It is a small form factor, portable serato, dj controller and it’s very different from another one you might have seen recently, which was exactly the same size, and that was this little one. I’Ve got here the relu buddy, so they look the same, but this one is for ios. It’S got a little stand in the back where you can put an ipad in, and it works with algorithms dj pro ai software, whereas this little one i’ve got here in front of me. The reload ready is for serato and actually it’s, aimed at a slightly different kind of person to the reloop body. So in this review i’m going to talk you through what it’s got, what it hasn’t got, who it’s aimed at and whether i recommend it for you at the end of it you’ll be sure as to whether this is the right thing to buy. Now, as ever. If you enjoy this, please do like follow and subscribe, so we can bring you more videos. Just like this. One right, let’s get started and have a look at this, so it’s a two channel serato dj controller. It is designed to fit over your laptop screw. Your laptop keyboard so that you can kind of like unfold your laptop pop this on and then dj with it plugged in and get all the features i’m about to talk you through. So you could use it on a plane seat or in a hotel room or anywhere where you just sat down, and you haven’t really got room to set up your dj gear.
The big thing about this is that it’s got full size pads and these are as big as you get on literally pro gear and they’re full rgb as well. Although it’s hard to tell in this light and i’ll, tell you why that is in a minute. So these are full sized pads. The way they’ve managed to fit full sized pads onto a small controller like this. Have you spotted it yet? Can you see it yet? The tempo faders are here instead of being at the sides. The tempo faders are here at the top now this is very unusual you’re, either going to say, that’s a deal breaker or you’re going to think. I could actually live with that, but in doing that in moving the the deck tempo faders up here, it’s freed up the space for everything else to spread out. So you get these full pads that control everything in serato all the pad modes are here. You’Ve got your scratch bank. Your sample bank you’ve got your manual and auto looping beat gridding it’s all here, and also we’ve got full serato effects units at the top we’re controlling both serato effects units. You don’t get this in a lot of dj controllers at any price nowadays and everything else that you’d expect to find is here, two band eq, which i think is all right for this price: a gain, control, you’ve got per channel filters, key, lock, vinyl mode key Sync slip mode here, parameter knobs here the way you change the modes on the pads is by holding this mode button down and then pressing the pad that corresponds to the mode you want and in very small writing ridiculously small writing.
Underneath each pad is the mode that you can use and you’re going to get used to selecting those without having to read it. But if you do want to read it in dark light, then good luck to you so that’s how that works. But the thing here is they’ve managed to squash everything in now. That does make it a little bit fiddly in use, but it is awesome if you’re a dj that wants everything for whatever reason in a tiny, serato controller. So we’ll talk about what kind of dj that is in a second. I just want to let you know what it was like to use. It was a little bit fiddly, but actually we really liked it. The jog wheels are nice. The uh, the pads, obviously are brilliant because they’ve been designed to be brilliant, they’re, just a joy to use the play and pause and q and q buttons here. They’Re nice they’re clicky. They do the job, fine, there’s, a shift layer, so you’ve got lots of other things going on here that you can get used to and use. I like the single loop encoders per channel. I think they’re really good. One thing that i wasn’t so keen on is that down here where you’ve got the the headphones controls, the headphone volume and the qmix volume. You also have the master volume here as well, but it’s the headphone volumes that i wasn’t so so um so pleased with down here, because when you’re djing with no speakers you’re going to be using those quite a lot.
I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever dj’d uh, just just in your headphones using the qmix functions, you’re, always tweaking them and you’re always adjusting the headphones. Just like you’d adjust the volume in the room when you’re djing and those there, especially when you’ve got the leads here plugged in and tucked in, as well they’re, just quite fiddly to reach so i’d like to have seen those somewhere a little bit more accessible in The design of this controller and another thing that i wasn’t keen about is the the brightness of the pads they’re very, very dim now really will say it’s, because this is uh powered from your usb there’s, no external power. But even so, i think these pads could have been brighter i’ve, seen brighter pads on dj controllers that are usb powered, they’re, okay in the dark, but as soon as you get any lighting going on you’re just not going to spot, you know if you’re in any Kind of daylight, or in bright sunlight you’re not going to see what’s going on with the pads at all, and that could be a problem if you want to play with this somewhere that isn’t dark, so who is it for well? This is really for two types of dj and one is called out by reloop another one that i’ve thought of is i’m going to talk to you about as well, but there’s one kind of dj. I think this isn’t, for so, if you’re thinking is this for me or not, well, which one of these is you so? Firstly, if you’re a pro or a working dj, that wants a second controller, that’s, nice and small that you can use to prepare your serato dj sets on you’re going to love this it’s actually had our tutor.
