The Mixon 4 by Reloop is a truly versatile hybrid controller and one that’s able to work with a variety of hardware and software, which is sure to be a huge plus for both the beginner and seasoned DJ.
Not only will it work for any software programs it’s also compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Aside from its versatility, the controller also features a durable build and plug and play operation for DJAY Pro and Serato.
Read on to find out what this DJ controller can really do, the features it offers, the design issues that may be a drawback for some DJs and what makes this model one of Reloop’s bestsellers.
Overview and Features
You don’t have to drop thousands of dollars on a controller that’s versatile and equipped with the type of features that you’ll need if you’re mixing or creating a unique set.
In fact, Reloop is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry. They’re known for their extensive line of pro-quality DJ controllers that offer the ultimate in functionality. Their latest addition of a controller that can be operated via a smartphone or tablet is creating quite the buzz in the industry, considering this is the first DJ controller of its kind.
The ability to use smart devices with this controller may not be a big selling point for some DJs, but I found the unique capabilities a great reason to buy. Especially if you need a more versatile and reliable controller that allows you to use your smartphone as a controller for your sets.
The fact that this controller is also reasonably priced will give many DJs on a budget more of a reason to give this model a second look. But despite the controller’s lower price, it still comes loaded with many of the essential features the beginner and pro DJ will rely on during a set.
Aside from the controller’s build quality and the variety of hardware and software options, the controller’s simple layout makes it a great choice for beginners in need of a simple setup that makes it easier to view track data and progress.
Android and iOS Functionality
As I briefly touched on earlier, this model is the first controller on the market that supports both Android and iOS devices. The included tablet dock will allow you to hook up your iPad, which is another first for controllers as well.
On your smartphone, the controller supports DJAY pro by Algoriddim and it can also be used with the iPad pros. While the screen on the iPad is much smaller than a PC and can make it difficult to view certain information, it’s still doable and will come in handy for the DJ that’s always on the go.
For many, these unique capabilities will be a huge selling point that allows for a more convenient way to DJ in certain situations. It’s also a great failsafe in the event that your laptop dies in the middle of a set.
While the controller comes with Serato, it can support several software packages for both Macs and PCs. You’ll also find mappings for Virtual DJ and Traktor Pro, however, the controller works the best with the included Serato program.
Inside the box, you’ll find the Serato software license. Unfortunately, you’ll have to purchase the Pitch ‘n Time plugin separately.
The controller itself feels solid, with a top plate that consists of both plastic and metal. However, the controller doesn’t seem solid enough to handle rough use on the road, so you may need to take some extra steps to protect it during transport.
This isn’t your average DJ controller, but that doesn’t mean it’s complicated to use or only a DJ with experience will know how to navigate the main controls.
The controls section seems pretty standard for a controller in this price range. The three buttons can be used to individually control a few software effects, while the knob is designed to set the beats for each of the effects. There are also buttons designed to load effects, which can be accomplished using the shift key.
Doing so makes it possible to quickly breeze through the list of effects in the software or make some changes. The included tap button can be used to choose the beats per minute for each of the effects, which must be done manually.
For some, there will be a problem with the color of the center indicator on the effects knob, which is blue. The color can be difficult to see in both low light and bright light conditions. On competing models, like the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RZX DJ Controller, you’ll find white indicator lights, which make the center position very easy to see.
While this is a minor issue and definitely not a deal breaker for most users, it can take away from your flow during a set.
Additionally, the included pitch fader isn’t full size, however, it’s big enough to accomplish beat matching tasks.
Key Button Functions
Directly under the pitch fader, you’ll notice a few buttons, which control the key sync, key lock, and slip button functions. The key lock function allows the DJ to lock the pitch of a track to a determined value, so slowing it down or speeding it up will not affect the track’s pitch.
The key sync is designed to sync the key of a song to the key of another song. Not all DJs are fans of harmonic mixing, but these key related features can still come in handy to those who know how to use harmonic mixing techniques.
For many, the loop encoder is a favorite feature. Any type of visual indication of the loop size that’s chosen using the DJ software whether it’s an LCD or LED screen, is a great feature for many users because engaging a loop at the wrong size can be very frustrating. The addition of a knob the DJ can use to set the loop size also has a more natural feel to it compared to buttons.
The basic jog wheels are flat, large, and made out of aluminum. Some DJs may feel that the shorter height can make it hard to nudge.
The performance pads are responsible and have a good feel to them. They can perform all the typical functions that most pads offer such as slice, sampler, loop rolls, and hot cues. Most of the pads can also work well when using a tablet, which is a great extra.
Mixer capabilities are often a big deal for the DJ who loves to scratch on the fly. The controller’s mixer section is fully equipped with three-band EQ, filter knob that can be combined with an effect, and gain controls per channel. While small, the VU meters can keep you clued in on the action.
The mixer’s load button per channel can be found directly above the cue buttons, which is unfortunate, especially if the software gets switched to load even if the deck is currently playing.
Each channel also has crossfader assigned switches. The faders themselves feel solid and loose.
In the middle of the mixing section, there are knobs for master and booth volume, as well as cue mix and cue volume, and a knob that controls sample volume.
Outputs and Inputs
The front of the controller has a clean look with a couple of basic headphone jacks as well as a mic input complete with volume controls. On the back of the controller is an input for an iOS or Android device, XLR master out, RCA master out, and TRS booth out. Inputs are what’s missing.
Even though it’s a four channel model, it doesn’t come with inputs on any of the channels to connect turntables or external media players. Considering the lower price, this is totally understandable. However, if the inputs would’ve been included in the design, it would’ve really added to its versatility.
Switching between mobile devices and a PC is fast and easy and the ability to do so is a big plus for the DJ who likes to have a backup plan in the event their laptop crashes since switching to another device can be done in a matter of seconds.
Mixing using DJAY pro and an iPad pro on this controller is actually very comfortable and it’s a nice feature to have if you don’t or can’t use the Serato software and a laptop.
However, that being said, I do not consider this model to be pro-quality, yet it’s still a nice choice for the beginner who wants to make the most out of DJing on their tablet. If you’re in need of a hardware mixer and you’re searching for a controller that offers that type of capability, then you’re going to need to keep looking.
If you want a well-built, versatile controller that comes with some great full feature software and tablet use compatibility, then this is a great choice.
Can You Use this Controller to DJ with?
Yes. This package includes a cable that can connect to your iPad, which you can use to control many of the DJ software program’s features. Additionally, you’ll also find a slot on the controller that will allow you to dock your iPad, however, to use the docking station you’ll need to remove the iPad’s case.
You can also use your Android or iOS smartphone to control the DJAY software program when you’re playing a set.
How is this DJ Controller Limited as a Mixer?
The controller does not come with inputs, which means you will not be able to hook up external devices such as turntables. Obviously, if you’re a scratcher and you love that tactile feel that comes with spinning, then the inability to do so will be a major drawback for this model.
If you’re not familiar with mixing and spinning, you can get more info by clicking here to read my article on how to be a good DJ mixer.
Is This a Standalone DJ Controller?
No. In order to use this controller, you’ll need to use either your PC or a tablet to run the included DJing software programs. This is pretty standard for most controllers in this price range.