A Pro DJ controller at a very competitive price.
What Is The Reloop TerminalMix 2?
The Reloop TerminalMix 2 – on review here – and TerminalMix 4 are the German manufacturer’s newest 2 and 4 deck all-in-one DJ controllers. Designed for use with Serato DJ Intro software which comes packaged with the units, both have the same layout and functionality except of course the TerminalMix 4 has four individual channels to control the four decks. We got to test the 2 channel derivative.
supremely well-built device. The chassis is made from some sort of pressed metal and weighing in at 3.65 Kg, you get the immediate impression that this baby will survive the rigours of those drunken DJ bouts in the booth. Ergonomically the layout is stock-standard although every unit I’ve ever tested has 1 or 2 idiosyncrasies and also 1 or 2 stand-out features.
The stand-out features of the TerminalMix 2 are several; the touch-sensitive jog-wheels are 15.5 cm in size and are very nicely balanced. In fact so nice, you’ll loathe to cop out and use the sync button to mix. The unit is really fun to mix off; it has a proper oldskool feel! All the rotaries and buttons feel good and are easy to find. A silver trax encoder sits prominently between the platters, just above the channel sliders and the transport buttons are rubberised, making the cue and cup functions pretty seamless.
Although the ‘Mix 2’ is a 2-deck controller, it actually can control up to 4 with the use of handy deck-toggle buttons, it’s just that the included Serato Dj Intro software supports just the 2. You can download 4-deck mapping for Traktor Pro 2 which the website claims works seamlessly.
Each channel has a respectable range of hot-cue, sampler, looping and FX functions. The software offers a small number of FX such as HPF and LPF filters (seems a bit silly since there is a filter built into each channel on the master section), flanger, echo etc. Serato’s FX have always been fairly basic but very usable and you don’t run the risk of destroying your track with the depth knob.
The unit sports balanced (jack) and unbalanced (RCA) Master outs as well as RCA Booth outs. One external device can be plugged in via the single set of inputs, with options for phono or line in. The only negatives on an otherwise almost perfectly thought out device, are that I could not find a setting to stop one from loading a track into a deck that is in use and then also the track search feature for the left channel. First off, the button to assign a track to a deck is situated precariously close to the headphone monitor button. One could easily press this instead of the headphone cue button and inadvertently load a track into a running deck.
The other little irritation (and it is really quite minor) is that to scan through a track one needs to hold in a button while moving the jog-wheel.
Not a problem for the right channel as a right-handed person would spin with right hand and depress button with left. But for the left channel, the placement of the button literally forces one to cross one’s hands over – or learn to be ambidextrous very quickly. The deck loading is a genuine concern, the second issue is me just nit-picking.
Installation took less than 5 minutes and the unit worked absolutely seamlessly thereafter. The jog-wheels are really very good.
I reiterate what I said about not wanting to use the sync button. It is that much fun. Serato DJ Intro is also a very good DJ application. It may look really basic but that is really the charm of the program; very uncluttered but somehow still manages to host everything one needs and mixing, effecting, looping, sampling proved to be intuitively easy after just 10 minutes of playing around.
The Terminal Mix 2 (and assumedly its 4-deck big brother) is a proper, professional DJ controller. The sturdy build plus the quality buttons, encoders, rotaries and magnificent jog-wheels all add up to a unit that is well thought out, has plenty of features as well as a growth path.
This is certainly one of the best units I’ve personally tested in a while, for under R10K.
Price: TerminalMix 2: R 6,795.00
TerminaMix 4: R 7,995.00
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