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  • Brando Guerreri

    Im looking for a small travel mixer (would be excellent if it had 4 channels). I’m stuck between this and the xone:k2 :/
    Does anybody know any other small alternatives?

  • Mark Smith

    Any chance NI will make a component controller with an individual jog wheel from an S2/S4? Then you could mix and match the X1, Z1, F1, and ?1 in whatever order you would like and have the ultimate custom setup.

  • Rodrigo Torices

    Hi, I want to record a set with Traktor Pro (laptop), Kontrol X1 and Z1, but I can’t configure it, I don’t have line on the recording output, what can I do?

    • alim

      hey buddy did you end up figuring this out?

  • Wojtek

    Hey

    Sorry if someone ask that question but i cant find asnwer. Can i connect 2 z1 to MBP with Traktor Pro can control 4 decs?

  • Cody

    Does anyone know if you need the AC cord plugged in for using it with say a macbook or would it just run off USB if it’s not being used to charge iOS devices? I have too many cords already… -.-

    • Ginkgo

      Nope, it works great on BUS power alone. Good thing, too – the plug is big, considerably bulkier than an S4 plug.

  • mrbreakdown

    Worth the money if you will use it for both programs, great alternative to taking my z2 and turntables to an after show. Has great sound output as well!

  • honest-feedback

    further review would show that the z1 has kinks to work out. one huge such bug is the lack of working led meters for left and right channel gain indication. this absolutely does not work in ableton as of the present. what a huge oversight, and for some, will render this useless as an additional controller for ableton performers. when NI customer service was pressed, they returned with the answer that presently none of the z1′s functions are midi mappable at all, even in traktor…..really ? this response was probably outsourced and shows a lack knowledge by it’s employees as well as just generally being out of touch with their user base. almost was excited about the z1, but I’ll be returning it this week for a refund.

  • smutek

    @markkusrovito:disqus – you wrote: “Ships with: Traktor LE 2, USB 2.0 cable, iOS 30-pin cable, e-voucher for $50/50 off of all downloadable software from the NI online shop.”

    Curious where you got the information about the e-voucher. I just picked up a Z1 today and it’s currently sitting in my closet because it doesn’t work with Traktor Pro, only Traktor Pro 2 – and that’s a $90 upgrade.

    There’s serial numbers for Traktor 2 LE in the box, but definitely no e-voucher. Pretty frustrating, as I made the purchasing decision partially based off of the expectation of an e-voucher to put towards the upgrade to Traktor Pro 2.

    If possible, would you mind clarifying where you found this information and whether or not it is still accurate?

    Thanks in advance for any info.

    • smutek

      @markkus – never mind, found it on the product page on NI’s website. Dropped a line to their support, hopefully will hear back soon.

    • Ginkgo

      I got a paper e-voucher in the box with mine.

  • Quique dj

    A Lightning-compatible cable for the most recent iOS hardware is not included. :(

  • Eric

    the idea of controlling Deck C&D with the Mode button is GENIUS…I really wish NI make an update that makes this possible.

  • Eric

    the idea of controlling Deck C&D with the Mode button is GENIUS…I really wish NI make an update that makes this possible.

  • p.beatman

    I seem top be having problems with my Z1. The Cueing doesnt work when i use my macbook pro and the faders/eq’s dont respond when using my iPad 4… anyone, anyone? It DOES work as intended with my iPhone 4…

  • DJ Resistor

    Shoulda dropped the mic at “triumvirate”

  • Anonymous
  • Deslaw

    In the interest of portability, is there any possibility of powering this thing with an external battery pack? – the kind you would plug your cell phone in via USB?

  • Effex

    This device fits in perfectly in a long missing niche. For all, who do not mix with an external mixer, the Z1 fills the hole between two X1 or DN-SC2000′s like a charm.
    The soundquality from the in-built soundcard is as good as all NI sound devices. Crisp clear with no latencies at all. The usability with Traktor DJ is just a plus for me, gives more haptic feedback and less touchy glitches by accidently fingering a fader.
    The only con is the two deck limitation, but in midi mode, you can map it for four decks by shifting the layout. Not optimal, but a way to make it possible compared to a street price about 180 bucks. Imho it’s worth it.

