How fast time goes by. It’s been about three years since RANE DJ caused a sensation in the scene with the RANE Twelve turntable DJ controller and the associated DJ mixer RANE Seventy-Two. Now the next generation of the DJ equipment is available with the launch of the Twelve MK2 and the Seventy-Two MK2. The flagship setup contains some interesting innovations.
RANE Twelve MKII DJ Controller
One of the most interesting innovations here is that the Twelve MKII DJ controller now has audio outputs and can output a DVS tone generator signal. This means that it can also be used with other software in DVS mode or via USB-MIDI. Traktor and Virtual DJ are on the list here and the mode can be switched seamlessly at the touch of a button, displayed on the newly integrated screen, which can also provide BPM information.
A navigation control directly on the device has also been added. This allows tracks in the music library to be scrolled and loaded into the selected deck (1-4). There is simple control elements are easy to use with four deck-select buttons and a multifunction touch strip for track searching and setting/triggering hot cues.
- DVS/USB MIDI control for Serato DJ Pro, Traktor and Virtual DJ
- OLED screen, control selection and BPM display
- Navigation Control: scroll/load, back, and instant doubles
- Plunger-style Start/Stop button
- Full 12″ motorized platter to control playback
- Traditional, familiar turntable layout
- OLED screen display (BPM display / control status)
- Dual Mode Strip: Track Search and 8 Hot Cue triggers
- 5.0 kfcm high-torque motor with Hi/Low torque adjust for more traditional setups
- 4 decks of control so you can use one, two or more
- Extreme precision—3600 ticks of platter resolution for seamless performance
- MIDI interface via USB that can be connected to the SEVENTY-TWO MKII or your computer
- RCA output for DVS audio signals
- 33-1/3 and 45 rpm platter speeds
- 8/16/50% pitch with precise dual resolution slider
- Top panel rotary and traditional Motor Off switch, allows traditional wind down effects
RANE Seventy-Two MKII DJ Mixer
There are also few innovations to report. The flagship DJ mixer with touchscreen for SeratoDJ wants to raise scratch and DJ performance to a new level and brings the new MAG FOUR faders with it. Along with reverse, contour, and cut-in adjust controls, as well as external and internal crossfader tension adjust controls, Toggle Instant Double, Silent Cue, and Sync controls, and Dual DVS inputs for aux or phono/CD.
The Seventy-Two MKII also enables parameter control to be used for silent cues, instant doubles or for synchronization control, with access to the performance DJ pad layer being slightly restructured. The new dual DVS input options should enable more flexible setups.
- Three MAG FOUR faders with reverse, contour and cut-in adjustment
- External and internal crossfader tension adjust controls
- Toggle Instant Double / Silent Cue / Sync Controls
- Dual DVS inputs – Aux or Phono/CD
- Solid steel construction—built like a tank for nonstop, heavy-duty use
- 4.3″ touchscreen for moving wave display, FX control, song selection and user customizations
- Dual Flex FX engines, one for each channel
- Advanced Serato control: Chain-integrated Software Effect plus one internal Flex Effect per channel
- Dual USB connections for DJ handoffs
- 16 Akai MPC-style performance pads, independent mode controls per deck.
- Two microphone inputs – combo Neutrik, on/off, tone, mic/line level switches
- RCA session Inputs/outputs, balanced XLR, Main Out, balanced ¼ inch, Booth Out
- USB controller inputs for RANE TWELVE Battle Controller
- Serato DJ Pro DVS license, Pitch ‘n Time plus Serato DVS Vinyl included
MKII generation for everyone?
With the MKII update, RANE have integrated some useful features, which should primarily be welcomed by Serato users, scratchers and turntablists, as befits their standing. However, it will be interesting to see how the Twelve MKII will be accepted in the other software warehouses and among virtual DJ and tractor users. Basically, depending on the installation position, the turntable controller is not just a scratch tool, but also an option for other genres. Especially if you don’t want to do without a turntable feeling when mixing digital tracks, but want to save vinyl, needles and jumping pickups. The price is not without it, because you get a SL-1210 MK7 for that. It is unlikely that the 72 will also make the step to native tractor and VDJ compatibility.
Update of the MKI generation?
For the Seventy-Two, yes, because it can be equipped with the Mag 4 faders, which can be bought separately, and a firmware update can be installed.
Price and availability
Back in May, Akai Professional is expanding its current portfolio with the release of the With the MPC Live II Standalone Music Production desk, comes with an integrated sampler, sequencer, 7-inch touchscreen display, 16 velocity-sensitive RGB-backlit pads, and 4 endless encoder “Q-Link” controls.