Reloop Mixon 4 Controller Review

Reloop Mixon 4 Controller Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

It is not recommended if you want a hardware mixer as part of your DJ controller, but if you want a versatile, well-built, and fully equipped four-channel software controller – especially if you plan on using it with a tablet – this is a great choice.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS / SETTING UP

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Professional in appearance and feel. It’s big (bigger than Pioneer DJ DDJ-RX or Denon DJ MC7000), has bolted down pots, a loose crossfader, decent jog resistance, and Reloop’s customary low profile jogs. Although Reloop points out that the pitch faders are 14-bit high resolution, the initial appearance is only let down by short pitch faders.

Unlike the other controllers just mentioned, however, it isn’t a standalone mixer, and a cursory glance shows there isn’t even an Aux input besides the microphone. It is purely a software controller.

However, it certainly doesn’t skimp on the software it works with. djay Pro (not included) can be used with macOS, iOS, and Android via their respective app stores (not included), or Serato DJ via download from the Serato site (the controller is Serato-enabled, so no purchase is necessary). All compatible equipment can be plugged into the unit via the provided leads; standard USB for Mac/PC, USB plus Android cable for Android devices, and a Lightning lead for iOS.

For Spotify with djay Pro and Pulselocker with Serato DJ, again, you’ll need to subscribe. Pulselocker offers a free trial with Serato DJ, and Mixon 4 owners get a free trial of Spotify Premium.

To utilize the Pitch Play and Flip capabilities of Serato (more on these below), again, a purchase is required, as you’ll need to purchase the Pitch ‘N Time and Serato Flip add-ons in addition to the initial software purchase.

If you already have your software installed and updated, make sure your firmware is the latest version (available from Reloop’s website), but it’s simply plugged and play with djay Pro and Serato DJ, as is generally the case with DJ controllers nowadays.

The controller is compatible with Traktor Pro 2 and Virtual DJ 8 as well, according to Reloop. Reloop has a Traktor Pro 2 mapping that you can download and install on your own, but Virtual DJ should have one built-in by the time you read this.

IN USE

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The filter has a few aces up its sleeve, notably the “macro FX” (which uses a single knob for filter plus FX) and the LED loop roll system.

Since this is the only four-channel controller to work with Algoriddim’s flagship platform, we chose to test the Mixon 4 with djay Pro running on an iPad Pro. As such, we briefly connected a MacBook running Serato and were able to confirm that the Pitch Play words work as advertised with Pitch ‘N Time, and all the Serato features you’d expect on a pro controller are there – and positive surprises too.

We will try to keep this about the controller, not the software, but how djay Pro has progressed! Four decks, smooth waveforms, nice library integration. if only it played Apple Music files from iTunes it would be perfect (you need to own the music you play, not “rent” it from Apple Music, which only works with Spotify). In any case, suffice it to say the software is impressive.

Okay, so here are the good parts: the jogging is great, the performance pads are great too (big, bright, making good use of color). Crossfaders have curve options, channel assignments, and are nice and loose; line faders have a decent resistance. Overall, the knobs are good. They are plastic, not rubberized, but they feel good, and Reloop prefers the large and weighted library knobs. There is a light system on the loop encoder to indicate how many beats or fractions of a beat the loop roll will be.

Play/pause and cue buttons may not be to everyone’s taste, but that’s just a matter of personal preference. Short pitch faders, as I said earlier, feel cheap on a controller of this caliber, although they seem accurate enough in use.

Hardware-wise, the biggest omission is the lack of external inputs, except for a single mic channel with 1/4″ and 1/8″ jacks, no EQ, and only one volume control. There isn’t even an Aux input for backup in case your iPad or computer fails. Those looking for a bit more flexibility will have to look elsewhere if you’re purchasing this; it’s very much a software controller through and through.

It also has master XLR and RCA outputs, plus TRS booth outputs, a cool macro-effect that you can assign to the one-knob filter that controls both keys and beat sync, as well as a master VU and individual channel VUs. Big deck switch buttons and color-coded LED rings on the jog wheels round out the impressive feature list.

CONCLUSION

I cannot imagine anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with the beautiful 3x3cm LED-lit performance pads cannot love the hard plastic play/pause and cue buttons.

The Mixon 4 is the ultimate iPad DJ controller. Four channels, iPad Pro support, and tight integration with Djay Pro software – no need to look any further. Considering its price, it is also a very good value pro Serato controller, if you can live without an Aux input or a proper mic channel. Like Pioneer DJ and Denon DJ units, it is well built and nicely sized.

Among its advantages are the macro FX and the LED feedback on the loop encoder, as well as Pitch Play in Serato on the pads, a feature found only on the Denon DJ MCX8000. As for the price, it’s good, but you should factor in the cost of any software you want to use.

For those looking primarily for a well-configured, well-built, and fully featured four-channel software controller that can be used with a tablet, this is a close second. But if you’re after a hardware mixer as part of your pro DJ controller, look elsewhere.