It’s really no fun to DJ 100% off a laptop and a super bummer to try to do it just off your phone or an ipad. With the recent launch of Traktor apps for both, it was inevitable for Native Instruments to come out with an interface to give you the control of a DJ mixer while maintaining the portability of the software.
The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a portable DJ mixing interface for Traktor DJ and Traktor Pro 2. Hook it up to your iPad or iPhone for a functional digital DJ rig that delivers nice sound and is designed to fit most any situation.
At first glance, it’s got all the basic features including an on board sound card (with headphone and RCA/Line Outs), full eq, filter knobs, levels, crossfader and cue buttons to select which side your monitoring. Whats super slick is you can pair with the the Kontrol F1 and/or X1 to have a future forward DJ rig that gives you almost complete control.
The only real omission looks like a lack of balanced outputs, but at a $199 price point, most standard DJ mixers worth mentioning would be lacking them as well. And none would have the expandability that the Z1 has to offer. Available now.