The DJ Expo is taking place in Atlantic City this week and we expected big announcements from all equipment manufacturers. Things have been pretty quiet over the past couple of years. Last week at the DMC USA Finals, Rane awarded DJ Perly the Rane Seventy Two. The internet went ape-shit insane over the photos. Now that it has been officially announced, we have more details about the upcoming product line.
*Disclaimer: We have left the Rane 12 out of this article. We do not want to give our first impressions on this product until we get our hands on one.*
Now that we got that out of the way, let's take a look at the mixer itself. The on-mixer display is something a lot of do-it-yourself-ers (excuse my bastardization of the english language) have done over the years. Although it seems like a no brainer, Rane is the fist company to put one on a commercially available product. Currently we know that the touch screen is used for waveform display (Laptop Face will now be called Mixer Face), track browsing, FX control, and User Customization. We don't exactly know what user customization means, but hopefully Rane releases a video soon.
Have you ever used a Mag Fader? If you answered yes, then you will understand just how smooth these things feel. Rane has improved on the original Mag Fader with the Mag 3. Taking a lesson from Pioneer, the faders are tension adjustable without removing the face plate. All three faders are Mag 3. Each has curve adjust, cut in adjust, and reverse. With the cut in adjustment not being a physical knob, we assume it will be done through the screen.
While send/receive has been removed, the hardware FX section promises to be more than sufficient and can be assigned post fader. You will notice two screws on the plate securing the FX paddles. The paddles can be turned 180 degrees allowing for more flexibility in workflow.
We do see S9 style RGB pads on the face of the mixer. What makes these different are that they are Akai MPC pads. This means they will be very responsive and adjustable pads. This is great for those that are already used to the feel of Akai pads from finger drumming. The pad section has a total of 10 different modes which can be switched on the fly using the 4 buttons located just above the pads.
Now we do not like commenting on build quality of a product without actually getting our hands on it. I will say, however, as a previous owner of a Rane 62, these mixers are going to be built by Tanks. A lot people are worried about InMusic's involvement shipping manufacturing overseas, but we do not see Rane putting their name on anything that's not of the highest quality and caliber.