Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

DJ Mix Controller for Mac, Windows, and iOS with 24-bit/96kHz 4-out Sound Card Onboard and Traktor LE 2 Software Included
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The Core DJ Control You Demand!

Native Instruments' Traktor Kontrol Z1 mixer module brings powerful hands-on mixing control to your digital DJ rig. Designed to integrate effortlessly with Traktor DJ (for iOS) and Traktor Pro 2, the Traktor Kontrol Z1 is both the intuitive controller you've been looking for and the high-end 24-bit/96kHz audio interface your music deserves. All three of its faders are extremely touch-responsive, and you'll be blown away by the feel and texture of each knob. And, to top it off, there's even a full cue controller onboard the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ Control Surface at a Glance:
  • All the hands-on DJ mixing controls you need
  • Killer 4-channel sound card onboard
  • Turn your iPad into a 2-deck DJ rig
  • Ableton Link integration for reliable synchronization
All the hands-on DJ mixing controls you need

If you're after super-portable, traditional 2-deck mixing control for your Traktor rig, then the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 is it. There's nothing confusing or overwhelming about the Traktor Kontrol Z1's extremely straightforward layout. In addition to a pair of channel volume sliders and a crossfader, you get dedicated 3-band EQ controls, filter controls (which can act as effects sends), and a cue mix section. Use it on its own or match it up with your Traktor Kontrol F1 or X1 units for even more hands-on control options!

Killer 4-channel sound card onboard

It doesn't matter how good a DJ you are, if your sound is second rate, then your show will suffer. That's why Native Instruments packed an amazing 4-output sound card into their Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ controller. This onboard audio interface features two independent stereo outputs including a pair of RCA connections on the back for the PA and a headphone jack in the front for your cue mix. What's more, this onboard sound card is capable of supporting up to 24-bit/96kHz audio, providing you with excellent dynamics and clear sound from the deepest bass to the most sparkling highs.

Turn your iPad into a 2-deck DJ rig

Here's something else that's really cool about the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1: It's fully compatible with your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. When you combine the Traktor Kontrol Z1 with Native Instruments' Traktor DJ app (available in the Apple App Store), you end up with a freakishly portable 2-deck DJ rig. What's more, the Traktor Kontrol Z1 will even charge your iOS device as you DJ. How cool is that!?

Ableton Link integration for reliable synchronization

As of Traktor 2.11, you can experience the collaborative freedom of Ableton Link. Lock multiple systems to a common timeline. Change tempo globally across systems. Enjoy spontaneous jamming, collaborative creation, and synchronized performances. This is a free update for Traktor 2.x owners.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ Control Surface Features:
  • The ideal DJ mixer for a portable or modular Traktor system
  • Mix and EQ using physical faders, knobs, and other straightforward controls
  • Great-sounding 24-bit/96kHz sound card provides separate stereo outputs for the PA and for your headphones
  • Plug-and-play connectivity provides lightning-fast setup
  • Included cables provide compatibility with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch models
  • Combined with Traktor DJ, your iOS device becomes a 2-deck, fully functioning DJ setup
  • Also includes Traktor LE 2 digital DJ software for Mac and Windows
  • Ableton Link integration offers reliable synchronization
Get the portable control you need over Traktor with Native Instruments' Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ control surface!

Tech Specs

Controller Style Mixer
Mixer Section 2-channel
Faders 2 x volume
Crossfader Standard
Audio Interface 4-out, 24-bit/96kHz
Outputs 1 x stereo RCA pair, 1 x headphones
USB 1 x Type B
Included Software Traktor LE 2
Width 4.7"
Depth 11.5"
Height 2"
Manufacturer Part Number 22180

Customer Reviews

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Fun, Easy, Geat

Traktor makes DJing fun and the learning curve is almost nil with the Kontrol Z1. The cueing is easy to figure out, and works seamlessly with Traktor Pro.
Music background: Musician, DJ


This controller is not a bad controller and it isn't a great controller. It does just what it is supposed to do and not a drop more. I purchased this mixer to compliment an X1 and and F1 on some smaller gigs. The build and appearance seem solid and clean however I can not speak on its durability as I have not gigged with it yet. I'm thinking that this was really meant to be more of a tactile interface for Traktor dj on the ipad first and foremost. The biggest flaw for me is the lack of browser control as having to use the X1 for this task is not intuitive and disrupts my workflow. I find I have to "relearn" the layout after using the S4 and then moving over and using the modualr setup. If you are a Traktor dj user you need this, if you are using pro or scratch you might consider other options. unless you plan on using only a Z1-X1 combo as the workflow is unorthodox. I do recommend this product based on quality and appearance as well as performing its given task, however you might want to take a moment to evaluate exactly how you plan on using it before purchasing as this controller may find itself relegated to "shelf candy" as mine is apt to do. I recommend this product based on appearance, build, and doing as it is supposed to do. I do however suggest sitting down and specifying what exactly your needs are before purchasing.
Music background: dj, promoter, club manager, amateur producer

Sweetwater Advice

Austin Moss

Not only is Native Instruments' Traktor Kontrol Z1 a great sounding interface for the price, but it's also a software controller for most of the top level functions in Traktor. I've had analog DJ mixers with less functionality than this, AND you can use it with a laptop or iOS devices! The best part about digital DJing is the devices keep getting smaller and I stay the same size.
See also: iPad Interfaces, Native Instruments, Native Instruments DJ Controllers, Native Instruments iPad/iPhone Interfaces, Native Instruments iPad/iPhone DJ Mixers/Controllers