Reloop’s RMX-95 gives you a lot for your money: Club looks and build quality, lots of effects, decent built-in sound card and digital connectivity – plus it’s Midi mappable, and very configurable. Works best when paired with Algoriddim’s djay Pro AI software, and we liked it with the Denon DJ LC6000 controller decks for an easy, fast full-sized club set up – for less than the price of a single “pro” CDJ! However, be aware that at the time of writing, it doesn’t work with Serato, as you might expect it to, which we think is a big disadvantage over the previous Reloop RMX-90 DVS.
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First Impressions / Setting up
The Reloop RMX-95 is a club-style mixer: It looks and feels exactly as you’d expect. The usual size, all-metal build, four channels, lots of inputs on the back, mic down the left, FX down the right, proper mic channel with Mono Split, etc. The crossfader is Innofader compatible for scratch DJs who’d prefer to switch it out for something better.
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For analogue use, you just switch it in to your system as you would with any mixer. There are 6 line and 2 phono inputs, plus an extra Aux input (switchable with the mic). But chances are high you’ll want to use it with software .
Usefully, it has a USB hub for plugging in controller decks (we used it with two Denon DJ LC6000s), and dual USBs for plugging computers in too, which made setting it up with a laptop a cinch – a USB cable to the computer, two from the mixer to the control decks, an audio cable and power – done.
It sounds great, which is the first thing. The effects have been improved over the RMX-90, with more control – we liked the FX frequency knob, but do note that all it does is apply tone to the effected sound, not “split” the part of the audio where the effect is applied, so it’s not as sophisticated as the EQ FX feature on, say, the Pioneer DJ DJM-A9.
We also liked the resonance on the filters, which is a very Allen & Heath-style addition, letting you adjust the per-channel filters to sound very “musical” (by increasing the resonance) or much more subtle (by rolling it off).
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Midi mapping is easy from a hardware standpoint. From a software standpoint, at least with djay Pro AI, it’s also easy, not least because you can switch the EQs out for Neural Mix (the Algoriddim version of real-time stems) quickly. The whole mixer is Midi mappable too, which is cool.
Of course it’s not as highly featured as the Pioneer DJ DJM-A9, for example, so users of such mixers will likely miss things here – but it’s also way under half the price of such a unit. So you don’t get digital ins/outs, FX send/return, two mic channels, and so on.
However, what you do get is the basics for a club mixer, and the mixer is also highly configurable, with a simple-to-access Utility menu for mono/stereo, output routing adjustments, EQ adjustments, balance/pan, and more. For the money, it’s got an awful lot.
Hardware-wise the Reloop RMX-95 offers meaningful improvement over the RMX-90 DVS. But at the time of writing, it doesn’t work with Serato DJ Pro, which we think is a shame, as the previous Reloop RMX-90 DVS did. Hopefully they can get that together and activate that pairing at some point.
As it is, if you want a powerful, good sounding club-style mixer at a decent price, this is still worth looking at – and if you’re an Algoriddim djay Pro AI user, it’s a really good choice (you could also get its sound card working with other DJ software, for instance Traktor).
Pair it as we did with that software plus a pair of LC6000 deck controllers from Denon DJ and you’ve got a full-sized, pro club-style DJ set-up for $2,400-ish – less than the price of a single Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000! That figure alone should open a few eyes, and for some people may constitute a very tempting set-up.
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