I’m also curious about the audio quality of the Reloop Ready/Buddy - I have the same issue with the Mixtour, sound is just ok - decent but not great. It’s a great portable MIDI controller - just let down by the sound. Still using my 6-year old Traktor Kontrol Z1 for my mobile/portable setup because the Z1 audio card wins hands down in terms of sound (especially on a large club system). Still looking for that perfect “portable” system that fits in a single bag!
One thing I like about the Ready/Buddy - it has a dedicated iOS USB port - so do the Traktor S2 Mk3 and Traktor S3. But as always - audio quality is my main concern - so I’m hesitant to purchase until I can A/B in a club.
This setup (below) is very portable and easily fits in a laptop bag. Works great in macOS (djay and Serato) - unfortunately, the DAC only has 1x stereo channel - so it doesn’t work well in iOS - you can’t use 2 audio cards like this in iOS (only 1 allowed at a time).
My current “favorite” portable setup is the Traktor Z1 + Hercules Starlight as controller (see photo below). Works great in macOS where the Z1 can still act as a MIDI mixer - and I can remap the knobs on the Hercules to control FX and loops. Downside, in iOS, the Z1 only acts as a sound card (no MIDI controls). In that case, I use the Hercules Starlight + iPad touch screen - still a good option, but not optimal.
An A/B test at the club - (Mixtour / iPad Pro, Hercules Starlight, Traktor Z1, Denon MC4000). On this club sound system, the Traktor Z1 won hands down, the Hercules Starlight and Mixtour were “just ok”- and the Hercules edged out the Mixtour (probably because it’s 24-bit vs the Mixture’s 16-bit). The Denon MC4000 was quite good and was basically equal to the Z1 - though very different sound signatures.
A simple option - with purely touchscreen MIDI controls. Love that the Traktor Z1 has a direct lightning USB cable (no need for Apple adapter).
An interesting A/B between the Z1 and the SSL 2+ audio interface. The SSL 2+ was crystal clear and made everything sound great. Sound was excellent and non-fatiguing. But the Z1 put up a good fight, it was nowhere as clear as the SSL 2+, but it offers a very punchy sound which works well on the dance floor. If the SSL 2+ made the sound feel like crystal clear blue Caribbean waters, the Z1 made the sound feel like a bubbly jacuzzi - a lot of fun on the dance floor. Though after doing a couple of gigs with the SSL 2+. - I’m starting to notice how fatiguing the Z1 sounds after a few hours.
For a portable iPhone/iPad setup - I like using the Z1 (audio card only) + DJ2GO2 Touch. The Hercules Starlight is a good match for the laptop, but the DJ2GO2 Touch makes more sense with an iPhone/iPad.