NAMM 2016: Rane MP2014 Rotary Mixer

This morning at NAMM 2016, Rane launched a new two-channel mixer in their MP rotary line, the Rane MP2014. It carries almost all of the awesome features of the highly-successful MP2015 that debuted last year, and comes in at a lower price point – keep reading for the details and photos from the NAMM floor.

Rane MP2014 Two Channel Rotary Mixer

Rane has built a two-channel rotary, the MP2014, and it looks awesome. #baNAMMa for scale, of course.

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  • DJ Gear: MP2014 Rotary Mixer
  • Manufacturer: Rane
  • Price: $1999 retail / MAP
  • Availability: TBD

Rane’s MP2015 was a much lusted-after rotary mixer last year, but the price point and four channels made it excessive for a lot of DJs. This year, Rane is following up with a little brother to that mixer, the MP2014 two-channel rotary mixer – at a much more affordable price.

What’s great is that Rane has managed to keep almost all the best features from the MP2015 in this new mixer – particularly big features include:

  • Dual USB ports / soundcards for switching off DJs
  • high-resolution beautiful-sounding filters that switch between HP, LP, and Dual
  • durable steel chassis, beautiful wood sides
  • studio quality phono preamps
  • External FX loop
  • High resolution isolator with adjustable crossover, for playing with the master out

Add to all that that the MP2014 is still built in the USA, which is a rarity in the DJ industry. Pretty impressive considering the price point.

Want more info? There’s a massive writeup of the MP2014’s specs on the Rane website here that goes into more detail on almost every feature.

Have questions about the MP2014? Let us know and we’ll try to answer them. You can also follow more about NAMM 2016 and new products, or watch our Instagram for the most up-to-date information. 

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  • Simon Kennedy

    these rane mixers are wrong, the whole point of a rotary mixer is simple, warm analog sound, digital mixers are not popular with rotary users

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  • Niels

    Maybe i’m missing something, but for the price that I’m seeing the MP2014 advertised for right now, it just doesn’t seem like a really good proposition. It’s being sold for 2752 euros, a little over 400 euros shy of the 3180 euro MP2015. Now, if the US price is indeed $1999 without sales tax , that would make the european price point roughly a 1000 euros more expensive! I’m not sure how high sales tax is (i’m told it varies per state?) but even taking into account a 20% sales tax would make that about 500 euros of the mark. The US price difference between a Rane MP2014 and a MP2015 is about a 900 bucks, which translates to about 800 euros. Buy it in Europe and the price difference between the two mixers is about half that. I just don’t understand Rane’s pricing scheme. It was the same with the MP2015. Not even the dealers could explain the high price point compared to the US-prices, except that it’s a US-based company. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

  • Gabriel Rodriguez

    I just don’t get it, why?

  • mispel

    LUST. The 4 channel, cost aside, is more than I’d need. This however… Also, regarding the company in general, I live near them and have visited to have them clean and tune up my old TTM-54. Great people, amazing customer service, and they probably care more about sound quality and build quality than just about anyone else.

  • Sebas

    Last week I saw the Rane MP2015 on Amazon at an incredible price of 2k!! Now it’s back to it’s normal price, I should’ve bought one 🙁

    • [O/][iii][O/]

      Saw it too. Apparently it was a typo that was quickly pulled. Doubt that’ll happen again. lol

  • Chad Lehew

    Now I know what Gear Lust feels like!
    “Oh yes……… will be mine…..”

    Don’t hate on the price. This is a work of art that will last forever. USA designed and built! Quality cost

    • here_comes_the_sheik

      I was pretty dissapointed when I first tried out a mp 2015 … the knobs are flimsy and very plasticy, the silver caps are glued on and fall off. The source selector knobs are loose. They didn’t keep up with the marketing promise they gave.
      Overall a great mixer. But massively overpriced!

      • Danny Who

        The slightly loose knobs on the shaft were already the case on the Empath Rotary and I hoped that this is not true for the MP series. Any official words?

        • [O/][iii][O/]

          Empath users the same KNOBS as MP2014, MP2015, MP2016/XP2016, but does not use the same SHAFTS. Empath uses plastic shafts (D-type) that protrude through the metal chassis (except for the three channel pots), wheres the others uses metal shafts (D-type and splined) which are actually bolted to the metal chassis. Total different feeling, tightness/security than Empath’s.

        • [O/][iii][O/]

          Empath uses same KNOBS as MP2014, MP2015, MP2016/XP2016, but does not use the same SHAFTS. Empath uses plastic D-type shafts that protrude THROUGH the metal chassis (except for channel pots), wheres the other models use metal splined shafts which are actually bolted TO the metal chassis (except for source selectors). MP/XP have total different feeling, tightness/security than Empath which those knobs and extension posts do have a tendency to feel a bit wobbly and come off occasionally. But again, that has to do with the shafts, not the knobs (which are identical).

          • Danny Who

            Ok, so this little flaw on the Empath won’t be seen on the MP series you say. Good news.

      • [O/][iii][O/]

        MP2015 and MP2014 use the same exact knobs as used since 1999 on MP2016/XP2016 (as well as Rotary version of Empath) which I’ve never had any issues with. For over two decades now and countless DJs have been using them and never heard any complaints from any of them either. Feeling is subjective of course, but have never had any that are loose or had caps falling off. No idea what may have been going on with the particular one you tried out.

