At the Musikmesse 2016 convention, which opened today in Frankfurt, Germany, news about new DJ and production gear has seemed relatively minimal. But weâ€™ve noticed a few new pieces of gear that have appeared on news outlets and on Instagram coverage of the event â€“ keep reading for fresh annoucements from DJ-Tech, Reloop, and Roland.
Header photo credit: philippkipphan on Instagram
DJ-Tech Handy Kutz Mixer
Spotted over on DJ Worxâ€™s Instagram coverage of Musikmesse 2016 was this new tiny mixer from DJ-Tech. The highly-portable â€śmixerâ€ť is designed to do just one thing: add a crossfader into the signal chain for any input.
Thereâ€™s only one set of RCAs as a phono/line input, itâ€™s externally powered, and it has RCA and XLR outputs â€“ plus a curve adjust, tone control, reverse, and master levels. Unfortunately, the externally powered part means that this wonâ€™t be appealing towards the portable-turntable DJ communities.
According to what weâ€™ve heard from our friends on the showroom floor, thereâ€™s no price yet, the unit is just a prototype, and thereâ€™s no â€śkiller featureâ€ť that isnâ€™t immediately visible on the unit. But that doesnâ€™t mean that Handy Kutz doesnâ€™t have a place in this world â€“ some DJs just need to add a turntable into their signal chain, no questions asked.
Reloop RP-7000 GLD Turntable
Reloop really wants to establish themselves as the best manufacturer for SuperOEM technics, and at Musikmesse 2016 theyâ€™re attempting to make that happen by releasing an all-gold trim version of their RP-7000 turntable. This is a limited edition deck, with only 1,000 units shipping worldwide â€“ it comes with a gold headshell and sports a unique serial number for each one.
These units will be available in August 2016, pricing in at $625. So for a single Technics SL-1200GAE, you could buy six of these. Just saying.
Rolandâ€™s RC Loop Station series have been a boon for live performers who want simple ways to loop multiple tracks and manipulate them on the fly â€“ and clearly the line has been successful as they introduced the new RC-202 model. As you might expect, itâ€™s a two-track recorder, with similar features to the RC-505. The input and track FX allow Color FX-style manipulation of the audio coming through the unit.
We donâ€™t really see this unit as being that compelling for DJs and producers â€“ more for keyboard/guitar looping musicians â€“ but maybe one could use this looper in a similar way to how Loco Dice uses a looper in his setup.
More Details: Pioneer DJ TORAIZ SP-16
As we suspected, Pioneer DJ is showing off their just-announced new TORIZ SP-16 sampler/sequencer, but only â€śunder glassâ€ť at Messe (meaning no one on the floor can play with it), and only with an unfinished firmware in private.
We did get a few more details from Peter Kirnâ€™s coverage over at Create Digital Music:
- Itâ€™s still early, prerelease firmware on the units
- There is live sampling â€“ you can sample and slice to the pads on the fly (this means itâ€™s designed for live performance and you donâ€™t have to rely on sample prepwork ahead of time for a good result)
- The touchstrip on the left of the pads is designed to allow repeat / roll control
- MIDI output is coming â€“ meaning that it will be easy to use the TORIZ as the master clock for other MIDI compatible devices.
Thatâ€™s all weâ€™ve seen thatâ€™s interesting for DJs at Musikmesse 2016 so far â€“ have you noticed something that we missed? Let us know in the comments.