In reality, NI’s Z2 is possibly better classified as a DJ controller than a straight mixer, seeing as it’s designed specifically to interact with the company’s DJ software, Traktor.
It’s worth inclusion here, however, as the unit is more than just a straight MIDI device. As well as offering tight control integration over the mixer, looping, Remix Decks and effects sections of Traktor, the Z2 also features two independent audio channels with filters and full EQ strips.
These allow users to connect a pair of CDJs or turntables, which can run through the mixer independently of a laptop. Best of all, it features built-in converters for use with NI’s timecode system, which makes the Z2 a brilliantly hassle-free option for those who want to switch between hands-on digital DJing and mixing with their vinyl or CD collections.
There’s also a pair of USB ports that can be used for adding additional Traktor controllers or external drives.
Full review: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2