NI’s Traktor Z1

The Newest hardware demonstration video from NI brings us a peek at the new Traktor Z1, a highly portable 2-channel mixer, controller, and soundcard for TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO 2.

Upon first sight, there isn’t much going on with this piece of equipment. Its got the faders and EQ knobs, but otherwise its just a 2-channel mixer, no pads, no flashy buttons. That’s until you realize all the flashiness happens on the ipad. It seems IOS is quickly becoming the new standard platform for music performances. It makes good sense. On an iPad you’ve got a huge screen to work with, giving you control of plenty of different effects and cue points. It’s ultra portable, lightweight, and easy to set up. The fact that there’s now a Native Instruments portable controller to assist you in your ipad performances is pretty cool.

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