Allen&Heath Xone:K2 - A closer look

In this review:

A bit of History

For a long time the Allen & Heath controller Xone:1D was, at least here in Europe, a kind of controller standard for a lot of DJs using Traktor. This came as no surprise: the build quality was solid, the 1D offered a lot of controls, and the controller layout was the same as the one Allen & Heath used for the controller section of their groundbreaking Xone:3D (and for the Xone:4D that later replaced Xone:3D). Using a consistent layout made it easy to switch those devices.

Furthermore, the height and depth of the Xone:1D was the same as for all of the A&H club mixers (the ones with and without a soundcard), leading to a very aesthetically pleasing view of the whole setup.

Things changed once Native Instruments introduced the Kontrol X1, the first controller designed by the company behind Traktor.

The Kontrol X1 offered some advantages compared to the Xone:1D. It was smaller and lighter, which meant it was easier to transport. Furthermore, all buttons on the X1 were backlit LED buttons, providing more visual feedback about the current state of the Traktor software. And finally, the X1 was a plug-and-play controller: once you connected it to your computer, Traktor would detect it and load the standard mapping for the X1.

The Kontrol X1 took over the market and it is safe to say that it became the #1 Traktor controller in this price bracket.

 

BPM Show, Birmingham – October 1, 2011

BPM ShowThis day changed the world of the DJ controller market. At the BPM Show in Birmingham Allen & Heath showed the Xone:K2 for the first time. The K2 was a big surprise for everybody we spoke to during the show. Everybody had expected to see the Xone:DB2 there, as early this year information about its existence was leaked on some websites.

Aside from the DB2, the K2 was the best kept secret. Only a short teaser video of the K2 was released just a few days before BPM show, but nobody could really make a out what kind of product would be eventually be announced.

When we saw the K2 we both wondered, was this designed to end the market dominance of the Kontrol X1?

 

A quick Compare of Kontrol X1 and Xone:K2

Anyway, let’s start anyway with a quick comparison chart of the Kontrol X1 and the Xone:K2.

FeatureKontrol X1Xone:K2
Push Encoder, endless46
Status LEDs for Push Encoders4
Knobs812
Fader4
Normal Buttons2828
Layer/Switch Buttons22
Audio Interface4 Channels, 16 Bit,
44.1 and 48 kHz
Case, that can be used as a stand to
lift the controller to mixer level
must be purchased
separatly
included
Connector for second controlleryes, via X:LINK
Approx street price (for X1 including
the bag and a Traktor Audio 2
4 channel audio interface)
approx 300 Euro
approx 265 GBP
approx 240 Euro
approx 210 GBP

Let’s have a closer look at some of the features of the K2.

 

Design and Build Quality

Anyone that has ever opened a Xone device knows, that the standard A&H design uses circuit boards that are mounted vertically in the case. The K2 is the first A&H device with flat boards, meaning they went back to the drawing board and redesigned everything from fresh.

To make the controller as light as possible they use a plastic housing. However, to make the controller as solid as possible, the top plate is made from metal.

Additionally the encoders and knobs are mounted with screw nuts to the top plate, which makes them very solid. This design puts much less stress onto the circuit board inside the K2. X1 users have said, that the knobs become a bit wobbly after they have used the controller for some time. We cannot see this happening with the K2. Of course nobody outside of Allen & Heath has been able to use the K2 for a long period of time, so this is just conjecture for the time being.

   
Encoders on Kontrol X1, no screw nuts            Screw nuts below the encoders of Xone:K2

Even the buttons are incredibly receptive and quite flush to the unit so there is no jelly wobble at all.

 

Mapping Layers

The Xone:K2 offers three different mapping layers that can be activated by using the Layer button at the bottom of the controller. Each mapping layer has its own colour for the buttons and the encoder status indicator (green, red, amber), which makes it easy to see, which layer is currently active.

Having a controller with different mapping layers is not that original. We see this a lot. However, the innovative part of the layer design is what Allen & Heath calls "latching layers". You can assign the different sections of the controller to any layer so when you switch a layer you can keep any section the same as the previous layer and the buttons will stay the same colour as the previous layer so you can see you are using mixed layers. Additionally, there is a Shift button which then takes it into another level.

The layer configuration can be done directly from the controller by using some of the controls in the lower part of the K2; no additionally software is needed. (The MIDI channel that the K2 shall use can be configured the same way.)

