The Reloop Neon Serato DJ controller, with extra pictures

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Reloop Neon – One mighty Box. Teaser

The BPM Show is getting closer, and of course this means that a heap of new DJ shiny is due. But big launches don’t always mean big products — indeed the Reloop NEON is a diminutive Serato DJ controller that is likely to have as big an impact on turntable users as it does with controller users alike. So all that really cool stuff that the big boy top end Serato DJ controller users have is now available to more or less everyone, for a relative peanuts price point.

Read the press release fresh out of Reloop HQ:

Reloop NEON Serato DJ Flip Controller (10)

Not my photo, but the influence is clear 😉

RELOOP NEON

ONE MIGHTY BOX

The Reloop NEON is a powerful pad controller for Serato DJ that will elevate your performance to a whole new level. Acting as the perfect support hardware for DVS users and controller DJs, the 8 ultra-low-latency and touch-sensitive RGB drum pads with aftertouch are perfect for triggering samples, cues, loops and effects.

Coming in as the most extensive Serato SP6 sample controller on the market, the NEON also offers LED feedback for each sample slot – feeding back status and mode information. A total of 8 power modes can be accessed by up to 4 decks with only one NEON: Sampler, Pad FX, Slicer, Looped Slicer, Cue, Flip, Hot Loop and Manual Loop are all at your fingertips. The brand-new FLIP mode allows you to record and play back your own remixes or cue trigger sequences on the fly.

Handling these advanced functions is easy as the drum pads’ smart colour coding offers users visual feedback in each mode, so you’ll never get lost mid-performance. Two endless push encoders for track navigation, volume control and loop editing complete this simple yet powerful device.

Taking inspiration from the game-changing RP-8000 turntables, you can also connect two NEON controllers via smart link function, saving precious USB ports while allowing you to push your performance further. An extremely flat yet sturdy design makes NEON not only the ultimate plug-and-play performance tool, but also something that can also be easily stowed in any DJ bag and set-up for use in a matter of seconds.

Statement A.J. Bertenshaw / CEO Serato INC LP

“Finally, the Reloop Neon brings an ultra-compact form to an accessory specifically designed for Serato DJ. It will be an excellent addition to any minimalist DJ setup to put a host of powerful Serato features within reach without wasting any space.”

Statement Robert Lauterwein / CEO Reloop

Neon is Reloop’s first modular controller for Serato DJ and it features the most extensive Serato SP6 sample control on the market – no other Serato DJ modular controller offers the range of functions that Reloop Neon does. High-quality manufacturing, extremely flat, sturdy construction at a fair price – our “mighty box” for Serato DJ.

Available October 2014

MSRP. 129 € 

Features

  • Powerful Serato DJ drum pad modular controller
  • Official Serato Accessory: plug-and-play with Serato DJ
  • Dedicated Serato DJ SP-6 sampler control
  • 4-deck control for Slicer, Cue and Loop
  • Perfect addition for DVS users and controller DJs
  • 8 touch-sensitive RGB performance drum pads
  • A total of 8 intuitive performance modes (Sampler, Pad FX, Slicer, Looped Slicer, Cue, Flip, Hot Loops, Loop and Manual Loop)
  • Supports brand new Flip mode: Create individual edits from a song ‘on the fly’ and trigger these sequences as Hot Flip

Sampler

  • The most extensive Serato SP6 sample controller on the market
  • 5 different trigger variants per sample slot (One Shot, Toggle, Hold, Repeat Mode and Sync) with corresponding status LED for visual feedback
  • Access to all 6 synchronizable sample slots in 4 banks
  • Dedicated sample volume control (Master + Slot)

Pad FX

  • Direct access to 6 selectable iZotope FX in Pad FX mode (Velocity Depth Control

Slicer/Looped Slicer

  • Slicer performance modes for slicing of your tracks

Cue/Cue Roll

  • 8 colour coded cue points per deck which can be triggered as roll

Loop/Manual Loop

  • Quick access to more than 8 storable loops and manual loop control

Further Features

  • 2 endless push encoders for volume control, track navigation, loop editing as well as loop Shift and loop roll function
  • Censor, slip and sync functions for all decks can be selected directly with the controller
  • Internal/relative mode for DVS users
  • USB bus-powered
  • Smart Link: NEON can be connected to each other via mini jack cable
  • Works with every MIDI compatible DJ or studio software
  • Sturdy construction, but still easily portable due to slim profile design

technical details

  • Connections: mini USB, link port, Kensington
  • Dimensions: 223 x 16.1 x 123 mm
  • Weight: 359.2 gr (net)
  • Incl. USB cable, quick start guide and link cable (3.5 mm jack)

