• DJDESIRE

    Hey i have a question aubour this mixer:can ik connect my DDJ-WEGO To the mixer with the USB port on the mixer?

  • DJ Elevation

    I don’t see this in the comments or write up…Do the filters work on the standalone mixer? or is this a Traktor only function?

  • nicelas

    what’s better in your opinion: a traktor kontrol z2 or a Allen & Heath xone 42? i’m using also an f1 and a maschine and was pretty fascinated about the built in control for the remix decks, but i’m not sure if its the same quality of sound and mixing with the z2 compared with a xone 42…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.mendoza.545 Ricky Mendoza

    Hello Ean, Will customers have the option of purchase the Chroma Caps alone? Like incase we already have the Z2 mixer know what I mean? Thanks, your videos rock!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/atomicdiscjockey Adam Clark

    I have a kontrol f1 and a kontrol x1. If I get this mixer does it then make one or both of these obsolete or can i use all 3 without redundancy?

  • heath92
  • Traktor S4 Case User

    This is the best blog for Djs!
    Thanks so much to dj tech tools for the TOOLS!
    I´ve made a review for the traktor kontrol s4 flight case http://traktors4case.blogspot.com

  • Mike Galo

    Why is there no effects loop? That makes me sad.

  • audio mastering and production

    While I’m not a Dj, its good to see studio mixing techniques implemented in live record “mixing” nice

  • Dj Divine Justice

    How can use the post fader setting on the djm T1? Can I do that currently or do I have to wait for 2.6? Does the Z2′s crossfader run in internal mode also?

  • Sambo

    Nice idea, although it’s weird that it doesn’t have four faders. You wouldn’t think it’d be that hard to fit an extra two faders on, especially for the price.

    Also, does 2.6 finally let people MIDI map the remix decks or are they still playing the Serato game?

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealDJRichy DJ Richy

    Not much of a poster, but I felt the need to put in my thoughts. I’ve personally been waiting on a mixer like this since ’05 from Native Instruments. To now have a flagship mixer made by NI with premium guts, I was sold at the teaser. Understand that Rane & Serato are two different companies that have join to make a standard mixer with a starting street price over $1,200 since their release of Rane TTM 57sl. NI has counter this by having theirs at $800-900. Hopefully the price will attract clubs, venues, and DJs to take in what TSP users have known for years. A great DVS.

  • Drift

    Craze using the Z2

  • Hype

    Wow No Mention of the Pioneer DJM T1

  • nimbus

    Actually, in the video it says there is RECORD out, but its not a record out its an unbalanced master out… quite a difference.

  • VL

    hows the USB connector on the device itself?

    I own an Audio 2 DJ and use it 3-4x every weekend to spin… BUT I have to wrap the wire around it because the plug slips easy. (the audio 2 usb port is easily prone to slipping out)

    I also own a Audio 6 DJ. And before a big gig… the usb connector was so snug that, when I pulled the USB cable out, it pulled the plastic piece holding the connectors in the usb input of the soundcard OUT! I have not used that soundcard since.

    Thats why I’m hesitant on NI hardware. The software is great… but… um… everyone uses pioneer/rane for a reason, theyre reliable and sound good. NI, please make sure you pay attention to detail because Im not the only guy this has happened to amongst my friends (other professional DJ’s in the tri-state NYC area). That said, I love the idea of MIDI controls on my mixer.

    • BMO

      I really have never experienced this with any manufacturer. You sure you’re pulling the USB out by gripping the hard thicker tip and not just somewhere along the wire?

  • James Kelly

    useful video and article, thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/skegsurfer Jj Mac

    No offense but of course Ean is going to say this product is good, its made by NI who deeply have there hands in DJTT but anyway. Save up a couple bucks more for the xone, this is more of update news then for NI to make some moe money…..

  • Banana Split

    Wanna resell my DJM800. But waiting for the Z4 ! :p

    • deaconjonez

      why would you sell your djm 800 that mixer is pure gold

  • http://twitter.com/YoAphro Yo! Aphro ;)

    TRACK ID: Could someone help me out with the track ID at around 2:55 when then Traktor 2.6 Effects section starts please.

  • Asquared

    Can I use this mixer as a standalone controller or am i better of buying the S4/S2? I don’t have the money to buy either CDj’s or Turntables?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      In your situation I would probably just buy an all-in-one.

  • matt

    worst video job seen a long time…

  • SVED

    How good is the soundcard?

  • Julian Egilsson

    with this USB hub does it mean that 2 DJ can finally plug their MacBook in the same time with Traktor running to change from one to another (as the Rane SL4 for example)????

