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Traktor Kontrol Z1

Compact 2-Channel Mixing DJ Controller

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Key Features

The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a super compact, 2 channel DJ controller with built in soundcard to use with Traktor DJ 2 or Traktor Pro 3 software. 

 TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 is the ultra-compact 2-channel mixer, controller, and soundcard for TRAKTOR DJ 2 and TRAKTOR PRO 3.


Tweak your sound with robust 3-band EQ, gain, and filter knobs.


Pre-listen to each channel. The Cue Mix knob adjusts the cue/master balance. The Cue Volume regulates headphone volume.


Mix effortlessly with pro-grade faders. The easy-to-read level meters provide instant visual feedback.


Mix and pre-listen to your tracks with pro precision. Dedicated controls for two channels give you intuitive, tactile control over volume, EQ, filters, and effects. And the built-in 24-bit audio interface delivers powerful, high-quality sound.

Hook it up to your laptop and start playing – wherever you are.


TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 also offers ready-to-go compact control of TRAKTOR PRO EQs, filters, and FX Units on two channels at a time, keeping you ready for the afterparty – always.

It doesn’t end there: Expand your creative possibilities by adding TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 to the rig and control effects, loops, and transport functions like play and sync.


TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 comes with the introductory TRAKTOR LE software to get you started. Two software decks, three effects, and all you need to get the party going.

And when you’re ready for more, go pro. The Z1 includes a e-voucher – use it to purchase TRAKTOR PRO 3 or any other downloadable NI software.



Product Description


macOS 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11, 12 (latest update), iTunes 12 (latest update), Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (with Rosetta 2), 4 GB RAM

Windows 10, 11 (latest service pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM

Note: You may encounter issues using TRAKTOR on the MacBook M1 Max/ Pro, due to complications with the new Apple M1 chips. We are working hard to resolve this and guarantee full compatibility as soon as possible.


MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audio-CD, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, non-DRM AAC


  • ASIO
  • Core Audio
  • DirectSound


Monitor with 1280 x 800 screen resolution, USB 2.0, 1 GB free disc space. An internet connection and a graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate TRAKTOR software. Once installed and activated, all products can be used offline.


120mm x 293mm x 51mm (WxLxH), 0.65 kg / 1.43 lbs


Sampling rate: 96kHz
Converter wordlength: 24-bit
Analog output channels: 4
USB audio interface: USB 2.0 hi-speed, audio class compliant
Master RCA outputs:
Maximum output level (unbalanced) +12 dBu
Noise floor -89,3 dB a weighted
Dynamic range +102 dB a weighted
THD+N 0.005% (@0dB FS/10k)
Frequency response 20 Hz-20 KHz, +/- 0.6 dB
Crosstalk -118 dB (1 kHz)
Headphone output:
Maximum output level +11 dBu into 300 Ohms @ 0 dB FS
Maximum output power 2x 25mW
THD+N 0.05% at 0 dB FS (300 Ohms load)
Noise floor -94 dBu
Dynamic range 101 dB
Frequency response 20Hz - 20 kHz, 0.6 dB
Crosstalk -62dB (1 kHz)


