The Reloop Mixage Interface Edition MK2 is a good looking, compact and great for those who want to learn on a device that has almost all the functionalities of more expensive controllers. The Mixage has a plain user interface that looks professional. Also, it’s made of high-quality components, such as the metal panels and the aluminum cover plate.
Reloop Mixage IE MK2 Review – Introduction
Let’s get right into it. For a low-cost/beginner’s DJ controller, the Reloop Mixage IE MK2 is extremely well built, and has just enough controls to satisfy seasoned mixologists and provide beginners with more than enough tools to develop almost all skills necessary for controllerist DJing.
The good mixture of metal and rubber give this unit a satisfyingly professional feel. The faders and the knobs feel extremely sturdy, and the crossfader is just like butter. The buttons are large and sensibly laid out. This is an advantage for beginners or those in need of a simple mixing device.
The Interface Edition includes built-in sound card functionality,which allows for high quality playback and cueing directly from the unit itself. The Interface Edition even offers a 1/4” mic input on the front of the device for talk-over capabilities.
Reloop Mixage IE MK2 Review – Controls
The Mixage offers fully-assignable USB MIDI control and tight integration with Traktor. While the controller’s mixer section is entirely MIDI-based, all knobs and faders work flawlessly and as expected. The mix-cue fader is also a nice addition, and perhaps even better than the standard knob that you’ll find on many similar controllers.
The jogwheels on the Mixage are interesting, as they can be switched between different modes at the press of a button: dedicated jog, scratch, and search mode , and they are extremely responsive. Someone might find them a bit too responsive, especially while using them in scratch mode. This issue can be solved by adjusting Traktor’s settings, or by using the “jog sensitivity” knob on the back. Next to this knob you can find a LED dimmer control, that lets you decide the brightness of the backlit buttons.
On the low part of each player there are four large back-lit transport buttons. These can also be used to set loop cue points. Then there’s a brace of sturdy 14 part pitch control sliders with a soft indent at zero with +/- pitch bend keys for further adjustments.
Reloop also includes a knob dedicated to filter control; while this can be done with clever mapping on other controllers, there are many controllers, even more expensive ones, that don’t have a knob dedicated to this control.
The Mixage also has a great looking browser section, with a big search knob that lets you scroll through your library easily. It seems like it’s not that much of a thing. I can assure you that when it comes to browsing, you don’t want arrow buttons that you have to press a million times to get to the track you want.
Now for the effects, it might get rough for someone. The Mixage has controls for only one parameter of a single effect available on each side of the controller. Of course there’s a dry/wet knob for each, with only one on/off button.
Many DJ controllers use shift functionality to effectively double the number of functions available to the user. The ideas is you hold shift then do something else to get a different outcome to if you weren’t holding shift. But the way shift work on this controller is slightly novel in that there’s a small button on the back panel called “shift lock”. With that turned, on, the shift button becomes a toggle (it stays on until pressed again), meaning you don’t need to use two hands to use shift functions.
Reloop Mixage IE MK2 Review – Input/Output
Sound output is limited to twin RCA unbalanced, and there is a Kensington lock at the back-right. The microphone jack is a 1/4″ TRS with a level control and the ability to switch it through your software, send it directly through the unit or turn it off entirely. The headphones socket is also 1/4″ TRS, with no facility to plug 1/8″ headphones in.
A pre-configured Traktor LE version is already included which can be easily connected via USB and selected through the setup wizard you are ready to mix within minutes. Of course, the controller is also compatible with any other software that is enabled for MIDI control.
Reloop Mixage IE MK2 Review -Specs
- Professional DJ USB/MIDI controller with integrated audio interface
- Integrated USB audio interface with 16 bit/48 kHz
- 6.3 mm microphone connection (with volume controller of its own)
- Stereo RCA outputs for connection to master sound system and 6.3 mm headphones connection for direct monitoring
- ASIO driver with minimum latency and best audio quality
- Clearly arranged mixer/CD player design for quick and easy access
- Optimized for the worlds leading mixing software Traktor LE
- Cue mix, volume, and master controller
- Large Trax encoder for quick, easy brosing in the music library (with load buttons)
- Shift-lock feature
- Altogether 54 MIDI controllers (30 buttons, 5 faders, 4 encoders, 1 push knob, 12 knobs, 2 touchsensitive jog wheels)
Reloop Mixage IE MK2 Review -Conclusion
The Reloop Mixage Interface Edition packs into one small box everything more or less essential to controllerist DJing. The features are more than enough to get a beginner started in the craft. They’re also just enough to satisfy more experienced DJ’s with an intuitive, cheap, portable, and well-built controller solution. At its low price point, there aren’t many controllers that can compete with the control possibilities the Mixage offers. For the money, the Reloop Mixage IE might just be the most functionally robust controller currently on the market.