Reloop RMX-80 Four-Channel DJ Mixer Review
The Reloop DJ brand has been cranking out some very good quality DJ equipment for the past few years and they’ve really started to excel in the Digital DJ controller and DJ headphone realm in a very short span of time. The Reloop team has produced two-channel, three-channel, and four-channel DJ mixers that haven’t all found their way over to the United States just yet, but the new four-channel professional grade Reloop RMX-80 mixer is finally here in the DJbooth.net Lab for the full review treatment.
Review Video & Demo
Setup & First Impressions
The new Reloop RMX-80 includes many of the new features found on the Reloop RMX-40 such as the two microphone ports, solid build quality, and on-board effects while adding even more functionality and features to bring the four-channel mixer uses to the next level. The Reloop RMX-80 has a similar layout and feature-set to the all-mighty Pioneer DJM mixer lineup and it’s clear that this mixer is marketed towards the professional DJ’s who want to bring the “club-standard” layout and feel for their home studio or mobile DJ needs.
The layout and overall feel of the Reloop RMX-80 is very similar to the Pioneer DJM “Club-Standard” mixers that rule the four-channel domain today. This was a great move by Reloop so that they can target the same consumer base without changing what works well for the masses. The Reloop RMX-80 is built like a tank. The completely metal chassis is thick and heavy to withstand the harshest of environments and travels. Everything feels really solid and this mixer will definitely last for years and years if handled properly.
All of the knobs have a metal stem underneath for added rigidity. All of the knobs on the RMX-80 have a rubberized coating that feel great to the touch and are easy to grip and manipulate. All of the EQ knobs have lots of space in between so that it’s easy to adjust each one without touching another. All of the buttons for CUE, Fader Start, and Effects have a backlit to them and are made up of hard plastic. There are plastic in-set switches that control the crossfader assignment functions of each channel towards the bottom of the mixer and the metal long-stem input switches at the top are used to switch between the different input options for each channel.
Inputs & Outputs
The Reloop RMX-80 has lots of inputs and outputs to satisfy most DJ’s setup needs. There is a Left/Right Return and Send quarter inch jacks for external effects modules. Each of the four channels has fader start MINI inputs and a CD/Line level RCA pair. Channels one and four have an additional Line level RCA input while channels two and three have phono-level RCA inputs and grounding posts for vinyl decks. All of the outputs include: Balanced XLR Master, RCA master 2, Record RCA, and BOOTH TRS. One of the cool features of the RMX-80 is the inclusion of a three-port USB Hub. The RMX-80 mixer does not have any MIDI communication nor does it have an internal DJ soundcard, but the three-port USB Hub makes it easy for users to plug in external DJ soundcards and controllers with ease.
The front panel of the mixer contains the second (1/8-inch mini) headphone output and the second (¼-inch TRS) microphone input. There is a single quarter-inch main headphone output on the bottom-left of the top panel with the Cue volume, Cue EQ, and Cue/Master Mix knobs right above. There’s also a Split Cue on-off switch for DJ’s who want to monitor the master output in one headphone earcup and the Cue section in the other earcup. The main microphone ¼-inch/XLR Combo-input and additional line-level Auxiliary RCA input are also on the top left panel of the mixer as well. Under the MIC1 and AUX input is a switch so that the user can pick whether to use the Microphone port or the RCA port as the input source. Under the switch there is a MIC1/AUX volume knob and a MIC 2 volume knob to control the second input on the front panel. Under the volume knobs for the microphone is the MIC EQ section consisting of both a high and low adjustment knob. There’s also a MIC on/off/talkover switch to activate the microphone modes. Under the switch is an illuminated CUE button that allows the DJ to pre-listen to the MIC1 or AUX input before sending it live to the master output.
Everyone is very familiar with the Pioneer club installation sound quality, and I’m happy to report that the Reloop RMX-80 is right on-par in the sound quality department. The Reloop RMX-80 has a really rich sound and the EQ controls are great. The output never sounds shrill or harsh, even at the higher volumes. The effects were also implemented well in terms of sound quality and the overall quality of sound output is really good. I am not an audiophile in any way, but I would personally use the RMX-80 in my own club without worrying about sound quality.
One of the main selling points of the Reloop RMX-80 four-channel DJ mixer is the huge effects section. Just as with the Pioneer DJM mixers, the Reloop RMX-80 has the effect controls situated to the right hand side of the mixer. These effects are called Beat FX. There is a big LED screen that allows DJ’s to select and see the currently applied effect and the effect properties at a glance. This LED screen also shows the channels that are selected for the effects, the BPM of the music playing, and the frequency of the effect. Under the LED screen is the two illuminated buttons that activate either Crossfader Start or Linefader Start for compatible CD style decks. Under these two buttons are the Crossfader curve knob and linefader curve knob. Below the fader curve adjustments is a CUE button to listen to the Beat FX through the cue section of the headphones.