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7 October, 2023
Good basic interface
Does what it's supposed to with the minimum of setup with Traktor 3 pro
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29 April, 2020
Excellent quality, excellent service
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23 November, 2018
Basic but works well!!!
Ok, it doesn't have the functionality of the larger controllers, but i bought this for when i am away from my studio and can still mix. I can plug it into my laptops usb and my headphones into my controller and i'm lost for however long in my own world. The only thing i wish is had was a dedicated play button, but there is a get around, as with everything. Great, no frills, light, you don't need a mains lead, what is there not to love! Go...seek...purchase and have fun!
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17 November, 2018
just a great bit of kit
Does exactly what it said on the tin, no extras and not for club use but for parties and haging out with the ability to drop in a mix,... just perfect :)
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Undisclosed Reviewer
15 December, 2017
Got a great deal
Got a great deal on Black Friday / Cyber Monday beat all other prices online! Great piece of kit. Thanks
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3 June, 2015
Another great product from NI
Lovely smart compact mixer – although only two channels a smart mapping turns it into a four channel mixer. Ideal for travelling DJs. Also, at a reasonable price. djkit.com.com as efficient as ever!
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Tony Jackson
5 August, 2014
A great product...
Bought this, then bought the X1 and will shortly be buying the F1 - I am using these with a laptop and Pro 2 so you really need the full set to have a full setup. Really good build quality although the crossfader is too loose for my liking. The only issue for me is going to be that I will need to get a USB hub as MacBooks only have two USB ports and these units cannot be daisy-chained. I bought the bags with the two units I have so far which are excellent quality and also act as stands so are well worth the extra few quid. As another reviewer noted, the bag only fits the unit so you will need to put the leads somewhere else.
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Simon Bailey
11 October, 2013
Great bit of kit...but could have been excellent!
I had intended on purchasing a Z1 at BPM 2013, but got sidetracked by potential of the MK2 S2, so I put off buying the Z1 until I had weighed up the pro's and con's of each. After some deliberation, I decided on the Z1, as it's primary function was to use with TraktorDJ on my iPad, plus I came round to the Z1/X1 setup. Here's what you get in the box: Kontrol Z1 unit. Power adapter USB cable USB to 30pin cable (Lightning equipped device owners will need a Lightning to 30 pin adapter) Registration card (Registering enables you to get Traktor LE and a 50 Euro discount on Traktor Pro). Stickers To give a fair review of this unit, it has to be considered from two perspectives. 1) Using it with an iDevice. 2) Using it with Traktor Pro. Lets look at using it with the iPad first. So to make use of the Z1 with your iDevice, you will need the following: an iDevice, the TraktorDJ App, a Z1, and if like me, you bought a lightning equipped iDevice, a Lightning to 30 pin adapter. (Note: I did try a USB A to USB B adapter using my Lightning cable into the Z1 and it didn't work). Setting up: Plug in the Z1 power cable, plug in the USB to 30 pin connector (for lightning devices, you plug the 30 pin cable into the adapter, then the adapter in the iDevice) into your iDevice, plug in some speakers via the RCA on the Z1 and some headphones into the front of the Z1 (because of the way TraktorDJ works, headphones are really required, but I wouldn't not use them...just in case!). When you plug the Z1 into your iDevice, you will be asked if you want to allow it to communicate with TraktorDJ...say Yes. TraktorDJ will automatically start and your off and running. In use: One thing to remember with the Z1 is that it is primarily a mixer, but in the last update to the app, NI did give it basic transport controls. So what do we have available to us. Well, the main thing is dual output stereo audio, via the 30 pin. That means you have master and PFL audio channels both in stereo - no more splitter cable nonsense! It also give you full control of each channels Gain, High/Mid/Low EQ's and volume as well as Crossfader, Cue Vol and Cue Mix, Master volume, 7 segment VU indicators, PFL buttons for each deck and two rotary knobs that control the Filters and FX (in the X Axis only), depending on the mode selected, of each deck. Transport control is simply Play/Pause and is used by holding the MODE button whilst pressing the PFL button for the deck you wish to start/stop. An interesting aside, is that when you press the MODE button, the PFL button lights up for the decks that are playing - nice little touch. The Z1 does charge your iDevice, but I have found on my iPad with Retina, that, even in Airplane mode, it maintains the charge level, it doesn't add to it. i.e if my charge is 90% when I plug the device in, it maintains the charge level at 90%. What's it like with Traktor Pro...that is a very simple one to answer - It's plug and play (make sure you have the latest version though). It is a mixer when used with TP2...oh and the Filter/FX knobs only control the Filters in TP2. The basic transport controls (holding down MODE whilst pressing a decks PFL button) do work in TP2, but really you will need an additional controller, such as the X1 (which is what I will be ordering). For me, the Z1/X1 combination is the ideal portable setup for Traktor Pro 2, as it gives you a mixer with soundcard and a control surface in two very cost effective units that have a small footprint. Conclusions... There are always going to be things that I would like any device to have, and the Z1 is no exception. For me, I would have liked the unit to have two Play/Pause buttons, one each side of the crossfader, as well as a touch sensitive rotary encoder (as used on the X1 Mk2) that would allow me to browse tracks on my iPad, then load the selected track using the PFL buttons. Also, and this could be done in software, have the Filter/FX knobs control pitch bending (state would be something like Filter OFF/FX OFF, MODE button pressed, turn anti-clockwise to Push, clockwise to Pull). Overall though it's a great piece of kit, that will form the basis of your modular, multi-platform system. I understand why NI stopped short of giving it features, such as I have mentioned above, as this would have given it a strange place in the product line-up...but would have made it a must have. One last point, regarding the cases available. It looks like only the unit fits into the bags, so you'll still have to find something to put the cables and powerpack in.
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Kritika Mehta
11 June, 2013
Intuitive Design
From the looks of it this product is going to be simple to use but also very powerful. The intuitive design gives a real ease of use to the overall product and the high vis backlit buttons and fader meter makes it really clear.
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