NEW: Reloop Terminal Mix 2 Controller
Posted by Gizmo on February 14, 2012 :
Remember the times before the mass hysteria of 4 channel controllers? Back in the day, we had what were called 2 channel controllers, units that perfectly suited the needs of most DJs without feeding their hunger for more shiny that would most probably sit half used with 2 channels needing constant dusting. And while Reloop have already brought forth their own 4 channel boxes recently, hot on the heels of the last one comes a 2 channel version. Behold the Terminal Mix 2, a controller that makes sense of Serato DJ Intro.
When I say 2 channel, the trend for trying to squeeze as much as possible from the controls continues, as the Terminal Mix 2 is still a 4 channel controller. But outside of that, this does look like a simple hacking away of 2 hardware channels, and retains the same basic layout of its bigger sibling.
And in doing so, the addition of Serato's DJ Intro software will finally make sense for people. Unlike the Terminal Mix 4, it loses Virtual DJ LE and instead comes with 4 deck mappings for Traktor. Given that DJ Intro isn't a 1 to 1 mapping protocol like ITCH, it'll be interesting to see which controls aren't used. Having already felt DJ Intro's control responsiveness in other units, the Terminal Mix 2 could well be a winner for Reloop.
Words in Reloop's own voice:
With the Terminal Mix 2 Reloop complements its Serato controller series by a dedicated 2-deck variant.
Terminal Mix 2 disposes of an integrated 2 channel mixer that besides 3-fold EQ with intelligent kill technique* also offers gain and filter modulation per channel. The crossfader curve can be adjusted comfortably on the device's front side.
In addition to the popular Trax Encoder, the master section is now equipped with four convenient management buttons which allow direct access to playlists, crates or further layout views without the need to touch your laptop. This means a desired track can be located and loaded instantly into any deck via the designated load buttons - a fader start* function can also be activated if desired.
As a further highlight, Reloop has developed brand new ultra-flat aluminium jog platters which with an impressive XXL diameter of 15.5 cm have also been enhanced with a non-slip vinyl-grip coating for even more control over your tracks. With a total of 3 modes (Pitch Bend/Vinyl/Quick Search) it's possible to easily switch between pitch correcting, scratching, or browsing through tracks on the fly.
Trigger Action Deluxe: The entire transport section is fully equipped with rubberised buttons which offer a comfortable pressure point whilst also being extremely durable.
The performance section* features an extensive 8 button layout which can be utilised over 2 separate layers for true versatility. On the first layer 4 hot cues can be fired off and 4 sample decks can be triggered simultaneously.
Depending on the software used, other creative possibilities are available, for example the option of accessing hot cues/samples 5-8 on the second layer - or with future software updates this section can be enhanced even further with brand new performance modes (Cut'n'Slice) for live remixing.
The extensive FX section is equipped with 4 buttons, 3 rotary knobs, and 1 endless encoder to provide even more creative possibilities in the mix. The smart loop section also features 4 independent controls allowing users to quickly set beat-precise loops, adjust the size of the loops and even move the loops whilst in a live situation.
Reloop also listened to the requests by many DJs and for the first time has integrated a 14 bit pitch fader with 100mm increments, allowing ultra-precise mixing and blending.
Power House Interface: The audio section offers a vast array of connecting possibilities for your master PA (including balanced output jacks), a zone function and a DJ booth system. Also very practical are the 2 headphones connections (6.3 mm & 3.5 mm) which can be adjusted with a 1- band equalizer. A microphone connection with a 1-fold EQ for MCs, hosts or singers has also been integrated and can be adjusted via a flexible routing switching system. Furthermore, it's possible to connect a turntable, CD/MP3 player, or iPhone/iPod to the Aux input which can be routed to the master or even software!
Terminal Mix comes 'plug and play' ready with Serato DJ Intro. Traktor Pro 2 mappings are also available.
Check in at Terminal Mix 2.
*Some features are only available with a software Pro version.
