Reloop Terminal Mix 8 Serato DJ controller NAMM 2014 (1)

NAMM 2014: Reloop Terminal Mix 8

Seems that my evolution story hit the nail right no the head. The new Reloop Terminal Mix 8 is essentially their Terminal Mix 4, but updated for all the cool stuff that Serato DJ brings such as RGB pads and the world of extra features that goes with them.

Loads of words from Reloop:

RELOOP TERMINAL MIX 8

GET READY FOR TAKE OFF

Münster, January 2014

Reloop have developed a 4-deck pad-based performance controller designed to work intimately with the popular SERATO DJ software. The controller was developed in close cooperation with Serato, and it responds to the requirements of professional club DJs who want to offer spectacular live performances with creative effect manipulation and unique controllerist possibilities.

Endorsed with the same premium features and build that have made Terminal Mix controllers instantly recognisable around the world, but expanding on its forbears thanks to a sophisticated performance section with touch-sensitive multi-colour drum pads, the Terminal Mix 8 is a true whiz kid.

The centerpiece of the Terminal Mix 8 is the clearly laid-out and intuitive PAD performance section, where 16 touch-sensitive RGB drum pads can be used to trigger cue points, loops, samples & a slicer effect.

The Slice and Loop modes allow creative re-arrangements on the fly. With the Slice button activated, the playing track will be chopped up into 8 equal parts that are distributed across the respective drum pads – offering DJs quick access to on-the-fly musical mash-ups. In Loop mode it is possible to store and trigger up to 8 loops with varying lengths. The loop lengths can be determined in real time by the dedicated loop size encoder for fast auto loops and loop roll effects.

In addition to this, all banks of the mighty Serato DJ SP-6 sampler can be easily accesed and intuitively triggered with the Terminal Mix 8, and 8 cue points per track can be stored and triggered in real-time. The colour-coded pads allow visual feedback regarding status and selection of the selected performance mode, so even in dark club surroundings DJs can easily distinguish which mode they’re in.

In DUAL mode 2 modes can be combined for an even more advanced show. By activating this mode, the upper row of drum pads can be set for one performance mode, with a different selection applied to the bottom row. This means you could access the SP-6 sampler with the top row, while the lower row can access loops at the same time – opening up new realms of possibilities

The extensive effect section offers 3 rotary pots, an endless encoder and 4 buttons, making it easy and intuitive to control the complete range of Serato DJ’s iZotope-powered effects.

The clearly structured, ergonomically intuitive mixer/player design is ideally suited to a professional DJ’s traditional workflow, and offers new improvements on previous Terminal Mix models. The large, rubberized filter pots on each channel enable especially smooth filter sweeps. Smooth fades and hard cuts can be carried out effectively via the high-quality, club standard faders – including the adjustable crossfader curve and assign buttons on the front of the TM8.

The unit is finished off with the same XXL high-quality quality jog wheels that are found on the scratch-friendly Terminal Mix 4. These 15.5cm diameter, anti-skidding vinyl surface jogs feature alongside the high-resolution 14-bit, 100 mm pitchfaders for precise beat matching and playback control.

On the device’s rear panel, the built-in audio interface offers sufficient connections to easily connect directly to any club, PA or home set-up. Via gain mixing it is also possible to perfectly adjust volume per track: the level meter is selectable for channel as well as master output. A mic connection with 1-band EQ and an Auxiliary input with flexible routing switch allows additional external sound sources to be routed through the controller as well.

The Terminal Mix 8 comes plug-and-play-ready with the latest full version of Serato DJ.