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      No. It does not mean that. It means you don’t have to worry about running out of USB ports on your computer.

      • Julian Egilsson

        Then that new mixer is not worth its price and useless to me… does Rane has a patent on this feature or what? because even if all new Pioneer mixers are Traktor certified, that’s still a big mess and lot of stress to change from one DJ to another, and you always need to have a usb key, mp3, cd or even real vinyl with you…

        • DJ Dre Motion

          You can simply use the Aux port on the Z2 to play something in between, or even use the post fader effect echo in between transitions.

  • Zedee

    They talked about sound quality in another article, but here they threw that out the window and the sound was really patchy. other than that it was a great video, interesting product.

  • http://twitter.com/YoAphro Yo! Aphro ;)

    This thing looks cool and at that price point could be the thing that tempts me to move away from SSL.

    Could someone help me out with the track ID at around 2:55 when then Traktor 2.6 Effects section starts please.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty disappointed by this to be honest. I totally get what NI are trying to do with this mixer to break this device into the pro scene in clubs; but I’m pretty sure they’ve got a huge user base of amateur/bedroom DJs such as myself. I was really hoping for a really portable X1-like digital mixer or even a slighty-less-portable 4 channel digital mixer.

    I own an S4, and whilst it’s almost great, I don’t like having to toggle between decks A/C B/D and I don’t really use the jogwheels at all. I also own an X1 and on the few occasions that I do play in a club or a party, I’ll use that and plug it into whatever mixer is put in front of me.

    So what I would prefer is an inexpensive digital mixer with master+booth out. If there was a 4-channel version of this then I could have two X1′s and an “M4″ (I’ll just call it that) as my home setup and then if I do play elsewhere just take my X1′s along.

    I would also really like an “F2″ that could can basically run two remix decks – only really need half the buttons. THEN, I could have 1 X1 for controlling my tracks, 1 “F2″ for samples and one-shots, and 1 “M4″ as my perfect modular and highly portable setup.

    But key for me is making it all the same height as the X1, makes it so much more portable to take along to friends’ parties/on holiday/whatever.

    Anyhoo, one can only dream.

  • heisaddison

    really big question regarding the headphone cueing: Does it support split cue?? Rane 62′s now have split cue.. Most (not all) pioneer mixers have split cue. This is a biiiig selling point as I don’t carry around a monitor and I NEED to cue from my headphones. … i’m caught up between the djm t1, rane 62, and the z2.. and it’s all based on the hardware, analog feature sets, including the cueing features.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      No, it doesn’t have L/R split cue. Although the people that matters to are in the minority. It is a biiig selling point but only to a small percentage of the market.

      You can still mix in your headphones with the cue/master dial. It might not be as comfortable for you as an L/R split cue but it can be done (I personally cannot use L/R split cue at all).

    • Nimbus

      Have you looked at the M70 ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Metachemical Mike Stannard

    My only actual complaint is no eq kill buttons. But then again I love kills so that’s a complaint of mine on just about everything.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

      Push button kills are actually pretty cool.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

        I suppose. Don’t they give a little click/pop when you push them? I have only used them on cheap mixers and that might be why that happened when I have tried them, but then again I can only remember seeing them on cheap mixers to begin with…

        • nimbus

          my voxoa C60 has them.. no clicks or pops in analogue mixer mode. its fkn’ cool.

  • http://twitter.com/jammin_dj DJ Jammin

    Does it also have effects as a stand alone mixer?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      No.

    • nimbus

      i think the filter works in analogue mode.

  • http://www.facebook.com/piopro James ‘Pioneer’ Burkill

    dose that mean we get midi for the remix decks in this update????
    are the new features in 2.6 midi Mappable or is it the damn HID protocol because there maybe a breakaway From the DIY mob from traktor if this lockdown i’m already venturing to ableton because of locked features in traktor and the smartmix setup is.not the most stable platform…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanhagz Ryan Hagerty

    i’ll wait for the Z4 lol…;P

  • Stewe

    Can somebody tell me does 2.6 includes more modifiers? thanks

  • Joshua Hashimoto

    slip mode finally!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.oteyza Allan Oteyza

    is it usb 3.0 capatible

    • Carl Rowlinson

      Doubt it. It’ll be aimed at the X1 & F1 so most likely it’ll be USB 2.0

  • dgtl

    No headphone cue/master switch?

    • luchin

      i have the same question….

