Native Instruments has introduced the Traktor Kontrol Z2 – a new hybrid DJ mixer that they describe as their ‘first professional club mixer’.
Here are the details….
- The Kontrol Z2’s 2+2 design supports both analog and digital DJing techniques. Two standalone channels provide connectivity for turntables or CDJs while two additional channels offer control over TRAKTOR Remix Decks, cue points and effects. This combination of hardware and software accommodates a variety of workflow styles, from vinyl and CDJ setups to elaborate controller configurations.
- Aircraft-grade construction
- 24-bit soundcard
- XLR outputs
- Separate booth output and microphone input
- HID technology delivers seamless integration with CDJs including enhanced visual and tactile control of key features.
- Built-in USB hub adds connectivity for additional controllers without having to use the host computer’s USB ports, making it easy to integrate add-on controllers such as KONTROL F1 and X1.
- ‘Premium-quality’ Innofaders.
- The two primary channels each feature a dedicated three-band EQ, filter and fader section, while two separate, chunky rotary volume knobs offer control over the Traktor channels.
- Four additional multi-colored LED buttons for each TRAKTOR channel assigned to control cue points and Remix Decks are placed in their own section on the Kontrol Z2.
- A master section lets DJs browse files inside Traktor and access controls such as Sync and Quantize.
- New Macro FX specifically designed for TRAKTOR combine multiple Traktor effects on a single control on the hardware. Customized to classic DJ workflows such as breakdowns, punch-in or blends, Macro FX condense complex effect performances to a single action, increasing the possibilities available to creative DJs.
- New Flux Mode tracks the time during complicated scratch and effect performances, allowing for creative loop rolls or effects while returning the song accurately to the beat.
- Includes the latest version of NI’s flagship Traktor Scratch Pro 2 software and Traktor Scratch timecode vinyl and CDs.
Traktor Kontrol Z2 Back View
Here’s the official intro video:
Traktor Kontrol Z2 will be available starting November 1, 2012, priced at US $899/799 €. Pre-orders are currently being taken at the NI site.