All user reviews for the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2
djqbert's review"Best for the Skratch Masters"
JimboSpins's review"Very nice set up!!"
Setting up the Kontrol Z2 is pretty simple because it comes with the instructions that can walk you through the whole process easily. This whole system is very professional, I have used it for paid gigs many times and for a while it was my main set up before I switched. The K2 has XLR outputs and it is great for working with vinyl, CD’s or playing files from any source.
It comes with Traktor Scratch Pro 2 which is ready to be synced with iTunes to give you easy control over finding and working with all of your music. The BPM or beat detection is very good and accurate; I suggest any DJ take a look at this set up because it can make your job a lot easier.
There is a multi colored remix deck trigger button and LED loop display. No matter what your lighting situation is you will be able to see what you are doing and navigate through anything quickly. This whole hardware unit is made out of aluminum chassis and has a high quality build to it that I expect could last a very long time. The Z2 is very heavy duty; it has onboard effects and can be used as a standalone mixer. There really isn’t much that this system cannot do. There are a total of 5 stereo RCA inputs and 2 XLR with 2 RCA outputs. There are no platters on this unit but it does have 8 multi colored pads and triggers with 2 volume faders.
delaville's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a good machine"
also works with serato and others.
I think it has the simplest level outputs, but it suits me.
the grip is easy after the software is quite complex compared to serato but once mastered effects and others it becomes a treat.
missing dead spots on some knobs but nothing nasty.
It looks good and solid preparation to do with time.
I am musically trendy hip hop blow this table is less suitable and other effects level, I think this table is oriented electronica.
After the sound is powerful and the filter is just huge and phono and line usage.
I have this table for 3 months and it is my favorite first 15 years of his I owned vestax numark and the other and I think not separate myself from the table before a while.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Ours*'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Quality and functionality at affordable prices!"
Technical side, the Z2 includes:
- Track A and B in the CAR; phono or line (+ ground for each track)
- To CAR
- Mic in Jack
- A hand out XLR and RCA
- A booth in jack
- A headphone with both formats jack, handy outlet when you do not put this adapter *** ... ^ ^
A plus for the USB 2 (2 slots) HUB useful when you have a small laptop with only 2 slots and that is already taken by the z2 ...
Classical side: slice gain / hi / med / low + filter that works even without computer, fader correct quality and cross more than adequate; each cross faders and is upgradeable with innofaders (possibility of the same on the rane 62 for example).
The cross can be reversed and the curvature is adjustable.
Next mix 2.0; nice and soft backlit push, knobs endless notched for loops (with digital displays for the length of the loop), 2 sections 2 effects knobs, one knob displacement browser + volume control of tracks C, D and.
The side of the plug 'n play z2 is indisputable; very clear:
- You plug in turntables phono or line, it works.
- You plug your usb on traktor and it works, everything is directly recognized and assigned.
- You want switcher real timecode vinyl with a simple push button on top of your slice and you Gears / sloppy action traktor.
A big plus for me is the hypercompatibilité with Native range, I have my marks on Traktor and over time I acquired a Kontrol X1 mk2 (allows for the plays, touch browser (not much but very significant qd was used) and sections more substantial effects); and a kontrol z1: config with z1 + x1 you have 2 tracks for completeness (and a sound card with RCA output + headphone minijack): good practice on qd you move without z2; but just plug the hub of z2 for clues C and D complete, really damn good!
2 black still points certainly due to defects of the first series:
- From the first day, after 10 hours of mix: painting the faceplate around the cross fader and goes; after one or two weeks almost nothing!
- After 3 weeks, the first night out: right track starts no longer react in traktor, cross fader cut more, something that you care much balls!
-> Blow SAV, 3 weeks of waiting, I Recycling the z2 and 2 days after rebelotte, big gueulante in native, I finally got a new z2, with aluminum faceplate more kind and no problem since ca been a year in regular use and RAS!
Level sound card, the quality is more than correct (without either be comparable to RME or other); it samples at 48kHz / 24bit; never had a glitch with.
The équalo is not lousy, possibility traktor mode choose the rendering of the EQ.
The filter is pretty sweet, not much to say at this level.
The effect section makes it easy to have a good record, also easy to assign to a particular track, which is more macro effects possible to obtain a very good record with only two knobs.
The cross also like the road, it's a very different feel of eternal eg, less metal, more tender.
I have for over a year now, having already owned a eclerc Nuo 3 and mixed on rane, pioneer, rodec; I also played on the controller: Xponent OR S2, Vestax ...
Apart from the little quack first few weeks, I am very happy with this table, the price / quality / features and top notch report; it easily allows to mix vinyl, timecode, digital full, remix decks, with very good ergonomics!
The other alternative for my mode of operation is the rane 62, 1000 euros more expensive and forcing me to go on Serato; I would do this choice without hesitation!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
aureliensmart's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Traktor Kontrol Z2 Review"
No mixer rack.
It is possible to use the table as a Z2 independently mix. To do this, the Z2 has for Bands A and B 2 line inputs "physical" or 2 phono "physical" or 2 sources Traktor "logical".
On each slice, these inputs are selectable with a switch to PHONO / LINE / TRAKTOR entry "DJM" type which is located on the top of 2 slices. 2 decks C and D are themselves controlled by knobs located at the left ends (channel C) and right (D channel) mixer.
Note that these two "slices" are not routable on them in Traktor to control decks C and D (ie virtual) software (remix decks / sample decks)
Both absent on an output S2 / S4 here is a real plus. A 2 port USB hub allows you to connect 2x CDJ's in HID or your X1 or F1 mode.
FLUX functions and MACRO FX are very impressive! A real plus in your mix
Overall, the hardware is very good, however we may regret the hard point always present on rotary (ditto on S2 / S4 ... matter of habit in NI)
We are dealing here with a dedicated controller to Traktor Scratch Pro (minimum version 2.6 to support the Z2), the software license is included in the box.
The interaction with the software is perfect.
Very good material, recommend if you are "Traktorien" and looking for a mix of quality, versatile and ergonomic.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Berlu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A nice toy"
All technical information (outputs, Sample Rate, etc ...) are: # https://www.native-instruments.com/ / en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-z2 /? Page = 5527
All traktor effects when it is used in timecode, however it has an analog filter
So there's lots of buttons and functionality, which can be a bit confusing at first. But in a few minutes we took the basic functionality. Dip in the manual you realize there are many other that it is difficult to find one (type maintain bonton shift + button in a particular mode ...). But suddenly it can really make things bcp.
For what is the usual function so it is easily accessible, tri-band equalizer, filter, gain, headset controls, cross ...
The console does not introduce breath, no sound equalizer happens when everything is zero, whether or analog timecode.
It's only been a week so I notice it is hot, but she seems really nice.
Before purchasing I tried a lot of models (ecler hak 380 nuo 2, numark, of Berhinger, stanton, vestax ...)
What I like most: traktor included! Finished all connections with serato and all software controls the internal table
Minimum: The faders are quite heavy, the cross is not bad at all but it is still not comparable to an eternal example.
Value priced right! When we see the equivalent in rane serato with integrated thousand euros is more ... Less than 800 euros for a table and a sound card is really correct. By selling in occaz my serato and my hak 380 that I had to put 75 euros at the end!
With experience, so probably I would do this choice.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful