I recently got the chance to review the Reloop Contour, a modular controller that simply blew my mind (you can read the review here). I was therefore unspeakably excited to get my hands on the Reloop Jockey 3 Master Edition, an all-in-one controller/MIDI-mixer/sound card which is essentially two Contours added together and given a mixing section as well as a whole bunch of extra features. Needless to say, I think this may be one of the greatest controllers of all time.
Everything about the Jockey’s construction feels extremely solid. The hard metal casing does weigh a lot, but the heft is worth it for the sturdy, dependable feeling lacking in more flimsy plastic controllers. All of the knobs are rubberized and very grippy, which I found really helpful in making sure my hand never slipped off and ruined everything at a crucial moment. The faders feel really great, too, with a buttery-smooth crossfader and satisfyingly resistive tempo faders. While it doesn’t feel quite as indestructible as my trusty American Audio VMS4, it feels just about as nice as the Traktor Kontrol S4, which is really saying something.
The controller also has a great layout. Because of each deck’s similarity to the Contour controller, almost all of the benefits carry over – large, fumble-proof buttons, satisfying capacitive jog wheel, and controls that, as a huge FX junkie, made me really happy. Two things really stand out about the Jockey’s FX controls in particular. The first is that the Jockey includes a button which triggers all three effects at one time if you’re using group FX in Traktor. Secondly, to help avoid the creation of some really awkward effect combos, the Jockey provides the ability to switch between multiple FX presets designed to be used together. Normally I’d just be satisfied to see standard FX controls represented properly in a controller, but these two standout features are simply above and beyond the call of duty. Bravo, Reloop.