Video Review: Rane MP2015 Rotary Mixer via DJ TechTools
Rotary house mixers are a fabled tool from music’s past beloved by house DJs around the globe. Along with vinyl, their popularity seemed to wain in recent years but the response to Rane’s new MP2015 mixer suggests that perhaps people are ready for a throwback with some modern tools. This digital power-house packs a mean punch but comes with a hefty price tag – is it worth it?
Rane MP2015 Review
Rane is no stranger to the rotary mixer, since the brought the sought after Urie and Bozak mixers into mass production in 1999 with the MP2016, a classic analogue rotary mixer with simple controls that was beloved by house DJs in particular. This year they seek revive the feeling, and look of that classic tool in a new digital format.
Reviewed: Rane MP2015 Rotary Mixer
Price: $2899 (available now)
Weight: 5.7 kg/12.6 lb
Dimensions: 14″ H x 13.1″ W x 4.3″ D
The Good: The dual USB sound cards make connectivity very easy. Large, grippable dials are fun to mix with and offer a tactile style of mixing that has been lost for a while. The Isolators and filters work very well for shaping sounds and creating build-ups on the fly. 5 channels to play with and for increasing sources of audio.
The Bad: The all digital mixer can get a little crunchy if over-driven, we were hoping for some analogue warmth. The effects send/return system is not ideal with RCA connections, W/D control, and limited control over assignment per channel. The Bottom Line: This is a sexy, practical mixer with a lot of fun features. If you can afford it, chances are it will become a beloved piece for years to come. Key Facts
2 Discreet USB sound Cards (Class compliant)
5 assignable stereo in (from computer over USB)
6 assignable stereo out (to computer over USB)
3 styles of filter on each channel (LP,HP,BP)
Filters: 12 dB/octave (2nd-order) Linkwitz-Riley full-cut filters
AD/DA Converters: Audio 4 Pro(TM) by AKM [Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation]
Instead of writing a lot of words, I opted for the format our readers prefer and shot an extra long review video. Enjoy!