  • Schumi

    What are post fader effects and what do they mean?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      post means after so if you have a delay effect going and you lower the fader all the way down you won’t hear the track playing, but you will still hear the delay effect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

        A lot of DJs use effects like this for transitioning.

        • Daljones

          Can’t you do this in traktor with the freeze function on the delay effect, using the wet/dry knob to fade out the track? I’ve been using that for transitions, and am curious if that’s the sound you’re talking about.

  • Matt E

    POST FADER EFFECTS!!! (Sorry for the capslock, but I’ve been punching myself in the face over this lack-of-a-feature ever since Traktor was -released-) Seriously… It’s about TIME.

    • tr4gik

      sorry my ignorance, but how exactly does post fader effects work? the article does explain a lot.

      • nimbus

        it means you can apply the effect after the channel fader… so when you pull the fader down the effect can still keep running.. handy for sustains and echos etc. COOL!

    • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

      post fader effects via f1 volume works, i know it’s not crossfader but it’s close

      • DJ

        How does post fader effects work with the f1? Do you mean only with effects on remix decks?

        • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

          yep

  • Dylan

    Are cue points 5-8 accessible from the mixer?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.a.varela John Varela

    Post fader effects finally!!!

    • Anonymous

      I’m new to the Digital side of Deejaying I’ve always used straight Vinyl and I am finally upgrading to a DVS system what exactly does Post Fader Effects mean?

  • http://www.facebook.com/noelflava Noel Flava

    Does anyone know if the effects work in stand alone mixing mode or does traktor have to be running?

  • Aki

    NI has answered! Now all they need is to get sales rep to sell this into every joint that’s happening- trade in the DJM’s and even get some change back (used the change to get more lights and shit.:) – And if NI’s looking for part-time sales rep to sell the Z2 to club managers- I put my hand up.

    • nimbus

      .. yes.. when they do a 4 channel club mixer… which this isnt.

  • SeanPeters

    Ean: Would it be possible to run two Traktor Kontrol S4′s into the standalone mixer, and still being able to use all the functions on both s4′s and the standalone as far as traktor is concerned? I know we would need at least two computers but i didn’t know if it would be possible. If so i would love the tips on how to do it, thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

      I’m not certain this would be the most effective way of doing what you’re looking for. If you want an “ALL NI solution” that would work and certainly you would be able to use post-post effects if you went that route, but there are a lot of good dedicated mixers available at a lower cost.

    • http://www.facebook.com/warren.allen.4 Warren Potter Allen IV

      hell maybe three computers, but why?

  • Centripetal

    Might as well spend an extra 50 dollars or so and purchase the DN-X1600; has practically the same features with even more versatility and quality. Scratched certified, 32-bit 96000Hz on-board audio interface, 4 channels, great on-board effects, plethora of I/O, plethora of MIDI mappable buttons and a dedicated MIDI section. I can’t see how the Z2 could compete with that, in my opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Street price will be lower than the $899 NI price, so I’m guess you’ll have to spend at least $150 more for the DNX-1600. Plus the 1600 doesn’t have dedicated filter per channel which is a pain, especially with only one FX bank. I know this because I had a 1600. Don’t get me wrong, the 1600 is a damn fine mixer.

      • Centripetal

        Just looked on Amazon and some other sites and quotes are about $980 new. Ah that is true about the filters; and its sometimes a pain, considering the filter is attached to your FX unit so you can accidentally overlay and effect when filtering.

        • Centripetal

          Sorry misread your comment. Yeah I forgot the price is usually 150 dollars lower from the manufacturer price so I guess it does have some what of a niche.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

        The street price will probably be much lower noting the new Pioneer controller DDJ-SX is coming out around the same time and has more functionality.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/PaulHolland-DoubleDutchdj/100001027166218 PaulHolland DoubleDutchdj

      Different Horse’s for different course’s man, I’d never go near the 1600, not because it’s bad but because it’s the pola opposite for my needs. There completely different beasts for different Styles of dj’s.

  • http://www.djpc3.com/ DJ PC3

    Only $900 I’m down… already pre-ordered… Can’t be the price. I almost bought a $1400 DJM-850, thanks good I didn’t… maybe pioneer will restructure their prices…

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      Was that a legit shop? If so please point me in the direction of the $1,400 DJM850 immediately! I will buy one today!

      • http://www.djpc3.com/ DJ PC3

        Yea it was for $1,430.00 (I rounded down) at a local guitar center in Chicago, I have a connection (prolly cuz of all the business I give them lol), but that is not including sales tax (which adds about another $150 to the end price)

  • Galvanix

    “$899, which includes a high quality full sized mixer, a full version of Traktor Pro 2, scratch vinyl and a bevy of controls” – Dont you need traktor scratch pro for vinyl/cd functionality?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      Yes, that is what it means. If you go to the link to preorder it says it is TSP (wouldn’t it have to be for that to make any sense anyways?).

