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Native Instruments has taken the incredible performance power from their line of TRAKTOR DJ controllers, and have integrated that extensive knowledge into their very first 2-channel DJ mixer and contr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Native Instruments has taken the incredible performance power from their line of TRAKTOR DJ controllers, and have integrated that extensive knowledge into their very first 2-channel DJ mixer and controller. Enter in the world of the TRAKTOR Z2 2+2 Control Mixer. Built tough for pro club use, the Z2 excels both as a state-of-the-art club mixer alongside turntables and CDJs, and as the hub of an advanced setup of Remix Decks and controllers.

All-new Macro FX and Flux Mode in the latest TRAKTOR software expand your creative arsenal. And the heavy metal, standard installation-height chassis, sturdy RGB control buttons, and Innofaders assure rock-solid dependability.

EXPANDING ON INDUSTRY STANDARDS
Combining the best of all that's come before it, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 takes a powerful two-channel stand-alone mixer, adds an additional two channels for Remix Decks, puts TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 in the package and rolls it out in luxurious style.

The ultra-stable, aircraft-grade aluminum chassis provides an intuitive layout instantly familiar to DJs, offering unprecedented sonic control. Throw in an integrated premium audio interface and dedicated TRAKTOR controls for cue points and Remix Decks and your options become infinite. Whatever your style, you've never had control like this before.

ERGONOMIC AND INTUITIVE
Based on industry-standard DJ mixer design, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2's DJ-friendly layout is ergonomic and intuitive for uninterrupted flow from the moment you get your hands on it. A spacious control surface with faders, 3-band EQ section and dedicated chunky filter knob per channel - each in exactly the right place - gives you maximum control.

Additional TRAKTOR rotary encoders for Macro FX and Remix Decks are placed in the Kontrol Section alongside Flux Mode buttons for easy access, and multi-colored cue point trigger buttons allow you to jump through and re-edit your tracks in style.

PROFESSIONAL BUILD QUALITY
A rock solid, aircraft-grade aluminum chassis takes build quality to a whole new level - even by TRAKTOR standards. Precision knobs, buttons, push encoders and Innofaders give you ultra-accurate control of your sets.

The Z2's premium, backlit buttons provide precise visual feedback in even the darkest clubs, and the built-in, powered USB hub adds connectivity for two add-on controllers such as TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 or X1, freeing up laptop ports.

CRISP, CLEAN, PUNCHY SOUND
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is designed from the ground up for tight, club-ready sound. From low noise audio power supplies to premium 24-bit soundcard, Cirrus Logic converters, and pro XLR outputs, every component has been chosen so your sets hit with maximum impact.

A. MIXER SECTION
Instantly familiar layout and feel based on industry-standard design

B. EFFECTS SECTION
Ingenious one-knob Macro FX for buildups, breakdowns, and an overall creativity boost

C. KONTROL SECTION
TRAKTOR-specific cue point, Remix Deck and loop controls - the core of the 2+2 design

FLAGSHIP SOFTWARE
The package includes the full version of the TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 digital vinyl system with Remix Deck technology.

DJs worldwide rely on TRAKTOR. Beautiful TruWave colored waveforms let you spot kicks, hats and snares at a glance. Browse and prep your tracks quickly thanks to iTunes integration, and use Crate Flick to easily select the next track by artwork. Auto track analysis plus BPM and beat detection give you the freedom to choose: Match beats manually, sync to tempo only, or use full-on beat and phase sync.

TRAKTOR TIMCODE VINYL & CDs INCLUDED
Spin your digital tracks as if they were pressed on vinyl with the included TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs.

The super-tight, 2kHz control signal means TRAKTOR SCRATCH responds to every scratch with analog precision - even on tricky motor-offs or ultra-fast rubs that competing systems can't handle with the same accuracy. Get hands-on-wax feel when beat-matching with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2.

