And thus the week or so of new and renewed DJ product gets underway, starting as you might expect with Reloop. On home turf, they tend to put on quite a show, and the first (and I suspect not the last) news is of an updated Reloop Beatpad 2 for algoriddim djay.
Positively tons of words from Reloop about the Beatpad 2, some of them are in German too:
MIX BEATS WITH ANY DEVICE!
Münster, 10th April 2015
Cross Platform Controller: Made for iPad, Android & Mac
The BeatPad 2 from Reloop is the only professional and truly reliable cross-platform controller that is able to completely utilize the full potential of the award-winning DJAY 2 mixing software from Algoriddim.
Based on the original BeatPad controller, which quickly established itself as an affordable yet professional DJ tool for „Smart-Device DJs“, the BeatPad 2 works plug-and-play across all platforms. Whether you’re using DJAY 2 on your iOS or Android device, or using DJAY Pro on Mac – the integration is seamless and completely stress-free. No other hardware offers such versatile support, and inside the box with the BeatPad 2 are USB, Apple Lightning and Android OTG cables.
New, Multi-Sensorial Pad Mode Section
Slicer, loop, sampler and dynamic multi-effect control are just a few of the new, exciting remixing possibilities that can now be controlled directly via the BeatPad 2. The touch-sensitive drum pads with smart RGB illumination give you visual feedback for the selected mode so you know exactly what you’re doing.
Colour-Coded Hot Cue & Sampler Mode
Matching the colours of the software, 8 cue points and 6 samples per deck can be triggered straight from the BeatPad 2’s control surface.
Auto-Loop / Bounced Loop Mode
With Auto-Loop it is possible to activate an automated loop in 8 different lengths via the performance pads. Bounce Loop fires 8 different loop rolls with the touch of a button.
Touch FX / Jog FX Mode
Touch FX and Jog FX mode are two new, creative options for mixing with DJAY 2’s extensive effects section. In Touch FX mode you can define and dynamically use a total of 8 different FX presets via the performance pads. The effect’s intensity is influenced by the pressure applied to the pad.
Jog FX mode offers the possibility to modulate two effects via the jog wheel. This way, effect parameters as well as the dry/wet intensity can be adjusted with optimum accuracy. The pulsing multi-colour LEDs at the jog wheels’ edge give you visual feedback regarding effect selection and parameter adjustments.
Slicer / Slice Loop Mode
BeatPad 2 is the first controller on the market that can directly control DJAY 2‘s Slice and Slice Loop mode. In Slicer mode, the track is divided into short segments that allow spontaneous remixing. In Slice Loop mode, loops can be deconstructed in the same way.
EQ Preset Switch for Filter / 3-Band EQ
Thanks to the flexible EQ preset switch on the device’s rear side, each channel can be adjusted according to the DJ’s individual requirements. You can either switch the dedicated filter in the channel strip to a low and high pass filter, or expand the mixing surface to include a 3-band EQ.
With the key lock tool, a track’s tone pitch can be kept when changing the tempo. For harmonic mixing, the key match feature automatically adjusts the key to mirror the current track.
MIX MILLIONS OF TRACKS WITH DJAY & SPOTIFY INSTANTLY!
With Algoriddim’s DJAY 2.5 update, you can have all your favourite artists, current charts and personal playlists always with you thanks to the seamless Spotify integration*. You can mix millions of tracks instantly with your BeatPad as if the music would be on your iOS device! No big storage drives or a large music library management are necessary any more. Also, finding the perfect next track to mix has never been easier: With the new Match feature, an innovative, first- of-its-kind feature that recommends tracks that go well with what the DJ is currently playing – allowing users of any skill level to create professional sounding mixes. Match provides unprecedented track recommendations based on danceability, BPM, key harmony, music style, and how well the song mixes with the currently playing track.
Advanced Track Management
Track preview is now possible within the browser function without needing to load a track, while ”Queue List” represents a virtual waiting queue where tracks can be dropped on the fly. With the library switch button you can quickly change between the built-in and Spotify libraries. BeatPad 2 also allows for editing of beat grids from the hardware. The start point can be reset via the jog wheel, if the beat does not accurately match the grid.
Connections are also well thought out with two headphone connections on the front side, two master outputs (XLR and RCA) and even an aux input for iPod, CD player or turntable on the back of the device.
Beatpad 2: Mix Beats with any Device!
*Note: Spotify access in DJAY requires a Spotify Premium subscription. A FREE 7-day trial of Spotify Premium is available to all users of DJAY 2.
