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Native Instruments debuts the Kontrol Z1 – A 2-channel DJ mixer for your iOS devices


We’ve all known that it was coming – The transition of the DJ from vinyl to digital, and now to mobile devices, has been long foretold. But facing facts, there haven’t been any good pieces of hardware to accompany our touch-based options. It appears, however, that this might soon change as Native Instruments announces the Traktor Kontrol Z1. It’s a hardware controller for Traktor DJ, which should turn your iPad into a full-fledged mixing powerhouse.

The Kontrol Z1 works with both Traktor DJ for iOS and Traktor Pro for your desktop. It’s a 2-channel mixer with 24-bit sound card, dedicated faders, filter and effects controls, as well as a 3-band equalizer for each channel. Now, instead of having to use a specific sound card or headphone splitter cable, you’ll be able to cue up tracks just as you would with a traditional mixer.

The Kontrol Z1 will ship with a 30-pin connector for hooking up to your iOS device. Native Instruments tells us that the 30 pin to Lightning adapter works fine with the system, but it appears that they didn’t want to leave out those people who have an older iPad or iPhone. We’ll have a review unit soon, but for now check out the demo video and full details on the Native Instruments site.

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Published June 11, 2013 — 14:59 UTC