DJ Tech’s DIF-1S scratch mixer: Innofader Inside


As you might expect, we get to see some cool stuff on our travels. And back at Musikmesse, we exclusively laid our eyes and hands upon one of DJ Tech‘s cool new products. Yes, I said cool, for this is as well thought about as any product they’ve ever made, and is destined to find many fans in the scratch scene. And I’ve only just had the go-ahead to share this with you. But first, some background.

The mighty DMC are always on the search for like minded people to help carry the turntablism torch for the next generation. And this year, DJ Tech have stepped up and offered support for the online segment of the battles. So clearly they have an intention to do some good things in the scratch scene.

And the DIF-1S is one of those good things. Outward appearances suggest a simple 2 channel scratch box, but it’s when you see the Innofader logo that you realise that this is something a little special. This is the first mixer to get Audio Innovate’s mini Innofader  love that we spoke about a little while ago. But if you want to drop a full sized Innofader in there, it’s a straight swap out. The line faders are what they are and cannot be swapped out.


And the rest of the mixer is certainly up there from a quality point of view too. But it’s when you spin it round that you see something else of interest. The DIF-1S has specific ins and outs for your DVS as well as a switchable line/phono and separate line inputs too. So switching over DVS users between sets is considerably simpler. A nice touch.

And as if that wasn’t enough, this little powerhouse gets master and booth outputs, with separate controls for both. Granted, it’s only RCA, but I suspect that the target audience isn’t going to mind too much about not having balanced outs. And it has a  built in switching supply too. Yay – no wall wart.

So to price. DJ Tech tell me that this is going to retail for no more than $169/€149/£120 and will be ready in August. It would be fair to say that this is a toe dipping exercise for DJ Tech, one that sees them take a relatively risk free swim in the budget 2 channel mixer pool, knowing that they don’t have to attempt anything too wacky to attract potential buyers. Well other than deliver a specific product for their quite specific needs.

Who knows – with the mini Innofader inside, and having dedicated DVS ins and outs, this could be the new darling of the often budget conscious scratch massive. All those Vestax 06s that are snapped up on eBay may well be left there in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/KLOSELINE KLOSELINE

    Nice! I fully agree If you don’t really care about the sound quality (even though it’s not as bad as with cheap old analog mixers back in the day) I don’t see a reason why you would not go with this. I mean the knobs won’t feel nice, but who cares if you just want to turn the bass down and scratch!
    It’s like a Lotus Elise, a Golf R32 or a Japanese Supercar. Affordable and great performance if you can accept a letdown on the small things.

    THUMBS UP!

  • ironstylus

    I thought the mini innofader was more for controllers?
    Is it suitable for extended scratch use?

    • http://www.djworx.com Mark Settle

      I expect it’ll work with your arms at full stretch just fine.

      Seriously though, I guess that remains to be seen. But given the quality of the Innofader, and manhandling the mini Innofader myself, I’d say it’ll last quite a bit longer than all short bodied faders.

      • ironstylus

        I usually stand close to the decks but just in case…

  • EricN

    If they made a version of this that had MIDI-capable faders and balanced outs for under $300 (should be possible if this one is coming in at $179), they would make a killing with video DJs!

    • j-kut

      Really dig the idea, but first for another 40$ they should give it linefader-curves and a channel swap.

  • Sonic Surfer

    Very nice! It just need efx in and out, soo I can hook it up with the Traktor Sample Decks.

  • j-kut

    It´s probably crazy, but will it take an original inno for the lines as well?

  • Strategy

    I agree with the post above…..Add EFX Ins & Outs or at least an Aux In (on the back please) so that Traktor Users can use the sample decks and/or connect an ipod etc. to the mixer…..
    I’d f.x. rather have an aux in than the mic in!

    • http://www.djworx.com Mark Settle

      But then it’s missing the point. This is the very basic scratch mixer designed to hit the biggest number of users at the best possible price. If DJ Tech were to add this, that and the other, it would become just like the rest of the market.

      • Sonic Surfer

        Lose the mic input and the dvs-inputs for faster switching between sets. How many of us are actually in the need of switching users fast? The targetgroup for this kind af mixer must be mainly bedroom-djs.
        Then add the efx in/out and aux input. Then the mixer will be a SHURE winner.

  • http://www.djstrategy.de Strategy

    I disagree Gizmo – I am certain, that the biggest number of users do not need an microfon input, so why not have an “extra” aux in instead of the mic?
    The effect send and return, ok, I’ll give you that one, but an aux in is pretty standard and absolutely neccessary these days!

