While the turntable brand that defines DJing announced their new model yesterday, today Reloop announced two new products that aim to challenge industry standards. The Reloop ELITE mixer feels specifically targeted to take on the DJM-S9, and the new RP-8000 MK2 represents a much more futuristic approach to DJ turntables than Technics’ new model. Keep reading for details on both.
Gear: RP-8000 MK2
Price: 599,99€ / $699.99 / £525.00
Availability: End of January 2019
Strongly branded as “the most advanced DJ turntable ever made”, Reloop’s new MK2 version of the RP-8000 takes things to a dramatic new level. The feature set on these new models seem designed to win over turntablists who aren’t afraid of digital features and who use Serato heavily. Beyond the original models’ features and the typical turntable functions, this includes:
8 RGB pads with 7 performance modes (for control over Serato DJ Pro’s Cue, Sampler, Saved Loops, Pitch Play, Loops, Loop Roll, and Slicer) as well as 2 custom-assignable user modes.
Browse encoder to load/browse tracks directly from the turntable
MIDI compatible controls to allow it to work with any DJ software
Platter Play functionality – control the pitch/speed of the platter via the performance pads (similar to the Vestax Controller One turntable) within specific keys – up to 22 scales and 34 notes. You can use the speed select buttons to pitchbend or to move up/down by a half-tone, or even control the speed of a platter with an external MIDI keyboard.
LCD that shows pitch, BPM, scales/notes, time of current track
Smart USB connection that allows up to 4 turntables to be daisy-chained from a single USB port, and they will assign themselves automatically.
Dedicated forward and reverse mode buttons
Integrated phono pre-amp and line out (no ground required)
Second output – allowing it to be connected to two mixers at the same time
Learn more about the RP-8000 MK2 on Reloop’s official product site here.