Rane TTM57MKII Serato DJ Mixer Review

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Overview

The new Rane TTM57MKII two-channel Serato DJ Mixer is now in the DJbooth.net lab for the full Video review treatment. The TTM57MKII is the new update to the original TTM57SL mixer that only worked with the aging Serato Scratch Live Software. Now Rane has now updated the mixer with the new TTM57MKII complete with Serato DJ control, dual-USB ports, 8 RGB backlit pads, Low/High Pass filters, and the familiar layout that Rane is known for.

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Review Video & Demo

Unboxing Video

Setup & First Impressions

The new Rane TTM57MKII Mixer is like a hybrid mix of a Rane Sixty-Two and the original and iconic TTM57SL. The new TTM57MKII mixer comes bundled with Serato DJ, Serato Noisemap vinyl, and will work in perfect harmony with Serato DJ. The TTM57MKII mixer will not work with the older Serato Scratch Live software as was the case with the Rane Sixty-Two mixer and the original TTM57SL. Some users may find this as a disadvantage, but personally, I think Serato DJ has a lot more features and functions built in to make it the better software. The TTM57MKII has the build quality similar to the Rane Sixty-Two series as it has a solid metal body with some plastic posts for EQ knobs and a few metal post knobs for certain software controls. It would have been nice to get all metal posts similar to the TTM56 and TTM57SL from years ago, but it seems that all new Rane mixers follow this new "plastic-post" design scheme. It doesn't seem like they will break or anything, but when someone is forking out over $1000 for a mixer, it should probably have the most sturdy build quality imaginable.

The TTM57MKII mixer has dual USB ports around back for easy changeovers when switching laptops. There are additional AUX RCA inputs on the back with controls on the front to mix them in. The TTM57MKII has XLR and TRS outputs around the back along with RCA Session IN and OUT for linking other DJ gear or for simply another output/input option. The TTM57MKII also have four RGB Backlit pads per channel that can launch hot cues and samples. There's also controls for effects and filters for each channel and the AUX input. The Rane TTM57MKII also has that familiar layout and those magnetic scratch-worthy faders that only Rane can produce.

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Conclusion / Recommended For

In Conclusion, the Rane TTM57MKII professional two-channel Serato DJ Mixer is a superb follow-up and successor to the original and iconic Rane TTM57SL. The new Rane TTM57MKII has that same familiar layout and the same Solid Rane Professional All-Metal Chassis & Sound Quality. The Rane TTM57MKII has a built-in Serato DJ soundcard and comes bundled with the full Serato DJ Software and timecode vinyl for DVS playback. The Rane TTM57MKII has the new and improved rubber RGB Backlit MIDI control pads for hotcues/samples and it sports the same magneic long-life faders that are excellent for scratching. The TTM57MKII is also loaded with two USB ports for easy changeovers and dual laptop operation, along with additional Aux RCA inputs, Session Input/Output, & Effects Send/Receive.

On the downside, the TTM57MKII has only one effect control knob and button per module which means you won't be able to control all effects within Serato DJ at the same time. There are also plastic posts for most control knobs in place of the metal post knobs on the original TTM57SL. Other than these two gripes and the rather high price, the TTM57MKII is a great turntablist and competition grade two-channel mixer that is a worthy successor to the original and I'm sure it will be a battle-DJ favorite for years to come.

Pros

  • Solid Rane Professional All-Metal Chassis & Sound Quality
  • Built-in Serato DJ Interface & Bundled Serato DJ Software
  • RGB Rubber backlit MIDI Controls for HotCues/Samples
  • Long-Life Magnetic Rane Crossfader & Linefaders (Excellent for Scratching)
  • Aux Inputs, Session Input/Output, Dual USB Ports & Effects Send/Receive

Cons

  • Only One Effect Control Knob & Button Per Module
  • Plastic Posts For Most Knobs

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