 

Connectivity

X:LINKThe Xone:K2 is connected via USB to the computer. If you wish to use a second K2, you simply connect it with a standard Ethernet cable to the X:LINK ports (standard RJ45 connectors) of the first controller. The X:LINK ports transports the MIDI data and it provides the power for the second device. Being able to use two controllers by using only one USB port of your computer is another feature that makes the K2 a unique controller.

By using X:LINK you will be able to create some really advanced setups. Let’s assume you want to DJ with two mates (=three DJs) and you want to MIDI sync all three Traktor systems. Your configuration would be as shown in the following figure:

Multi DJ Setup with Xone:K2

The MIDI clock data would be sent and received in Traktor via the USB connection and the X:LINK connection will be used to transport the clock between the two controllers of laptop 1 and laptop 2. This is the complete route for the MIDI clock data:

  • Laptop 1 is clock master only, sends clock to K2.1 via USB, Laptop1.K2.1 send clock to Laptop1.K2.2 via X:LINK
  • Laptop 2 is clock slave and passing through, gets master clock from Laptop1.K2.2 via USB, passes MIDI clock to Laptop2.K2.1 via USB which passes it through to Laptop2.K2.2 via X:LINK
  • Laptop 3 is clock slave only, gets master clock from Laptop2.K2.2 via USB

Maybe this scenario is not one that would be commonly used, but it is another example of the forward thinking architecture of X:LINK and the Xone:K2.

The current implementation of X:LINK allows the connection of two controllers. In internal tests the Allen&Heath guys have successfully linked four controllers together. However, the X:LINK specfication will development further and in future it should be possible to have up to eight units working together. We assume (without being able to tell any details), that there will be more X:LINK connectable controllers coming.

 

Traktor Beginners and Advanced Users

This controller is great for beginners and for advanced users to. Maybe the advantage of Traktor Kontrol X1 is, that Traktor automatically loads the default mapping for the controller (what Traktor calls auto configuration). I don’t see this happen for the K2. But, the K2 will ship with some default mappings, and importing them can be with by a few clicks. This is not a complicated process and every beginner should be able handle them (there are some step-by-step tutorials here on the site).

All advanced users will be happy that the K2 provides more controls than the Kontrol X1 has to offer. This allows creating better and more advanced mappings. The strength of Traktor was and is, that it contains more than 200 mapping commands that allow you to customize your controller just the way you need it. Having more controls at your disposal simply allows for creating more powerful mappings.

We saw some demo Traktor overlays during BPM show (one duplicating the standard X1 mapping, and another one to control the sample decks).

As far as we know there will be no overlays in the box. The problem is, that it is almost impossible to create mappings that everyone will like. For the two mappings made by Allen & Heath (X1 clone and Sample Decks) you will be able to download the overlay artwork in Adobe Illustrator format, allowing you to make changes as required and then have your personal overlay printed. Styleflip (www.styleflip.com) already has the technical drawings for the Xone:K2 and you will be able to order your totally customized overlay there.

Let’s see what you can do with the K2 and how it fits into different setups. All setups outlined in the following sections use a maximum of two USB ports only.

 

Setup with one Xone:K2 and one Kontrol X1

Traktor users that already have a Kontrol X1, can extend their configuration by one Xone:K2 to get quite a good internal mixing mode setup. Here the sound card of the Xone:K2 would be used.

Due to the four faders on the K2 it is well suited to mix internally. You could map the 12 knobs to a 3 band equalizer for four decks, use the faders to set the decks volume, and use the encoders and buttons for loop control, for transport control or to trigger samples in the sample decks.

In this setup you could use the Kontrol X1 to control two FX units and the hotcues of two decks, for example.

 

One Xone:K2 as an alternative for Traktor Kontrol S2

If you need a really portable DJ solution and if you do not need any form of jogwheel, the Xone:K2 can be an alternative for Traktor Kontrol S2. Thanks to the integrated four channel audio interface a laptop and one K2 would be all you need, maybe for a bar gig or if you only need two track decks and the sample decks. Connect the two RCA outputs to the sound system of the venue and connect your headphones to the headphones socket at the front of the K2.