CREATIVE ARSENAL
Brand-new Macro FX combine multiple TRAKTOR effects on a single knob. Now it's easier than ever to build up, breakdown and destroy tracks with a single, intuitive action. Add 30+ club-proven effects from classic DJ effects to advanced beat manglers - you're ready to take your sets to the next level!

Flux Mode tracks the time while you're juggling cue points or looping and lets you drop back in at exactly the right moment - a powerful weapon for all creative DJs. Intuitive loop and cue functions allow for perfect auto loops at the press of a button - and the immensely powerful Remix Decks make live remixing a breeze.

Designed for Traktor Pro with STEMS
The latest version of Traktor Pro Software is STEMS ready. A Stem file is an open, multi-channel audio file that contains a track split into four musical elements – bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example. With each element available independently, you can mix in ways that just weren’t possible until now. With Stems fully supported by the included flagship TRAKTOR software, each of these TRAKTOR controllers are pre-mapped and designed for playing with Stems right out of the box. You can get mixing with Stems right away with a 1.5 GB package of free Stems tracks. Derived from selected MASCHINE expansions, these 65 Stems tracks cover a wide range of tempos and genres ranging from techno, house, and funk, to trap, drum and bass, dubstep and more.

Features
  • 2 Stand-alone DJ mixer channels and 2 full remix deck channels
  • Pro XLR outputs, a booth output and 24-bit sound quality
  • Spacious control surface with faders, 3-band EQ and filter knobs per channel
  • Build a big drop or destroy tracks with one-knob macro effects
  • Juggle cue points or loops, and drop back in exactly in time with Flux Mode
  • Professional build-quality with ultra-stable, aircraft-grade aluminum chassis
  • Built-in, powered USB hub adds connectivity for two add-on controllers
  • Multi-colored cue point trigger buttons
  • Premium 24-bit soundcard, and low noise audio power supplies
  • Includes the full version of the TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 with Remix Decks Includes TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs
Specifications
  • Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
    Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 (latest update) or 10.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
    General: Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution, USB 2.0, 1 GB free disc space, high-speed internet required
    Dimensions: 272mmx388mm x109mm (WxLxH)
    Weight: 5.1 kg / 11.2lb.
    Internal power supply with 3-pin IEC power cable included. 115-230V, 50/60Hz, 0.5 - 0.75A. No additional power supply or battery required
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Native InstrumentsTRAKTOR KONTROL Z2
 
4.2

(based on 12 reviews)

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Long Awaited Dream

I've personally been waiting on a mixer like this since '07 from Native Instruments. To now have a flagship mixer made by NI with premium guts, I was sold at the teaser visual...Read complete review

I've personally been waiting on a mixer like this since '07 from Native Instruments. To now have a flagship mixer made by NI with premium guts, I was sold at the teaser visual they displayed in September. I have played with this and taken it to a few gigs and have enjoyed the quality in sound! To have the less extent of setup that I've used with and NI audio 8 connected to my mackie d2 has given me more time to do sound/stage checks. The overall feel of the mixer is NICE. The quality of the knobs from touch to hands are smooth and accurate to your desired turn. The faders, both line and crossfader, are mini innofaders are scratch friendly! I've noticed that the crossfaders paint has worn off from mixing and scratching on it, but nevertheless the panels are removable like NI's Maschine mk2 for customizing so not a big deal to me. Overall I think this was an EXCELLENT choice by Native Instrument to produce a 2 channel with 2 remix decks in one mixer. From a rebel who took a liking to their introduction of Traktor Scratch with the Audio 8, I've have used traktor for my radio show, mixshow, and djing abroad. I've been waiting since 2007 for a dedicated mixer like this, and enjoy Native Instruments outcome.