  • Anonymous

    I got my z1 the other day and I’d say this really shines where portability is a must. I had previously been using a korg nanokontrol as my portable mixing solution and a Launchpad(this to replace my APC40), really not ideal at all but I don’t DJ as much as I produce so I prefer to buy gear that can be used in the studio as well. This is my first ‘DJ only’ purchase and I love the fact that it can be used with traktor pro AND ableton AND traktor ipad. The setup keeps evolving, now I can just have the laptop, lp, z1 and ipad w/ lemur, really great control and still is portable.

  • Francois Swiss De Villiers

    Just want to know if the filters/eq’s are analogue or if they are controlling the digital eq’s in traktor.

  • Francois Swiss De Villiers

    Just want to know if the filters/eq’s are analogue or if they are controlling the digital eq’s in traktor.

    • Markkus Rovito

      Digital. They control Traktor’s internal filters/eqs.

  • http://r4ns0m.tumblr.com R4NS0M

    Can the Z1 output audio from other apps, such as some of the soft synths available for iOS? Or strictly Traktor DJ?

    • Markkus Rovito

      Great question; sorry I didn’t answer in the review. I’ve been able to use it as a soundcard for all iOS apps, including soft synths. You can choose the Z1 as your output for playing music, and I’ve even used it as a 2-output soundcard for other DJ apps. As a controller, however, it only works with Traktor DJ.

  • Kase

    Cant this be used with traktor scratch and traditional turntable setup as a mini mixer? kinda like the old Slim Model Vestaxs? just curious

    • Markkus Rovito

      Yes. Totally works with Traktor Scratch. Thanks.

  • JC

    what happens if the phone rings?

    • Markkus Rovito

      If it rings, it rings. I recommend using Airplane Mode.

  • Anonymous

    This setup makes sense for a lot of people – it’s perfect for me.

    For the past three years, when I switched from Serato back to Traktor, my setup has been 2 1200′s, a Pioneer DJM500, Traktor, an audio 2dj, an X1 and my laptop. I mix with the mixer and control everything else inside Traktor with the X1. With the Audio 2 I’m able to use 2 channels on my Pioneer for Traktor, and 2 for good old fashioned vinyl. Really cool setup that didn’t break the bank because it leveraged my existing gear, you know?

    Now, however, I’ve just moved and, unfortunately, I am now *super* limited on space, so my mixer and my turntables are currently in storage – for probably about two years. So…. pairing my X1 up with a Z1 is a perfect solution for me right now. I can throw them on a shelf or in a closet when not in use, and when I want to use them I just plugin two USB cables and I’m all set.

    Seriously, I’m pretty stoked for this thing. It’s exactly what I need right now. I will say this, if I didn’t *already* own an X1 then it wouldn’t make nearly as much sense and I would definitely have my eyes on an S2 instead.

  • unforgiven

    More certified controllers pls. Vestax, needs Integration, and support for their controllers. Do lik3 the morular mixer, wouldnt it b easier to let controller manu make the controllers?

  • arby

    z1+ipad=hours of fun… plug it in, it works a treat, its not full traktor, but hey, you got one hell of a houseparty… if you want full bells n whistles get the s4+laptop out

  • Mojaxx

    Hi everyone, I’ve just posted a video walkthrough of the Kontrol Z1 to YouTube, using screen recordings on both my laptop and my iPad to demonstrate how simple the thing is to setup… Give it a watch if you fancy seeing it in action properly. Cheers!

  • butz

    why buy 3 * 200 $ stuff (or more) if you can have it in one item like the S2. And still, I sold my S4 – no trust since it broke and I got a new one. Sold it untouched. just in time before the droped the value.

  • Richard

    Please please help. I can’t get the thing on. On plugging-in a light goes on for a fraction of a second then all goes blank. Exactly the same thing with a new S4. Don’t ask why I got them both, but neither work. Gig tomorrow need one or the other working. What’s wrong???