With some clever mapping it is possible to use only two of the three available mapping layers and have even more control of the Traktor software than you would have with an S2. If you do not like layered mappings, add a second K2 to get even more control for a 2.1 setup (two track decks, and the sample decks).

 

Two Xone:K2 an alternative for Traktor Kontrol S4

If you do not use timecode and if your workflow does not need the jogwheel, then two Xone:K2 can replace the S4 and allow control of either a full four track deck setup or a configuration with two track decks and two sample decks. You would only use one of the controllers’ audio interfaces in internal mixing mode in Traktor.

 

Xone:K2 as an Add-on controller for Traktor
Kontrol S2/S4 or similar controllers

If you already own either a Traktor Kontrol S2 or Traktor Kontrol S4, if you feel limited by the default mapping, and if want to add another controller to your setup to get better control over the sample decks for example, the Xone:K2 is a perfect companion.

The big advantage here (especially for Mac users who need to live with the two USB port limitation on the MacBook Air and the 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro) is, that you can add a second Xone:K2 and still have a setup where no USB hub is needed.

 

Xone:K2 as an controller in a external mixer mode setup

If you are using any external mixer (without an X:LINK port, see next section), you will need an external audio interface. On a Mac you can use audio device aggregation to combine the soundcards of both controllers to get four stereo channels. In the case that you wish to add a DJ mixer to your setup, you can (on the Mac) aggregate the audio interfaces of both controllers, giving you 8 mono channels in total: sufficient to use Traktor in external mixer mode with a four channel mixer. For this configuration each Xone:K2 needs to be connected to your laptop, as X:LINK does not transport the audio from one device to another.

If you wish to use another audio interface, maybe the Traktor Audio 10 (as it allows you to use timecode), two USB ports are still enough: one to connect the Traktor Audio 10, and the second one to connect two Xone:K2.

 

Xone:K2 as an controller with the Xone:DB2 or Xone:DB4

When the Xone:DB4 was announced last year a lot DJs were wondering, why the DB4 had an Ethernet port labelled X:LINK. It took one year until the answer was finally known with the announcement of the Xone:K2. If you are using either the DB2 or DB4 you can connect two Xone:K2 via X:LINK to the mixer; neither of the controllers need a USB connection. They get their power via X:LINK and Traktor will see the MIDI part of the DB2/DB4 and the two Xone:K2 as one device. Setup different MIDI channels for the three MIDI device so that there is no conflict.

Xone:K2 and Xone:DB4

If you wish to use the DB4 or DB2 with timecode, there is still one of two USB ports free and you can connect your Traktor Audio 10 to the second port, to get timecode support (for as long as Xone:DB4 or Xone:DB2 do not receive Traktor Scratch certification by Native Instruments).

Xone:K2, Timecode Setup

The Xone:K2 should be in the stores starting January 2012. We anticipate exciting times ahead in the DJ controller market in 2012. How well will the Xone:K2 fare in this market? We believe very well. This begs the question, will Native Instruments have an answer to the Xone:K2?

You may also like: The Latching Layers System of the Xone:K2

 

Authors: Karl Yates, Rainer G: Haselier
Published and updated: October 12, 2011

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40 Comments

viper9711
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 00:23
Klasse Bericht Rainer. Konntet Ihr eigentlich schon mal die Qualität der Soundkarte testen? Würde mich interessieren, ob die verbaute SC mit der Audio2 von NI mithalten kann.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Haben die SC nicht testen können, am AH Stand auf der BPM haben die Setups den DB2/DB4 als Soundkarte verwendet. Vielleicht hab ich im Laufe des Oktobers die Möglichkeit für nen Test der SC. Werde dann berichten.
 
Irvin Cee
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 10:17
you forgot one setup.
1 XONE:K2 and 1 or 2 KONTROL X1's and no mixer.
I rather would use the XONE:K2 as a mixer and soundcard replacemnt.
And stil use my Control X1's to control my 4 Traktor Decks.


 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Thanks for that, I will try to update the review soon. This is a configuration I haven't thought of
 
Tom Flynn
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 10:24
This looks great, really impressed by all features on this. Especially only needing 1 USB to run 2 units. (or even no USB if you have a db2/4.
More controls too - perfect!
Price - cheaper than NI kontrol x1

I wonder exactly how good the audio interface is that's onboard?

