While Pioneer presented a heap of hardware with more buttons than Duttons, it was SuperStereo that caused the most chatter own the show floor at BPM 2015, and certainly got hearts beating a little faster within Team DJWORX. The DN78 is a two channel rotary mixer complete with an audio interface and valve stage, which should be enough to get anyone with a passing interest on mixers interested.
The DN78 is no mass-produced box on a pallet — each one is made to order, with a delivery of 6-8 weeks. And it has price tag top match its hand-made status too. The standard version (which frankly is good enough for all but the purist of audiophile DJs) will set you back a not inconsiderable £1790, and for the more balls-out than it already is edition with valve and fader upgrades, you’re going to be dropping £1980. But I’m happy with those prices — I’m sure the target market would rather pay for quality and be part of a pretty exclusive club. I’d hate for a larger company to come out with something that looks like a high quality rotary for the rest of us, that hit a £499 price tag and a subsequent hit in quality.
After being the place where DJing started, rotary mixers are once again all the rage (technology is cyclical if you hadn’t worked it out by now). Helped by Rane’s pant-wittingly amazing MP2015, it seems that the rush towards a bells and whistles laden more aesthetic is being balanced with a rather more focussed workflow that concentrates on the core workflow of DJing, but delivers it in a retro/classic style.