    • Anonymous

      this was happening to me until I installed the latest traktor

  • quasibinaer

    I bought a Z1 yesterday and have so far come to like it. Since DJing is nothing but a hobby for me, this is a good setup to either just play around (it takes my mind off of things) or maybe to entertain a few people at parties around town. I might add an X1 sometime in the future, but I´ll have to hone my skills with the Z1 first. For a relative beginner like me – who never used dedicated hardware before (cueing, jeez!) – it´s a big leap forward at an affordable price. NI did well, I think.

  • Squirrel Chucker

    Can you hook up a x1 and the z1 simultaneously to Traktor DJ on the ipad?

    • Andreas Bührer

      no, you can’t connect it :( as explained the Z1 has no USB-Hub.

      • Squirrel Chucker

        Can’t you connect a hub to the ipad and both to the hub? Sorry if this has already been stated.

        • Andreas Bührer

          I don’t know. Maybe it will work, but it would be really cool to connect an X1mk2 and a Z1 to the Traktor DJ app :)

  • theJTrix

    I think it’s kind of odd that Traktor didn’t ship these units with a lightening cable, even after implying that the Traktor DJ iPhone app should be used with an iPhone 5 to maximize it’s screen size. I guess it’s better for me since I’m running the App off of an iPhone 4S.

    • Markkus Rovito

      Yeah, it kind of sucks, but my guess is that Apple will not allow NI to produce a Lightning cable. Apple puts lots of restrictions on its “partners” when it comes to Apple’s proprietary technology. In my opinion, it would be way more customer-friendly (and ultimately good for Apple) for NI to include a Lightning cable, but you know, Apple really likes your money.

  • Stewe

    I would probably use this for some FX mappings in combination with my Spectra. Preparing something similar for my MM-1 and Spectra combo ;)

  • Grant Reynolds

    love modular Controllerism.. it drives me nuts with everyone talking up the S2 or S4… there a fucking toy!!! Leave the Jog wheels to CDJS!! if you brought a “all in one” controller to a club gig where i live you would be the laughing stock of town and rightfully so.. “all in one” controllers are not meant for gigging..

    Modular controlism is about customisation and creating your own workflow. this controller is something I’ve been screaming for since the x1 came out, i can now ditch my audio 8 too! thank fuck for that!

    • DJ_ForcedHand

      There are some things a much more “complete” controller can do than this combined with an iPad or iPhone. I seriously doubt that anyone showing up to a gig with an all-in-one controller will be laughed at. Their abilities might be, but the gear is pretty real.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t personally use an S2 any longer, sold mine a while back (on CDJs now), but I politely disagree on your assessment here. I think the non-DJ, who expects to see spinning turntables (most folks still do, and you are playing for them, not other DJs) will look squinty-eyed even MORE at someone with a Z1 and an *iPad* than an S2/S4. Not the most solid of arguments, man. Controllers like an Ableton Push or some of the Livid stuff are pretty cool tho!

      • i own the things argued about

        but you’re there to play them music, not to make sure that the equipment you use is up to someone else’s standards(especially a non-dj). it’s about how you play the music and move the crowd, not what you’ve decided to play said music from. i agree with all sides of the argument, so idk why im replying anyways

    • Matterak

      S2/S4 aren’t toys Porter Robinson and Zedd both use S4′s and they don’t aren’t laughed at. They’re a couple of the biggest dj’s at present too. You are trying to pass of your perspective as one that is shared by everyone, and it’s not.

      S2/S4, modular, cdj’s are about personal preference and you really can’t dictate or make fun of people because they don’t have the same views as you.

      P.S. There aren’t any big names mocking people based on the gear they use, only the no-name/bedroom dj’s do this.

  • Dj Marcos Rodríguez

    Nowadays I have a S2 and I love it, but before I had a pair of DENON SC 2000, I think that the Z1 is the best alternative for the sc2000. That would be a nice little setup for traktor pro

  • tony13ny

    Even with good beat gridding, app seriously needs a “on the fly nudge” feature to adjust phase for tighter drums when mixing.