- 2-deck SERATO DJ performance controller
- Integrated 4 channel USB audio interface
- Plug'n'Play: Connect your computer and mix your MP3s
- Designed for the world's leading mixing software developer SERATO
- Large transport section with all-new smooth-touch rubber buttons
- Newly developed ultra-flat XXL jog platters with Vinyl-grip surface
- Ergonomically arranged mixer/CD player design for quick and easy access
- 2-channel club mixer design with designated filter knobs and fader start
- Deck switch buttons for controlling of up to 4 decks
- Crossfader curve & assign switches on the front
- Large 14 bit 100mm pitch fader with range and keylock functions
- Mouse-less playlist management control
- Versatile controls for effects, smart looping, hot cues and sampler
- Performance section prepared for individual live remixing updates (Cut & Slice)
- Stereo RCA input (with phono pre-amp) for hooking up a CD player or turntable with flexible routing control (into the software or to master)
- 6.3 mm microphone input jack with volume and equalizer control
- Power House Interface: Boost your PA with balanced 6,3mm jack outputs or unbalanced stereo RCA outputs
- Stereo RCA booth outputs for extra DJ monitors
- 2 headphones connections: 3.5 mm & 6.3 mm stereo for whatever plug is convenient including equalizer control
- Shift buttons for second layer controls including shift lock feature
- All controls in club size and quality
- Altogether 90 MIDI controllers (56 buttons, 5 faders, 6 turn & push encoders, 21 turning knobs, 2 touch-sensitive jog wheels)
- Controller is compatible with every MIDI-learn capable software
- USB bus powered: Terminal Mix 4 can be powered via USB only (power supply optional)
- Anti-theft device: Kensington safety slot
- CORE/ASIO drivers with minimum latency and high quality audio characteristics (Mac/PC)
- Mac OSX and Windows XP/Vista compatible
- 4-deck mapping available for Traktor PRO 2 (incl. sample deck control)
- Comes 'Plug'n'Play' ready with Serato DJ Intro
- Classic 2 channel design
- 1x Pro Longlife crossfader with adjustable crossfader curve
- 2x volume controllers with Pro Longlife line faders - 2x 3-band equalizer knobs
- 2x gain turning knobs
- 2x filter knobs
- 2x 15.5cm touch-sensitive, two-part jog wheels for scratching, cueing, etc.
- Different jog modes (scratch & pitch bend, quick search)
- Deck switch butons for 4-deck control
- 2x high resolution 100mm 14-bit pitch faders without locking position
- 1 assignable turn & push encoder, 3 assignable knobs, 4 buttons for effect control - Unicoloured, glistening red illumination
- Cue mix, headphones volume, sampler volume and master controllers
- Extra large Trax encoder for quick and easy music library browsing (with 4 load buttons) - 2x 8 bar LED chain (master L+R)
- Dimensions: 440 x 44 x 320 mm
- Weight: 3.65 kg (net)
- Incl. Serato DJ Intro and USB cord
Hats off to Reloop. The trend is to extract the largest sum of cash from the end user by pressing their gear acquisition button hard via a 4 channel unit. And then when they realise that they never needed 4 channels after all, they sell it and source a more suitable 2 channel one. Now, potential buyers have the choice from the get go. I like that. Let's see if it pays off for Reloop.
I cannot help but notice the iconography on the buttons. Obviously, the cup button engages a cup holder that extends either side of the unit, but the button to the right - I can only assume that it's a fart button because of its startling similarity to an arse... I jest of course - it's the
I will say this about Reloop controllers - they're heavy, solid and chunky. I've never really understood the need to deep wheels on controllers, and love these low profile large ones. All the controls beg to be grabbed with both hands rather than wondering if you'll be able to squeeze a finger inbetween knobs or not.
I continue to be concerned with just how much is being crammed sardine style into a small space. I keep saying it and have been for years - modular. Manufacturers - start thinking separates and how they can all meaningfully talk to each other.
But anyway, I'm guessing that we'll know more about price and availability the nearer we get to Musikmesse, which uncharacteristically I still haven't booked.