Reloop NEON Serato DJ Flip Controller (3)

Reloop NEON – short name, but big features

Cheesy copywriting there, but it describes the NEON perfectly. Essentially, it condenses all of Serato DJ’s performance pad features into a single book sized unit. When I first got the NDA through from Reloop, I had expected some behemoth controller to answer the NS7II and DDJ-SX/SZ. But instead, I got a tiny box, with an even tinier controller inside. It did pretty much stop me dead in my tracks for a good five minutes as I held it out in front of me, and equally fight the urge to immediately Instagram it to see if my reaction was mirrored in the DJ community.

There is an awful lot going on with the NEON, and it’s going to take me a little while to really dig into what it can do, what it can do it with, and how well it does achieve its goal. Being MIDI, it lends itself to every single MIDI mappable software on the market. I can see Traktor owners, particularly hardcore controllerists getting worked up by the NEON, provided the lightshow is a two-way affair of course.

First reactions — this is a smart little box of tricks that is going to appeal to owners of small controllers (I’m currently pairing it with a Pioneer WeGO) and especially to DVS users. And for these users I’m going to recommend buying a pair, if only because it means not getting lost between layers. For $149/€129/£110, it’s not breaking the bank for what you get.

The NEON certainly makes the lines between DVS and controllers considerably more fuzzy for me. Let’s have a direct effects controller paired with this, and wrap them around turntables and a mixer and that’s a very controller-like setup.

Reloop NEON Serato DJ Flip Controller (11)

Before you ask…

There is a stand for the NEON. It looks like a mini-Crane stand. I don’t know the price, nor do I have one here. But it’s designed for the NEON and can take other things too. I’m working on the review as we speak and will hopefully have a review by the end of the week. In the meantime, here’s some quick and nasty pictures.

Over To You

Seeing as I have yet to put finger to keyboard on the Reloop NEON, feel free to get your questions in for me to cover in the review.

  • Kraal Wiggins

    is it midi mappable for traktor is what i want to know 🙂

    • blackavenger

      It is.

  • ⛵The Other Denzel⛵

    This Really highlights how overpriced Pioneers Sp1 was

  • Dj L-BIZ (BEAT3)

    I can’t work out how you change the sampler play mode from the controller? (I’m guessing they aren’t little buttons?)

    • I don’t think that you can. What you get is a visual indication of the sampler’s modes.

      • -Reloop

        No – how Malk descibes it is perfectly right: You can hold down the Mode button OR the Loop button OR the SYNC button and hit any sample slot pad to the either MODE. The LEDs will toggle through the modes and always indicate the status. -Reloop

    • Malk

      This is possible when using the mode button on the right hand side of the NEON. When in sampler mode, hold down the mode button, then press pads 1-6. This will cycle through the play mode for that specific sampler slot.

  • Jiggy Flipp

    Nice!!!!

  • dj SoniQ

    Finally a stand for the small controllers…..already have a Numark Orbit. So…..

  • oooooooooo so nice

  • I haven’t seen the PAD FX mode since the VCI-380. The LED feedback for each sample slot is very nice. But how can they forget a dedicated BACK button to maneuver your crates? They seriously want me to use one hand to hold down a SHIFT button and another hand to push the Track Select Knob to expand/contract the crates. I’m very surprised they missed this one feature everyone uses.

  • Alf

    my guess Serato will be updating the sp6 to a sp8 probably around January, can’t wait till Namm 15 it will be a seratofest with all the new hardwae from other companies

    • Jared Helfer

      NAMM ’14 was a Serato fest. Hell, NAMM ’13 was just about a Serato fest as well, with a few hold outs with Traktor.

  • UPDATE: Correct and full pricing added. $149/€129/£110

  • Mutis Mayfield

    Great product. The new groovebox turntable era is a bit step closer… This controller is the best way to make a technics a better Rp8000 or v7 alternative and right price!