I'll be getting 2 of these for sure.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
It looks as if my Bible reseller in Amsterdam (MIDI Amsterdam) will have a K2 during Amsterdam Dance Event later in October. I will try to give the the audio interface a quick test then and will post my experience.
 
iron
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 14:37
Thx for this review Rainer.

Ive few further questions regarding new xone line.

What about soft takeover on the K2?
Is ist also implemented by firmware (like db4?)
I had soft takeover issues on different layers with the x1 for example.

What about combining audio interfaces of DB4 & K2 for example.
Is this possible on win pc (at least with Jack Audio?)
Is this possible by using xlink or do i have to use 2x USB?

The K2 looks quite interesting but im missing a straight line of 4 knob
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
- The K2 has soft takeover between layers in firmware as well
- You can combine Audio Interface by Jack or by Audio Aggregation. Audio is not transported via X:LINK, i.e. you would need to connect the DB4 and the K2 via USB to your computer
- missing a line of four vertical knobs then?
 
Chris Jennings
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 14:40
Great review guys!! I can't wait to get my hands on a couple of these!!
 
Anonymous
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 15:35
Thx for answering my main questions Rainer.

The only thing im missing on K2s layout is a straight line of 4 Knobs on top. The top Knob of every line is a encoder isn't it?

I prefer to use 4 Knobs in a line to adjust Mixer or FX settings.
I have to use a encoder instead of knob here to take control of Gain or FX Dry/Wet for example.(Or a line Fader)

Would be amazing to have an X1 with more colours, more layers and working soft takeover implemented by firmware ;)

Thx again.
 
Sasha
wrote on October 12, 2011 at 23:39
Schöner Bericht. Allerdings fehlt mir noch die Aufstellung, den K2 als Ersatz für 2 X1. Ich habe den K2 nur auf Bildern gesehen, aber er könnte durchaus auch genutzt werden um 4 Decks zu nutzen. Standard-Funktionen auf Layer 1 und erweeiterte Funktionen auf Layer 2 und 3..
 
Rg Tb
wrote on October 17, 2011 at 11:38
Absolut top, der Bericht, da bleiben wirklich keine Frage offen!

Ein kleiner Wermutstropfen des ansonsten super aussehenden K2 ist für mich, dass er per MIDI mit Traktor kommuniziert. Sollte heute nicht eigentlich HID (oder von mir aus auch ein anderes, proprietäres Protokoll) drin sein für hochauflösende Knobs und Faders?
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Für ein anderes Protokoll als MIDI müsste Native Instruments direkt in der Traktor-Software die Unterstützung integrieren. Ich bezweifle, dass NI dies für ein Konkurrenzprodukt zum X1 macht.
 
Pakman
wrote on October 18, 2011 at 03:48
Damn, if only the K2 had 4 rows of pots... yeah, I'm a Xone 4-band junkie.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
4-band-EQ is cool for transitions. I totally agree!
 
Jetlag
wrote on October 18, 2011 at 20:17
Werden die LED´s eigentlich direkt über den Controller gesteuert oder wird dafür eine Note von Traktor gesendet??

Wenn ja, kann man dann mit verschiedenen Noten die Buttons in den verschiedenen Farben leuchten lassen??
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Die LED-Farbe wird über unterschiedliche Noten gesteuert; die Noten der drei unterstützten Farben liegen jeweils drei Oktaven auseinander.
 
futureGlue
wrote on October 19, 2011 at 17:51
The K2 looks killer.

The only thing bothering me is the fact that there is no optional RCA out in the back for the 2nd RCA channel. If DJIO can do it, it's kind of surprising such a high end company as A&H would have us fumble with messy 1/8" to RCA converters.

2 questions:

-What's the difference between an encoder & a potentiometer? Why couldn't the top knob be used as a knob?

-Does audio aggregation on a mac cause any latency issues? Assuming the mac is a recent macbook pro.

Ch
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
An endless encoder sends relative messages (like "I was turned to the left", "I was turned to the right"). A pot sends absolute messages in the range from 0 to 127. Audio aggregation on Mac works fine.
 
