Behringer has quietly introduced the X-Touch One Universal Control Surface, a tool designed to enhance your DAW workflow with tactile hardware control.
Working over HUI and Mackie control protocols, the unit has a touch-sensitive motorized 100 mm fader, a rotary control with LED collars, an 8-segment LED meter, 34 illuminated function buttons, a jog wheel, and transport controls for playback and recording.
The controller connects to Mac and PC computers over USB MIDI and also has a built-in 2-port USB hub that lets you connect two other controllers. There are LCD strips as well, showing the currently selected track and navigation information.
Behringer’s creation comes with pre-made overlays for the more popular DAWs out there, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One, Abletone Live, Reaper, and Cubase. It can be freely MIDI-mapped to whatever application you are using as well.
The X-Touch certainly looks functional and sturdy. For USD 150, it comes across as a good option for supplementing the typical mouse and keyboard control paradigm. As with existing similar products, the aim here is for the controller to put important functionality at your fingertips and provide enough visual feedback to let you operate your DAW with a reasonable degree of confidence.
Logic Pro owners may also already be accustomed to using their iPads as touch-screen controllers, thanks to Apple’s own Logic Remote application. Ableton, as you probably know, manufactures its custom Push 2 Live controller which turns the DAW into what can be considered an actual musical instrument. Hardware control surfaces are proving popular with users, and Behringer’s entry certainly has potential given its affordable price and many pre-made control overlays.
But there aren’t many products out there competing in this category of one-fader hardware channel controllers. One is the PreSonus FaderPort, which has less functionality for the same price. If you’re a Cubase user, there’s the venerable CC121, which costs more thas twice as much.
Behringer’s controller is available for pre-order via the company’s dealers.
- Manufacturer’s product page