Small businesses don’t like to spend money on PR. So you can imagine DJ Tech’s delight when scratch God DJ Qbert latched onto their DIF-1S mixer at last year’s NAMM and essentially said it was the best thing at the show. Well 1 year and a DIF-1S special edition later, DJ Tech and Thud Rumble are best mates, and some of the fruits of that relationship are here. The Thud Rumble TRX is a limited edition scratch mixer with some very cool things that older scratch mixer just don’t have.
The TRX forms part of the rewards to promote the Kickstarter campaign for Qbert’s “Extraterrestria” LP. Read the words:
Taking our cue from previous DJ mixer design innovations (Vestax PMC Series,Vestax QFO Turntable, Thud Rumble TR-1S), we conceptualized, designed and produced what would arguably be“the best skratch DJ mixer ever built.”
Integrated Premium Quality Contactless innoFADER PRO Crossfader*
2-Channel Switchable Phono / Line Input
Stereo XLR Balanced Output
Dedicated Post-fader Direct Output for each channel (a first for any DJ mixer and great for recording your skratches separately!!!)
1/4″ and 1/8″ Headphone Outputs (with Master Cue monitoring option and Channel Cue Fader)
Stereo 1/4″ Booth Output
Stereo RCA Aux Input / Output
Neutrik XLR/TRS Combo Microphone Input
2-Channel High-pass / Low-pass Filter Effects Faders with Reverse Function
Dedicated Left / Right Pan Faders
DVS mode: Switch between the traditional Vinyl/CD setup and DVS software setup without reconnecting a single cable
Superb sKratch performance with Adjustable Crossfader and Channel Curves with Reverse Functions
Universal Power Supply: AC 100~240V, <= 8W. No more wall warts!
This is the perfect DJ mixer for skratch DJs in the bedroom, on stage and in the studio. This is a Kickstarter-exclusive release limited to 200 pieces only. This is the first and only-chance to buy this mixer.
*One addendum — it seems that the TRX will come with the Mini Innofader and not the Innofader Pro.
As an old school scratch head, this is a nice looking mixer, that I have personally dubbed the best scratch mixer that Vestax never made. The good starting point is the revised Mini Innofader, complete with Vestax style square fader caps. And all the faders have curves and reverses, thus all boxes ticked in that department. And as is expected theses days, each channel has a high/low pass filter, rather interestingly with reverses too. Time will tell is faders on filters is going to be popular.
Moving around the back, The Thud Rumble TRX is surprisingly well equipped. Taking the DIF-1S’s DVS channels, this also has the VERY cool feature of individual channel outs. It’s an idea that has been discussed over the years, but nobody that I can remember has ever actually implemented it. Hats off to DJ Tech and Thud Rumble for making that happen.
But cramming balanced master and booth out into the TRX, as well as incorporating the power brick inside the chassis is really cool. Overall, I’m struggling to think of what else I’d put in this for scratch DJs. They seem to have thought of everything. I have no doubt however that someone will come up with something.
Now here’s the downside — the only way to lay your hands on one is via the Kickstarter rewards for the LP, and it’ll set you back $500. It is also stated that there will only be 200 of these mixers ever made. This could be marketing hoopla of course, but QBert specific limited editions of Vestax products have traditionally been short runs. So if you really want one, find $500 just to be on the safe side. The other downside is that you won’t see it until June. I’m not even sure that the pictured prototype will be at NAMM.
We can only hope that the Thud Rumble TRX becomes popular beyond this Kickstarter campaign and that it makes it out to the general public, and with a slightly lower price tag. The Kickstarter campaign runs for 24 more days and at the time of writing has reached $25K of its lofty $100K target.