It really warms my heart to see companies still manufacturing vinyl turntables, and this new one by Reloop adds digital features that bring together vinyl and computer in a robust looking package. The RP-8000 essentially is a turntable with built-in buttons + encoder that can be MIDI mapped to software of your choice. Browsing, cue points, loops, and samples can now be manipulated without the need for extra gear. Reloop even takes things a step further by allowing daisy chaining of multiple units together so only one USB port on your laptop gets taken up.
Technic 1200 fans can also rejoice as this turntable is a super OEM Technics clone like the Stanton STR8-150 and Numark TTX. This table gives you all of the great design of the 1200 with extra features like added torque, digital pitch with extended range, adjustable start and stop time, line outputs without the need for grounding, extra start and stop button for battle style, reverse button, and a LCD display.
This all looks great but the problem that DJs are predicting is that hitting the buttons aggressively could transmit vibration to the platter and needle causing skips or unwanted noise. Whether this is an issue has yet to be seen and there is no release date set for the product, so only time will tell. If Reloop can
deliver on this unit, they can potentially change the game and have a massive hit amongst DJ’s.