Developed by Native Instruments for use with its Traktor Pro 2 music-mixing software, Traktor mixers are used for professional audio production. For example, NI’s Traktor Kontrol Z2 is the first ever professional “2+2 Control Mixer,” a controller with two standalone audio channels and two remix channels.
The Traktor Kontrol Z2 mixer is designed to give even amateurs access to tools – loops, remix slots, hotcues and macro sound effects – that professional DJs depend on. Likewise, Traktor mixers and Native Instrument’s Traktor Pro 2 software are widely used by professionals in music recording and production. Unlike many other digital music mixers, the Traktor Kontrol Z2 allows DJs to mix from analog sources such as CD players and vinyl records on turntables. Software support provides timecoding so that one controller can mix up to four decks simultaneously.
The Traktor Kontrol Z2 retails for $799.99 while the Traktor Pro 2 software sells for $99 as of 2015. In addition, Native Instruments offers other hardware and software accessories direct on its website. A leading manufacturer of software and hardware for audio production, NI pioneered real-time audio synthesis on consumer-end computers. Its corporate mission is to combine detail, usability, function and aesthetics in technology that allows production professionals more creative space to work.