Next is the BEATFX select knob that allows users to cycle through the effects on the LED screen and push the knob to select the effect. Under that knob is the effect application knob which allows the DJ to select which channels the effect is acted upon. The user can select individual channels or select the Master Output, Crossfader Side A, Crossfader Side B, or the Microphone to apply the effects. There is a TIME knob and LEVEL/DEPTH knob that allows the DJ to change the properties of the effect on the fly. Slightly to the left of the TIME knob is a set of rubberized illuminated buttons that allow the user to change the TIME of the effect to ¼, ½, ¾, 1/1, 2/1, or 4/1 without scrolling through all of the time variants using the knob. Under the Time buttons is a BPM TAP button that works very nicely when tapping in a new BPM for the music. The RMX-80 does a pretty good job at finding the correct BPM of the music automatically, but the BPM buttons works quickly when needed. On the bottom right lies the big oversized round ON/OFF illuminated button that toggles the entire effect section on and off.
The effects that are offered in the BEAT FX section of the RMX-80 include: flanger, delay, echo, reverb, transformer, pitch shift, loop roll, reverse loop, noise, bitcrusher, gate, tape delay, and send/return, (for the external effect modules that may be plugged into the back of the mixer). These can be selected individually by using the effect selector knob. All of the effects sound great and work just as intended. The Loop Roll and Reverse Loop effects actually use an internal memory buffer to store a loop with the bar length that is selected using the Time buttons or knob.
The Reloop RMX-80 mixing section is also feature-packed. The crossfader was so much better than I anticipated. The crossfader has a high-quality metal feel to it, and it’s loose enough for pulling off complex scratches but still smooth enough for mixing. The crossfader has a curve adjustment knob near the LED screen. When set to the sharpest setting, the cut-in distance was really low and the setting was excellent for scratching. When set to the lowest setting, the fade was consistent and smooth for mixing. Above the fader, each channel has a crossfader selector switch that allows each channel to be represented either on the A side (left) of the crossfader or the B side (right) of the crossfader. There is also an option to have the channel work in THRU mode which means independent of the crossfader.
The channel faders have more tension to them and are very sturdy and smooth for accurate mixing levels. There is also a channel fader curve adjustment knob by the LED display but none of them are really suited for scratching. The channel fader adjustment is more to change the way the fade works in relation to actual fader position.
Each of the four channels on the RMX-80 have their own dedicated Low-Pass/High-Pass filter knob which has a small blue LED indicator to let the user know that the Filter is active. There is a Low, Mid, High, and Gain knob for each channel along with an LED line level meter for each individual channel so the DJ knows the level of each source when mixing. Under the Filter knobs are the illuminated CUE buttons for each channel so the user knows what’s playing in the headphones. There is a switch so the DJ can change the EQ style to either full kill Isolator, or classic style EQ. All the way at the top of each channel is a Line input selector. For channels one and four the user can select CD or LINE while on channels two and three the user can select CD or PHONO. There is also a balance (L&R) knob, Oversized Master volume knob all the way at the top, and a smaller Booth volume knob along with a pair of Master (L&R) Line level LED meters to show where you are in terms of volume in the overall mix. Under the Booth Volume knob is another illuminated CUE button that allows the DJ to listen to the Master output in the headphones.
Setup Utility Mode
The Reloop RMX-80 four-channel DJ mixer also has a Setup Utility mode for extensive control and setting possibilities. This Setup Utility can be entered before powering on the Mixer and the LED display is used to cycle through the many adjustments that can be made. These adjustments include master Mono/Stereo, Master DB limiter, solo/mix cue (one Cue selection at a time or many), isolator crossover (EQ control), talkover threshold, mic-to-booth, cue-to-booth, LED check, factory reset, and firmware update.
Conclusion / Recommended For
In conclusion, the Reloop RMX-80 four-channel DJ Mixer is a really good option for DJ’s who are looking for a mixer with the familiar club-standard Pioneer style Layout and a solid build quality that will last through the hardships of a performing DJ. The Reloop RMX-80 has an internal three-port USB Hub that will allow DJ’s to easily connect additional soundcards and controllers. There is a very handy effects section with 13 different effects and a very useful LED display. Each channel has its own dedicated High/Low Pass filter knobs and the crossfader is just as good for mixing as it is for scratching. The RMX-80 also has a slew of input and output options including an Auxiliary Input on the face of the mixer and two Microphone and two headphone connections.
The only real gripe that I could find with the RMX-80 is that there is no internal DJ soundcard or software MIDI connectivity. Almost all of the Pioneer four-channel mixers now have an internal DJ soundcard for MIDI mapping and Digital Vinyl System control, but the RMX-80 is missing this feature. There is a USB port around the back, but this is only to connect the three-port USB Hub to the computer. Other than the exclusion of a DJ Soundcard, the RMX-80 is a great four-channel DJ mixer for users who don’t want to pay the club-standard price, while still receiving most of the club-standard features and layout.
Pros & Cons
- Great Build & Sound Quality
- Internal Three-Port USB Hub
- (13) On-board Performance Effects Section with LED Information Display
- Low Pass/High Pass Filter knobs for each Individual Channel
- Lots of Input & Output Options + Two Microphone & Two Headphone
- Crossfader Good for Scratching (has Low Cut-in Distance) & User-Replaceable
- No Internal Soundcard or MIDI Data