July 3, 2013
With all of the hype surrounding the latest batch of NI products, what good is it unless someone gets their grubby hands on them? The Kontrol Z1 is the latest of NI’s creations and seems to play off the similar design of their other Kontrol products. In terms of production it is a very wise idea to go with a similar form and structure as the rest of their tools. Perhaps they can recycle parts and use their molding machines with the same basic layout as the rest of their gear. The purpose of the tool is obviously different from the rest, as it is intended to be the mainstay of any digital DJ who doesn’t feel the need for a full sized mixer.
Unlike the F1 and the X1, the Z1 is a no-frills mixer that doesn’t come with many bells and whistles. The crossfader and upfaders aren’t meant …
December 7, 2012
Serato and Traktor have been battling it out for their share of the market over the last five years. Traktor is no doubt, still the challenger – and Serato as benefitted from a nice head start by integrating both hardware and software together, before Traktor even has their foot in the hardware door. The Kontrol Z2 is more than just a wrench in Rane’s control over the mixer market. It’s their first true mixer that has ever been produced, and it even comes with its own built in sound card. The real kicker is the low price. You can buy one brand new for less than the price of a trusted Rane TTM-57 mixer, used.
It begs the question, “Will Traktor follow suit and create digital decks their own decks?” It seems to be the next logical step considering all of the toys and equipment that has been produced so …