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As if the new Rane Seventy Two wasn’t enough, Rane also released today a DJ controller with a motorized platter. The platter is the full 12-inch size of regular turntables, and the controls, as on regular turntables, are sparse.

Rane Twelve side view.
Rane Twelve side view.

We have seen this before. Numark released many years ago the Numark V7, basically, a cut off NS7 deck.

Numark V7 motorized platter controller.
Numark V7 motorized platter controller.

Of course, the V7 had much more a controller layout compared to the Rane Twelve. But those 7-inch platters were kind of cool anyway and having all the extra controls on the deck made it much more useful those that don’t have a Serato DJ compatible mixer with all the bells & whistles like the Rane Seventy Two.

The Rane Twelve features a handy touch strip for track searching, buttons to select the deck in Serato DJ, buttons to select the pitch range, a full resolution pitch fader, and start/stop button and buttons to select the platter speed (33 RPM or 45 RPM).

Paired up with the Rane Seventy Two, it forms the perfect setup for the digital scratch DJ: it’s a fully digital midi setup, but with the tactile feel of a traditional “two turntables and a mixer” setup.

We can only hope that the Numark Dashboard will work with this setup because that corrects one of the major omissions of the Rane Twelve: the lack of screens. I cannot imagine the Dashboard won’t be compatible since it’s an official Serato accessory, and more importantly, Numark is also part of… InMusic.

Rane Twelve controller and Seventy Two mixer with the Numark Dashboard.
Rane Twelve controller and Seventy Two mixer with the Numark Dashboard.

These are not only cool new products but a whole new direction for Rane as a DJ gear manufacturer. Certainly, the acquisition by InMusic has brought some interesting ideas to the table, and it positions InMusic as a serious competitor against Pioneer DJ on the battle mixer/turntable scene. Hopefully, we will see a Rane Seven as well, with more added controls (pads, effects, maybe even a screen?) to go with a more basic battle mixer.

Key Features

  • Full 12” vinyl with motorized platter to control playback
  • Traditional, familiar turntable layout—no need to learn something new
  • Strip Search with 8 hot-cue-triggers access
  • 5.0 kfcm high-torque motor with high/low torque adjust for more traditional setups
  • 4 decks of control so you can use one, two or more
  • Extreme precision—3600 ticks of platter resolution for seamless performance
  • MIDI interface via USB that can be connected to the SEVENTY-TWO or your computer
  • 33 ¹/³ and 45 RPM platter speeds
  • 8/16/50% pitch with precise dual-resolution detented slider
  • Top panel rotary and traditional Motor Off switch allows traditional wind-down effects
  • Serato DJ OSA-ready

Pricing and Availability

The Rane Twelve will be available from Q4 2017 for USD 799.

Pictures

Introduction video

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