Bjoern
wrote on October 24, 2011 at 02:49
Danke Rainer, für diese anschauliche Aufstellung von Varianten, für was das K2 System zweckentfremdet werden kann!
Danke das du nun verantwortlich bist, das ich 2012 mich in hohe Kosten stürze und danke für die Traktorbible, die es mir seit geraumer Zeit möglich gemacht hat, den MIDIpark zu bändigen und nun noch Tiefer in den Mappingwahn treibt, ohne das ich Wahnsinnig werde! :-)
A & H zeigt wiedermal eindrucksvoll, das Djing der kommenden Jahre und Variablen Möglichkeiten.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Die Beispiel-Setups oben beziehen sich ja nur auf Traktor. Für Leute die beispielsweise die Kombi Traktor/Ableton nutzen, ist der K2 ja auch sehr interessant.
 
Jochen
wrote on October 30, 2011 at 10:36
Toller Bericht und tolle Set Up Beispiele!

Eine Frage drängt sich mir noch auf: könnte man theoretisch eine NI Audio 2 und die K2-Soundkarte parallel verwenden, so dass man z.B. Live Instrumente in die Decks C & D (als Live Decks) einspeisen kann?

Oder gibt es da irgendeine andere Möglichkeit?
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Auf dem Mac kann man recht einfach Soundkarten zu einem Hauptgerät zusammenfassen. Das könnte also funktionieren
 
Alex
wrote on November 8, 2011 at 13:11
Laut musicstore ist der Kontroller ab dem 11.11.2011 für 239 € erhältich :-)
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Das halte ich für ein Gerücht. Nach meinen Informationen wird es definitiv 2012, bevor es den Xone:K2 gibt.
 
alex
wrote on November 11, 2011 at 18:33
Die haben den Termin auf den 15.11 laut Webseite verlegen:-) Hast wahrscheinlich recht
 
Adha
wrote on December 4, 2011 at 18:30
i wonder how the k2 works on xone62. i'm thinking of replacing the audio 8 with the k2, but would i still get all 4 decks separately on those 4 channels?
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Yes, if you are on a Mac you can aggregate two K2s to get a virtual 4xstereo device. So you can use four decks.
 
zwoot
wrote on December 12, 2011 at 11:48
Die meisten Händler geben Liefertermine Anfang Februar an. War das gute Stück nun schon mal auf dem Markt oder kommt es wirklich erst nächstes Jahr?
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
So wie es derzeit aussieht (15.2.2012) ist der K2 ab April 2012 verfügbar
 
Simple Sin
wrote on December 19, 2011 at 11:22
Bist du dir sicher dass der K2 eine 4-Kanal-Soundkarte hat? Auf den Bildern der A&H Website hat er nur zwei Cinch-Ausgänge (1x L & 1x R).
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Ja, der zweite Stereokanal liegt vorne am Gerät an der kleinen Klinke an.
 
Mena
wrote on December 24, 2011 at 06:31
Why does this have to be the ONLY reliable socrue? Oh well, gj!
 
tony
wrote on January 8, 2012 at 17:54
wrong
you can use xone k2 headphone out with cable mono jack-Stereo RCA
use 1 mixer 4 channel (xone 92 for example) and 2 xone k2

xone k2.1 out 1-2----channel1(mixer)rca stereo-rca stereo
xone k2.1 out 3-4----channel2(mixer)jack mono-rca stereo

xone k2.2 out1-2-----channel3(mixer)rca stereo-rca stereo
xone k2.2 out3-4-----channel4(mixer)jack mono-rca stereo

4 stereo out soundcard and traktor 4 decks
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
And that works very well
 
Chris
wrote on January 28, 2012 at 07:13
HI,
Excuse my ignorance, but how do you get away without a jog wheel on something like this? How will you moce your track into position to set cues, and also, what do you use to pitch bend?

Thanks
 
Jannika
wrote on January 30, 2012 at 08:15
Posts like this brighten up my day. Thanks for tkaing the time.
 
andy
wrote on February 19, 2012 at 11:31
hi
I really want one of these but I am a little confused, can you not have four channels i.e. four tunes playing from one unit why would you need two

if you use the rca on the back the unit to connect to once channel could you just not use the 4 channels on the k2 still using 4 decks and run it through one channel on a mixer

i.e. 4 channels still running but only using one channel on say a club mixer

you wouldnt need two then?

am I right :)

maybe haha
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
If you use internal mixer mode of Traktor (like the S2 does), you need 2 stereo channels. One for Master Output and one for Headphone Output. For this setup one Xone:K2 would be enough.
 
