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Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol Z2, a 2+2 control mixer combining a DJ controller design with a soundcard, all housed inside an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis.
The Kontrol Z2's 2+2 design unites analog and digital DJing techniques. Two standalone channels Provide connectivity for turntables or CDJs while two additional channels offer control over Traktor Remix Decks, cue points and effects. DJs now have access to all aspects of their setups from one control hub. This combination of hardware and software accommodates a host of workflow preferences from vinyl and CDJ setups to elaborate controller configurations.
New Macro FX specifically designed for Traktor combine multiple Traktor effects on a single control on the hardware. Customized to classic DJ workflows such as breakdowns, punch-in or blends, Macro FX condense complex effect performances to a single action. Flux Mode tracks the time during scratch and effect performances.
Traktor Kontrol Z2 also includes the latest version of NI's flagship Traktor Scratch Pro 2 software and Traktor Scratch timecode vinyl and CDs. It costs US$899; more info is available at www.native-instruments.com/z2-dj-mixer .