Professional DJ controller for iPad, Mac/PC and Android platform
NEW: Multi-sensorial performance section with 16 touch-sensitive drum pads
NEW: 8 Colour-coded Performance Modes with RGB-LED feedback on Pads & Jog Wheel
NEW: Colour-coded hot cue & sampler modes
NEW: Auto loop / bounce loop modes
NEW: Touch FX / Jog FX mode for interactive effect modulation
NEW: Slicer / slice loop mode for deconstructed remixing
NEW: EQ preset switch for filter / 3-band EQ
NEW: Harmonic mixing via key lock & key match functions
Mix millions of tracks instantly with award-winning DJAY 2 and Spotify integration
Integrated 4-channel USB audio club interface
Compatible with all iPads with Lightning connection (iOS 6 or higher), Android 5 devices & Mac OSX
Integrated iPad / tablet mounting support
DJAY 2 app: Available in the Apple, Google Play and Amazon App stores
Plug’n’Play: Simply connect to to your iPad / Android device and start mixing your MP3 files from the music libary
Also applicable as controller for PC/Mac due to USB interface
Ultra flat XXL jog wheels (15.5 cm diameter) with vinyl grip surface
Multicolor LED jog wheel border for visual feedback of virtual needle position and effect and loop modulations
Large transport section with soft-touch rubber buttons
Ergonomical mixer/CD player design for fast and easy access
2-channel club mixer design with filter / 3-band EQ layout
Large 100 mm pitch fader
Versatile controls for effects, looping, hot cues and sampler
Aux stereo RCA input (with phono pre-amp) for connection of a CD player, iPod or turntables, with separate volume control
3 mm jack mic connection with volume control
Club interface: BeatPad can be connected via XLR or asymmetrical stereo RCA outputs
2 headphones connections: 5 mm & 6.3 mm stereo jack
Shift buttons for second function layer
All control elements in club size and quality
Compatible with every MIDI-learning software
USB, Lightning, Android OTG cable and international power supply unit included
Anti-theft device: Kensington safety lock
ASIO drivers with minimum latency and high-quality audio characteristics
Mac OSX and Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible
mapping for Traktor Pro 2 and Virtual DJ available
Plug’n’Play ready for DJAY (OSX / iOS / Android)
Classic 2-channel design
1x pro crossfader
2x Lautstärkeregler mit Pro Line Fadern
EQ Preset Switch for two dedicated filters and 2-band EQ or 3-band EQ, respectively
2x gain dials
2x 5 cm touch-sensitive, 2-part jog wheels for scratching, cueing, etc.
Multicolor LED jog wheel border
Various jog modes (scratch & pitch bend, quick search)
2x high-resolution 100 mm pitch faders without lock point
Multi-sensorial pad section per deck with 8 touch-sensitive drum pads
Performance mode section with multicolor RGB LEDs
Cue mix, headphones volume, aux volume and master control
Especially large Trax encoder for fast and easy music library browsing (with 2 load buttons)
Dimenions: 460 x 42 x 325 mm
Weight: 4.0 kg
System requirements DJAY for Mac:
Mac OS X 10.9+
Additional RAM recommended for large music libraries
USB 2.0 port
System requirements djay 2 for iOS:
iOS 7 or higher
iPad generation 2 or higher
System requirements djay 2 for Android:
djay LE Mac edition DJ software available as download
USB-, Lightning-, Android OTG cable and power supply unit
*Note: Spotify access in DJAY requires a Spotify Premium A FREE 7-day trial of Spotify Premium is available to all users of DJAY 2.
Reloop Beatpad 2 – What’s new?
It’s a Beatpad for the iOS and Android age. Previously it was just a matter of making sure it worked for iPads and iPhones, but now the mobile DJ world is opening right up, and now the Beatpad 2 comes with neccesary cables to hook both platforms up.
Overall the units are much the same, but the changes in the pads are apparent. They now feel more generic, and suited to applications outside of djay. The rationalisation has seen the filter move to the low EQ knob, but those knobs are labelled as low and filter, and the mid also shares mid and low too, so I imagine some shared usage is happening there.
The redesigned pads sees the effects controls removed, and it their place new effects modes. It seems that by applying pressure to the Touch FX pads, you can dynamically change effects parameters, and the same can be done with the jog wheels too.
It’s a welcome update that makes the Beatmix 2 better than before. It was good anyway (check my review). Once I’ve had a play at Musikmesse next week, I’ll report back.
Reloop always leaves out this important info, but the price is €499 and is available in June.