Top positive review
an exquisite software experience meets precision controls
July 17, 2013
Hardware: iPad 4 with Lightning Connector
Software: Traktor DJ (iOS App) 22.214.171.124
+ The knobs are all rubberized. They're soft to the touch.
+ The Line faders have a very nice glide to them. They're not completely loose and offer a bit of resistance.
+ The crossfader is very loose. I can flick it from one side to the other with a finger.
+ The buttons make a "click" noise and have the texture of an Akai MPC pad.
- The deck plate matches an iPad's bezel, but is very prone to smudging and surface scratches. Do NOT wipe this with a dry cloth.
+ AC adapter (with many different plug adapters)
+ Thick guage USB cable (for computer connections)
+ Thick guage USB to 30pin Apple cable (for iOS device connections)
+ Paperwork: card with software and hardware serial numbers
+ Paperwork: instructions
+ A sheet of Native Instrument stickers (for cases, laptops, etc)
- There's NOTHING in the box for newer Apple device connectivity (Lightning port). You'll need the Apple 30pin to Lighting adapter to make this work.
+ Fully compatible with the Traktor Gig Bag. 0 issues. The Z1 fits inside of it perfectly.
The iPad app is magnificent, but a fingertip isn't great for sliders. The Traktor Z1 gives the user more precision over controls (levels, gains, highs, mids, lows, fx) that require finesse.
The form factor is amazing. The app is powerful. This setup is perfect for dj's who don't feel like dragging around equipment for small parties, backyard bbq's, or tailgating.