July 8, 2013

Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ Mixing Interface

So the much anticipated Kontrol Z1 has been out long enough for the hopefuls to get their hand on them.  The top reviewers out there have naturally found a way to get these in their houses before the rest of us who are likely waiting for them to be restocked in the stores.  So how well do these actually work during performances?  One thing that has been made clear since the first ads for this is that they aren’t meant to replace your full blown mixer at home.  They are smaller and thinner than any ten inch mixer you can buy, so the purpose of owning one of these is to bring it with you minus all of the extra weight and gear.

This device is USB powered and plugs directly into your tablet, but can also be used with DC power if needed.  There is an outlet for your main outs, meaning that sound still controlled through a traditional speaker, and not through the tablet (which would cause problems).  Faders and knobs are really no-frills, offering you only the ability to mix – they aren’t meant for scratching.  If you are a mobile user, then this should be on your list of items to give a second thought to.