    Even is getting some market to maschine mikro and mpc renaissence.

  • Jared Helfer

    This is a REALLY elegant little package, and for quite a price. I’m excited.

  • Steve Francesco

    2x Neon 1x Akai AMX = Modular Twitch MKII :p

  • Phil Worrell

    Looking forward to getting my hands on one at BPM and of course going to the DJWORX area. I love the modular stuff, so I really like to see things like this and the Akai’s around. Still no modular platter controller in sight though or a 4 channel mixer midi controller.

  • wax on wax off

    Is this suppose to be alternative to a ddj-sp1? I’m looking at the thing
    and wondering where the rotary knobs are for manipulating FX’s. Is it
    done with the pad through aftertouch?

    Unless your turntables are
    on life support or your not on quality decks. This product kind of
    defeats the purpose of upgrading to an 8000 doesn’t it?

  • White Wulfe

    As much as I hate to admit it, a part of me keeps seeing all of these devices for Serato DJ and just how wonderfully they’re integrated… And it makes me wonder if I paid into the “right” side of things. Reloop (as well as others, but Reloop especially) has come out with some seriously lovely gear for Serato over the past while.

    • Is that coming from a genuine need for more features, or just the GAS craving for regular lumps of new shiny?

      • White Wulfe

        Apologies for the long reply, but I can’t really think of a short way to reply ^_^;;;

        I think it’s a combination of a number of things, but I’m not going to lie and say that Gear Acquisition Syndrome doesn’t play a part.

        Part of the reason why I initially went with Traktor was that way back when (Traktor DJ Studio 2.6) it resembled the no nonsense Denon dual deck setups that mobile djs used a lot around here in the early to mid 90’s, which originally brought about that spark for mixing music for me. When I had finally saved up enough money to pick up my first pair of decks, the sale on the old Audio 8 kits helped as well ($330 CAD versus $900 for a Serato setup makes a compelling argument to someone making $9 an hour at the time).

        Anyways… I originally went with my Kontrol Z2 because I was rather curious about expanding beyond the whole “two decks and a mixer” and give what was out there a try. My Stanton STR8-150’s I chose because they were an upgrade to the turntables I had previously (Numark BattlePak, so TT1625’s I think?). I like what digital offers (especially the cost of tracks, $2 USD per track versus $18-20 CAD per record), and loved the concept on the Remix decks. My biggest problem though, is I really don’t like the feel of how the Kontrol F1’s are, and that’s why I haven’t purchased a pair of them yet. I absolutely LOVE how Maschine’s pads are.

        Seeing a lot of the various gear that has come out over the past year or so for Serato DJ has made me think not only about how I currently use my gear, but also what I want to do in the future with it. Serato is also king out here, and something I have to keep in mind if I ever want to take a shot at even just a guest spot at a club (or radio station) in my city. I’m more than happy being a bedroom dj though. Anyways, a number of Serato DJ devices have a 2×4 performance pad setup, either as add-on devices, or all in ones. Products like Numark’s NS7-II or the various Pioneer all-in-ones do provide a nice workflow (once you get your head around it) with the benefit of portability (which I may or may not need. Probably not).

        Wait… That tactility with remix decks (and using them as a performance tool) can be acquired just by picking up a pair of MidiFighters… For around approximately the same cost as F1’s with Kontrol Stands would be. Somehow I keep forgetting about them.

        So… TL;DJ version is. Yup, definitely GAS, especially since I can get pretty much what I want by just picking up a pair of MidiFighters. While some reasons for contemplating the switch could be construed as valid (compatibility with local clubs), even other arguments like portability aren’t as valid because the Kontrol S4 could easily give me what I want while being out and about (if I ever did such). Odds of me chasing after “the dream” of being in a booth at a club club are nowhere near as strong as they were ten years ago, nor is the appeal of mobile djing.

        My current setup has tons of features I still have no clue how to use, why add even more?

  • gigglekey

    Serato is clearly whupping Traktor’s ass with features right now.

  • D.j. Johnnyseriuss

    I love my SP1 and Having color cues are nice but not necessity… I would love to see an updated novation dicer something closer to your hands 🙂