Playdifferently - Model 1

June 25, 2018
Written by
Buster Bennett
Playdifferently - Model 1

MODEL 1 is a performance instrument providing new creative possibilities to artists, and empowering them to PLAYdifferently.

A mixer of uncompromising build quality, intuitive tactile controls and beautifully warm analog circuitry, MODEL 1 is engineered by Andy Rigby-Jones and co-designed by Richie Hawtin, with two years of testing, insight and refinement with artistsclubs and engineers from across the electronic music community.

MODEL 1 has a unique offering of six fully featured input channels plus two stereo returns in a small format frame. It has many features not currently available on any comparable device, such as Input pre-amplifier drive control, hybrid filter/swept bell EQ, dual cue system, dual mixer linking system, and a fully balanced Tascam DB25 connector system.MODEL 1 is a purely analogue mixer featuring technology normally found in the finest studio consoles, such as a fully balanced mix buss, zero crossing detection for seamless filter & master EQ routing along high voltage differential power rails.

This is a fully analog mixer, built in the UK, and it has an impressive feature set. Here’s an overview of the most notable:

6 stereo channels & contour filters: Individual low Q LPF and HPF for each channel, “designed not to add colour to the sound as they are swept across their frequency range. Due to the low Q , these filters only cut, they do not boost”

Master Filter: this is a filter that’s separate from any individual channels – you can assign any of them to it – similar to other Xone mixers

2 stereo sends + returns: each with an assignable filter and low cut, they also can be assigned to the mixer filter.Two Cues: Specifically designed for two DJs to use this mixer concurrently, there are two separate cue systems for previewing audio

Sculpt EQ: “a semi-parametric swept bell filter, and consist of two controls, FREQ which sets the centre frequency and CUT/BOOST which adjust the gain or attenuation at this frequency. The level of cut/boost is asymmetric; maximum boost is limited to +8dB, while the cut is extended to -20dB. Sculpt has a wide Q and a frequency range that covers almost seven octaves.”

Master EQ: an overall EQ that effects the master outputBooth Out EQ: a two-band EQ that allows adjusting of the booth output.

Drive Control: Every input on the mixer has a Drive knob, which allows you to adjust “the level at which the channel pre-amplifier clips the input signal, thus creating harmonic distortion as an effect”.

PRICE: £2550 worldwide shipping included (plus applicable sales taxes/duties). OUCH!

If you would like to learn from scratch or improve on already existing skills enrol on a DJ course now and learn to DJ with specialist one-to-one tuition! All our graduates get the chance to play several gigs all around London and beyond, this year we have even organised a week long of Ibiza with several students playing in all the top clubs including Sankeys and Amnesia, alongside boat parties with Pukka Up, pool & beach parties as well as rocking our regular slots in Egg, Ministry of Sound, McQueen, Lightbox and MORE! 

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