Pitch is an innovative high-quality precision MIDI controller for Traktor, Serato, Ableton DJ's and more!
What is Pitch?
Pitch is a simple MIDI alternative to the high-quality long-throw pitch faders of a Technics 1200 turntable or a Pioneer CDJ for beat matching and mixing on your favorite digital DJ setup. No more pass-through messy cabling with your Serato/Traktor hardware interface. Just plug-in Pitch through USB, and you have instant high-quality pitch control. Sound interesting? Keep reading and check out the video above for more information!
The idea of Pitch was born in the club. Adam Freemer, the founder of XFX Audio, has been a DJ for over 15 years performing at nightclubs all over the world. Adam is also a sound engineer, electrical engineer, and has designed, engineered and built custom electronic products for DJ's and nightclubs for the last decade. Pitch started off as a personal project for Adam, when he was looking for a high-quality pitch control device to complement his Traktor Scratch Pro DJ setup and Kontrol X1.
The idea grew as friends of his using other platforms such as Serato Scratch Live and Ableton Live asked about using a similar device with their DJ setups. The concept quickly evolved and now other uses of Pitch include a 2-channel midi mixer, a control surface for your favorite DAW in the studio, and a MIDI lighting controller for theatrical and nightclub environments.
The body of Pitch is made entirely of aluminum. The sides of Pitch are 1-piece extruded aluminum. The panels are 12-gauge aluminum, powder coated black.
At the heart of Pitch is a light-weight (in resource usage) Arduino-based embedded microcontroller. Chosen for its robust development platform and rock solid stability, Pitch has been left running for over a week with no crashes or technical issues. Firmware upgrades, custom device mappings and technical support will be available on the upcoming Pitch website.
What good is purchasing a quality piece of gear intended for travel when you have no way of protecting it? The form factor of Pitch was carefully designed with this in mind. One of Pitch's intended uses is to complement a Kontrol X1 while using Traktor Scratch Pro. Besides lining up perfectly next to your Kontrol X1, Pitch fits perfectly in the same travel case for easy transportation with your other gear. Have no fear Serato and Ableton users: a Kontrol X1 case is available for under $35, if you don't have one already.
And speaking of working seamlessly with other devices, one of Pitch's most innovative features is the high-quality integrated USB 2.0 hub. With most digital DJ's having multiple devices, it only made sense to reduce the clutter and setup time in the club by adding an integrated USB hub. The hub can operate un-powered or powered, when connecting devices that draw more current then the USB port on your computer allows. As with everything else on Pitch, the USB jacks are over-engineered for lasting durability. Typically used on professional recording equipment, Pitch's USB jacks provide high-quality connectivity and are designed to endure thousands of insertion cycles, even those not-so-gentle ones. With many DJ's now opting for smaller laptops that only have one or two USB ports, have no fear, Pitch has you covered.
As DJ's, we're very excited about Pitch, but we need your help in bringing Pitch to market. Pitch is currently in the final stage of design with the first prototype now having seen a great deal of field-testing time and evaluation. We need Kickstarter funding to move Pitch forward into the production stage. Physical hardware production, production logistics, website and software design have all been thought through by a team of talented people who are just as excited about DJ'ing with Pitch as you are!
We've taken great care to select the best parts and materials with most parts coming from U.S., Swiss and Canadian manufacturers. This includes the enclosure, faders and rotary potentiometers, all connectors and the embedded microcontroller core. Pitch will be hand assembled and shipped from the New York City area.
The first Pitch units will be built in a limited production run with an estimated delivery date of October. These first production units are being offered to early adopters at a reduced cost to show our appreciation for your support! A second larger production run is on track to ship in November. We wanted to keep the first production run limited so we could carefully monitor the production process and make sure every Pitch unit is up to spec and working flawlessly before shipping.
So we want to thank you for taking the time to read through, and hope you're inspired enough by Pitch to join the team. Please feel free to write us a note with your questions, comments or input!
The following DJ mix set was recorded live using Traktor Scratch Pro, Traktor Kontrol X1 & Pitch.
Traktor Scratch Pro, Traktor, and Traktor Kontrol X1 are registered trademarks of Native Instruments, GmbH. For more information on Native Instruments products, click here: http://www.native-instruments.com/.
Serato Scratch Live and Serato are registered trademarks of Serato. For more information on Serato products, click here: http://www.serato.com.
Urei is a registered trademark of Harman International.
Pitch was not designed with the intention of replacing, but complementing the X1 or F1. The X1 and F1 are fantastic controllers, however their target demo is different then Pitch. The intended user of Pitch is someone that like the high-quality feel of a Technics 1200 turntable or Pioneer CDJ's pitch control with an additional minimal set of controls. The X1 and F1 are not designed for pitch control with Traktor Scratch Pro, Pitch is. Pitch side-by-side with an X1 or F1 is an awesome combination giving you total control of your software, when either using Pitch for pitch control, or as a 2-channel MIDI mixer.
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