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Reloop RP-8000 MK2

Reloop Announces RP-8000 MK2 Turntable

Reloop RP-8000 MK2

Reloop has announced its latest turntable, the RP-8000 MK2, which it bills as “the most advanced turntable of all time.”

Like its predecessor, the RP-8000 MK2 is an official Serato device, enabling control of the software directly from the turntable.

It features seven new RGB color-coded performance pad modes. It also has a heavier design for vibration damping and isolation, more powerful starting torque, and the new MK2 tonearm base, as previously seen on the RP-7000 MK2.

The most exciting feature of the RP-8000 MK2, however, is the addition of Platter Play, which enables the performance pads to control the platter speed.

Platter Play enables DJs to select from 22 musical scales, with the option to create nine custom ones, for advanced turntablism performances. And because the pitch changes are done with the platter, the same controls will work with both Serato DJ and regular vinyl.

Other notable features:

– Reworked control section: more streamlined multi-encoder and intuitive mode section
– Independent pad modes
– Reverse function: switch for forward and reverse operation
– Smart USB link for up to four turntables

The RP-8000 MK2 will be available at the end of January priced at around $699. Get more details at Reloop’s website.

Related: Technics Unveils SL-1200MK7 Turntable

Technics Unveils SL-1200MK7 Turntable

Technics SL-1200MK7 turntable

After teasing it last week, Technics has unveiled a new direct drive turntable: the SL-1200MK7. It is the company’s first DJ turntable in about nine years.

According to the company’s press release, the new model “inherits the traditional design of the same series and maintains the same operating ease, reliability, and durability …”

The SL-1200MK7 also adds new DJ features, such as reverse playback, +-8%/+-16% pitch control, and replaceable phono and power cables for improved maintenance.

According to What Hi-Fi?, the SL-1200MK7 will cost $1,200 in the US and £899 and €1,000 in the UK and EU, respectively (where it’s called the SL-1210MK7).

The announcement was made at the CES event in Las Vegas, where DJs such as Skratch Bastid have taken the turntables for a test drive.

Additional details can be found on Technics’ website.

Updated on Jan. 9, 2018

Related: Reloop RP-7000 MK2 Turntable Review

Shure M44-7 Cartridges

The Best Replacement Needles for Shure’s M44-7 Cartridge

A year ago, Mojaxx reviewed Jico’s replacement needles for Shure’s M44-7 and M44G cartridges. He found that they were good alternatives to the original styli, but they weren’t essential because the originals were still available.

However, that changed in May when Shure announced that it was discontinuing its entire range of phono products. Now, with the new-found need for replacements, Mo takes another look at Jico’s styli.

Watch above on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

Jico’s needles can be purchased at their website, PLANT RECORDS, and Scratch Pro Audio.

Related: Shure Discontinues All Phono Products


Algoriddim Announces New djay iOS App

German DJ company Algoriddim has announced a new, all-in-one iOS app for its award-winning djay software.

The company previously offered different apps for the iPhone and iPad. However, the new app is compatible with any device running iOS 11.2 or later. It is available as a free download and paid subscription.

Both versions have Spotify integration and support a number of official djay controllers like the Reloop Mixon 4 and Pioneer DJ DDJ-WeGO4.

The subscription version, priced at $4.99 a month, offers extra features like:

– Support for 50+ MIDI controllers from Pioneer DJ, Reloop, Numark, Denon DJ, and others
– Advanced MIDI learn system
– Video mixing
– Advanced media library including Dropbox integration
– Looper and sequencer
– Ableton Link

The new Djay app is available on the App Store. Customers who have purchased any previous iOS version are eligible for a discounted subscription, which is available as an in-app purchase.

Stay tuned for a first look from DJcityTV’s Mojaxx on Friday.

Related: Review: Reloop Mixon 4 Controller

Black Friday

Our Favorite Black Friday DJ Deals

Black Friday

Black Friday is a sh#t show. Who wants to wait in line for hours or fight crowds to save 10% on something they don’t need? Nobody, that’s who. Luckily, we’ve saved you time by compiling some of our favorite BF deals.

Your favorite DJ’s favorite clothing line is giving 25% off of its entire catalog. Use code “BFRIDAY25.”

Mega DJ Center
The Houston staple is offering sweet discounts on select 7″ vinyl.

Orbit Concepts
The company is offering free shipping and customization of its JetPack Prime and Prime XL backpacks.

Jesse Dean Designs
The king of custom gear has cut costs on a slew of portablist accessories.

DJ TechTools
Our favorite DJ tech gurus have slashed prices on a ton of products and accessories. You need to log in to see the deals, but it’s worth the effort.

The leading DVS manufacturer is offering 50% off select control vinyl as well as discounts on software and merch.

Related: DJcity Teams With GENRE BNDR for New T-Shirt Collab

Tips and tricks

MK Stands: The Ultimate Isolation System for Turntablists

Back in 2017, Mojaxx reviewed MK Stands’ isolation boots for the Technics 1200 and 1210 turntables. While Mo and turntablists like ESKEI83 love the boots, they’ve also been critical of them because they raise turntables slightly higher than the mixer.

As a result, MK Stands released an updated version in October called the Pro DJ Isolation System. The new boots put the mixer and turntables at the same height while offering better stability and protection from vibration.

On this two-part episode of Tips and Tricks, Mo gives an updated review of the original isolation boots and takes a look at the new system. ESKEI also makes a cameo.

Watch above.

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