      • Galvanix

        Wanted to make sure, didn’t look through the preorder page yet.

  • Rude

    How is this any different than the Pioneer djm t1. Aside from the Flux button what is the difference? I doubt NI will release a Z4 because that would kill the S4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      A Z4 would not be a competitor of the S4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Yep, the S4 is a controller. The Z4 is a mixer, completely different items.

      • Rude

        Um.. News flash, this z2 and potentially z4 aren’t just Mixers, they are controllers too. Hybrids. S4 is a controller with integrated mixer and a z4 would be a mixer with integrated controller. They end up doing the same thing. The only difference is that the z2 and z4 can be stand alone.

  • tr4gik

    So …. when do I get my freaking Traktor 2.6 Update? … that’s all I care :)

  • tisbatman

    thanks for the long awaited info, I always enjoy your site. But I would like to politely point out that if you shoot a video with this much audio and focus fxxkups, you might want to consider doing a second take. I don´t expect fancy big production stuff, just some minimal technical standart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/protologic Michael Proto

    Flux mode, YESSSSSSS!!!! I’ve been waiting forever for this

  • http://www.facebook.com/rglassman1 Ryan Glassman

    So to be clear; can you use this as a strictly hardware mixer, without a laptop running Traktor? Like, play a set on vinyl or on CDs with no DJ software?

    • Jade

      Yes you can, he stated that in the video.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rglassman1 Ryan Glassman

        I thought so, I just couldn’t quite tell. So what do you have control of then? EQ, volume, x-fade? Do the filters work without Traktor?

        • krs

          they should >
          Hardware filters, innovative software effects. While the two channel filters are hardware (ie they’ll work even with analogue inputs), the effects are software – you need Traktor running to use them. NI has created “workflow-based” effect groupings, or “Macro FX”, designed to give you what are effectively “effects presets” for various DJing situations (breakdowns, buildups etc). This is certainly Pioneer-esque

          http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-z2/?page=5515

  • http://twitter.com/RobertWulfman Robert Wulfman

    now do I get this or the VCI-400 SE?

  • Gnarly

    If this would have been available when I started DJing 8 years ago, I’d probably still be DJing today. Nice work NI!

  • tnisen

    are these new features( macro fx, flux mode) also available on the kontrol s4?

    • tr4gik

      Yup, its the software update that has those new features.

  • oreste

    in my opinion is overpriced! djm t1 is much better! 5-600 was a fair price!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      I’m a big Pioneer guy but how is the DJM T1 better? Also, the T1 costs more than this even after the huge price reduction. So that must be REALLY overpriced (it is).

      • http://www.facebook.com/lpc.boss Lpc Boss

        I have a DJM-T1 I dont think its better but i do think they are very similar. I am sure i can map my T1 to act the same as the Z2. The DJM T1 is only $100 more then this one.

        • Julian Egilsson

          I own a DJM-T1 too, the quality might be better than the Z2 but it lacks 2 fucking filter knobs!!! I don’t know what was wrong in Pioneer designers’ mind when they created it, even the DJM-250 has those 2 knobs… but the flux button and the USB hub are now 2 good features missing as well.

  • Ryan Dejaegher

    Can someone confirm that this mixer uses the analog eq’s with timecode rather then Traktor’s internal EQ’s

    • TraktorDev

      No it doesn’t. But the EQs are digital anyways and using the same algorithm which has been refined for this release.

  • Rutger Willems

    Wowwwww….. veryy impressed aigain NI!

  • https://plus.google.com/112767041460502214504 Greg Miernicki

    “Pretty cheap” at $900?! Seems like a pretty expensive mixer to me!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      Compared to what?

      • Anonymous

        Rent

        • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

          I WISH MY RENT WAS ONLY $900!!!

        • http://twitter.com/djRoyalTee dj Royal Tee

          lmao… now that was fun-e…

  • http://twitter.com/Lylax_Dubs Lylax

    ¿?????q ?u? punos ??x?? ??? ???? sd?? ??o?? ????? ??? op

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      72.5 % better!!!

    • http://twitter.com/djRoyalTee dj Royal Tee

      ¡?l??nlosq?

  • SadfacePanda

    why do YouTube embeds in these things make my browser eat such shit? I don’t have this problem on other websites.

