NAMM 2013 EXCLUSIVE: DJ Tech DIF-1S Scratch Mixer promo

Way back at Musikmesse 2012, I was lucky enough to get a first look at DJ Tech’s new scratch mixer. They were suitably excited about it because it was the first mixer announced get a Mini Innofader from Audio Innovate. They weren’t first out of the starting blocks though as Native Instruments got that honour with the Kontrol Z2. But now the DJ Tech DIF-1S is ready to go, and they have a promo video just for you.

DISCLOSURE: I was contracted to make the video but have had no involvement in design of this project. Fear not – this will get an unbiased review, because I want to help DJ Tech make better DJ gear.

DJ Rasp does the honours on the decks, and Mr Brown provides the music. The video itself is designed to be a promo ad rather than a performance video hence the brevity, but it does show that the Mini Innofader is no slouch when it comes to scratching, and you don’t need 5 minutes of crabs to prove that. I’m looking at putting together some more scratch talent to give the DIF-1S a beating. I’ll keep you posted on that.

So to the product itself. Official words:

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DJ Tech introduces the DIF-1S Mixer

2 channel scratch mixer with Mini Innofader at a price you can afford

DJ Tech Pro is proud to introduce the newest edition to our line of scratch mixers.

The DJ Tech DIF-1S is a professional DJ scratch mixer featuring the all new Mini Innofader crossfader from Audio Innovate.

As a sponsor of DMC’s online battle in 2012, DJ Tech wanted to address the needs of scratch DJs, and the DIF-1S has been designed to offer the perfect balance of features, quality, compactness and value for money.

Mini Innofader

The DIF-1S is fitted as standard with Audio Innovate’s new Mini-Innofader. Building upon the foundation of the industry’s favourite crossfader, the Mini Innofader offers a 4 million cycle long life, as well as a user adjustable cut-in distance and reverse switch. The DIF-1S is also fully compatible with the full-sized Innofader in all 3 fader positions.

“We went right back to basics” said Alessio Foti, DJ Tech’s Technical and Marketing Director.  “At a time when 2 channel mixers are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, we realized that all a turntablist really needs is a good crossfader in a box – and that’s exactly what the DIF-1S is”.

Timecode Mode

Addressing the digital age where DVS systems like Traktor and Serato Scratch Live are commonplace, the DIF-1S also features a dedicated Timecode switch on each channel, which allows seamless changeover between DVS systems with no interruption to the music.

Alessio Foti has this to say – “there are many different methods out there to handle this, but we feel that this is a highly effective implementation that enables DJs to choose between phono, line or DVS“.

Rugged and Compact

Scratch mixers need to be tough. And with a heavy gauge faceplate and metal controls nutted onto the chassis, the DIF-1S is built to last. The small frame adds to the feel of quality and makes it highly portable and easy to fit into any setup.

The DIF-1S isn’t just for turntablists. As a fully featured 2-channel mixer, the DIF-1S features the following:

  • RCA inputs with switchable line/phono control per channel
  • Separate DVS RCA inputs
  • Separate RCA CD inputs per channel
  • 3-band EQ
  • 1/4″ Mic input with volume control
  • 6.35mm and 3.5mm headphones outputs
  • Master and booth outputs with separate volume controls
  • LED meters with PFL/master switch
  • Ground post for turntable input

Price and Availability

The DJ Tech DIF-1S will be shipping in February with a suggested retail price of $149 / €129 / £99.

For more information on the DIF-1S and other DJ Tech products, please visit

About DJ Tech

DJ Tech is a leading provider of DJ equipment and technology. At DJ Tech, we love sound and believe that it is important to cater to the specific requirements of today’s increasingly evolving DJ. From beginner to advanced, analog or full digital, DJ Tech innovates and develops products for all types of DJs.

Yes, you read it right – a scratch mixer with a Mini Innofader for just £99. The normal route to scratch happiness without breaking the bank has been to track down a used Vestax 05 or 06 and shoehorn a Pro X Fade or Innofader into it. That still doesn’t get you much change from £200. You could also track down an American Audio QD5, but they never seemed to be that popular with scratch DJs outside of the US.

But £99 makes this an absolutely bargain, especially with a Mini Innofader. Like the 06, it does miss out the master cue, but you should still be able to hang a Y cable out of the booth output and headphone scratch in your bedroom while everyone is asleep. Other than that little snafu, the DIF-1S is the ideal starter scratch mixer, and perfect for those who don’t want to shell out for a rather more complex and expensive mixer.

The one handy thing I did discover was that because of the size, the DIF-1S easily avoided the RCA outs on the Stanton decks, meaning that you didn’t have to use right-angled cables to get the deck and mixer sitting flush in battle position. So you can use the featured Neo d+ cables, even if ironically a full DVS set costs than the mixer.

