One of our favorite creators of DJ equipment, Allen & Heath audio mixing consoles, has come out with an extremely solid piece of gear for DJ’s, the Xone:K1 MIDI controller. It’s a compact, slim line controller that works with any DJ software you have (not limited to Serato DJ like a lot of DJ gear out nowadays). You get convenient access to control your levels, trigger hot cues, add some FX or even instant looping. The slim line make and overall build of the Xone:K1 is exceptionally convenient, and all it can do is put another cherry on top of that solid setup you’ve already got running. I’ve got mine right next to my mixer. Let’s get into the details of the Allen & Heath Xone:K1.
Akai music gear continues to impress us with their high-quality equipment year in and year out, and in this case, a DJ controller specifically for Serato DJ software. The Akai AFX controller is a serious piece of machinery, giving us a lot of capabilities and functions to make our studio setup that much better. We saw in our previous article with the Akai AMX mixing surface review providing some handy controller features for Serato which including a new “innoFADER”, but this one that we have today gives us some FX-specific controls and more, including some drum pads, touch-activated knobs and more. Let’s see what it’s all about.
Akai music equipment has brought forth a few new DJ controllers specifically for Serato. Although the word around the street was that they were going to leave the DJ equipment up to their partner Newmark, they’ve given us two new powerful mixing surfaces. The Akai AMX is a control surface but also an audio interface for Serato DJ (yes, 24-bit!). It basically allows you to do quite a few functions with your music in Serato: mix, play, and cue. It’s also a DVS interface, allowing you to mix, add some CD or Vinyl turntables to your setup with the program’s time code. Here’s a review of some of the main features of the Akai AMX.