BPM 2012: Reloop Tape — like a cassette, but not



Reloop Tape audio recorder (1)

We’ve covered the DDJ-SX and Kontrol Z2 in detail just a day or so ago, and will be bringing you some updates on those soon enough. So I’m giving airtime to a rather nifty little thing that I saw today. For those that remember the original iKey audio recorder, then the Reloop Tape will be very familiar.

Reloop Tape audio recorder (2)

Somewhat suitably named, the Reloop Tape is a device that allows you to record the output from your mixer or audio device to USB devices. It rips it on the fly to a switchable 192 or 320k MP3, from line of phono and can even sit in output audio chain and play through to record as well.

Reloop Tape audio recorder (3)

Everyone who saw it and touched it really liked the form factor. Indeed, the final packaging will be a blister pack in the shape of an old cassette player. It’s a smart move because instead of being some anonymous high tech box, you’re immediately drawn to it, and if you’re at least in your 30s, you’ll start to reminisce and share stories of recording the Disco Mix Club and John Peel from the radio. Or was the just the bunch of old farts I was hanging with yesterday?

Reloop Tape audio recorder (4)

Sadly, it looks like Reloop won’t quite make the Christmas market with this. It’ll be around in January for “around £90″.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tretuna Tré Tuna

    Love this, just wish it recorded to wav or aiff… But would make a great backup recorder.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dax.murphy.7 Dax Murphy

      i was just thinking the same thing.

  • Uncle

    Interesting launch timing getting into stores just in time for January shopping madness.

  • Professorbx

    Huh….cool. That said, does this not remind anyone of the iKey.

  • tastygroove

    Yeah.. no.. zoom h2 thank you.. its not a novelty.. its a high end digital recorder for the same money…records wavs, has a display, etc.

  • Eazy Evan

    Maybe Giz can give a few away for stocking stuffers!:D

  • http://twitter.com/jammin_dj DJ Jammin

    I would buy it purely for the “retro” look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gavintech Gavin Varitech

    Just to be clear this is just an interface? There is no HDD or flash memory inside?

  • Leslie Jones

    Now if this was a TDK SA-90 tape, I might consider buying one. ;)

  • Maiki Vince

    They should leave one of the reel slots open so you push a ball pen through and reminiscence the days of rewinding the tape using a pen.

  • just_me

    good looking. the price just turns me off.

  • DJ L-Biz

    Nice: If it comes with ‘Cding II’ cover i’m in. Seems like a nice idea similar to the Ikey but nicer shell to it.
    Is it internally powered though (eg batteries or charged)?
    I guess, one benefit is, if you have trouble recording your audio and running your dj software (i assume this saves on processor power)
    Looks nice and small to slip in behind a mixer in a booth too (although borrowing/stealing an extra audio out can still be an issue though)

    Not having wav or aiff format isn’t essential for me but i can see how some may find that annoying. But if you recording an hour long mix or longer (WAV files become fairly unmanageable).
    £100 after Christmas doesn’t seem like the best idea but if the quality is good enough it will sell on looks if nothing else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dheude.ghetlaust Dheude Ghetlaust

    mp3? lame….

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