Traktor Kontrol Z2 – in shops now

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 in stores now released

Yesterday, we posted the DJ Craze Traktor Kontrol Z2 video (1 of 3 according to the man himself), which aha-mazingly  coincides with their new mixer hitting your favourite DJ retailing establishment. So what follows is the official verbiage from the NI mothership that takes a long-winded route to say that the Kontrol Z2 is in shops now.

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 now in stores worldwide

Berlin, November 5, 2012 – Native Instruments today announced that the world’s first 2+2 channel control mixer TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is now available in stores worldwide and at the NI Online Shop. TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and provides two stand-alone channels with two full Remix channels, a high-quality soundcard, and a host of new features that offer DJs top-of-the line performance coupled with tour-ready reliability. These hardware and software advancements make TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 the first professional club mixer from Native Instruments.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2′s aircraft-grade aluminum chassis forms the foundation of the KONTROL Z2′s state-of-the-art design. Two stand-alone channels are each equipped with premium Innofaders™ and dedicated EQ and filter knobs. The KONTROL Z2′s installation height is optimized for integration into standard club setups for the best possible ergonomics during performance. Club sound systems receive pristine audio thanks to 24-bit Cirrus Logic converters and balanced XLR outputs while a separate booth output and microphone input ensure accurate monitoring inside the DJ booth.

The KONTROL Z2′s 2+2 design unites analog and digital DJing techniques. Rear panel inputs provide connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering connectivity for both purely analog as well as timecode-based setups. Multi-colored LED cue point controls placed next to the KONTROL Z2′s intuitive master section and two additional TRAKTOR Remix Deck™ rotary knobs provide side-by-side control of TRAKTOR PRO software and analog sources, and a built-in USB hub allows direct connectivity to controller hardware. With TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, DJs now have access to all aspects of their workflows with one powerful command center.

Purchase of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 includes download of TRAKTOR PRO 2.6 – the latest version of NI’s flagship DJ software. The KONTROL Z2 integrates perfectly with the new features in the 2.6 update including the new Flux Mode and Macro FX. 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.

The 11 Macro FX – specifically created for TRAKTOR – have been designed according to classic DJ workflows, and condense complex effect performances onto a single control knob on the hardware. Wormhole, Bass-o-Matic, and Zzzurp give DJs new ways to create exciting buildups and breakdowns. Flight Test, LaserSlicer, and Event Horizon offer DJs extra impact for punch-ins, and mixing effects such as Polar Wind, Dark Matter, and Strrretch give DJs more expressive control over track transitions.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 also includes TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs* – rounding out this powerful control mixer with scratch capability. The KONTROL Z2 package is designed to provide options for all popular club workflows, setups, and controller configurations.

A new video, in which 5 x DMC World Champion DJ Craze performs an impressive turntablism routine on the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, is available on YouTube at:

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is now available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 pricing information:
$899 / 799 € / 83800 ¥

Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available at:

Dear NI – I think you’ll find that the Z2 (that’s ZED2) has an “aircraft-grade aluminIum chassis”. I take my native tongue rather seriously (well not all the time), and while I’m done complaining about leaving off the price in pounds sterling (it’s £629), I will not stand for my European brethren bastardising (with an S) English in such a brutal way. See Constantin – I invented a war just for you. :)

I’m sure this small lump of PR comes as not-at-all-news to some who dropped pre-order cash and are currently smashing the mini-Innofaders and beating the living daylights out of the hot cues buttons. But if those of you who currently have a Kontrol Z2 in your bedroom or studio could pull yourselves away for a moment to let the rest of the world know what you think of it, I’d be most grateful.

  • Hugues

    I have a dumb question. The Z2 looks quite appealing for Traktor users but… what about the jogwheel? useless?

    • Mark Settle

      I’m not clear on what you’re asking. You can use it with turntables via Traktor Scratch, CDJs via HID and timecode CD, and other MIDI controllers with mapping.

      • Hugues

        Yes I might have been clearer. :D I mean if you still need CDJs (it’s only a mix-table, not a full fledged controller right?), what’s the added value of having the Z2 instead of a DJM?

