Having established that the refreshed Musikmesse 2016 is a complete wash out, one ray of light comes courtesy of DJ Tech. Having aimed its sights on the turntablist market in recent times, they’re capitalising on the current fascination with portable scratching to deliver the Handy Kutz mixer prototype at Musikmesse 2016.
Just allow yourself to take it in for a moment… for some, this makes no sense whatsoever, but equally I can hear a roar of approval and a lot of credit cards bouncing off of screens. This little beauty will allow any turntable (obviously other devices too) of becoming a Vestax QFO style self contained scratch device. Externally powered, it connects a turntable via RCA, and has a mini jack for connecting a phone or similar for beat. There’s a curve and reverse control, individual gain, tone and input/master levels. It’s also well blessed with XLR and RCA outs.
The fader is just a regular alpha, with no word on Innofader compatibility. But you can guarantee that Elliot Marx will make it work one way or another. And with the depth of the unit, it should be able to take a full Innofader Pro.
UPDATE: DJ Tech commented below that it comes with a mini Innofader. For $99, I’ll skip the pocket faders completely. Just lose the faceplate lip – not necessary.
So to price — as a prototype, the price is still in the air a little. But $100 is being floated.
OVER TO YOU
Pure insanity? Or why did it take so long — take my money? What would you change? But please do tell us and DJ Tech because they could really do with the feedback.