DJ Equipment Review: Reloop Beatmix 4 Controller

Is The Beatmix 4 Controller For All DJs?


Reloop Beatmix 4

Whether or not you’re in the market for a new DJ controller, as a DJ it is your responsibility to know about new equipment as it hits the market. I know tons of cynical DJs who rant against how commercialized DJing has become, but the truth is that many manufacturers are upping their game and putting out quality equipment for all budgets.

Today we’re going to take a look at Beatmix 4 for Serato. My first impressions are pretty positive but I will say that this isn’t the machine for a highly skilled and experienced DJ. So if you’re just starting out as a DJ or finally making the switch to digital, keep reading.

Beatmix 4 Body

I always like to start reviews of DJ hardware with the body itself because these first impressions tend to be lasting. I was ready to blast the Beatmix 4 because of the plastic construction but I have to say it is a good looking piece of machinery. Plastic in this case is not synonymous with flimsy, crap or toy-like. It has weight, about 6 pounds, and despite that it is still quite slim.

The layout is as you would expect so if this isn’t your first DJ controller you won’t have to re-learn everything. The jog wheels are topped with brush metal, which gives it a sleek modern look that will appeal to all DJs. Control knobs are grey and white for easy distinction in the dark of the DJ booth. Thanks to the largesse of the Beatmix 4, the knobs and buttons are spaced out for easy use.

Since this controller is for Serato you will find the standard FX sections along with 4-line channels plus gain controls, cue mix and volume controls for your headphones plus a master volume. The layout and controls are a perfect way for a new digital DJ to learn to use a controller.

How It Works

You can’t talk about any type of DJ equipment without discussing how it works and the Beatmix 4 for Serato…works. You’ll find the jog wheels highly responsive and all four channels primed for software control, which is a big boost from earlier Serato controllers. This machine has intuitive LD rings so you know when a track is playing. Syncing is simple and the auto-gain option means the lack of VU meters isn’t necessarily a deal breaker…for most.

This is not a perfect machine however. As a DJ, particularly a new one, you’ll want to record your sets so you can listen back when you’re not in the heat of a gig and with the Beatmix 4…it ain’t easy. There’s no manual looping which I don’t think will bother newbies too much, but experienced DJs will stay away because of these constraints. Updating the Serato software will provide additional control but the machine doesn’t accommodate all of those upgrades so I have to wonder if it’s a complete waste to do so.

Reloop Beatmix 4

Cost

The Reloop Beatmix 4 for Serato is a reasonably priced DJ controller, selling for about $400. You can certainly find more expensive machines but this is a good starting price for the features.

Is It For You?

As a DJ I am predisposed to never be fully satisfied with any piece of equipment no matter how close it comes to meeting all of my needs and expectations and the Beatmix 4 is no different.

I do love that this machine is easy to use because I think it’s important that new DJs aren’t intimidated by their equipment. The Serato software is up to the job, following their typical hands-off design so you can just do what you do. The layout is great and after a few sessions DJs will be able to perform without spending the whole night showing the crowd the top of your head.

But this machine does have its limitations, but for $400 what do you expect? My biggest beef is with the fact that upgrading Serato software really does nothing spectacular. It isn’t a perfect fit so unless you have a very long learning curve, you’ll have to upgrade everything…soon. Throw in a lack of manual looping and no VU meters and you can understand why this controller won’t make a huge dent in your bank account.

At the end of the day however I think the DJs this equipment is meant for will be more than satisfied with the sturdy build, robust controls and a top-notch crossfader. As you become a better DJ you will certainly have to move up in the world of DJ controllers, but this will help you get started and it’s in the perfect price range for someone with no regular gigs.

Let’s put it this way; if you have no idea what manual looping is or how to understand VU meters, you won’ t miss them on the Beatmix 4.

I hope I helped you figure out if the Reloop Beatmix 4 for Serato is the controller for you. Email in the box below to get access to Free video DJ lessons that will answer all of your questions on how to become a disk jockey!

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