December 14, 2012

REVIEW: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 Part 1

Of all the hardware creations that Native Instruments has produced for the DJ community, the Kontrol Z2 mixer may very well end up becoming the best selling out of the bunch.  The technological leap that’s occurring with the integration of software and hardware controllers has happened at an alarming rate.  From simple controllers, to midi decks, to all-in-one solutions – it almost seems as if having modularity and distinct control over each device has gone out the window in preference to convenience.

Luckily, the move to build the Z2 was a step in the right direction.  It takes everything we want out of an all-in-one mixer solution, and brings back the traditional hardware capabilities that a good mixer should always have.  Who wants a full sized mixer that doesn’t work without a computer anyways?  The problem the Konrol Z2 really needs to overcome is to see if it will stand the test of time.  This isn’t a 4 channel Pioneer mixer that never see’s turntablist use.  It’s a 2 channel battle mixer that stores the hardware needed to run a powerful DVS as well.  Since it’s a digital mixer, a lot of engineering has to go into the fact that we want it to feel like an analog one.  So far, it does.