  • dialexomusic

    Hope there’ll be a 4-channel version for traktor pro :) z4 or whatever.
    With a Z4, 2 X1 MK2 and 2 F1, this setup could be better than a s4, Well, I keep dreaming…

  • Matt

    is the processor and ram capabilities of an ipad reliable enough for actually using in a real life setting? i think the z1 and an x1 is a perfect mini set up for the gigs where you have minimal room, then an s4 or s2 for other gigs is obviously better!

    • Markkus Rovito

      I don’t know for sure, but the iPad 3 we used ran Traktor DJ very well for an extended period, with both tracks active with loops and effects, etc. Playback was smooth; no glitches. Personally though, I’d only use Traktor DJ for really casual settings. Even if the performance is good, it’s still more limited than I would like for anything where you think your reputation, future gigs, etc. are on the line.

  • Johnny Trung Nguyen

    I have and use the full spectrum from DJM-900 Nexus with CDJ-2000 Nexus, to DDJ-SX, to S4, and now Z1, X1, F1. They all have their place and are all priced appropriately for the different use cases they address.

    • sean

      is it possible to map TouchOSC on an ipad to control the remix decks in traktor with this new update?

      • sean

        2.6.2

        • Rotem Ayalon

          Yep.

  • Charlie

    I use it with f1 and xone k2 however, I mapped deck a + c but the UV meter seem to show an incorrect value (like if the track is played a bit too loud)

  • squadrondj

    I think the point of this is to give you options and not replace mainstream apps or work flow. When the X1 came out, I was skeptical at first but have come to rely on it. Not everyone has room for an s4 or s2 in their carry on bag. And frankly, I’m not letting my gear out of my sight. I am hoping that the z1 and the rumored x1 mk2 gives the portability and flexibility to gig anywhere anytime.

    Look at the evolution of djing – vinyl to cd to mp3/wav. We’ve gone from carrying crates and flight cases full of records to holding collections 10 times that on flash drives and sd cards that can be worn around our neck. Track availability went from crate diggers to mass public. We as djs define ourselves on how we put together music not how we deliver it.

    The z1 is an awesome first step to a larger world.

  • Papi

    if only the Z1 had Play/Cue buttons on both sides of the mixer, I’d get one to use with Traktor Pro… DJing with an I-Pad… oh paleeezz…

    • Markkus Rovito

      Ha-ha; that’s the same thing a lot of guys said about DJing with a laptop 10 years ago. For now, I still agree with you… for now.

  • Matty N

    I’ve got this, the X1 and the F1. For my workflow, that works really well. I’ve no worries about using this at a gig, because I’ve got all my needs covered.
    So far, the sound quality of the internal soundcard seems excellent, though I’ve not played in on a club system yet. Latency has not been a problem, as it has with the Audio 8 I own. In fact, CPU usage seems way down.
    So, so far so good!

    • Anonymous

      and the Z1?

      • Matty N

        Yeah, the Z1, x1 and F1.

  • Scott Frost

    Love the unit – would have prefered to have the 4 deck option – now with the leaked images of the X1 MK2 – maybe something else is comign down the pipe. Maybe the modular approach is better than the all in one approach. The only real competitor for NI in this area is Behringer. NAMM is not too far off maybe NI will have something else to surprise us.

  • S_Rig

    I honestly can’t find a reason for someone to own it. If one needs to combine it with an X1 to perform cost-wise you are at the 400 dollar area 100 less from an S2. I can’t think it will help a bedroom Dj or a Pro. Other than that really good article as always.

    • Cody

      some people like the small footprint of multiple portable devices vs one big clunky one

  • subtend

    Does the z1 work with traktors internal recorder or do you have to take a line out from the rca.also is the mixing in the box or external.i run a techno podcast and would really like if I could mix out of the box and record in

    • Matty N

      It works with the internal recorder because it’s using the internal mixer of traktor’s software. Works very nicely too.

    • Jay Dizzle

      If u use laptop with traktor PRO 2. Then yes.

  • weltraumpapst

    traktor DJ ipad and iphone are free in the app store right now!!

