for VirtualDJ 8.0+
Last Update : June 2016


Firmware & Drivers

Firmware: Firmware: Update the firmware of the unit to the latest version from Native Instruments

Drivers: Install the latest drivers from Native Instruments

VirtualDJ 8 Setup

Download and install VirtualDJ 8 from our Downloads Page
(in case you have not done already)

Once VirtualDJ 8 is launched, a Login Window will appear. Login with your account credentials. A Pro Infinity, a Kontrol Z1 Plus or a Pro Subscription License is required to fully use the Kontrol Z1

Without any of the above Licenses, the controller will operate for 10 minutes each time you restart VirtualDJ.
Buy a license

A detection window will appear next, verifying that the device is properly connected.

Click to OK.

The unit is now ready to operate.

Advanced Setup

MIDI Operation
The unit should be visible in the CONTROLLERS tab of Config and the “factory default” available/selected from the Mappings drop-down list. The factory default Mapping offers the functions described in this Manual, however those can be adjusted to your needs via VDJ Script actions.
Find more details at
VDJ Pedia

The unit has a pre-defined Audio setup and a special button in the AUDIO tab of Config to provide that. Alternative Audio setups can be applied in the same window.

For further software settings please refer to the Manuals of VirtualDJ 8.


The functionality of each button, knob and slider per section (as shown in the image on the side) will be explained in detail in the next chapters:



  1. CROSSFADER: Blends audio between the left and right channels/decks.

  2. VOLUME: Adjust the output volume of each deck

  3. FILTER: Press this button to activate resonance filter for this channels sound

  4. FILTER KNOB: Turn this knob to adjust the amount of resonance filter applied on this channels sound. Middle position is off (pass through), turning left applies a low-pass filter, turning right applies a high-pass filter.

  5. EQ LOW: Adjusts the low (bass) frequencies of the corresponding deck.

  6. EQ MID: Adjusts the middle (mid) frequencies of the corresponding deck

  7. EQ HI: Adjusts the high (treble) frequencies of the corresponding deck.

  8. GAIN: Adjust the Gain (Trim) of the corresponding deck.

  9. MASTER VOLUME: Adjust the level of the Master Output.

  10. HEAPHONES VOLUME: Adjusts the Headphones (CUE) Output Volume

  11. HEADPHONES MIX: Adjusts the mixing between CUE and MASTER output sound output on your headphones. All the way to the left is CUE sound output only, all the way to the right is MASTER sound output only

  12. PFL: Press this button to send this channel's pre-fader signal to the Cue Channel for monitoring. When engaged, the button will be lit.

  13. MODE: Operates as a SHIFT button, allowing you to access auxiliary commands on supported buttons/knobs

  14. VU METER: Displays the intensity of master volume output



  1. HEADPHONES JACK: Connect your headphones


  1. POWER CONNECTOR: Connect the optional power supply (PSU) of the unit

  2. USB CONNECTOR: Connect a USB cable to establish communication between the device and your computer

  3. MASTER OUTPUT CONNECTORS: Use these connectors to connect your device on another mixer or an amplifier

Hardware Integration Department

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