  • http://www.djstrategy.de Strategy

    I forgot to add, besides the missing aux in this mixer looks nice and I could definatelyn see it (if the aux in is added) become my new backup/road mixer! If the price 149 € is real, I might even buy two and keep one at my girlfriends place! ;-)

  • DJ Rock Well

    All that for £120. That’s brilliant. Personally, I think it needs to be £120 way more than it needs to have line fader curve control, FX loop and midi faders for more money… Those were valid “wants” when Pioneer announced the DJM-T1 for instance, but this is a scratch worthy mixer for £120 new, surely we should just be pleased with that?

  • http://www.djstrategy.de Strategy

    One more thing I noticed….the mixer seems to be missing a master cue….only cueing for the individual channels but no cue for the summ – that kind of odd?

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/101830809347181416022 Elliot Marx

    Hey guys,

    I’ll be back with more specifics, I know you want to hear from me :)

    Elliot

    • ironstylus

      My one question would be: what is the curve on the fader like?
      Is it sharp for cutting? The mixer looks great and for the price will be fantastic for beginners but without curve control its a total non starter for turntablist/scratch dj’s/whatever we’re called these days unless the standard curve is nice and sharp.

      • http://www.nem0nic.com nem0nic

        Apparently you missed the variable curve control that is just under the peak meters.

        • ironstylus

          So i did! thanks for pointing it out, was wondering how they were going to market a scratch mixer without curve lol

  • http://thisisdjkaz.com thisisdjkaz

    I really like this concept. Perfect for those on a budget and those looking for a back-up scratch mixer. Well done DJ Tech!

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/101830809347181416022 Elliot Marx

    Hey all,

    Giz please post the mini Innofader logo as part of the story. I’ve confirmed with DJ Tech that they are going to use this logo on the mixer.

    About making the channel faders compatible, the crossfader will definitely be both Innofader PNP and Innofader Pro compatible, but the Channel faders most likely will be just Innofader Pro compatible

    • http://www.djworx.com Mark Settle

      When I get back. I’m away for a couple of days. :)

  • ciro

    sounds great to me… but i still dont get it.
    Why nobody is going to build a mixer that can compete with a Rane 62 oder a Pioneer DJM-t1..
    thats the mixer we all want.. The possibility to use Cues (1-6?) and a sampler. Browse through the crates/libary and use 3 Effects? A Mixer you can use for scratch live oder traktor. With AuX in and
    Without a build in Soundcard and great faders.. ( it should definitely have a line fader curve !!)
    something like … Build a Trakor X1 in a Rane 56 kind of thing.

    All of this for a nice price around 500$ ?!

    • https://www.google.com/profiles/101830809347181416022 Elliot Marx

      Ciro – I think the simple answer is this is not “your” mixer. There are many DJs getting into the game who need to go low budget and as basic as possible, but still get a decent quality product.

  • tsutek

    Pretty excited about this! I’ve been looking for the cheapest entry to an innofader -built crossfader, and this seems to fit the bill nicely <3 looking forward to seeing this ship in august.

  • http://www.djstrategy.de Strategy

    Hi Elliott
    If you have any say in the matter and if it is still possible, please make them add an aux in on the back as a psydo third channel! It could even be switchable/ share a channel with the micinput!
    I really think that an aux-third-channel would make this great little mixer appeal to an far bigger customercircle!

    • https://www.google.com/profiles/101830809347181416022 Elliot Marx

      Hello Strategy,

      Again I think DJ Tech’s idea is to be as basic as possible with this product. I’m pretty sure they’re reading this daily so they’ll see your feedback.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/101744242634385400745 Mizuri

    I’d grab that shit in a second if it had the original inno-fader.

  • http://twitter.com/DjRaytedR Dj Rayted R

    I must say, the mini innofader is impressive, its a light fader, yet with a slightly weighted feel. For cutting its perfect. although theres no tension adjust and cut/curve control. its still a pretty dope fader!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJTEEOH Shuriken Tenshii

    Make it midi capable like the 57 and it’s game over.

  • E-Na

    So when is the new release date?

  • http://www.facebook.com/yuri.shulgin Yuri Shulgin
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  • rafiq

    Does this have a hamster switch? If it does, I’m sold.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DJTEEOH Shuriken Tenshii

      yes it does

  • http://twitter.com/StudioScratches Studio Scratches

    Woah! Super keen to try this out. Great pics as always. The vestax 06 was amazing but if this can match up then it’s a bargain!