Rane DJ (don’t quite) release the Seventy Two battle mixer

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Rane SEVENTY-TWO unofficially announced. (updated)

At last nights DMC USA finals, the newly announced Rane DJ brand manager DJ Fatfingaz showed off the their return to the DJ market and with a blinder of a new product. We don’t have any official product release or pictures so everything is speculation.

The new Seventy-Two appears to have the familiar layout of the previous versions and has two key things that stand out. The two large banks for performance pads and the large full colour screen.

From what we can see the pads hAve the standard Serato functions like cues, loops, rolls and sample control.

There are two large toggles for flicking the effects on and off  (very much like the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9) and then there’s the screen. There’s nothing to say what it does but between the the two toggles is a button labeled  “touch fx” which suggests it’s a touch screen and possibly an XY pad.

The top is also quite busy with other things we can’t make out but there is a filter knob under the EQ on both channels for HP/LP.

It has two mic inputs and prosumably you can assign the effects to them and maybe even sample?!

The front panel is very busy with switches to control cueing, mice and fader curves and directions. There’s also a foot switch socket mounted right near the headphone socket which may cause some confusion.

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The back is causing a stir on social media. Along the standard audio ins and outs there’s a two USB connectors for dual computer connection. But there’s also two USB sockets labelled “turntable” which will be interesting to see what they are for. Speculation is for a USB connected turntable however I’m not convinced, this would only add latency in my opinion and that’s not acceptable in the scratch world.

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The only safe things we can say about the Rane Seventy-Two are these:

It’s a two channel scratch mixer

It’s Serato DJ with dual USB for back to back DJ sets

It’s got built in effects

We will know more by next week when the DJ Expo takes place in America.

In the mean time, check out the amazing mock up and write up from outback friends at DJWORX here. https://djworx.com/revealed-rane-seventy-two/

Pics courtesy of Jose Chelly Torres https://www.facebook.com/jose.c.torres.94/posts/10213509511550627

UPDATE:

We will know more on Monday 14th but here’s what we know:

The screen is touchscreen, with X-Y effects control and displays waveforms and track selection

The USB sockets on the back act asa hub for the rumoured Rane Twelve turntable

The pads have a ‘custom mode’ which could be used for anything including video control.

Update 2:

it’s official! Images and specs from Rane

The Rane SEVENTY-TWO has been designed in collaboration with DJs and their crews all over the world. This Battle Ready flagship offers the high standards of performance and construction that people rightly expect from Rane, along with ground-breaking technology.

With the RANE SEVENTY-TWO, dual DJs can battle it out with their own laptops simultaneously through the two USB computer connections. With a brand-new 4.3-inch color touch screen interface, the SEVENTY-TWO not only shows Serato DJ’s moving waveforms and their cue points, but also brings a much-needed interactive experience to FX workflows, with two internal FLEX FX engines and stacked Serato DJ Effects.

Importantly, the SEVENTY-TWO will be the first time that users will experience Rane’s brand-new Mag THREE Fader. Dramatically updating their patented, industry-changing Mag Fader design, the new Mag THREE Fader offers a unique touchless, tension-adjustable fader with perfect tactile feel and precision, combined with a long and reliable life. It makes for a DJ experience simply unavailable anywhere else.

Highlights of the SEVENTY-TWO:

  • Solid steel construction—built like a tank for non-stop, heavy-duty use
  • (3) NEW MAG THREE tension adjustable faders for crossfader and channel faders with reverse, contour controls, and cut-in adjustment
  • 4.3” Touchscreen for moving wave display, FX control, song selection and user customizations
  • Dual Flex FX engines, one for each channel
  • Chain-integrated Serato DJ Effect control plus one internal Flex Effect per channel
  • Dual USB connections for DJ handoffs
  • 16 Akai MPC-style performance pads w/RGB backlight, adjustable threshold and aftertouch, with independent mode controls per deck.
  • Two microphone inputs – combo Neutrik, on/off, tone, mic/line level switches
  • RCA Phono/CD and CD inputs for each deck
  • RCA session Inputs/outputs, balanced XLR, Main Out, balanced ¼”, Booth Out
  • SERATO DJ and DVS enabled and includes Serato Control Vinyl
  • Industry First – assignable USB controller inputs for Rane TWELVE Battle Controller
  • “Our challenge was to develop these breakthrough products while still maintaining our unwavering commitment to our legendary performance quality and rock-solid reliability,” said Colin Issler, Senior Design Engineer for Rane’s Seattle-based Engineering and Design team. He added, “We love a challenge. We thrive on a challenge. Hold my beer. Challenge conquered.”
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  • […] The top right corner has a pitch fader which is labelled as ‘high resolution’ with settings for 8/16/50% ranges. The top left has a touch strip for searching within a track and it has 8 LEDS and segments which also act as hot cues. Under that is the option to select which virtual deck you are controlling (1-4). That’s pretty much the bulk of what this unit does, it’s simple and will probably work very well, we can’t see if there is any special functionality when linked to the new Seventy-Two mixer. […]

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