BPM 2013: Reloop RP-8000 Turntable Controller Announced

BPM 2013 Hybrid turntable reloop Reloop RP-8000 RP-8000 Turntable
Last modified August 18, 2014

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Reloop RP-8000
Adding Midi to a standard analogue turntable, the new Reloop RP-8000 may turn out to be what many DVS users have been waiting for. (Click to enlarge.)

The only real surprise is that nobody has done it sooner. For everyone who owns or has considered buying turntables and adding Novation Dicers to create a versatile and powerful DVS set-up, here’s the Reloop RP-8000 turntable, that gives you all the Midi controls you’re likely to need, plus loads more high-tech built right in. A direct driver, 11kg beast, it remains to be seen how close in feel and quality the RP-8000 is to the Technics 1200/1210 (we’ll certainly let you know ASAP), but this Midi/analogue hybrid unit looks faithful enough to the classic Technics design to instantly feel “right” – albeit with loads of buttons added down the left-hand side of the unit.

The buttons can be mapped to any DJ software, although a Serato Scratch Live mapping is available right from the off, the whole idea being you don’t need a separate Midi controller any more when using a DVS system. So you’ll find a library navigation knob, and several “performance modes” (hot cues, loops, samples etc) which can be combined; there’s even a user-definable layer for your own controls. Two (or more) RP-8000s can be linked to each other via USB, meaning you only need to plug a single USB into your PC/Mac to enable all of them. Another clever addition is a “scratch-friendly” extra stop/start button on the top left for those who like to rotate their turntables 90 degrees.

While the unit has a line/phono switch meaning you can plug them in to mixers or controller with just line-ins (also negating the need for earthing), it would have been even better to see built-in audio interfaces as well. Imagine these being Traktor Scratch or Serato Scratch Live / Serato DJ certified, with sound cards built in so you don’t need a DVS-compatible mixer or breakout box?

The Reloop RP-8000s are supplied with slipmats and headshells, but you’ll need to budget for cartridges/needles. Price and availability yet to be confirmed.

Have you been waiting for someone to come out with a turntable like this? What are your first thoughts on seeing this unit? Please share your thoughts on the RP-8000 below.