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Hasn't worked properly from the get go

I purchased this in September of 2013. From the get go, it's been a problem. Constantly says low input value, buzzing, does not register the FX changes, won't timecode properly. I...Read complete review

I purchased this in September of 2013. From the get go, it's been a problem. Constantly says low input value, buzzing, does not register the FX changes, won't timecode properly. I have replaced everything -- bought new monitor speakers, new turn tables, new MAC book, new cables, new cartridges and it's still a problem. I even took it back to Guitar Center and not a single staff member could help me because none of them knew how to hook it up to their equipment or even how to work it. I tried hooking it up to their equipment at the store on my own and it said same -- low input value.... they wouldn't take it back, so I sent it to Guitar Center Repair. They sent it back saying it works properly, that it's my equipment that is a problem. There is just no way it's my equipment. I have replaced everything. Its been a frustrating 3 years and I am going to make the jump to Serato

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5.0

Kontrol z2 best 2 channel mixer with integrated sound card.

By Don Paco

from Joliet, IL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

Mixer works the way it should, traktor time code or internal.
Best value for the money this mixer has an internal sound card.
You can use it with other programs.

 
5.0

Nice mixer

By Scratchtastic bombastic #realdjing

from Colorado

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy to setup
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

I use this mixer as a scratch DJ several times a week. Definitely got the coverage though because native instruments is known for janky hardware . For me , every browse knob ever has broken on all my gear. Perfect traktor integration though . I would buy again but I would also like to see it updated with a mk2 version that is built better.

 
2.0

Hasn't worked properly from the get go

By CEI

from Riverside, CA

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

    I purchased this in September of 2013. From the get go, it's been a problem. Constantly says low input value, buzzing, does not register the FX changes, won't timecode properly. I have replaced everything -- bought new monitor speakers, new turn tables, new MAC book, new cables, new cartridges and it's still a problem. I even took it back to Guitar Center and not a single staff member could help me because none of them knew how to hook it up to their equipment or even how to work it. I tried hooking it up to their equipment at the store on my own and it said same -- low input value.... they wouldn't take it back, so I sent it to Guitar Center Repair. They sent it back saying it works properly, that it's my equipment that is a problem. There is just no way it's my equipment. I have replaced everything. Its been a frustrating 3 years and I am going to make the jump to Serato

     
    2.0

    Not reliable. Buggy.

    By Zzz

    from Cape Coral, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        there are light clicking noises in the background of both channels. Neither of my MacBooks recognize the mixer every Time. Sometimes it does not recognize the mixer and the RGB pads will not light up. I looked this up and many others are having the same problem. When you switch to "Thru" and play regular vinyl, those light clicking noises are louder. I ruled out all other hardware and it is definitely the mixer. I'm taking this one back. I'm going to try swapping this out for a new one and if that doesn't work, it's going back. I swapped out mixers at home with one of my other mixers and the noise stopped.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Make this your first choice.

        By JOHN QUINTERO

        from Austin, TX

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        Native Instruments has really outdone themselves with this tank of a mixer. The Kontrol Z2 has all of the options I was looking for in a new mixer/controller. I primarily use it for mixing vinyl and I am slowly transitioning into digital DJing. I wanted the option of live on the spot remixing when choosing digital, and the Z2 is the machine that allows me to do just that. I was completely floored when I found out that this product came equipped with control vinyl, control CDs, and Traktor Scratch Pro. So, no matter what you choose to do the Z2 makes it easy for you. The set up options are endless, turntables, CDJs, NI midi controllers can all be used and set up is simple without interfaces to be connected (3 USB connections on the back) My favorite thing about this mixer besides the internal sound card is the XLR out puts on the back, which shows that this mixer means business. The sound that comes out of it is crisp and clear. The only option I wish this mixer had was an internal effects option. You can only use them when connected to Traktor software. No big deal though. I highly recommend the Z2 to anyone looking for a digital controller with options to remix live and push out some serious sound.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect!