If you’re lucky enough to make it into NAMM, you can check out the DIF-1S yourself on DJ Tech’s stand. Head to hall A stand 6310. And a full review is on the way.

  • Instant buy.
    Now go make a dlx-version with line-curves and channel swap and I´ll get that too 😉

    • btw it looks higher than the 150s in the video, is that right?

      • Just a little. I don’t know how it’ll fit with Technics though. I really should get a pair.

    • Fortunately the DJ Tech people also included Innofader Pro compatibility on all 3 faders, so this combined with the Innojuster gives you plenty of upgrading options. This kind of upgradeability is very rare on budget mixers.

  • Great Video. Well done, Mark!

  • £99? Pretty amazing price! It seems like a decent mixer for someone on a budget or someone who wants a second mixer for Q&A cuts.

  • BelgianJungleSound

    Skillage 😛

  • It’s refreshing to see a mixer without 150 buttons on it for a change 🙂 Since switching to MIDI controllers my turntables have been collecting dust. I was planning on buying an inexpensive yet decent and simple scratch mixer to mess around with at home and this is exactly what I was looking for! Just like the press release says… “a good crossfader in a box”. Well done!

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  • more hybrid digital/analogue mixers please!

  • Great video – mixer looks amazing for the price + faders!

    When it says:

    “And with a heavy gauge faceplate and metal controls nutted onto the chassis, the DIF-1S is built to last.”

    Does that mean the EQ knobs are made of metal + are nutted to the faceplate like on the Xone series mixers..? 🙂

  • Sickness! Nice work Rasp 🙂 *share*

  • Lauti

    I know there’s a review coming, but I have to ask: how about sound quality?

    • Sounded alright to me. But I haven’t done real tests yet.

  • Hey Mark – First of great video! Cudos on that!
    One question thou – Is there any chance that the whole “no master cue” snafu might be fixed before they start shipping these babies? No being able to simply (as well as quickly )switch between master and channel cue kinda ruins this mixer for any gigs @ small bars f.ex. & etc. (well at least if the places don’t have monitors that is)!

    • I’m afraid not. As soon as I got the units and discovered the issue, I was straight onto DJ Tech. They’d hit the factory so it was too late. I guess that if it’s a massive hit then perhaps in the next production it could be changed.

  • An_Ki

    Everything was downright perfect until the missing master/cue switch. Everything so well thought out, except the one simple basic feature of all modern dj mixers. Damn, that’s a dealbreaker right there…

  • Mark

    aesthetically speaking, it’s a good looking mixer, as is the video – and nice work on the routine, Rasp.

  • thats a sexy lil mixer

  • deejay007

    I dont get it… What do you need a “master” on your dj mixer for???

    Listen to the monitor or listen to the house system.

    I dont get it.

    • An_Ki

      Well, I for once want to preserve my hearing and therefore like to have the option of having the master in my headphones. Not to mention playing venues which aren’t optimized for music, such as big halls or private parties where echoing can be a problem. Sometimes you simply don’t have a monitor and there can be significant delay from the house system.

      I’m not saying you can’t play without it, but that was the single thing I missed in my 05 twelve years ago…I just don’t see why on earth you wouldn’t want the option, it just makes a mixer so much more versatile.

    • Not every DJ in the world plays out. Bedroom DJs (a potential huge market for this) need to Dj in their headphones, especially scratch DJs.

  • jabba

    Suppose its just one Innofader in the crossfade only .For that price it must be ,but you never know. Mark can yourself or anyone else confirm this ? Seems like a great little mixer otherwise.Looks clean too,almost Rane like

  • Cant wait to get my hands on that mixer at NAMM

  • AndrewKK

    Great video and Super Mixer! Good Job Dj-Tech!!

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  • love the new video, i really hope you’ll be getting lots more of these video gigs in 2013! it’s good to hear something new about this mixer, i recall looking into it and not finding any news …i was afraid it was abandoned!

    because i’ll never get over how budget conscious i had to be back in the day, i’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for *good* inexpensive gear. with this unit coming in at a good $50 cheaper than the street price of the Behringer NOX 202, i can see these answering many prayers.

    is there any chance we’ll get a comparative review of DIF-1S with the Mini Inno vs the NOX 202 or 404 with the Infinium? DJs who want the biggest bang for their buck want to know 😛

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  • Really want to get my hands on a cheap mixer, especially with Innofader already installed. I dropped DJ Tech an email to find out a UK release date, I know you state Feb but can you be more specific? Also, do you know who will stock it in the UK?

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  • Ja-Q

    I’ve made this faceplate with a integrated midi controller for DVS!
    If U a interested contact me.
    Thank U!