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Mixfader transforms your smartphone or tablet into a complete & affordable DJ setup.
All you have to do with Mixfader is move back & forth to pass from one piece of music to another, cut or even create new rhythmic sounds.
Mixfader connects wirelessly and automatically to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth®. Thanks to a related application that gathers all must-have functionalities for mixing & scratching - music, DJ effects, etc. - Mixfader gives no limit to your creativity!
Mixfader has been designed to suit everyone, not just professional DJs. Our designers focused particularly on making sure that Mixfader and its related application are unbelievably intuitive and easy to use. The application also includes coaching videos for getting started and perfecting your skills to reach a professional level. These tutorials were designed in partnership with DJing teachers. Whether you want to learn how to mix or simply want an original way to liven up your parties, Mixfader is designed for you!
To satisfy your demands in terms of performance, our team worked in partnership with the best professional DJs and turntablists, such as 9 O’Clock – twice world champions at the DMC World DJ Championship – right from the design stage of the creation of Mixfader. In order that Mixfader be ultra-reactive and easy to manage, our engineers worked hard to achieve a latency of 5 ms. This means that you can mix and scratch with a wirelessly connected device with a latency imperceptible to the human ear. This “ultra-low latency” technology developed by our engineers has just been patented. It is a world first: DJIT has developed the product that records the lowest latency level on Bluetooth®.
- Finishing: silver aluminium
- Size: 3,6x1,3x1,4 inches; 9,2x3,2x3,6 cm
- Weight: 85g; 2,99 oz; 0,19 lbs
- Wireless: Bluetooth® 4.0
- External buttons and connectors: power button, mini USB
- Power and battery: integrated battery, energy-saving, DJ set up to 10 hours, fast charge in about 25 min
- In the box: Mixfader, USB cable, QuickStart guide
- The dedicated application: works with all iOS and Android smartphones & tablets, downloadable from the App Store and Google Play Store
Mixfader works with a related application, available soon on iOS and Android smartphones & tablets. This application computerizes vinyl turntables and brings together all the essential functionalities for mixing your music. Mixfader and its related application go hand in hand and let you mix & scratch.
- the most complete music library with an access to +50 million tracks (your mp3, SoundCloud, Deezer,...)
- special DJ effects (hot cues, filters,...)
- a 3-band frequency equalizer
At DJIT, we think that everyone can become a DJ. Our mission is to break down the entry barriers and help you to improve your practical skills, whatever your level: beginner, intermediary or professional. That’s why we continuously develop new DJ solutions designed to be both affordable and easy to use, whilst still being unbelievably high-performance.
It is a product 100% designed and manufactured in France, because we attach great importance to the high quality of the Mixfader product.
Mixfader is the result of more than a year of work. The whole design stage was undertaken internally. Our teams of engineers and designers surrounded themselves with music mixing professionals and technical experts to develop the most innovative product seen for years in the DJing industry. 9 O’Clock – twice world champions at the DMC World Championship – have been involved since the very beginning of the project, bringing their expertise and standards to the Mixfader design. This collaboration makes sense, 9 O’Clock is a worthy representative of the new French Touch generation.
We presented Mixfader at the SXSW Festival (Austin, Texas) in March 2015, by means of a first prototype on the French Tech stand and a demonstration video. The announcement created buzz with more than 1.8 million video views in less than a week, media interest in more than 30 countries and thousands of positive feedback reports. This led to different consequences within the company. First of all, we took on board the product improvement ideas; one example? Today, the new version of Mixfader has an aluminum case – no longer plastic – which makes it more resistant. But, above all, we decided to fast-track Mixfader onto the market by the end of 2015 and increase production to meet the demand generated by this announcement.
This campaign will allow us, in parallel, to gather ideas from the Kickstarter community and to make adjustments to Mixfader, if necessary, to better satisfy your needs.
The help of Kickstarter community will allow us to take up this new challenge. Our start-up is taking the next step by designing hardware, in addition to software.
Risks and challenges
We've been working extremely hard to ensure the high quality and timely delivery of Mixfader.
However, there is always a risk when producing an innovative product that combines both electronic hardware and software.
The hardware used by the current version of Mixfader is a proven, tested hardware. The main challenges might be reduced to logistics. Unplanned delays in the manufacturing process can still occur, but problems related to the hardware design of the device are very unlikely.
On the software side, we can rely on our expertise in the development of music applications. We will be updating the Mixfader dedicated application regularly based on your feedbacks. We'll keep to work hard to ensure the best possible user experience.
We are committed to keep our campaign transparent and we will openly communicate with our supporters on the progress we make and the issues that might arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Mixfader and its related app will be compatible with iOS and Android devices (smartphones as well as tablets). The app will be available on the App Store and Google Play.
The main problem with Bluetooth connection is the latency. The problem is bigger when it concerns music, particularly for scratching. Mixing and scratching techniques require very high accuracy and responsiveness. It would be inconceivable to release a DJ mixer with a low level of responsiveness! More, it would be a non-sense!
That’s why we worked hard to reduce the latency inherent in the Bluetooth. And we are proud of the results: with an average latency of 5 milliseconds, Mixfader reacts instantaneously to the crossfader movements.
We are proud at DJIT to have developed the product that records the lowest latency level on Bluetooth.
Mixfader is packed with a dedicated DJ app to enable you to mix and add samples to several tracks at the same time. You, backers, will receive the Full version of the app. When Mixfader will be released on the market, the app will be free and some features will be additional.
The autonomy of Mixfader is up to 10 hours: this duration enables DJs to mix and scratch without any interruption during DJ sets, for example. Mixfader can be charged via Micro USB.
Of course! If you want to use two devices you can, whether it's a smartphone or a tablet! For that, you just have to open the Mixfader app on both of your devices and then, connect Mixfader via Bluetooth on one device only. We designed the Mixfader app to enable you to add another device by clicking on a dedicated button, in the app settings.
Of course, Mixfader has to be static during the mixing experience. That was a challenge for us: the problem doesn’t appear on big DJ controllers! Conceiving a small crossfader that enables DJs to realize quick back and forth movements without moving it was essential.
To face this technical challenge, mainly due to the small format of the object, we decided to add a special adhesive material (kind of foam) below Mixfader and we conceived the product in aluminium for an optimal weight (heavier than plastic): 85g. We made sure the object was heavy enough to remain static during its usage!
On top of that, to face all situations, we are working on another system (to add a second fixing system): a kind of clip to hang Mixfader on the table.
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