Musikmesse 2014: Reloop Beatmix 2 and 4 Serato controllers


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Just as we arrived at Musikmesse, Reloop unveiled its entry level Serato controllers. The Beatmix 2 and Beatmix 4 offer much of what the higher end controllers do, but come in at a very competitive price, and also bring a few twists to the established Serato software workflows.

First the words:

The Reloop Beatmix 4 is a performance-oriented 4-channel pad controller for Serato. Both companies have teamed up, to develop a ‘fun to use’ 4-Channel controller for the worldwide popular DJ software Serato to work seamlessly plug ‘n’ play: Connect and start mixing. As a limited introductory offer, the Beatmix 4 comes with the full version of SERATO DJ out of the box!

Beatmix 4 offers an ergonomically designed 4-channel mixer layout, optimized for the club allowing you to work intuitively: Dedicated equalizer and gain dials, high-quality line-faders, an extremely smooth-running crossfader, 16 multi-colour drum pads, as well as two extensive FX units are the foundation for your creativity.

Ultra flat, touch-sensitive jog wheels with aluminium platters and a diameter of 14.4 cm guarantee selectively precise beat matching, fast searching within tracks, and an authentic vinyl feel. Furthermore, the implemented LED technology on the surface and border of the jog wheels always show you the virtual needle position.

The rubberised pad section is the place for trigger action and creative ideas in the mix: The 3 cm large drum pads are used to control cue points, trigger loops, select various loop lengths, and also trigger samples. Any danger of confusion is ruled out: The colour-coded trigger pads give visual feedback regarding status and mode selection – this way you will always be in control, especially in dark surroundings.

A further special feature is the sophisticated Serato sampler control: Besides a dedicated volume fader, it is possible to start and stop samples via the pad section. Split Mode offers the possibility of a combined work flow as you can control both your cue points and trigger your samples at the same time.

The high-quality studio FX by iZotope can be creatively manipulated within Serato, thanks to two separate FX units, each one equipped with three rotaries and an endless encoder. In addition to the FX selection and the combination of three FX simultaneously, the Beatmix 4 also allows you to adjust the FX quantization.

The integrated audio interface offers all necessary connections that are needed for your mix: Two headphone connections (3.5 and 6.3 mm) for monitoring, one mic input with separate volume control, and an RCA output for connecting your speakers.

Beatmix 4 is a winning package combining extensive mixing functions and a well thought out performance pad section – all at a very attractive price.

Features

  • 4-Deck SERATO Performance PAD Controller
  • Easy plug ‘n’ play: Simply connect to your computer and start mixing your tracks
  • Performance PAD section: 16x multi-colour drum pads for triggering loop-, sample- and hot cue-mode
  • Colour-coded trigger pads give you visual feedback about mode and function
  • Split mode: CUE and sampler mode can be combined
  • Illuminated jog wheel (LED) for visual feedback on the virtual needle position
  • Ergonomic and intuitive mixer/player design for optimal work flow
  • Dedicated 3-band EQ control and gain control per channel
  • SP-6 sample bank control with dedicated sampler volume fader
  • Fader-start feature: Easy CUE control with the channel fader
  • Quick-skip: Fast search within a track
  • Slim-profile, big jog wheels with premium aluminium platters and superior scratching integration
  • Control many, stunning DJ effects (FX engine by iZotope) with 2 FX units
  • Integrated USB audio club interface
  • 14-bit pitch fader with pitch bend control buttons
  • Large transport section with stutter and sync controls
  • Mouse-less playlist navigation
  • 2x headphones connections on the front panel: 3.5 mm & 6.3 mm stereo jack incl. EQ control
  • 6.3 mm jack mic input with volume control on the front panel
  • SHIFT buttons for second layer control
  • ASIO drivers (CORE compliant) with minimal latency and highest audio characteristics
  • (PC/Mac)
  • Seamless hardware integration for SERATO INTRO & DJ
  • MIDI-ready: Compatible with most popular DJ software
  • USB bus powered: No power supply required!
  • LIMITED OFFER: Full version of SERATO DJ included as introductory special!

