Model One Music Mixer

Finally, a minimalist audiophile approach to DJ mixers

rotary mixerLet’s face the truth: no mixer is perfect – every mixer introduces distortion and signal colouration.

Most current mixers involve also useless D/A conversions and countless op-amps in the signal path.

Our question was: can we eliminate  the useless features of current dj mixers and achieve ultimate sound  transparency in a dj mixer?

Imagine the purest and most direct link from source to the  amplifier. A wire!

Second best, a resistor…

The Model One Music Mixer, has just two components in the signal path, from input to output :  a resistor, and a top quality  grade  ALPS potentiometer. Which has been chosen for it’s known feeling – as used by many reference products.

Yes, there is no active audio component in the signal path.

No way for the DJ to add distortion or overdriving the input channels. What goes in, goes out, just attenuated.

Integrate your dj setup in your home high end setup. Listen to the difference.

Looking and feeling like a modern classic, the Model One Music Mixer it is a simple but really original beast.

It is lightweight, easy to carry, and  fits ideally on top of an isolator in a rack.

It will work also with the power supply unplugged.  Power is only required  for the  bulit-in headphone amplifier.

Built like a tank with top grade components,  wired in air like an old fashioned tube amplifier, the Model One will last for decades – ideally coupling a dj console to your home high end audio setup.

The back panel is easy and straightfoward. The universal voltage external  power supply connects via a locking XLR connector.

Typical setup #1: CDJ Enthusiast

  • 2 Pioneer CDJs
  • 1 Model One mixer
  • [optional] Isolator on the master output, or 2 isolators on each CDJ
  • [optional] a Vu-meter (50 $ well spent, get that classic 80s look!)

Setup #2: Vinyl Enthusiast

  • 2 Turntables
  • 2 Phono Preamps (the best your budget allows – those will unleash the true potential of vinyl if coupled with the right turntable setup/cartridge)
  • 1 Model One mixer
  • [optional] Isolator on the master output, or 2 isolators after each phono preamp
  • [optional] a Vu-meter (50 $ well spent, get that classic 80s look!)

Setup #3: Serato, Traktor, VDJ or whatever

DVS systems, if you can cope with having only 2 input channels, are perfect for electrically coupling to the Model One mixer.

The high outputs of the SL3/Audio4dj work greatly with it, and  you can’t distort so easily as when overdriving inputs on a traditional mixer.

A bonus for vinyl+Serato users: If you are using the RANE/Serato SL3 interface you may also use it’s built in phono preamps to achieve setup #2 for free and enable to use of vinyl without adding the 2 Phono preamps

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