The first time I held the new Reloop Mixage Interface Edition in my hands, I just knew I was one power button away from something really, really huge. Fortunately, the Mixage did not disappoint. Built like a Kontrol S4 and equipped with enough controls to solidly outperform its price peers, the Mixage is truly a joy to behold and a pleasure to operate.
The Reloop Mixage is available in two flavors: the Controller Edition and the Interface Edition. The only difference between the two is that the Interface Edition includes built in sound card functionality, allowing for high quality playback and cueing directly from the unit itself. The Interface Edition even offers a 1/4” mic input on the front of the device for talk-over capabilities. Other than that, the two units are the same, so although I’ll be talking about the Interface Edition in this review, most of the following applies to the Controller Edition as well.
For a low-cost/beginner’s DJ controller, the Mixage is extremely well built, and is very satisfying to hold. It’s not what you would call heavy, but it has just enough heft that you don’t feel like you’re mixing with a toy; a good mixture of metal and rubber give this unit a satisfyingly professional feel. Faders and knobs feel extremely sturdy, and the crossfader is just like butter – which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your style. The buttons are also large and sensibly laid out – a definite advantage for beginners or those in need of a quick and simple mixing device. While the size of the buttons and the portability of the controller combine to limit the number of buttons that can fit on the controller, the Mixage has just enough controls to satisfy seasoned mixologists and provide beginners with more than enough tools to develop almost all skills necessary for controllerist DJing.