Thanks to our friends at AGI Pro DJ and the people at Reloop, we were lucky enough to receive a pair of Reloop RP-8000s to review on stop #4 on the agiprodj Reloop RP-8000 US Tour. We were one stop of many, so we’ll be including everyone else’s videos throughout the post. As a reminder, you can sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar and get a handy discount code for AGI Pro DJ if you wish to purchase the Reloop RP-8000s or another piece of DJ gear. Now, let’s get down to business and talk about these great turntables.
Reloop RP-8000 Review
There they are in all of their “potential to replace Technics 1200” glory. Which is what you really want to know, right? Are these things good enough to replace your trusted 1200s? Hopefully we can answer that question for you by the end of our post. First, let’s start with some basics that we feel you should know about.
What’s In The Box?
Well, turntables of course. And cables, lots of cables. DJ Eyecon, who had the turntables on the stop before us, has an excellent video where he details exactly what’s in the box from the factory, and what you’ll need to look into replacing. Specifically, you’ll need to look into buying a set of right-angle power cords if you plan to use these battle style, as the included power cable leads to a gap between the mixer and turntables. In addition to answering the question of “what’s in the box?”, Eyecon’s video offers an overall excellent review and comparison to the Technics 1200 M5G that we mostly agree with. Check it out:
Now that we’ve covered what ships with each Reloop RP-8000 hybrid turntable, let’s look into some specific areas that you may have questions about.
First of all, you may be wondering why these are called hybrid turntables. Well, in addition to providing traditional analog turntable functions, the Reloop RP-8000 also has MIDI capability, allowing it to control various aspects of your DJ software. Currently, the unit ships with a map preloaded for Serato DJ, but maps for Serato Scratch Live, and Traktor Pro are downloadable via Reloop’s website.
The strip you see there on the bottom of the turntable (or on the side if you’re not set up battle style) are eight fully mappable midi buttons. If you’re using Serato DJ / Serato Scratch Live they are already mapped in a familiar fashion for those who have ever used Novation Dicers. The default cue mode is set to trigger cue points with each button corresponding to a unique cue point. Next you have loop mode which changes each pad’s function to be a loop of varying length/bar count. Finally, sample mode allows to do what the name implies, and sample sections of the track you’re currently playing
This set of midi buttons coupled with their predefined functions (or whatever functions you decide to map the buttons to) comes in handy and allows you to get your cues and loops while your hand is still on the turntable. Unfortunately that feature is a double edged sword, as you may find yourself accidentally hitting these buttons while playing out.
Overall, these midi pads are a convenient addition that prove to be more than just a gimmick. By hybridizing the turntable, Reloop has done two things: they’ve reinforced turntables as a good choice for any club’s dj booth as well as positioned turntables to be a staple for the future of DJing.