GOT TO BPM Today.
The K2 looks really nice next to the DB4 and DB2. (Sorry, I didn't take photos of the DB2).
Mixarchitekt, super nice dude in person, gave me the download on K2. K2 is definitely a must have for me and other DB4/DB2 owners (X-Link mixers). Atleast two K2s are a must for me and with X-link using network protocols, the daisy chaining possibilities of more than two K2s might extend well beyond the set-up diagrams (until you run out of midi channels). The K2 soundcards can also be aggregated and that is great news too for me and other advanced DB4 users who are also routing Abelton & Maschine alongside Traktor Scratch Pro 2 on the same computer.
DB2 is no chump but me being a DB4 owner, I was only interested in checking out K2s in dual K2/DB4 Traktor Scratch Pro 2 set-up with sample deck controls. The deck mapping is great and you can see from the skin they had that the default mapping already does more than the basic Native Instruments X-1.
For me, the Mixarchitekt TSI works brilliantly with DB4's midi control so I wonder how well the new K2s will integrate for DB4 users. I intend on swapping them for my current three soundcards routings which include paths for Abelton & Maschine alongside Traktor Scratch Pro 2.
When the K2s come out (est. February), I'm likely to remove the TA10 that I had connected for Scratch timecode and the Xone: 2D that I had for Abelton. The K2s will serve as the separate soundcards for Maschine (that I had on the DB4's USB) and Abelton (on the 2D). I think that will require the USB connections because you get no audio with just having the network cables connected (you do get the midi control though). The K2 RCA cables then go to the mixer (analogue) and I can connect the phono turntables back on DB4 fader channels 2&3 inputs. Hopefully, we'll have Scratch Certification of the DB4 by then but I won't hold my breath on that one (NI politics!).
K2s will likely be out early next year and priced economically too..so will have a while to think about this.
I got the chance to hear the new DB4 FX that are still in the works. Mixarchitekt got straight to the point and showed me how the changes and additions can be used in play rather than giving more info what is actually coming. Not 100% sure what is coming but I saw and heard some things there are a step above in terms of functionality and perfection of the FX execution and modifiers.
Also, the Master FX unit concept Andy Rigby-Jones mentioned at Plasa may become a reality with having the K2s added to DB4. More to come on that, the DB4 isn't using it's full DSP power and not sure, but supposedly the Master FX thing may be a controlled parameter within the DB4 that resides on the K2.
I'm sure but the K2 is very promising and not like a toy as I first feared.