    • Hayden

      really wish i didn’t just pay $5 then …..

  • Jay Dizzle

    I took the z1, x1 and f1 + macbookpro to a gig. All fitted perfectly in my UDG Traktor bag. I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased. It’s all you need. I have the X1 midimode mapped for track preparation and the F1 for effects (tekkens f1 mapping).
    You could map the z1s midimode to deck c & d, I think. But not tried it yet.
    I recommend the setup for djs that desire light travel equipment.

    A great review from djtechtools

    • Anonymous

      A great review indeed. Quick q, Jay: How do you nudge tracks without jogs? Pitchbend somehow? (Asking in case you play a track with tempo changes or is non-quantized.) Curious on how that’s handled.

      • Jay Dizzle

        Assuming you’re using Traktor pro 2 on a laptop with x1& z1. Then you would pitch bend with the x1 controller.
        If you was using the z1 with Traktor DJ on iPad. It’s important to get beat grids aligned(prepared). Although pitchbend works the same way as aligning the grid on Traktor DJ. Just move the track left(-) or right(+) with your finger when in beatgrid. There is a button next to sync on each deck. Just press to enter gridmode. From there you can adjust on the fly. Hope I explained well :)

        • Anonymous

          That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the great explanation, Jay.

  • Anonymous

    A fantastically well-written review (as usual) on a product that is grasping at straws at best. I argue an S2 is MORE portable than a Z1+X1+F1. And does anyone who is NOT a DJ really want to go see someone perform on an iPad?

    • passing by

      A decade ago, people used to say they couldn’t produce anything decent without an e-mu sampler and real mixing consoles and were laughing at me when i was all like ‘hey cubase is cool” , Dj’s were arguing you couldn’t mix anything of value without a pair of technics and so on…

      I would go to see Djs performing with coffee machines as long as they music is good… Not to mention fixing a dude bouncing his head while waving his arms in the air behind a desk isn’t exactly what i’m up to while I dance, but thats probably just me…

    • Dan White

      I could see how it’s more portable if you want jogwheels – otherwise, that’s completely wasted space!

      • Anonymous

        Well, I guess portability to me is also easy quick setup/teardown and simplicity too, not several cables, controllers, usb hub, hub power, rca to 1/4 or rca to XLR adapters/cables (if needed) etc.

        • Markkus Rovito

          Yeah, I guess CDJs that live in the club are the most portable setup of all! I might go that way too if I felt like buying CDJs to practice with at home, but I don’t.

    • Markkus Rovito

      Thanks for the props, andreimatei. If you want to get really into the details, the size and weight of a Z1/X1/F1 combo are a little less than the S2, but the cable management could be pretty annoying, so that may make it less practical. I really want one of these units to have a USB hub, but the X1 MkII leaked images only show 1 USB port.

      • Jay Dizzle

        Like i posted. Get all i need to a gig in The udg traktor bag. Not The trolley bag. The small one :)

      • Anonymous

        Spot on. You got me thinking, would a USB hub even work with an iPad? Regardless, I think 1 hub, 1 power cord, 3 usb cables, 3 cases, etc. is all more complex to set up than 1 S2 and a laptop (which you probably often need to have with you anyway). The S2 is so light and fits in a backpack.

        • the guy from above

          you’re not remembering that only the z1 will work on the ipad my dude. i also imagine that someone bring all three of the kontrol 1 series is going to be mixing in a different style than someone on an s2 for example.

          • Anonymous

            Ah, yeah, I didn’t realize that. Makes sense.

          • Anonymous

            You are totally right. Spaced out on that!

        • Markkus Rovito

          Right now, the Z1 is the only hardware to work with Traktor DJ, so I was talking about a USB hub for laptop use. And I’m not sure a hub would work on the iPad, anyway. But in the case of a modular z1/F1/X1 setup, I think you’d probably ditch the cases and just throw them all in the same DJ bag, like Jay Dizzle does with his UDG bag. I still use the S2 or S4 with secondary controllers for now, but I’m intrigued by where NI is going with this.