I dropped by the Reloop stand here at NAMM 2019 and were Nick had a lot to say about the new RP-8000 MK2 turntable and Elite battle mixer.

Both products are designed to attack the competition where it hurts the most: price and features, all while keeping the quality levels high.

The RP-8000 MK2 turntable pushes the boundaries of traditional turntables with 8 performance pads, a built-in LCD screen that displays Serato DJ Pro track data, 7 performance modes and platter play that lets you control the pitch using the performance modes.

The Elite is the ideal partner to the RP-8000 MK2: sturdy metal construction, 3x Innofader Pro, 2 high-contrast OLED displays, 16 performance pads, loop encoder & LED loop size display, tweak FX with extensive control, and Serato DJ Pro with the DVS module and control vinyl included in the deal!

As always, this is just a quick review. A full review will follow as I get my hands on both units.

Quick review video

Key Features

RP-8000 MK2

  • The most advanced DJ turntable ever made, developed in close collaboration with renowned international turntable musicians
  • Designed for Serato DJ Pro: Control 7 new RGB colour-coded performance modes
  • Platter Play: In this mode, the performance pads can be used to control the speed of the platter to enable melodic and more musical live performances
  • Extra large, highly responsive performance pads with multi-colour LEDs
  • 22 scales are available with the option to create up to 9 custom scales
  • Pitch bending function via speed select buttons in Platter Play mode
  • Reworked control section: More streamlined multi-encoder and intuitive mode section
  • First of its kind: Independent pad modes (when used in conjunction with the ELITE mixer)
  • Rigid chassis construction with an even heavier design with additional reinforcements out of metal, rubber and moulding compound for high vibration damping and isolation
  • More powerful starting torque (adjustable from 2.8 – 4.5 kg/cm)
  • Fine-tuned motor control for further optimization of wow and flutter and rotation
  • Newly-developed, height-adjustable MK2 tone arm base (VTA)
  • Particularly lightweight and rigid satin aluminium material used for tone arm
  • Adjustable pitch scale for precise adjustments
  • Additional output: The turntable can be connected to two mixers at the same time and also allows easy switching from DVS to vinyl
  • Optional ground terminal offers additional protection in complex club & studio environments
  • Easily replaceable, freely rotatable LED needle light in new unibody aluminium design
  • High-quality and hard-wearing deep black, metallic finish
  • Quartz driven hybrid turntable instrument with upper-torque direct drive
  • Takes your DJ performances to a new level of creativity and musicality
  • MIDI compatible control section consists of multi-encoder, 8 large LED pads, three layers with 7 performance modes (cue, sampler, saved loops, pitch play, loop, loop roll, slicer) and 2 user modes
  • Digital LC display for pitch, BPM, scale, key, deck assignment and firmware settings
  • Seamlessly combines a powerful musical instrument and a world class professional DJ turntable
  • Adjustable stop time (0.2 – 6 sec.)
  • Precise motor control with 3 speeds (33 1/3, 45 & 78 RPM)
  • Precision manufactured, die cast aluminium turntable
  • Rubber inlays reduce vibrations and background noise
  • Statically balanced, universal S-shaped tone arm with hydraulic lift and anti-skating mechanism
  • Universal connection for pick-up systems (SME)
  • High-resolution pitch fader (0.02 % resolution)
  • Pitch range +/-8 %, +/-16 %, +/-50 % (Ultra Pitch)
  • Quartz lock
  • Reverse function: Switch for forward and reverse operation
  • Smart USB link for up to 4 turntables
  • Auto deck-assign feature when linked
  • Recessed connection cavity for easy installation in cases & seamless adjustment
  • Phono and line out (no grounding required)
  • Removable mains and RCA cables
  • Safety mains switch
  • Shock-absorbing feet insulate against vibrations
  • Incl. turntable, slipmat, LED needle light, counterweight, phono RCA cable with grounding, USB cable, power cord, operating instructions

Elite battle mixer

  • Professional DVS Performance Mixer for Serato DJ Pro
  • Developed in close collaboration with renowned international turntable artists
  • Control up to 12 performance modes per deck
  • 3x mini Innofader Pro (latest generation) on-board, featuring twice the resolution and innovative non-contact technology, allowing for ultra precise cuts and smooth operation
  • 2 high-contrast OLED displays showing real-time information of effects, BPM, beat divisions and setup menu
  • Colour-coded Tweak FX: Stand-alone effects with bipolar control
  • Toggle between Filter, Crush, Flanger, White Noise and user mode via the mode button with RGB indication
  • DUAL 10 In/Out USB 2.0 audio interface with superb sound quality in 24-bit
  • Two independent effect units for controlling Serato DJ Pro FX
  • 3 assignable effect slots: Each with dedicated activation buttons
  • Dedicated and flexible effect controls for each channel
  • Mini-fader for FX Level/Depth control
  • 2 FX activation modes: Either hold or toggle on/off
  • Combines a performance-oriented layout with powerful features
  • 16 Large, velocity sensitive RGB performance pads
  • 4 mode buttons, three layers with 12 performance modes (Hot Cue, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler, Pitch Play, Saved Loop, Slicer Loop, Saved Flips, Platter Play, Transport, 2 user modes) and dual layer parameter buttons per side
  • Performance pad modes can be controlled independently on each deck
  • Enhanced performance with RP-8000 MK2 turntables: For the first time, pad modes can be controlled individually on each device simultaneously
  • Customisable fader curves and reverse function (hamster switch)
  • Digital adjustment of cut in/out points in the setup menu
  • Dedicated loop section with push encoder, loop length LED bar & manual loop control
  • Ergonomically designed browse section for efficient one-handed use
  • Convenient cue fader system with dedicated controls for volume and mix
  • Easily switch between 2 computers using the Focus PC controls
  • Extensive USB routing capabilities: Sampler and AUX channel can be individually routed through the Serato FX units (send/return)
  • 3-band isolator EQ with full kill characteristic
  • Smart Link USB ports: Auto RP-8000 MK2 deck recognition
  • Can also be used as an active USB hub for external devices
  • Mic/line input with 2-band EQ, independent echo effect and on/off talkover switch
  • 2 headphone outputs via 6.3/3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Booth ouput in stereo or mono
  • MIDI-compatible control elements
  • High retention USB ports
  • Rock-solid construction in a durable metal design
  • High-quality and hard-wearing deep black, metallic finish
  • Kesington Lock to secure the device
  • Incl. full version of Serato DJ Pro with DVS support and 2x Serato Control Vinyls with NoiseMap™ technology and 90 days BPM Supreme Premium membership with a value of 60 $