will return the track back to that Cue Point and stop playback. this button will flash in tempo with the beat. % • As the track plays.

In MIDI mode the HOTCUE button will always be lit green. The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 will then transmit MIDI data like a normal MIDI controller. For more information on the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s MIDI or native modes. please refer to the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 manual.4 TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MIDI Mode The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is preconfigured to also be used as a standard MIDI controller and can control any hardware or software that supports the MIDI standard. 2. Hold SHIFT and press HOTCUE again to leave MIDI mode and return to native TRAKTOR control. 34 – TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started . hold SHIFT and press HOTCUE. To access MIDI mode. 3. 1. You can switch back and forth from native TRAKTOR control mode to MIDI mode at anytime while using TRAKTOR.

the PRO versions of TRAKTOR are highly recommended! TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 – Getting Started – 35 . and their modes may be mixed between units. refer to the TRAKTOR CONTROL X1 Reference Manual. • Two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units can both operate in MIDI mode. % 5. For example: • One TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 may be set to native TRAKTOR mode while the second is set to MIDI mode to control another software device. • Two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units may operate in MIDI mode and at any time be switched back to native TRAKTOR mode. To fully utilize the potential of using two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units simultaneously. things really get interesting as four Decks and effects are available: • For TRAKTOR PRO versions two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units are required to control all of TRAKTOR PRO’s 4 available Decks and effects simultaneously.2 For more information about how to use two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units with TRAKTOR.5 Using Two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 Units Simultaneously Controlling TRAKTOR LE 5. • Two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units’ modes may also be mixed. Controlling TRAKTOR PRO With TRAKTOR PRO/TRAKTOR PRO SCRATCH. • Plug and play functionality allows you to simply connect the second TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 unit and it’s instantly ready for use.1 With TRAKTOR LE it is possible to use two TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 units simultaneously. with one unit controlling TRAKTOR PRO natively and the other controlling another hardware or software device in MIDI mode.

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