Native Instruments today announced the Traktor Kontrol Z1, “the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface”, which works with Traktor 2 on PCs and Macs, as well as being the first Midi controller for the company’s Traktor DJ app for iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Apple-approved (only a matter of time before we see a white special edition in Apple stores?), the two-channel mixer has the same form factor as the Kontrol X1 and Kontrol F1, and runs off external power, meaning it will charge your iDevice when plugged into it. At the same time it offers true stereo club-level dual outputs for full headphones cueing from Traktor DJ.
The Traktor Kontrol Z2 is more than just a mixer that works with Traktor. But how easy it is to use, and who is it suited to?
So Traktor Pro DJ software now has its own DJ mixer, the Traktor Kontrol Z2, which hits stores today. But aren’t mixers for the old way of DJing? You know, with records and stuff? Surely digital DJing is all about controllers?
Well, yes and no. In this Traktor Kontrol Z2 review, we’ll first look at the unit itself and explain what it does – how to set it up, and what it’s like to use and so on. Then we’ll sum up what we think of it, but also we’ll look at why you might want such a device at all for Traktor, other than just going for a DJ controller like the Traktor Kontrol S4, or some other solution. Finally, we’ve got a talkthrough video.
Heading straight into Pioneer and Allen & Heath territory, the Kontrol Z2 is designed for the DJ booth, with a high-quality sound card, Innofaders, aluminium construction and standard profile sizing to fit flush with other pro gear..
The new Traktor mixer from Native Instruments marks a new turn in Traktor hardware, and from what we can glean from today’s teaser video, will provide competition to mixers from Pioneer, Rane and Allen & Heath for Traktor DJs.
Native Instruments is to launch its first DJ mixer, the Kontrol Z2. It will be both a Traktor Scratch certified mixer, and a Midi controller for the company’s own Traktor software.
As such it will be a rival to Pioneer’s Traktor-certified mixers (especially the DJM-T1 and the DJM-900), and Rane’s Serato Scratch Live mixers, the Sixty-One and Sixty-Two.