[Video] Reloop RP-8000 & RP-7000 Turntables Announced
Reloop has just announced two brand new turntables at the BPM 2013 show this weekend that is sure to get vinyl and DVS users very excited. Introducing the Reloop RP-8000 MIDI hybrid turntable (above) and the RP-7000 high-torque turntables without the MIDI control (below). These new turntables have the familiar Super-OEM internal makeup with high torque direct drive motors while the RP-8000 adds a host of MIDI on-board control buttons and an encoder knob for DJ software mapping and control.
The RP-7000 and RP-8000 sport the familiar Super-OEM turntable high-torque motor and the same tonearm that is found on the Stanton ST-150, Reloop RP-6000, AT-LP1240, etc. The difference on these new Reloop turntables is that they went in a more "Technics" turntable look with a brushed aluminum top plate, recessed aluminum pitch sliders, and the familiar aluminum start-stop button. They've also included another start-stop button in the upper-left-hand corner so that DJ's who use them in battle position can pull off some trickery. The Pitch range of these turntables can be selected from +/- 8%, +/- 16% and +/- 50% and there are also start and stop adjustment knobs to control the speed that the platter starts and stops the track.
The RP-8000 is the big story here though, with an additional digital Pitch LED display, eight rubberized MIDI pads, four MIDI layer buttons, and an over-sized encoder knob which can all be mapped to any MIDI compatible DJ software out on the market today. The eight rubberized MIDI pads can be used to control functions such as hotcues, loops, samples, or anything else the user wants to trigger. The four MIDI layer mode buttons are used to change the function of the eight bigger pads. The over-sized encoder knob can be used to browse through the library of music and select tracks, playlists, or folders. The RP-8000 will also include a Serato DJ mapping right out of the box and I'm sure a Traktor TSI file will also follow suit shortly thereafter.
The RP-8000 turntables also have a USB link port to daisy-chain up to four RP-8000's together so the user only has to connect one turntable to the computer to save those precious USB ports. There's no word yet on the US pricing or release date, but I'd bet they will come in at around the $600 mark once they hit store shelves. We will definitely get a pair of RP-8000's in the lab for review and judging by the initial specs, they may never get them back! Check out the press release below and link to the Reloop RP-8000 turntable specs at the Reloop website.
I am a vinyl DVS user and I can tell you that I am very excited to hear the news of a DJ turntable with built in MIDI controls. I'm a bit surprised that no one else has jumped on this idea just yet, but I assure you that another big DJ company is also making a new Super-OEM MIDI control turntable that is also due out by about the end of the year. Stay tuned to this space for more information as it develops...
Reloop RP-8000 Turntable
-Advanced Hybrid Torque Turntable
-Digital DJ turntable with upper-torque direct drive
-MIDI compatible control section
Next Generation Turntable Controller
The Reloop RP-8000 combines modern DJ technology in an advanced turntable. This hybrid high torque turntable does the balancing act between approved direct drive technology and a digital control section for your DJ software. The RP-8000 is able to communicate with any midi compatible DJ software - an additional modular controller is not necessary anymore. Serato Scratch Live mappings are also available with which the worldwide most popular and stable DVS system can be controlled. With the Trax encoder it is possible to scroll through your playlists and comfortably load tracks onto the decks.
The RP-8000 disposes of 4 combinable performance modes. This way creative features are available such as access to 8 hot cue points. This means whole new possibilities for beat juggling. As the 8 drum pads are also multi-functional, loops can also be set and triggered. Even access to sample decks is very easy with the RP-8000. A further bank is available for your personal requirements because in user mode the pads are freely assignable - which by the way also goes for the turntable’s all other MIDI compatible control elements.
This way drum rolls and instant effects can be controlled - various presets can be downloaded from the product website. The Dual Performance mode is especially clever: when two modes, such as cue and loop, are pressed simultaneously, the first 4 trigger buttons are assigned to cue and the other 4 buttons are assigned to loop mode. The Turntable Link Mode is also quite smart: via USB up to 4 turntables can be linked. The single devices assign themselves automatically and consecutively to the next deck - this way only one turntable has to be connected via USB to your PC/Mac.
Ultra powerful, quartz-driven direct drive
Besides the indestructible and sturdy construction, the turntable does not only cope with the hardest club surroundings, its technical features are as powerful: an ultra powerful, quarz driven direct drive with precise even speed and digital correction emphasizes the Reloop RP-8000’s class. The high-resolution pitch (+/- 8%, +/- 16% and +/- 50 %) with a resolution of 0.04% is shown on the LCD and facilitates exact beat matching with long mixes.
Sophisticated and fast turntablism showcases can also be realized without a problem, thanks to the additional start/stop button for vertical positioning and a variable torque from “Classic” to “HiTorque”. More variety in the mix: with the reverse button and an adjustable start/stop time from 0.2 to 6 seconds, individual and creative impulses can be set with the RP-8000. As the turntable is equipped with a line/phono switch, it can even be connected directly to line inputs of mixers or amps - grounding not necessary.
Reloop RP-8000 - next generation turntable controller.
Typ: 3 speeds, fully manual
Type of drive: quarz driven upper torque direct drive
Speeds: 33 1/3, 45 und 78 rpm
Initial torque: 2500 - 4500 g/cm
S/N Ratio >= 55 dB (1 kHz, 4mV input)
Applicable cartridge weight: 6-10 g
Anti-skating range: 0 - 3 g
Dimensions: 450 x 160 x 353 mm
Weight: 11,0 kg
Incl. slipmat, headshell & tone arm illumination but without stylus
Advanced Hybrid Torque Turntable
Digital DJ turntable with upper-torque direct drive
MIDI compatible control section consisting of Trax encoder, 8 backlit drum pads and 4 combinable performance modes (cue, loop, sample and user)
Large Trax encoder
Auto deck-assign feature
Turntable link USB port
Digital LC-Display for pitch display, deck assignment and firmware settings
Adjustable start/brake (0.2 - 6 seconds) & torque (2.5 kg/cm - 4.5 kg/cm)
Metal top panel with metallic finish
Phono and line output (no grounding necessary)
Direct connection of turntable and motor for best possible stability
Especially heavy finish
High end tonearm
Pitch range ±8%, ±16%, ±50%
High resolution pitch fader
LCD pitch display
Easy to exchange, freely revolvable needle illumination with super bright LED
Safety power switch
2 start/stop buttons for vertical positioning
Smart USB linkfor up to 4 turntables
Rubber inlay for reduction of vibrations and ambient noise
Removable mains and RCA cables
Sunk-in connection cavity for easy case installation
Shock proof feet
Serato Scratch Live mappings available
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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