NAMM 2014: Behringer rolls out X-Touch universal controllers

Behringer has brought out a new range of universal control surfaces – the X-Touch, X-Touch Compact and X-Touch Mini.

The controllers are ideal for both home studios and live setups, and can "grow as the user’s needs expand," Behringer says.

X-Touch is equipped with nine touch-sensitive motor faders, eight LCD Scribble Strips for instant overview of track names and parameters, along with eight rotary controls with LED-collars for ‘on-the-fly’ parameter adjustments.

Built-in Ethernet, USB and MIDI interfaces offer direct access to PC or Macs, MIDI devices and future X32 remote control.

Featuring the same motorised fader count as the standard model, as well as a total of 16 rotary controls and a Dual-Layer Mode, the X-Touch Compact can be used to make quick transitions between Digital Audio Workstation and instrument applications. All control elements come preconfigured, so the unit is ready for use straight away.

“These all-powerful control surfaces really let you get your hands on your software,” commented product manager Bert Niedermeyer. “You’ll love the tactile feedback you get from the controller surface, and you’ll wonder why you ever relied on a mouse."

The X-Touch Mini has a long-lasting 60mm master fader and a Dual Layer Mode for fast changes. Its eight rotary knobs with LED-collars and 16 dedicated illuminated buttons (including transport control) allows for on-the-fly adjustment of the user’s chosen parameters. A built-in USB/MIDI interface enables direct connection to Mac/PC computers and for future add-ons of other controllers, with no drivers required.

The X-Touch, X-Touch Compact and X-Touch Mini come with a suggested US MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $599.99, $399.99 and $99.99, respectively.

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