It looks like 2017 will be an interesting year for controllers. We’re looking forward to checking out products like Joué and Touché and now we have something else to add to our watchlist.
At this year’s NAMM, Touch Innovations announced the availability of Kontrol Master — a touch technology-driven desktop design that speeds up workflow with enhanced ergonomic control of unlimited DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) virtual faders and knobs (or, indeed, any other creative software).
Kontrol Master provides “a revolutionary and unique experience, effectively and effortlessly integrating its user’s second hand into the musical mix using a high-precision, highly-responsive knob to control virtual knobs, faders, and more.
Music production workflow works like never before by simply hovering the mouse pointer over the object to be controlled and immediately start using that knob for that tactile feel that us humans know and love.”
Who better to make the formal introductions than Touch Innovations COO Cody Myer: “Using this controller gives you such a fluid, comfortable response, but, more than that, you get precision. Whereas, you can overshoot and undershoot using your mouse and keyboard, which can be frustrating. So adding a hover-dynamic experience — to simply be able to go over any of the key elements, move along, and edit on the fly is a really handy tool. Not only that, it’s capacitive, so you can touch. On the knob you’re touching things to control, so you’ve got full vertical, rotary, and horizontal control throughout any software — whether it’s Windows, Mac… even Linux.
On top of that, all the buttons are preprogrammed. We have custom layouts for Reason, Ableton, Logic, and more. You can also customise it and save those settings, so you have your own defaults when you start. Cooler still the transport windows let you use multiple monitors… simply tap the buttons and — from the same position that you’re already at on your screen — this will instantly take you to your secondary monitor, without having to keep searching for your mouse, so you can do what you need to do.”
Doesn’t come cooler than that, surely! So how and why, exactly, does Kontrol Master do what it does so well while other controllers have fallen flat? For starters, it is USB (Universal Serial Bus) powered; plug it into your computer, customise the unit using the KM software, and use it immediately. The single knob provides accurate control of different objects in various software interfaces.
Pressing one of the three white buttons allows that knob to control vertical, rotary, and horizontal objects. The two orange buttons let users instantly surf across multiple monitors. These and all other buttons make it possible to fire a combination of up to 24 different kinds of actions, like keystrokes, shortcut keys, and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) events.
Essentially a plug-and-play device, Kontrol Master makes more time to focus on projects while reducing the strain of countless hours that would otherwise be spent editing — time that could be better spent producing and mixing music, videos, or graphic works of art.
Bold claims indeed. This arcade-style looks definitely intriguing, though. We’ll check it out and report back.
Price and Availability
Kontrol Master is available for online purchase directly from Touch Innovations for $299.00 USD (with free shipping in the continental United States) here.
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