Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2
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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2

Traktor Kontrol Z2, Audio Interface for DJ from Native Instruments in the Traktor series.

Ours* 07/29/2014

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 : Ours*'s user review

«  Quality and functionality at affordable prices! »
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NI decides to take the plunge and propose a mixer which aims hybrid, to manage two analog sources (phono / line) and / or the integrated and up to 4 decks in traktor traktor timecode.

Technical side, the Z2 includes:

IN:
- Track A and B in the CAR; phono or line (+ ground for each track)
- To CAR
- Mic in Jack

OUT:
- 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 ...


MIXER:

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.

UTILIZATION

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!

SOUNDS

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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!