[Video] Traktor Kontrol Z2 Details Released
While I was sick to the stomach for days on end last week, Native Instruments decided it would be the perfect time to release the details of the newly teased Traktor Mixer that everyone is dying to learn more about. Now that I'm (almost) back to form and playing catchup, I'll go over a few of the details with you on the brand new 2+2 Traktor Kontrol Z2 mixer, show you the new Ean Golden Demo video, and give you some additional links for more resources until we get our Review unit in the Lab for our notoriously detailed video reviews.
First, We'll show you the video. Obviously, for a two-channel mixer, most people would have thought that there should have been a true turntablist performance to set off the Traktor Kontrol Z2 marketing scheme, but since scratch DJ's are already drooling over this unit, NI probably thought it would be in their best interest to show a true controllerist applying their trade to the new hardware to open up the possibilites. The video doesn't show much in the sense of mixer-performance, but I know for a fact that DJ Craze has one and he's about to put it through the paces very soon.
Now a few details on the Traktor Kontrol Z2 Mixer...
The Traktor Kontrol Z2 Mixer is a 2+2 channel Mixer (two analog decks (CD or vinyl) plus two digital/remix decks) that has an internal 24-bit soundcard, three easily-replaceable Mini-Innofaders all in a metal-aluminum chassis. The crossfader looks to have reverse and curve controls, but the linefaders do not (unless Traktor includes them in a Map of the software somehow, but that would mean that it wouldn't work in standalone mixer mode). There's buttons for Cue Points, effects, and loops which really merge the world of the analog and digital DJ into one device. The Z2 has XLR outputs for high-quality audio, a separate booth output with volume control knob, and a microphone input for performances.
The Kontrol Z2 mixer also has a built in USB-Hub that allows DJ's to connect more USB devices without plugging them directly into a computer. The Kontrol Z2 is very spacious in layout which makes it easy for performance DJ's to hit the right button at the right time. Each channel has a three-band EQ and gain knob and two separate rotary volume knobs to control the other two Virtual decks in Traktor.
The New Macro FX condenses complex effects into one single action or button press making a new world of possibilities when it comes to effect application. Theres a new FLUX mode (or SLIP mode for those familiar with the feature on Pioneer's CDJ's), where DJ's will be allowed to scratch or effect a track with loops, rolls, etc. while returning the song to the same place it would have been if you had not done any manipulation at all...
The Kontrol Z2 mixer will come bundled with the latest version of Traktor Scratch PRO 2 (probably version 2.6 when it arrives), along with two Traktor Scratch Timecode Vinyl and two Timecode CD's for your external decks. The Traktor Kontrol Z2 will be out on November 1st for the price of $900 US. I'll be sure to get one in the lab as soon as possible so we can let you know how it turns out. Check out the press release and more information at the Native Instruments website link below.
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Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2
Berlin, October 4, 2012 – Native Instruments today announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the world’s first 2+2 control mixer combining the industry’s leading DJ controller design with a high-quality soundcard and a host of new features, all housed inside an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis. New creative features inside the acclaimed TRAKTOR PRO software expand creative possibilities while premium-quality Innofaders™ assure rock-solid dependability when DJing, making KONTROL Z2 the first professional club mixer from Native Instruments.
The KONTROL Z2’s 2+2 design unites 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. DJs now have access to all aspects of their setups from one intuitive control hub. This combination of hardware and software accommodates a host of workflow preferences from vinyl and CDJ setups to elaborate controller configurations.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 was designed to deliver the reliability and pro sound quality essential for professional club DJing. Its installation height delivers the comfort required during performance while the aircraft-grade construction provides necessary stability when on stage and reliability when on the road. The KONTROL Z2’s 24-bit soundcard and professional XLR outputs deliver high-quality audio to club sound systems while a separate booth output and microphone input allow KONTROL Z2 to integrate into any DJ booth. Advanced HID technology delivers seamless integration with CDJs including enhanced visual and tactile control of key features. A 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.
The KONTROL Z2’s spacious layout ensures straightforward access to the high-quality knobs and 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 and an intuitive master section lets DJs comfortably browse files inside TRAKTOR and access advanced controls such as Sync and Quantize.
New Macro FX specifically designed for TRAKTOR combine multiple TRAKTOR effects on a single control on the hardware. Customised 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. All 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.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 also includes the latest version of NI’s flagship TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software and TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs rounding out this powerful hardware control mixer with software options for all popular club workflows.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2012. Pre-orders are currently being taken.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 pricing information:
$899 / 799 € / 83800 ¥
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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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