Rane TTM57-MKII for Serato DJ

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At NAMM 2015, Rane announced the new TTM57-mkII DJ mixer for Serato DJ.  The original TTM57 is my favorite mixer to date so I’m excited to check out this new update.  I currently use the Rane Sixty-Two, but I’m hoping the TTM-57mkII has improved on a few things that have kept me from fully embracing the Sixty-Two.

I’ve been a Rane guy for years. I switched from a Vestax 05pro to the Rane TTM-56 and never looked back.  When the 57 came out as the first mixer with a Serato box built in, I fell in love. Although I’ve moved on, there are a couple reasons why I miss the 57.

I really enjoyed the headphone cueing system on the Rane TTM-57.  The headphone volume was louder, and the slider from one channel to the other was great for practicing scratches in the headphones. I also prefer a fader to pressing a button when cueing a certain channel. I can’t speak for other DJs, but for me, the increased headphone volume and fader system on the 57 wasn’t just more convenient, it also made for better beat matching.

Secondly, I’m not sure if this is a software issue, a driver issue, or the mixer itself, but when using Serato DJ & a Sixty-Two the mixer clips quickly.  I know I should never be pushing a mixer’s volume into the red, but even when pushing the mixer really hard there seemed to be much more headroom on the 57 before getting harsh distortion.

The new mixer is only for Serato DJ software, and will not be backwards compatible with Serato Scratch Live. Maybe this will encourage those who have yet to make the leap.

TTM57 MKIIIf the cueing system and volume on the 57mkII is implemented like the original 57, I can see making the 57-mk2 my mixer of choice, even though in stepping down I’d loose a few of the Sixty-Two’s advanced features (like onboard effects).  However, many features that made me upgrade to the Sixty-Two have been brought along into the 57-mkII including:

  • Dual USB ports for switching DJs without stopping the music
  • Silicone Pads for triggering cue points or samples
  • Dedicated controls for loop rolls
  • Easily trigger instant doubles (this might have been on the original 57?)

I can’t wait to get my hands on one. I’ll let you know how the 57-mk2 compares to the original 57, and to the 62.

Turntablelab’s Instagram has announced the mixer is coming in March at a price of $1750. More info about the new release on the RaneSerato websites. DJs, what do you think? Would you drop down from the Sixty-Two?

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