        • Brad Giezentanner

          There are many DJ’s who are still very devoted to CDJs and Turntables. This unit has a built in soundcard, and direct buttons and knobs to control the essentials in Traktor. I have a Maschine to control my midi with my turntables but the thought of how easy it is to set up the cables with the built in soundcard and to have access to all my controls built in to the mixer is very appealing. If you are a turntablist then an S4 is not an Ideal solution, a 10″ mixer like this is much easier to use and fits better in a crate!

          • Hugues

            got it :) I see in which niche it fits :) thanks :)

  • Elliott

    Could this also be used for house and dance music as well?

    • Mark Settle

      It can be used for anything. But if you’ll indulge me a little here – why did you feel the need to ask? What makes you think that it might not be suitable for house music?

      • Elliott

        Oh ok great thanks. Well it’s just that the advertising seems geared to scratch dj’s but I am probably mistaken. But it looks like a great unit that I can use.

  • USEnglishParadigm

    The US English dogma is very painful for me, too Mark. What’s happened to this wonderful language? I have to swallow my pain every single day. :)

    • Mark Settle

      Verily, one must accept that language evolves across generations. The zed/zee thing is interesting and appears to have happened around the time of the revolution, as a way for the Americans to sound less English. It’s like the rhotic R – New Englanders deliberately stopped rolling their Rs for the same reason. And I always thought is was a hamfisted way to make the alphabet song rhyme. I am of course joking about that part.

      But the aluminum/aluminium thing – seems Websters Dictionary is to blame back in 1828. So while the rest of the world uses the internationally approved Aluminium variant, the US public has grown used to Aluminum and sticks with it. Personally, I think it sounds considerably more impressive as “Element 13″. Yo on the real – that’s a dope name cuz.

      • James Wilson

        I’m partial to alumium myself. Sounds more sci-fi or like some high powered party drug out of a Hunter S. Thompson novel.

        And i think and Canadians use “zed” as well.

    • Hugues

      You might find this post entertaining :)

      A message from the Queen : (with “u”s inside)

    • culture_drone

      I’m an American but I’ve got to admit that “zed 2″ sounds way better than “zee two,” thanks for the Queen’s English lesson Mark.

  • Luke

    Hey Mark what other mixers are being released in the near future ? the main DJ store I use are having a sale on there “last” stock of the DJM-T1, PMC05 PRO4 and Rane TTM56s. Are their other greater things coming out that you haven’t told us about yet other than the Z2 ? The Z2 looks good, but I’d prefer something else. I was going to email this to you personally but couldn’t find and email to reach you on. It’s just I’m in the market for a new mixer and was wondering if I should wait or not.

    • Mark Settle

      If I knew of any such mixers, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you because of non-disclosure agreements. But as of now, I’m not aware of any other mixers of this kind coming out. I’m sure there will be some, but the mixer market isn’t really doing so well at the moment. Sales have declined since controllers took hold. I think they’ll pick up again as the modular approach picks up steam though.

  • Sigma

    I picked one of these up last week after flip-flopping back and forth between getting this or saving up for a Rane 62.

    It’s a great mixer IMO. Set up is a piece of cake, the build quality is better than I expected and is very good indeed, the crossfader feels really nice and is lovely for cutting, and having various controls and pads on the mixer to control functions of Traktor has really opened up new doors for me when it comes to mixing, considering I was coming from a straight up 2 channel scratch mixer with no frills (I had a Hak 310 before this).

    There’s a small handful of negatives. The line faders are very stiff and there’s no way to adjust that (maybe there’s a DIY method, but I’m not going to crack them open just yet), which is a real shame as all 3 faders are mini Innofaders and the crossfader feels so buttery smooth. You can fit Innofader Pros into the mixer, but that adds £140 per fader! There’s no curve/reverse for the line faders either. Also, the pots are plastic rather than metal, so longevity may be an issue, but that remains to be seen.

    For £630, I’m really pleased with it though! As long as you’re aware of its shortcomings (particularly in the line fader department) before you buy, I don’t think many people will be disappointed with this.

  • Will Rimmer

    This was my jump to traktor from a Mixtrack Pro and Djay, and oh my goodness I am loving life!

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