  • Luis Molina

    also you cant get great 4 channel rotary mixers in the market for 2k as well like the E & S djr 400. So why should I buy this one?

    • [O/][iii][O/]

      The DJR400 is a fantastic boutique mixer. I love it too. However, you are comparing apple and oranges. For starters, analog vs digital. Secondly, other big features differentiate them such as built in dual USB soundcard, LP/LP-HP/HP filters, parametric ISO, session ins/outs, split cue, etc. all built into a single unit. Nothing else to lug around, connect, etc. As far as 2-ch vs 4-ch goes, it really boils down to what you want/need. Many of us only want/need 2-ch as the reality is that we are only ever mixing two sources at once. I love how much more open and comfy the MP2014 feels. Rane nailed it again. Not that the MP2015 is bad at all (love it too), but I’m pretty much a two-track-at-a-time DJ, so the expanded real estate between everything allowed by having less controls I rarely ever use feels great when getting in/out of the heat of a mix. For those that actually need more channels, submix, etc., MP2015 is obviously the way to go. Oh, and the MP2014’s session input/control essentially acts as a third channel which allows for easy dropping of acapellas and other types of simple layering whenever the mood happens to strike.

      • B

        And it does not have digital connections for cdjs, wich the mp2015 does.
        That is a dealbraker, cause those connections should be standard on high end stuff, especially for that price point!

        • [O/][iii][O/]

          It does not. From what I understand, the deletion was a necessary cost savings in order to get unit under 2K target.

          • B

            Yeah, i can get into that, but such a lovely piece of high end gear should have those in my opinion.

          • Zacharia Stone

            Curious.. what would you have taken out of the design in order to keep the digital inputs and still keep it under 2k? Keep in mind, digital inputs would have cost $200-$300 to the over all cost.

          • B

            @Zach: i really have no idea what i would have taken out, because i did not know the price of those digital inputs, but in this day and age they are needed.
            So, maybe a single soundcard and usb port would have been sufficient for this mixer? Dont get me wrong, i think this mixer looks and probably is great, but in my opinion, the mp2015 offers a hell of a lot more for that 1000 euros more.

          • LoopCat

            I bet a cdj through the normal RCA’s would still sound amazing.

          • Zacharia Stone

            The MP2015 definitely gives you more but at a steeper cost. If digital inputs are a necessity for you than the MP2015 is the obvious choice. Unfortunately there is always a compromise when designing gear if cost is a factor (which it always is).

          • dibb

            If 2 more S/PDIFs in would add $200-$300 to the cost, I think it’s a good trade off indeed.

          • B

            @ Zach : yeah, probably! But the mp2014 still looks awesome, and i am gonna try it out anyway 🙂
            I do think its cool that you guys participate in forums and that you are really open about discussing your products. Keep it up!

          • John Viera

            digital inputs are a joke. you think that makes an audible difference. Just more marketing crap by Pioneer. Totally unnecessary.

  • Luis Molina

    My first impression was, ok ill buy this one, because the 4 channel is way too expensive for me. but men SERIOUSLY? 2k for a 2 channel mixer?? NUTS.

    • antonello

      You don’t know how high is the wood price nowadays!

    • [O/][iii][O/]

      Hi Luis – FYI, it’s not just a 2-channel mixer. The MP2014 also includes a built-in parametric 3-band isolator as well as what’s the equivalent of a Rane SL4 dual USB soundcard. If you were to add up the extra cost of those additional items if they were separate units you’d be pretty close to the cost of just the mixer alone. Quality costs money, and it’s helluva value when you really think about it. Obvious benefits for us DJs who use these tools by having them built-in is greater portability, no extra cables, simpler setup, cleaner signal path, etc. Plus you get the very best 100% digital mixer currently on the planet (along with MP2015 for those that need/want four channels, submix, etc.). If you haven’t heard one yet, I recommend you do. Not only a total blast to perform on, sound quality is downright amazing (which IMO is most important thing when it comes to this stuff).

      • Dan White

        Yes but when you compare the price to that of say, a Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer ($1400) it begins to look very much like Rane are trying to rip us off.No?

        • [O/][iii][O/]

          Not IMO. Presumably the two have entirely different markets, demographics, BOMs, amortization schedules, etc. It’s kind of like comparing the cost of an Apple MacBook Pro to a Canon EOS. Doesn’t make much sense to me. A better comparison for the MP2014 would be any other DJ mixer. Take the DJM-900NXS for example. It’s $2,200. Does that mean Pioneer is trying to rip us off? Each one has plenty of features the other doesn’t, and different features have different costs, and different value depending who’s looking at it. If it has the features you want/need, then buy it. If not, don’t (pure capitalism). Only the end customer can decide. Many of us have absolutely zero want/need for such things like crossfaders, special effects, beat quantizing, etc., but do have strong want/need for rotary controls, master isolators, built-in soundcards with dual-USB ports that are compatible with Serato/Traktor, etc.

          • dan11

            I do agree, although I believe that most hi end DJ mixers are very overpriced. This Rane would be perfect for me but when I compare the price to other potential big purchases for my studio it’s a total non starter. The Moog Sub 37 is a similarly aspirational product but the price is fair. Even hi end purchases should feel like good value and in my opinion that is not the case with Rane/Pioneer DJ mixers.

        • dibb

          You really can’t compare an analogue syntheziser with a digital dj mixer, just because both happen to have a lot of shiny knobs and wooden side panels. 🙂