The Reloop Jockey 3 Master Edition is the best digital DJ controller in the Reloop range. Big shout-outs to Mixware.net who made it possible for us to get our hands on one for a full Video Review. Check the video inside as I take another deep dive into the hot new MIDI controller market with the all new Reloop Jockey 3 Master Edition. The Jockey 3 ME has super adjustable jog wheels, user-replaceable crossfader, and an all-metal construction to boot. Check out what else is under the hood in our full 18-minute review video inside.
Review Video & Demo
Setup & First Impressions
The Reloop Jockey 3 Master Edition is a nice all-around compact controller with a good price and very good features. The Jockey 3 ME is built with a completely solid metal construction from top to bottom. The unit is very heavy and will last for a long time. The unit is very good for Mobile DJ's as it is compact and can also act as a stand-alone mixer. It also is a fully-functional Traktor Certified MIDI controller with excellent mappings available for Traktor Pro 2 software utilizing all four decks of control. Traktor Pro 2 will also map all of the effects, hot cue banks, sample decks and other controls with exactly the same layout found on the unit as in the software.
The Jog wheels have a great overall rubberized, touch-sensitive feel with no shakes or wobbles to them. You can adjust the tension and touch sensitivity of both jog wheels for the best possible feel. There is also a nice Alpha Crossfader which is fully user-replaceable. This is a big plus because most controllers will have to be sent back to an authorized repair facility if issues ever arise with a crossfader on a MIDI controller. The Line faders are nice and long for slow mixing and the EQ/Gain/Volume knobs are big and rubberized with a tactile feel.
I only had a few minor issues with the unit overall. The first issue I noticed was that the mapping of Traktor 2 and the jog wheels was slightly off. You can easily do basic and intermediate scratching on the Reloop Jockey 3 ME, but once I started doing advanced tears and back cues, I noticed that the track wouldn't be exactly where I thought I left it on the wheel. This could be a Traktor 2 software or setup issue, but it's worth a mention.
Another minor issue was that the unit cannot use its internal soundcard to carry external timecode control from analog or digital decks. So far, the Traktor S4 seems to be the only controller on the market that can process internal timecode without the use of an external soundcard. Most people don't buy four-deck MIDI controllers for scratching or external timecode deck capabilities so these two gripes won't deter most controller users or enthusiasts. The final issue that I found with the Jockey 3 ME is that because of its compact size, the user will only have access to two deck EQ controls and line (volume) faders at one time.
Most other four deck controllers allow DJ's to only manipulate one jog wheel at a time per side as in the Jockey 3 ME, but the DJ still always have access to the volume and EQ controls of all four decks simultaneously. On the Jockey 3 ME, the user will have to flip the switches in order to gain access to the other deck line fader and EQ controls.
Conclusion / Recommended For
DJbooth.net recommends the Reloop Jockey 3 ME for those looking for a compact MIDI controller that can map well to Traktor Pro 2 and last for a long time. Mobile DJ's will benefit the most from this setup as it can act as a stand-alone backup mixer or a sturdy-all-metal MIDI controller. Beginners will also be at home on this unit as the layout looks just like the Traktor software and it makes it easier to learn on with a lot less buttons and knobs usually found on other controllers.. I wouldn't recommend this setup for serious scratching, but it is an excellent choice for DJ's who are really into mixing the Higher BPM club/house music. You can find a Jockey 3 ME on store shelves everywhere for $700, making it one of the best controllers in that price-point.
- Completely Solid Metal Construction
- Can work as a standalone (2-channel) mixer, as a MIDI device, or with a combination of both
- Great all around jog wheel with tension and touch sensitivity adjustments
- Excellent mapping with Traktor Pro 2 (Traktor Certified)
- User replaceable Crossfader with Curve adjustment
- Nice Compact Size
- Mapping to jog wheels not suited for serious/rigorous scratching
- Cannot use internal soundcard for external timecode decks (must have separate soundcard device)
- Lack of simultaneous 4 channel Line and EQ controls (Must switch to other 2 decks)