A series of pictures of Rane’s new Seventy Two battle mixer have been posted online over the weekend, with an official announcement at DJ Expo following later this month. The new mixer was won by the winner of yesterdays DMC US Finals, DJ Perly. Congratulations!
The Rane Seventy Two is a two channel battle mixer for Serato DJ, and from the looks, it definitely borrows and improves on the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 design:
- New Mag Three X3 crossfader
- 2 x 8 performance pads, just like the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9
- Switch buttons for Serato DJ performance functions (pitch play, manual loop, pad fx, fader fx, transport, cue, auto loop, roll, sampler, and slicer).
- Big central screen, probably touch. Unclear if it can be used for library browsing and waveforms as well.
- On the back, dual USB inputs that are labeled turntable, possibly a hint at soon to be unveiled Rane turntables??
As said we will probably have to wait for DJ Expo for the official unveiling, but this first glimpse is certainly promising. When InMusic acquired Rane last year, the DJ world went crazy and everybody seemed to think it was the end of Rane as we knew it. But this new mixer seems to suggest to the opposite. It looks like Rane will continue to do what it did in the past: serve the demanding scratch and turntablist DJ with the best of the best.
But this new mixer seems to suggest to the opposite. It looks like Rane will continue to do what it did in the past: serve the demanding scratch and turntablist DJ with the best of the best.
It surely suggests that Pioneer DJ is under attack from several fronts by InMusic: Denon DJ puts them under the pressure on the professional high-end with their new Prime Series, and now Rane renews their offer for the battle mixer scene with a DJM-S9 killer. Interesting times!
No word on price and availability yet, we will follow up on this as more official news becomes available.