niklas
wrote on February 20, 2012 at 23:45
hey,

ich finde den Bericht wirklich hilfreich!
Ich überlege ob ich mir den k2 als ergänzung zur reloop dj2 interface edition kaufe!
ich möchte damit bei einem clubeinsatz die sampledecks steuern!
kann ich den chincheingang vom k2 einfach mit dem reloop verbinden, welchn ich per output an den clubmixer angeschlossen habe??

brauch ich noch ne externe soundkarte?

würde mich über auskunft freuen!

beste grüße
 
Alersa
wrote on March 11, 2012 at 23:37
Thanks. Great review!!
But im still curious about the sound quality.
 
lupin
wrote on April 1, 2012 at 17:15
Hi,
einziges Manko, dass du nicht erwähnt hast ist dieses: Laut Informationen die mir der Produktleiter mitgeteilt hat funktioniert der k2 zwar unter traktor pro aber leider nicht unter traktor scratch!
Dort fehlt leider die Zertifizierung. Ich hoffe das ganze wird nachgereicht. Falls du andere Informationen hast lass es mich wissen.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Ja das stimmt. Der MIDI-Controller im K2 funktioniert natürlich allen Traktor-Versionen. Für Timecode kann die Soundkarte im K2 nicht verwendet werden, da sie 4 Ausgänge hat, aber keine Eingänge für TT/CD. Da würde auch keine Zertifizierung helfen.

Das Problem der Zertifizierung trifft aber für Xone:DB2 und Xone:DB4 zu. Hier ist es anscheinend so, dasss Native Instruments kein Interesse hat, diese beiden Mixer zu zertifizieren.

Rainer
 
Claudio
wrote on April 28, 2012 at 03:46
I made the correct setup following all the instructions and the controller looks working very good... But button lights doesn't work when I use them!
Even if I can perfectly control Traktor with k2 everything is off! I'm using the "green latch layer" with 16 midi channels, but the only button that changes colour when I push it is the "layer button".
Shouldn't other buttons light up each time I press them?
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Did you map any Out commands in Traktor?
 
ineed2know
wrote on May 1, 2012 at 08:28
What is the output like onthis, bc it is USB powered. Is it load enough for clubs ???

The novation twitch wasn't but does this give enough level if you have to plug it in to a mixer that is already been lined by some dumbass dj that has been running everything hot ?
 
Mark Dek
wrote on May 2, 2012 at 21:23
Definately buying one of these.
I have another suggestion for setups: Im thinking about combining an Xone:K2 with one of Reloop's Contour Interface Editions. This way you have the K2 as an internal mixer with transport controls, possibly one layer one the bottom grid for 4x4 hotcues, and the final layer for the Remix Decks (after we find a hack/workaround for the lock on the Remix Deck). The Contour is used as Deck focus (so you can use the jogwheel for a specific deck) and for extended FX controls.
Ultimate portability, maintianing the advantages of a jogwheel.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Sounds great.
 
hooker
wrote on May 3, 2012 at 02:30

My main concern about this unit is the output stage. Novation Twitches out put, bc it is USB powered, has caused many complaints, mainly bc even when boosted buy a mixer it didnt generate enough gain to compete in clubs to djs that had been red lining the system, i.e a lot of djs lol.

I really want to know with all those lights, whether the output level has been compromised as it is USB powered to.
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
I checked the K2 toegether with an Audion 10. The output level is fine.
I do not see any issues here
 
Hamdi
wrote on May 19, 2012 at 15:12
Im so confused between the xone:k2 and the behringer cmd studio4a
Pls:im a beginner dj and im willing to use them atnhome or house parties not more
Thanks
 
Hamdi
wrote on May 19, 2012 at 15:12
Im so confused between the xone:k2 and the behringer cmd studio4a
Pls:im a beginner dj and im willing to use them atnhome or house parties not more
Thanks
 
1611
wrote on May 29, 2012 at 17:55

Hi guys I have just one question can I run 4 decks in traktor pro (PC) using only one K2´s soundcard?? (without any external mixer). I just want to connect my monitors and headphones to k2 nothing else. it should be just a small home setup... so is it possible?
 Rainer G. Haselier (admin) says:
Yes, that works perfect. You can use internal mixer mode of Traktor, and use all four decks.
 
derB
wrote on May 31, 2012 at 15:32
hallo rainer.

super review, danke dafur.
noch eine frage bzgl des zertifizierungs problems in traktor. ich benutze tsp mit einer audio acht und mochte den allen heath controller ausschliesslich fur midi in tsp verwenden. die soundkarte mochte  mit der ni maschine belegen und per rca zu xlr in meinen xone.

ist es moglich per traktor und maschine parallel auf den controller zuzugreifen?
ein tsp zertifikat ist nur notig, wenn die soundkarte verwendet wird, nicht wenn nur die midi funktion verwendet wird, oder?
 