Features

  • professioneller DJAY Controller für iPad, Mac und PC
  • 4-deck SERATO DJ performance PAD controller
  • Seamless hardware integration for the newest flagship DJ software SERATO DJ (full version included)
  • Easy plug ‘n’ play: Simply connect to your computer and start mixing MP3s
  • Sturdy construction with high-quality elements in club size & quality
  • Ergonomic and intuitive mixer/player design for optimal work flow
  • Performance PAD section: 16x velocity-sensitive RGB drum pads for triggering HOT CUEs, loops, samples & slicer
  • Colour-coded trigger pads give visual feedback about status and selection
  • DUAL mode: Two performance modes can be combined
  • SLICER performance modes for cutting and mashing up your tracks
  • Up to eight HOT CUES/LOOPS can be triggered on each deck
  • Mighty SP-6 sample bank control with dedicated volume and output selection (with sync)
  • Dedicated LOOP encoder for quick auto-loops and LOOP ROLL effects
  • SLIP mode for creative live remixing (with visual feedback control)
  • Dedicated sound filter on each channel
  • Fader-start feature: Easy CUE control with the channel fader
  • Quick-skip: Fast search within a track
  • Slim-profile XXL jog wheels with vinly grip surface and superior scratching experience
  • Control many, stunning DJ effects (FX engine by iZotope) with 2 FX units
  • Punchy, integrated USB audio club interface with multiple connections for a flexible DJ setup
  • Level meter for channel input and master output (selectable on the rear panel)
  • Crossfader curve & assignment on the front panel
  • 100 mm pitch fader (14-bit) with range and keylock feature
  • Mouse-less playlist navigation
  • Power house interface: Connect your PA with balanced 6.3 mm jack outputs or unbalanced stereo RCA outputs
  • Stereo input (with phono pre-amp) for connecting a playback device (e.g. MP3 player, iPhone, CD player or turntable) with flexible input routing on the rear panel
  • Stereo RCA booth outputs for additional DJ monitors
  • 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 and EQ control on the front panel
  • SHIFT buttons for second layer control
  • Anti-theft: Kensington lock slot
  • ASIO drivers (CORE compliant) with minimal latency and highest audio characteristics
  • (PC/Mac)
  • MIDI-ready: Compatible with every DJ software such as Traktor PRO 2 etc.

technical details

  • Input: 1x line/phono combined (unbalanced stereo RCA), 1x mic (6.3mm jack)
  • Output: 2x master out (1 x stereo RCA, 1x 6.3 mm jack), 1x booth out (stereo RCA), 2x headphones monitor out (3.5 mm & 6.3 mm jack), USB type B
  • Dimensions: 525 x 63 x 362 mm
  • Weight: 5.3 kg (net)
  • Incl. Serato DJ, USB cord and power supply

System requirements Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.6.+ / 10.7.+ / 10.8.+ (please check serato.com for updates on OS)
  • 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 on OS)
  • 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 not officially supported
  • If you have a large library, you will benefit from having more RAM
  • Min. screen resolution 1280*720
  • Available USB 2.0 port

Reloop Terminal Mix 8 Serato DJ controller NAMM 2014 (2)

Terminal Mix 8 or Terminal Remix 4?

The first thing I do when a new unit comes out is to do a comparison with the old one. And doing a side by side comparison shows that while there are some minor changes, there are also some big changes that reflect the latest Serato DJ features. The obvious big change is moving from Reloop’s traditional red and black ID to incorporate the current shift towards RGB buttons.

NAMM 2014: Reloop Terminal Mix 8

These buttons operate slightly differently to other implementations though, and mimic the buttons on the Reloop RP-8000 turntable, in that you can have dual features on the pad. You can split the top and bottom rows to work with samples, cues, and loops which is a really clever move. I think most people would prefer to have a choice rather than be told that that have to use all 8 pads for one features. This is likely to find a lot of friends.

I like the symmetrical layout of the Terminal Mix 8, but the jury is out on the location of the pads. There seems to be a split in opinion on whether the pads should be above or below the wheels. I like them below myself, just so I can tap them with my thumb while my hand is on the jogwheel. But others are of the opinion that above is better so that you don’t accidentally touch them. I’d be interested to hear some more opinion on that.

Obviously, there’s more to the Terminal Mix 8 than just RGB pads, and the devil is in the detail. So be sure to pour through the PR, because that’s the reason we post it up.

While the PR as ever misses out the important price info, the Reloop page states €569, which is more than the Terminal Mix 4, but this does come with the full version of Serato DJ. I’m told that one is on its way to us, so expect a detailed review very soon.

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NAMM 2014: Reloop Terminal Mix 8

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