German DJ-controller manufacturer Reloop have been on a roll lately, releasing several new controllers which have all been highly regarded for amateurs and professionals alike. This time out, we deep dive into another one of their recent hardware offerings, the Terminal Mix 8.
What it is
The Terminal Mix 8 four-deck pad-based performance controller is designed to work seamlessly with Serato DJ. Reloop worked in close cooperation with Serato in the development of this controller to ensure a seamless experience. The Terminal Mix 8 includes the same features and build that have made Terminal Mix controllers instantly recognizable around the world, but expanded on its fore-bearers thanks to a sophisticated performance section with 16 touch-sensitive multi-color drum pads that can be used to trigger cue points, loops, samples, and slicer.
What we like
Our absolute favorite feature of the Terminal Mix 8 is the addition of 16 velocity-sensitive pads which can be used for hot cues, rolls, slicing, loops, or samples. The over-sized EQ is a great touch and jog wheel that has a very nice feel reminiscent of what you would find in today’s standard CDJs. If that wasn’t enough, the Terminal Mix 8 also comes bundled with a free full version of Serato DJ software.
How it looks and feels
The Terminal Mix 8 is extremely well-built. It is contained with a shiny gunmetal case and has enough controls glowing multi-color lights to fit into your average nightclub without looking too far out of place. Overall, we found the knobs and pads to be of a great build quality — something we’ve come to expect by now from Reloop. This is a controller that you could comfortably bring on the road to various gigs without any worry of it being damaged.
What we’d improve
Reloop has put a very large focus on Serato with this line of controllers and although the mappings are general MIDI and can be used with various other software, DJs will need to invest time programming the controller to their own personal taste if they choose to use a different software application. It would have been nice to see more support for other DJ applications out of the box. Additionally, the Terminal Mix 8 is dependent on software and doesn’t offer a standalone mixing option, which also would have been nice.
If you’re a Serato fanatic and are looking for an affordable and portable digital rig, the Terminal Mix 8 has almost all the bells and whistles you’ll ever need on a controller with four decks, good build quality, performance pads, and an included version of Serato all for a reasonable price (MSRP $699.99). If you’re looking for a well-constructed Serato DJ controller that won’t break the bank, then the Terminal Mix 8 should no doubt be at the top of your list.