News keeps pouring this time of the year (NAMM 2016 starts tomorrow) and Reloop isn’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 £110.00 (special introductory price / regular MSRP £130,00)
- 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 with mappings available for Virtual DJ & Traktor and it’s 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 it’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. It’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.
It’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 don’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 it’s still a wonderful alternative to the Akai AMX if you don’t think it’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.
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I tested the mixtour vs the Akai AMX for hours, in order to have a single ultra-portable controller that does everything.
Out of the box, the mixtour is definitely more complete, courtesy of the 4x small “C+T” state buttons at the top;
However, this traktor “All-in-one” mapping adds everything i needed: 4x decks, 6x hot cues, Loops, 5x insta-FX pages, “super cross fader”.
later I’ve added to it even more extension: Beatjump, Loop roll, Selectable FX control, Zoom + Layout changes, Library adv browsing.
This looks awesome, except… this page says “January 2016” availability; the company’s product page says “February 2016” availability; the Amazon page today (March 31) says “Ships in 1 to 2 months.” What’s up?
I’m pretty stoked for this. The only reason I never bought the AMX was because it wouldn’t charge my iPhone.
Not interesting as long as djay doesn’t allow to record your mixes (due to Spotify licensing restrictions)…
even with your own music ? from the ipad and not spotify
Your own, purchased Music is fine, I think. Just nothin involving Spotify…
It should not be hard to put something in place to record it outside the iPad.
You mean an *analogue* recording of my digital mix?
Yes, record 24 bit WAV in case you are worried about quality.
Possible but defeats the purpose of a digital setup, don’t you think?!
A couple of D/A conversions won’t kill the sound. It’s far worse using MP3 compressed files.
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Denon and Reloop have come out on top recently with some excellent kit. Remap the hell out of this and it’s all you need for Traktor.
Oh I wish NI added the extra buttons in the middle for Z1…
I wish NI did something in general, where the fuck is TP3?
Its like waiting for HL3 lol
They are still masturbating to their latest products S8 and D2
I think that if they don’t announce a major TP release this year they are dead in the game.
Meanwhile, this Reloop unit looks more and more promising. I’ve been looking for a small unit that I could take to the radio shows (radio studios are usually crowded.) and was waiting for NI to upgrade their Z1 or do something more fancy as Z1 is pretty old by now.
yep I love my Z1 but compared with this new Reloop product I feel a bit abused…. waiting on TP3 I guess