Introducing The Traktor Kontrol Z1
Hot off the heels of this month's Traktor Kontrol Z2 discount offer from Native Instruments, the Traktor Kontrol Z1 portable mixer and interface has just been announced. The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a compact two-channel mixer that works seamlessly with both the Traktor DJ App for portable and "on-the-go" mixing with the iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod Touch and the Traktor Pro/LE DJ software for desktop/laptop control.
The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is pretty small in size, but is big on features that digital DJ's need for software control. The Z1 has two linefaders and crossfader for mixing and fading the music, while there are three band Full-Kill EQ's and Filters right where they should be. Inside the Z1 is a 24-bit DJ soundcard which has a headphone output for monitoring/cueing on the front and an RCA output on the back to connect to speakers. The Traktor Kontrol Z1 comes bundled with Traktor LE software so DJ's can start playing right out of the box on any computer. The Traktor Z1 makes for a great companion for those seeking a mixing solution for additional controllers like the X1 and F1 as seen in the video above.
The Traktor Kontrol Z1 also has perfect integration with the Traktor DJ App which allows users to control key portions of the mixing responsibilities on the new hardware, while still maintaining control over effects and playback on the i-device touchscreen. The Z1 comes with a 30-pin connector to connect to older gen Mac devices, while the newer devices will require a separately purchased Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter for connectivity. The Traktor Kontrol Z1 also plugs into an outlet so that the iOS device also gets charged while in use!
This is a cool and exciting new device from Native Instruments and I'm sure lots of DJ's are going to love the portable design and the fact that it can be used with both the Traktor DJ App and with the full Traktor computer software. We'll be sure to get one in the DJbooth.net Lab for a Full Out HD-Video and written review as we always do, so be sure to watch this space for updates and developments... The street price will be $199 in the US and they'll be released to the public on July 3rd.
Those of you waiting for the four-channel Z4 mixer will have to wait a little bit more... Check out the full press release and links below for more information.
Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1
Native Instruments introduces the world’s most portable professional mixer and audio interface to natively connect to both TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO
Berlin, June 11, 2013 – Native Instruments today announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1, the world’s smallest professional mixer and audio interface, to
natively connect to both the TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad and iPhone, and TRAKTOR PRO 2. When combined with the critically-acclaimed TRAKTOR
DJ App, the Z1 adds headphone cue, and dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel. The integrated audio interface boosts audio output to club-ready levels – an important feature for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups – all without interfering with TRAKTOR DJ’s acclaimed touch interface. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers established TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJs a highly portable mixing interface when compact size and professional performance features are needed.
Following TRAKTOR DJ’s overwhelming popular success and warm critical reception, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 now provides TRAKTOR DJ users with an all-in-one 2-channel mixer, controller, and 24-bit soundcard. Its dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, and 3-band EQ for each channel automatically map to the software, instantly giving DJs added tactile control over their iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch setups. The Z1’s cue
section delivers headphone pre-listening of the next track for fluid, professional mixing, while the built-in 24-bit soundcard provides club-ready
sound without the need for additional hardware. This combined with the Z1’s compact footprint gives users the most portable TRAKTOR DJ setup available today. With iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch turned on, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 even keeps the device charged, assuring DJs hours of performance fun.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is also the smallest professional mixer for TRAKTOR PRO 2 users to date – perfect for intimate after-party gigs or any situation that requires both compact size and professional performance features. Thanks to plug-and-play connectivity with TRAKTOR and the included TRAKTOR LE software, DJs can immediately start mixing on their Mac or PC system. When combined with TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and F1 controllers, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 becomes part of a powerful, professional DJ setup including full control of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks and transport functionality.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 connects to iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod touch with an included 30-pin connector. Using the Z1 with iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5th generation requires an Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, which must be purchased separately from Apple.
Pricing and availability
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is available at retailers worldwide and at the NI
Online Shop for $199 / 199 € / 20800 ¥.
A $50 / 50€ e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.
The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad is available for $19.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com. The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPhone is available for $4.99 from the App Store iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.
Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is available at:
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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