News keeps pouring this time of the year (NAMM 2016 starts tomorrow) and Reloop isnâ€™t holding back. Earlier today they announced the new Reloop MIXTOUR which gives you full control over two channels along with a built-in audio interface, making it ready to rock on Android, iOS, OS X and Windows. While similar in design to the Traktor Kontrol Z1 and Akai AMX this new device has a few tricks under its sleeve to make it truly shine.
Reloop MIXTOUR: Powerful Slim Djay Controller
- DJ Gear: Reloop MIXTOUR (official product page)
- Manufacturer: Reloop
- Price: US$ 199,99
EUR ?149,00 (special introductory price / regular MSRP ?179,00)
UK Ł110.00 (special introductory price / regular MSRP Ł130,00)
- Availability: End of January 2016
- Ultra-portable, yet sturdy all-in-one DJ controller with integrated low-latency 4-channel audio interface for iOS, Android & USB connectivity.
- Designed for Djay 2 and Djay Pro but mappings are available for Virtual DJ & Traktor and is fully assignable to other software.
- Powerful, colour-coded, rubberized trigger section for transport, looping, 4 hot cue control per deck and grid editing.
- Dual FX Mode: Control FX and filter simultaneously.
- Gain + 3-band EQ per channel and dedicated bi-polar LFP/HPF sound filter control.
- Sturdy & flat built with 45-mm PRO faders including Fader-start support.
- Turntable spindle cavity for easy positioning on turntables.
The MIXTOUR is, in essence, a two-channel mixer, although it must be noted that it isn?t a true mixer in the ?standalone? sense since it lacks audio inputs and must be hooked up to the software but once itâ€™s connected it packs quite a punch.
In terms of how this unit works with its software counterparts, it unlocks a solid external mixing solution for iOS and Android DJs that cleanly integrates with Djay 2. Itâ€™s also fully MIDI-mappable so it will work with most desktop based DJ software as well. Not only does it take the more tactile elements of mixing into a hardware controller, but acts as a plug and play solution in terms of audio and power ? with a built-in soundcard and cable that allows your device to charge off the MIXTOUR?s power supply.
Itâ€™s the first time we see a controller of this size offer support for 4 hot cues per deck and this does remove a bit the need for most to grab a secondary controller. That being said, you might still want some extra control to beat match your tracks in place unless you donâ€™t mind using the touch screen on iOS/Android or sync your tracks.
All in all we think this is a big win by Reloop since you do get a lot more control over software than the Kontrol Z1 and itâ€™s still a wonderful alternative to the Akai AMX if you donâ€™t think itâ€™s worth spending another $50 to get a DVS capable device or touch sensitive knobs.
We?ll take a closer look at the Reloop Mixtour at NAMM 2016 in the coming days. You can see all the NAMM articles here, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for up-to-the-minute updates and unique insights.