Mixers seem to be having a small resurgence in recent times. The controller rebellion continues, help with a boost in vinyl sales and thus renewed turntable activity. For a while, mixers looked to be going the way of… well turntables because they’re pretty much tied together to some extent. But hot on the heels of Reloop’s RMX60 announced at NAMM comes not one but two mixer to occupy the bottom end of their mixer offering.
The RMX22i is technically a 2+1 channel mixer, and the RMX33i is a 3+1 channel mixer, the only difference being the extra full channel. So rather than waste time with separate reviews (the 33i would say “see the 22i review and add a channel”), I’ve decided to put them all in one complete piece. And seeing as they’re no different bar a channel, assume that I’m talking about both unless specifically mentioning one of the other.
Reloop has worked hard to establish its own brand ID. They’ve definitely succeeded in doing this, and these mixers scream Reloop, and fit in very happily with the rest of the family. The quality is stunning, something that is becoming pretty standard with Reloop too.
Given that they have an external power supply, I was suspicious of the weight, thus broke out the worxdriver to check for the presence of what are known as “quality enhancement plates” aka lumps of metal inserted inside to boost the weight and thus the perceived quality. I found no such plates. The faceplate is heavy (no bad thing), and everything else is metal too — every pot is metal and nutted to the inner chassis. The knobs are rubberised and totally wobble-free, and even the traditionally wobbly toggle switches are solid. Let’s just say that the RMXs are just made really well.
They are quite big for what they are. For some reason, Reloop and other companies still insist on putting lugs on the faceplate. I, and a number of people I polled on Facebook, have yet to see a single DJ use them on a mixer of this format, and all it does is make it 2” wider than it needs to be. I can understand the faceplate being a tad bigger, if only to stop the body getting knocks, but ideally they should be flush.
The layout is perfectly logical and doesn’t stray outside the established decades-old norms. I’m not going to bore you with lengthy descriptions — you can look at the pictures and read the manual to see what’s what. Instead, let’s get into details.