It’s that time of year — the mornings are getting lighter, the days are getting warmer and minds turn to spring cleaning. And that’s just what Reloop have done with their Jockey 3 controller. Rechristened as the Jockey 3 Remix, the previously Red light show now gets the full RGB treatment, specifically to reflect an renewed focus on Traktor Pro’s new features.
This is very much about wrangling Traktor’s remixing capabilities into the Jockey 3 Remix’s existing frame. Let’s here all about it first and then break it down:
Reloop Jockey 3 Remix Get ready to Remix
The new edition of the award-winning Jockey 3 ME: Jockey 3 Remix. As the name already suggests, this controller aims at advanced Traktor PRO users who want to elevate their mix to the next level: Live sampling, remixing and spectacular effect manipulation. All of the Jockey 3 ME’s popular features, such as the high-quality manufacturing, 24 bit BurrBrown interface, high- resoultion jog wheels or stand alone mixing function, have been kept.
Besides the new minimal layout and the new performance section with intelligent tri-colour LED illumination, a completely new control concept has been realized here, which disposes of 3 different mighty modes.
Track Deck Mode: In this mode you have total control over all important deck features like playback, cue/loop or effect control. And with the new dedicated beatjump buttons you can jump to an appropriate beat faster than ever before.
Sample Mode: In Sample Mode (blue illumination) it is possible to access all a sample deck’s important parameters without having to switch the deck. This way you can quickly record, load or trigger samples. In the sample deck samples can be scratched, filtered and modulated. Moreover, you will always have a lock on volume control thanks to the sample deck volume dial – no matter on which deck you find yourself.
Remix Mode: The Remix Mode (green illumination) is basically the playgound for creative mixers and will give pleasure to all effect lovers. The Jockey 3 Remix is the first controller on the market that can combine powerful effect combos with the push of a button, allowing for modulation via jog wheel, pitchfaders or linefaders. Dramatic build-ups in a track can be realized in no time. The independent Roll & Mash modes that can be used to either chop up a track or re-trigger it on-the- fly, are also brand-new.
Next Level Controller 2.0: The Jockey 3 Remix
Flagship Traktor Pro controller with 4-deck switching system
New powerful live controls for Sample Mode and Remix Mode
New Sample Mode: Direct access to sample slots including filters (Blue Mode)
New dedicated sample volume control on all layers
New Remix Mode: Unique Effect Mode to control multiple effect combos at the same time (Green Mode)
FX presets will be loaded instantly at the touch of a Remix control
Add FX combos at any time in a track for a dramatic build up with impact
New Mash Mode: Set a temporary cue point on-the-fly and trigger cue pads 1-4 to jump within the beats
New Roll Mode: Trigger drum rolls with the cue pad
New Beat Jump Section for instant beat quantisation
New fader-start feature
New Intelligent Kill Function on the EQ
New Bi-Colour LED cue pad section to indicate the active mode
High-end 24 bit/96 kHz audio with BurrBrown AD/DA converters and MIDI interface
Stand alone mixer: Analogue sources such as turntables or CD players can be mixed without a computer
Full Metal Jockey: Metal construction with bulletproof top panel and user replaceable crossfader
Altogether 90 freely assignable MIDI controllers (54 buttons, 6 faders, 13 push encoders, 15 control dials, 2 touch-sensitive jog wheels)
Perfect control of all advanced Traktor Pro features
Dual assignment of all elements due to shift layer
4-deck control with trigger switches, classic mixer style
MIDI turbo mode updates itself each millisecond for ultra fast transmission and status update
High-resolution, slimline jog wheels with vinyl grip and up to 4096 impulses per rotation
Jog wheels feature adjustable touch sensitivity and tension/drag
Jog drag: The Jog Wheel’s drag can be adjusted according to one’s performance preferences
Control 4 decks in Traktor plus 2 vinyl or CD decks thanks to the classic mixer style input selector switches
All faders, knobs and buttons are in full-size club quality
Large, backlit, rubberized buttons with smooth-touch surface and optimized click point for fast triggering
Also ready for every other MIDI software, e.g. Virtual DJ
Bundled Plug’n’Play with Traktor LE 2 DJ software
Digital Mixer Section:
Stand alone mixing function: two analog phono/line inputs for the connection of turntables or CD players – mixing of media also possible without a computer
Each channel can be assigned to either 2 MIDI decks (A/C, B/D) or an analog input via toggle switch
Exchangeable premium crossfader with adjustable curve
Two Alpha Pro Longlife 70 mm linefaders
3-fold EQ control plus filter function & gain
Cue buttons for monitoring and cue mix via 25 mm mini fader
VU meter LED for level modulation
Power status & MIDI LEDs for monitoring
2 touch-sensitive (adjustable sensitivity), two-piece XXL jog wheels
4 jog modes: vinyl, CDJ, search & FX modulation
Large transport section for play, cue, cup and sync
Two long, high-resolution 14 bit smooth-glide pitch faders for precise matching
Two pitch bend buttons
Designated control dials for filter and pan effects
Extensive loop & sample section incl. 4 large cue/loop trigger buttons on 2 banks
Full effect control with 4 sample XL encoders and buttons for impulsive effect action
1x master control dial
Separately adjustable booth output for DJ monitor
1x phones-level control dial
Large Trax Encoder for quick, comfortable music library browsing (with 2 lit load buttons)
Two analog inputs with phono/line mode switch
Adjustable 6.3 mm jack mic input with software/master-routing switching
Two headphones connections via 6.3 mm & 3.5 mm jack
Two master outputs (symmetrical jack and asymmetrical RCA output)
One booth output for DJ monitor
Master thru connection for loop-in of a second controller (DJ team) or other source
Anti-theft device: Kensington safety slot
LED dimming controller for brightness adjustment
Cue master thru function
Flexible input routing: all inputs can either be routed to software or master output
System requirements PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32-/64-Bit)
2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo 2 oder AMD Athlon 64 X2
2 GB RAM (4 GB empfohlen)
System requirements Mac:
from Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7
Intel Core Duo 2
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Dimensions: 420 x 61,55 x 315 mm
Weight: 5.0 kg
So it’s a paint job, an RGB light show and a clever map for Traktor. It feels like a very clever controllerist mapper has been tasked with breathing life into the original Jockey 3 to embrace all that is great and good in Traktor 2.6, but to really make it work, a few easy hardware tweaks have proved necessary.
And just to make this clear — The Jockey 3 Remix comes with Traktor 2 LE. But to get the 4 deck sample rocking multi-mapped effects juice, you’re going to need a full version of Traktor Pro, a further €79 investment.
Angelo does make it look incredibly easy, and time will tell if the new mapping and tweaked controls really do delivery a high level of usability, but maybe crammed in a little with too many features pushed onto too few buttons. I’m unsure as to how official this is too — the unit bears the Traktor Ready icon in some shots, and a regular Traktor logo on another. And what is the Premierline logo on the faceplate? Is this just a clever map or have NI been involved?
No word on price or availability. I’m sure the coming weeks running up to Musikmesse will yield more info. It is however nice to see a Traktor focussed controller hit the market. My gut says that you won’t see many more like this, so if you want something designed for Traktor’s more complex features but want an alternative to NI’s now elderly all in one offerings, the Reloop Jockey 3 Remix could be for you. For now anyway.