I might not be the first port of call for DJ Tech scribblings anymore, but I am still an opinionated arsehole and an outlet for said opinions if I so choose. And this morning Reloop announced their new all-in-one budget controller, tagged the Reloop Ready.
You can find out all about it here. My first impression — it feels like Reloop made a Novation Twitch but with jogs. And I like it, especially for 250 quid.
But it’s not about my opinion anymore. Indeed, the industry seems to run on the opinions of just a few key people, whereas I’m now all about finding out what you lot think… you know, the people who buy this stuff. And as it turns out, I am now one of you too.
But I have questions for you. Actually one of my own and one from Dan (yes the DJWORX Slack channel is still alive and kicking).
PITCH — happy with the location?
I think this is the first time I’ve seen pitch controls next to EQ. I kind of sort of like that they’re in the nerve centre rather than pushed to one side, but I suspect I’d need to play to confirm.
But how do you feel about the position of the pitch controls? Are you happy with the symmetry?
EQ — is two-band enough?
Like other Reloop units, this has two-band EQ. They often have the facility to convert to three-band but at the expense of gain. But I cannot help but think that a little experimentation with layout and knob size would allow three-band to fit. Who remembers the Vestax PMC-05 Pro?
But Dan figured it would be interesting to find out how you use EQ.
Are you all about the high and low?
Do you ever touch the mids?
Are you physically incapable of mixing with less than four bands?
Would you be happier with smaller controls and three-band EQ?
Do you even touch EQ at all?
One last thing — think modular
If you sliced the decks from the mixer, you’d have two very logical modular MIDI units. I like the idea of making up a full four-channel controller with four real decks and two mixer sections. But outside of NI’s Traktor X1 style controllers, modular never took off. Behringer’s CMD range should have done because they were amazing, but that’s another story.
Just putting it out there, knowing it’ll never happen.