NI announced Traktor Kontrol Z2, a 2+2 control mixer combining a controller design with a soundcard, housed inside an aluminum chassis.
The 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 the aspects of their setups from one control hub.
Traktor Kontrol Z2's 24-bit soundcard and XLR outputs are designed to deliver audio to club sound systems while a separate booth output and microphone input allow Kontrol Z2 to integrate into a DJ booth. HID technology is designed to deliver integration with CDJs including 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, to let you integrate add-on controllers such as Kontrol F1 and X1.
The Kontrol Z2's two primary channels each feature a dedicated three-band EQ, filter and fader section, while two separate 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 a master section lets DJs browse files inside Traktor and access controls such as Sync and Quantize.
New Macro FX designed for Traktor combine multiple Traktor effects on a single control on the hardware. A new Flux Mode is designed to track the time during complicated scratch and effect performances, allowing for loop rolls or effects while returning the song accurately to the beat.
Pricing & Availability:
Traktor Kontrol Z2 will be available at retailers and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2012. Pre-orders are currently being taken.
$899 / 799 € / 83800 ¥
Additional information on is available at www.native-instruments.com/z2-dj-mixer.
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