  • Bonthouse

    Come on, guy.. For a world exclusive video you could’ve used a SteadiCam and a well mixed audio track. That audio fudge-up @ 6:43 just screams amateurism.

    Nice content, shitty video..

    • Mr. Meoff

      It’s nice to see some realism once and awhile. Video wasn’t that shitty, certainly didnt scream.

      • Bonthouse

        They got a world exclusive and they treat it like a rushjob.. It’s like they didn’t watch their final clip ONCE and just uploaded it. That is amateurism.

        • http://twitter.com/psyOPs_ psy/OPs

          nobody is forcing you to watch it ;D

          • Viirus::..

            thank you

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

            No, but that doesn’t excuse professionalism… If you get an exclusive, you should bring your “A game” otherwise, they might not give you another exclusive.

      • nimbus

        hey all the big hollywood movies are adopting the same camera style as these guys – lay off! lol

    • ekwipt

      Steady cams don’t come cheap mate.

      My main gripe with the video was the audio, was it captured top mic? Need some lapel mics next time (also better mics, noisy as hell)

      I thought it was a great video btw

  • metrostein

    is the new 2.6 available for download for those who have the previous versions?

  • http://twitter.com/ThisIsVictorKim a.k.a. Snugg Digemz

    the cameraman is gonna give me a frikkin headache…

    • Memuself

      that was really a waste.

    • nimbus

      i think he was so excited to be filming this dj porno that he only had one hand free! lol

  • http://twitter.com/Mike_D_Bennett Mike Bennett

    Great content, but an unusually rough edit… Love the mixer, though I’m going to wait till I get my hands on one to demo. Curious about the feel and the fader response. Grabbing a 3D sometime soon though.

  • Dj Divine Justice

    Is 2.6 a free update for traktor so that I can map those flux options to other controllers? Say yes….

    • TraktorDev

      Yes ;)

  • MrMeloD

    I’m getting a headache from the constant zooming in and out and the camera guy shaking the hell out of the camera loll. Loving the mixer though

  • PCuts

    What about time code? An audio6 or something is not included right? No Digital inputs, soundcard is like an audio2?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

      It has the equivalent to an Audio 6 built in.

    • BMO

      you won’t need any other soundcard than what is inside the mixer for all of that.

    • PCuts

      thanks! nice. wasn’t sure, but u actually dont see any additional interfaces in any video. then the price actually is pretty fair i guess.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

        The price is more than fair when you consider people are paying $2,000 for a Rane Sixty-Two.

        You could buy this, an Audio 6 (for playing out where there will be no TS Certified mixer), an X1, an F1, a laptop bag, headphones, and still have cash left over compared to the Rane/Serato competitor to this mixer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552245645 Andrew O’Malley

    Lookin’ frwrd to the new Traktor features . . . havin’ a hard time keepin’ up w/ the hardware, though ;)

  • Stewe

    Hehe, flux mode was one of mine mapping tricks ;) Good job NI!

  • vibot

    Do you still need a separate soundcard when using maschine as live input? Or is it possible to just plugin over usb? This integration would be one of the greatest things native has ever done… looking forward to Z4 ;)

  • Lauti

    well, it definitely has some smart stuff, like the usb hub (brilliant), the magnetic face lids, the midi buttons on the sides of the mixer. Did I hear innofaders? that’s cool. Now, for that kind of money, I’d prefer a rane mixer, honestly.

  • http://twitter.com/yourboyvic vic

    a club mixer that seconds as a traktor controller built by native instruments…the day has finally come. I’m glad I waited

  • mattmangrease

    Ean: when using the Z2 as a standalone mixer is it capable of full eq kills? This is the one thing that I wish I could change about Traktor…

    • egs

      it is ;)

      • Anonymous

        traktor can full eq kill if you map the kill high/kill mid/kill low setting to a controller, but it is a bit odd that the eq doesnt default kill when the knobs are all the way down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/skegsurfer Jj Mac

      So i have to buy another mixer because traktor decided to finally include full eq kills in a mixer?

  • Andrew

    Def looking forward to the Flux mode.. and Macro effects!

  • seen

    i want this!

  • michielygil

    Still no full midi mapping possibilities for remix decks? Idiots!

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.peek2 Andrew Peek

      it has built in USB hub so you can hook one up.. but i see what your are sayin…

      • Michielygil

        no I mean in the new traktor version. You still have to buy the F1 to get full use of the remix decks, because of some marketing reason.

        • slpxl

          how do you know its not there (midi suppport for remix decks)?