Technical Details

  • Input: 1x mic (6.3 mm jack)
  • Output: 1x master out (stereo RCA), 2x headphones monitor out (3.5 mm & 6.3 mm jack)
  • Dimensions: 558 x 317 x 41 mm
  • Weight: 2,7 kg (net)
  • Incl. Serato INTRO, USB cord and quick start guide

System requirements Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.6.+ / 10.7.+ / 10.8.+ (Please check Serato.com for updates)
  • 32-bit: Intel 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • 64-bit: Intel 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
  • If you have a large library, you will benefit from having more RAM
  • Min. screen resolution 1280*720
  • Available USB 2.0 port

System requirements Windows:

  • Windows 7 (Please check Serato.com for updates)
  • 32-bit: Intel 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • 64-bit: Intel 2,4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
  • AMD processors are not recommended and officially not supported
  • If you have a large library, you will benefit from having more RAM
  • Min. screen resolution 1280*720
  • Available USB 2.0 port

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Reloop Beatmix 2 and Beatmix 4 — our opinion

It feels like every time we see Reloop at a trade show they have something new to show us. It might not be the most exciting product, or revolutionize our little corner of the DJ world, but there’s always something new. This Messe did not disappoint with them presenting the Beatmix 2 and Beatmix 4. These controllers are designed to resemble the popular “lifestyle” brand that Pioneer presented with the DDJ-Ergo, but are not anything to scoff at. And the price points are where they really shine. We weren’t able to get US prices, but the Beatmix 2 clocks in at 219 Euro and the Beatmix 4 is 299. Both include Serato Intro, but for a limited period the Beatmix 4 includes a license for Serato DJ. The Beatmix 4 is effectively the most affordable full DJ controller and software combination available, as long as you buy soon.


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The buttons and knobs felt solid. The performance pads weren’t anything special, but they felt like they responded well with the little we played with them. The faders were stock standard alpha faders, nothing to get excited about but they will get the job done for a while. We didn’t get a lot of time on them, but they did offer a few interesting features with their Serato Intro integration. Neither controller has any buttons around the effect knobs, but instead activate effects after they have been raised a small margin. This caused a problem when using Serato combo effects, unfortunately. Combo effect knobs are all bipolar, with the center position turning them off. There is no hardware takeover on the knobs, though, so once you turn them the effect instantly turned on, and could easily ruin a mix. I pointed this out to one of the Serato guys, so let’s see if they do something about it.

UPDATE: This has already been fixed for the final release.

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Reloop has opted for a slightly different integration from the competitors for the 8 performance pads. You have two different modes instead of 4 (or 5): hotcue and loop. In hotcue mode you only have four hotcues available, and then four samples underneath. You can also combine modes by pressing both mode buttons and get four hotcues and four loops, but you can’t have 8 hotcues at any time, nor access to hotcues 5-8 on the controller.

The Beatmix 2 and 4 are virtually the same controller, the only difference being the extra 2 channels and LED feedback in the Beatmix 4. The price difference isn’t that great, though, and their respective featuresets are interesting. We were assured we’d get some in for review soon, though, and will put them through their paces as only DJWORX can.

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About Jared Helfer

Jared spends too much time staring at MIDI to have time to cut his hair or shave. He is also a DJ. He currently holds the record as the "Most Fired" at DJWorx, and is willing to challenge anyone to the title. He spends his time DJing in his office and releasing mixes on his website and mixcloud, as well as playing violent video games, reading books, and beginning to get involved in production. He also enjoys tormenting Mark Settle about his age and Britishness.

  • Jon

    Really dislike the silver platter trend we’ve been seeing on controllers lately, cheapens the look of a lot of them imo.

    Glad to see feature sets rise while prices fall, it’s great to have so many choices.

  • Seb

    Did anyone else notice the spelling mistake in the video? Reloop seems to make mistakes like that quite often, it’s pretty entertaining

  • Heavie

    Does anyone notice the trend with the comparsion between Serato and Traktor? Serato is like Android as being a software that hardware manufactures build hardware around it and like Android, Serato does not create delicated hardware for there own software.

    On the other hand NI with Traktor is more like Apple with ios. Less and less hardware manufactures are producing hardware to support Traktor as if NI wants there software to be delicated to there hardware, like Apple hardware with Macos and ios. At the sametime, NI is forcing more development to support apple eco system, instead of developing hardware that’s more professional.

    Like Android with a new phone or tablet every other week. Hardware manufactures is flooding the DJ scene with new product that supports serato exclusivity. Other than maybe Denon, when was the last time a hardware manufacture release a product exclusivity for traktor?

    • http://djworx.com/ Mark Settle

      We’ve been making the NI/Apple comparison for a good 2 years now. They exist inside their own eco-system, where they make their own hardware and software, and only play with other manufacturers’ hardware via mapping, something that the manufacturers have to do themselves.

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