Sebastian
wrote on June 4, 2012 at 22:48
Hi,

ich habe mir mal mein (Wunsch-)Overlay für den Xone:K2 gebastelt:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcu146a0txfnylv/K2-X1-Emulator-Samples-Mod.jpg

Es es it eine abgewandelte Version des X1-Emulators den A & H anbietet: 
http://xoneblog.allen-heath.com/?p=426
Es verzichtet auf die Hotcues und arbeitet dafür mit Samples (vorausgesetzt die Remix-Decks lassen sich mit dem Xone-K2 ansprechen?)

Das Mapping würde folgendes erlauben

- 2 Decks (A & B) mixen inkl. EQ und Lautstärkeregelung
- Loop-Funktion für 2 Decks (A & B)
- Komplette Steuerung von 2 FX-Einheiten (1 & 2) 
- Abspielen von 16 Samples in einem Remix-Deck (C)
- Zuweisung der 2 FX-Einheiten zu Deck A, B & C (auf die Zuweisung für Deck C könnte ich notfalls verzichten)

Schaut euch am besten das Overlay an, ich hoffe es erklärt sich von selbst. Hier nochmal der Link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rcu146a0txfnylv/K2-X1-Emulator-Samples-Mod.jpg

Nun meine Frage: Kann jemand beurteilen ob das Mapping möglich ist und falls ja, hat derjenige evtl. Lust es zu programmieren? Als Grundlage kann man sicher das Mapping von A & H verwenden. Sozusagen als Belohnung würde ich für denjenigen ein Overlay bei Styleflip gratis mitbestellen und zuschicken. Ich habe den
 
Sebastian
wrote on June 4, 2012 at 22:50
(Fortsetzung) 

… ganzen Tag daran gebastelt und würde behaupten es ist qualitativ besser als das,
das man bei A & H runterladen kann. 

Würde mich über jegliches Feedback freuen.

Grüße, Sebastian
 
river
wrote on June 27, 2012 at 16:30
danke fürs ausführliche review, suche nach einer möglichkeit traktor 2.5 mit nur einem "handlichen" controller zu bedienen. müsste x-fader und alles auf den k2 mappen, bin mir nicht sicher ob das wirklich sinn macht. falls jemand erfahrung mit einem reinen k2 + notebook setup hat dann kann er ja mal berichten ...

finde den controller ziemlich heiss ...
 
Philipp Lunch
wrote on October 8, 2012 at 17:49
Ich denke grade über eine Konfiguration K2 + NI Maschine (als Midi Controller) nach,
muss mich aber erstmal in die Mapping geschichte reinfuchsen,
um herrauszubekommen wie sinnvoll so eine Kombo ist.

Aber vielleicht hast du ja auch Lust drauf, die Kombo mal anzutesten, wer weiß ;)


LG,
Philipp
 
Dörte
wrote on November 16, 2012 at 19:32
Danke für den super Bericht! Ich bin am überlegen, wie ich mit dem Xone K2, dem Pioneer 800 und zwei CD Playern Traktor Scratch Pro 2 zum Laufen bekommen. Anscheinend geht das lt. einem obigen Post nicht so einfach oder habe ich da jetzt was falsch verstanden? Bin leider noch nicht so ganz firm mit den ganzen Verkabelungen. Kannst Du mir da einen Tip geben??
 
laurent
wrote on February 11, 2014 at 21:19
Dear all,
I need your help regarding the k2 pc configuration.
How is possible to aggregate with a pc (windows 7) two xone k2 ?
There is a particular software ?
What is the 'third party' inside the k2 manual ?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Regards.

Ps : My configuration. traktor pro 2 + xone 92 + 2 x xone k2
 

 

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