        By jason lee

        from Indianapolis, IN

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        I've had this mixer for over a year and I couldn't be happier. The Z2 mixer is built like an absolute tank. The crossfader is extremely smooth. It has a great response. The face plate tends to wear, but Native Instruments has done a great job fixing that problem. They sent a brand new face plate that was easy to install. This mixer is very powerful. The effects are great and easy to use. The Remix Decks add something special to your performance. I used Serato for years and I have no plans on ever switching from Traktor. I'm my opinion, Traktor gives you more options to be a great DJ. At a $799 price point, this mixer is a steal. I wouldn't even consider spending three times more for the comparable Serato mixer. The Z2 has everything I need and then some. If you can't rock a party with this mixer, maybe you should consider retirement.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Native Instruments hit a HOMERUN!

        By Travis Rogers

        from Baltimore, Maryland

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        Absolutely love this mixer. I've always been a Vestax guy but they've really suffered from a lack of innovation and vision over the past couple of years. Native instruments has been the opposite. Hardware and software wise they continue to lead the pack and take the art of deejaying to new levels. I recently took the plunge to the Z2 and I have no regrets! The seamless integration with Traktor Scratch Pro is a dream. I've used the Rane mixer as well and it's nice, but at more than twice the price as this it's a no brainer to go for the Native Instruments Kontrol Z2. Even if you use Serato, this mixer can be used in external mode. For Traktor users, no more clunky external USB sound card to keep track of, no more cabling nightmare. The feel is great, controls and workflow are intuitive and "in the right place" The flexibility of MIDI assignable knobs and buttons for actions, FX, etc...also allows the user to customize actions themselves and to save that file to share with other users. Sound wise, it's awesome! No hiss, static, control tone bleed-thru or noise like my previous setup with the Serato SL-1. Only complaint I have is that the paint around the fader flaked off within two days of using it. No big deal but Native Instruments said they'd get me a new faceplate out as soon as they were available. That's support! I highly recommend this mixer

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great mixer!

        By Jason Stallings

        from Nashville, TN

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        Let me say that this is a great mixer. Its built tough. It works stand alone with vinyl. It also works directly with Traktor. All this Im sure you know by now. Here are my complaints. When you are using the trigger buttons on the side, there is no option to just punch the sample. When you hit the sample button it plays the full loop and you have to hit it again if you wanna stop it. I wish it would play the sample, only as long as you held down the button. Which would allow you to quickly trigger the sample repeatedly. Im hopeful that this will be fixed in an update. Also the input faders are not as smooth as the crossfader. The faders are innofader, but the innofader mini. From what I understand you can replace them with the pro innofaders no problem. Other than that it's a great mixer Ive had it for only a short time but have put some miles on it already. It works like a champ and plugs into and works with other peoples Traktor with no problems. I do advise you to buy a case to protect this thing, you are gonna want it for a long time.

         
        5.0

        The best Mixer for the price

        By Ramon Arroyo

        from Lewisville,TX

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        All I can say is that I love this Mixer I m glad finally Native Instruments went ahead and made a Mixer for Traktor. I highly recomend this Mixer if you like Traktor and use Turntables or CDJs. I love My Z2 with my Technics 1200s I love to Scratch and the Crossfader on this thing is Amazing like Butter for Scratching it has 3 MINI INNOFADERS. If you are thinking of buying this Mixer Go ahead and get it you wont regret it, Thanks NI for this awesome piece of Equipment.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        As expected from NI

        By Brian Holbrook

        from Fort Worth, TX

        Comments about Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2:

        Wanted to move to a modular setup... long-time S2 and F1 user here... High quality build, immediate interface with Traktor. The mixer delivers all as expected... purchased with an X1 so still learning to work with what is a little redundancy between the two. Biggest changes-- Much more headroom than going straight from the S2. Similarly, sound quality seems better... no idea why that would be the case though. Having 1/4" and 1/8" headphone jacks is a plus. XLR outs to the mains (or RCA or 1/4") as you would expect from a pro mixer. Item meets all expectations that I had of it and exceeded my hopes for sound. Still learning to use scratch interfaces with other systems...for the money it is a great value--particularly if you are like me and run events with DJ's desiring differing mediums.

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