Vinyl will never die and neither will the 12″ turntable. Some of the latest DJ products such as Phase revolve around the performance of a 12″ platter going round and round. With DJ battles such as the DMC picking up steam and turntablists putting out creative routines, the appeal of using turntables is at a high point. If you are looking to grab a pair of turntables check out these bad boys below.
The Technic 1200MK2 is regarded as one of the most reliable turntables ever created. With phenomenal torque and a design that is virtually indestructible, it’s no wonder this a favorite by many turntablists. One limitation would be that the pitch fader is limited to +/-8 and that it can only be found on the second hand market. If you do find one or a pair, snag them!
Next up we have the Pioneer PLX-1000 which boasts a high torque direct drive platter and an option for pitch changes at +/- 8, +/- 16, and +/- 50. It has detachable power and RCA audio cables and a sturdy design. Available in both black and gold.
Reloop brings us another top of the line turntable with the Reloop 8000-MK2. This turntable is a beast of a machine as it has the most features out of any turntable in the current market. It has seamless integration with Serato DJ Pro and allows you to activate cue points, pitch play, loops, FXs, and countless other features directly from the turntable itself. Platter Play mode alone puts this turntable into an upper echelon of DJ equipment.
“Platter Play mode allows users to control the platter’s pitch via the performance pads, opening up new possibilities for musical live performances and turning the RP-8000 MK2 into a legitimate musical instrument. A total of 22 scales and 34 notes are at your disposal with an option to create up to 9 user-defined scales. The two speed select buttons can be used for pitch bending in Platter Play mode and also to respectively increase or decrease the audio material’s pitch in steps of one half-tone. Furthermore, the platter’s speed can also be controlled via an external MIDI keyboard.” – Reloop
These are by far the best turntables each respective brand has to offer. Whether you are a traditionalist that only uses vinyl records or a looking to put together funky battle routines, one of these will be a perfect fit. High torque and durability are the most important factors for a turntablist who will likely put some serious wear and tear on their equipment. The extra bells and whistles of the Reloop 8000MK2 will open your mind to endless musical possibilities. Which one will you pick? Let us know in the comments below!