Dj angelo has had a hand in the design of this because he’s a re loop ambassador and he helped them with this, and he said he wanted a controller that he could prepare his sets on now. If you know dj angelo, he plays some really quite complicated. Dj routines, a lot of setup he’s got to prepare his serato flips he’s got to have maybe have manual loops that he set on them and he’s got a lot of stuff that you can’t do on other small, dj controllers. So for him this is awesome and for other djs like that, if you’re someone who likes to prepare your set ahead of time – and you want to do it out and about on a controller with everything on it perfect, you know this costs 280 euros it’s, not Particularly cheap for a small dj controller, but if you already own serato it’s just about doable so that kind of dj, yes, i think, is going to like this again. Another kind of dj i think that’s going to go for this would be the dj. Looking for a second controller or a dj, who knows what he or she is doing? Looking for a first controller, where you want an ultra portable setup, because this thing is tiny, this will fit easily into a backpack along with a small laptop, a battery powered speaker. And then you can head up the hill and do a dj set on battery from you know, outdoors anywhere get that live streamed out to the world.
A lot of people are enjoying doing that kind of stuff. Nowadays, it’s perfect for that – and i think it’s awesome for that something i will quite likely find myself using it for at some point, because i do like to do those kind of on location, live streams myself. So for those two kinds of djs pro dj preparing your sets and someone who wants an ultra portable, uh, fully featured serato controller to use for whatever reason, but i think battery live streaming – is a big one. It’S it’s awesome the kind of dj. I think it isn’t for would be a beginner dj. Looking for a first controller, a lot of these tiny controllers get sold to beginners. You know i’m thinking that the the numark dj to go to touch newmar party mix um and the ddj 200 from pioneer. But this is expensive because you get serato dj light with it and really to unlock all the features that they’ve squashed into it and that you’re paying for you need serato dj pro and that cost you an extra 100 normally on top, which makes it really expensive. For 400, you can get a lot more for your money nowadays, you know for the same price. As this little unit, you could buy a tractor control s2, which is a much bigger controller. It’S got loads and loads of features on it, and it also has the traktor software in the box fully featured tractor software in the box, also for around the same kind of money, cheaper.
In fact, you could buy the numark mixtrack pro in mixtrack, fx platinum, which has got on screen displays it. Hasn’T got the same control over serato’s effects. Hasn’T got pads that do as much as these but that’s by design for beginners, because you don’t probably want all that stuff, and they are lovely controllers that both both of the mixtrack pro controllers are really good value for money and they’re cheaper than this. Or you could go for something like the hercules dj control impulse 500. again, that controller has got not quite the same feature set as this and again it’s missing some of the things that are on here, but it’s a much more comfortable controller to use, as your Only controller and you do get more for your money with that controller, so not really for beginners, i would say at the end of the day, it’s a niche controller too fiddly for beginners and too expensive, and not something that uh would be my recommendation as a First controller, but as a second controller for a pro dj wanted wanting to prepare sets or for someone wanting something to use as a live streaming portable device. Pretty awesome. You know i’ll go back to what i said at the beginning, though the iphone 12 mini at the time of recording this. The iphone 12 is the most current one has got pretty much everything in the bigger ones, but in that form factor that some people want that small phone form factor that some people want.
This does that more or less but it’s not quite got the quality. I would love to see for maybe a bit more money. A little controller like this it’s got all the features on it, but that’s built for pros. It’S got better quality faders on it, a better quality build, and that would be kind of like the the the controller version of something like the the prime go from den and dj, which is a pro device through and through it’s. Just tiny i’d love to see someone do that. I mean for the money here. You it’s all right. What you’re getting is all right, it’s it’s, not cheap, but it’s all right, but i would love to see someone do that with better quality faders and just a better quality build overall. That said, this is fine for what it is and if you are one of the dj’s that i’ve called out that this might be useful for that it’s aimed at, i think, you’re, probably already thinking yeah. I could go for that. I can see what that’s all about the real thing that might turn you off is the layout, because, if you’re just a stickler for the layout being how it should be, then you ain’t gon na like those tempo failures. But honestly, i found them fine, where they are, i didn’t find a problem with them at all. You could even try remapping them to something else and have something a little bit unique going on so that’s our look at this little controller.
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