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AFX MIDIBy AFX MIDI
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AFX MIDIBy AFX MIDI
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About

Hello there fellow Kickstarters! We just wanted to start off with a warm welcome. Like many of you viewing this project, we're passionate DJ's with a love for technology, and this project was nothing but a labor of love. We saw a void in the market for a high-quality "rotary MIDI mixer", and after a great deal of experimentation, design and testing, we feel we have come up with something unique and fun to use!

What exactly is the RMC-1? The RMC-1 is a MIDI controller, designed to duplicate the experience of mixing on a rotary DJ mixer. It uses the same high-quality components used on the finest rotary dj mixers costing thousands of dollars, yet offers exciting possibilities by combining customized control layout via MIDI mapping.

Is it an audio mixer? No. the RMC-1 is strictly a MIDI controller. All functions are MIDI controls, freely mappable to your DJ or production software of choice. Audio output to your sound system (and audio input for turntables, etc.) is handled via your existing Native Instruments Traktor compatible audio interface, such as the Audio 10.

How does it connect to my DJ setup? One USB cable. Power is via USB.

Is it hard to setup as a mixer if I don't know much about MIDI mapping? The RMC-1 ships with a setup file and instructions which will configure Native Instruments Traktor software automatically for use with the RMC-1. The default control layout is as follows:

  • Channel volume control (1 large knob per channel) 
  • One filter control per channel
  • Three eq controls per channel
  • One gain control per channel
  • One master volume control
  • One headphone volume control
  • One channel cue select control

Is it hard to customize the controls? No. Detailed instructions will be included. Remapping the entire controller in a custom configuration takes less than 15 minutes.

Do the small knobs have center detent? Yes.

What's all the fuss I hear about Alps / Japanese "potentiometers"? The potentiometer or "pot" is the mechanism you are turning, when turning a knob on a MIDI controller or audio mixer. The pot is a determining factor on audio quality and "feel" on an audio mixer. On a MIDI controller, audio isn't a factor, but the feel of the control is still determined by the pot being used. After testing pot after pot, the proven Alps line of potentiometers, used on audio mixers such as the Rane line of rotary mixers and classic mixers from UREI and Bozak, was chosen for its unique and high-quality feel. When you turn a knob on a mass-market built MIDI controller, and then the RMC-1, you instantly feel the difference. 

How do you play standard vinyl records with a MIDI controller? Using an audio interface with pass-through audio capabilities, you can play traditional vinyl with Traktor and the RMC-1. The cool part is you have access to Traktor's effects, as audio passes through Traktor, just like on digital files. Filters, delays, reverbs, everything except looping functionality.  

Who is AFX MIDI and what do they know about building MIDI controllers? AFX MIDI is the brain child of Adam Freemer, an electrical and software engineer, with years of experience designing and building audio and electronics specifically suited to DJs and performing artists. The team is rounded out by advisors with years of electronics manufacturing experience and a manufacturing company with years of experience in process engineering and electronic equipment fabrication.

I'm not that familiar with Kickstarter, how does it work? You select a backing level, and when (and if) the project achieves its funding goal, you are charged at that point for the amount you chose to fund. If the funding level is not achieved, you are never charged anything.

The RMC-1 can function as a traditional mixer, check out the dj mix below.
The RMC-1 can function as a traditional mixer, check out the dj mix below.

 A demo mix showing how the RMC-1 can be used with Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro, as well as with conventional hardware such as CDJs and turntables playing real vinyl.

As a MIDI controller, the RMC-1 works perfectly as the centerpiece of your digital and analog DJ setup.
As a MIDI controller, the RMC-1 works perfectly as the centerpiece of your digital and analog DJ setup.
The RMC-1 is bus powered and functions via one USB jack.
The RMC-1 is bus powered and functions via one USB jack.
Extruded aluminum edges round out an all metal construction.
Extruded aluminum edges round out an all metal construction.
Inside the prototype: only the finest components. Alps potentiometers.
Inside the prototype: only the finest components. Alps potentiometers.
The small knobs are available in several colors.
The small knobs are available in several colors.
  • The RMC-1 works with all major digital DJ software platforms. No drivers to install.
  • Being a MIDI controller, the RMC-1 allows you to customize your control functions beyond the standard layouts found on typical DJ mixers. Make any knob, any function on your DJ or production software.
  • Default mapping (.tsi) files will be available at launch making setup a simple point and click operation.
  • There are no drivers to install. A control in the rear of the RMC-1 allows selection of a global MIDI channel. The rest is standard mapping procedures in your DJ software of choice. 
  • Instructions on how to customize your mapping and control layout for Traktor Scratch Pro and Ableton Live will be available on the AFX MIDI website.
  • Distractions are kept to a minimum. There are only two status LEDs on the RMC-1. One on the top surface indicating power & one near the USB connector indicating boot-up and MIDI activity. 

Specifications

  • Dimension: 11.0" x 14.0" x 1.8" 
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs 
  • Construction materials: Aluminum and steel
  • Connectors: USB MIDI (1)
  • Indicator lights: 2 - one for power one for MIDI activity
  • Included accessories: 6 ft USB cable
  • Power: via USB
  • Small rotary controls: 20 (fully mappable)
  • Large rotary controls: 7 (fully mappable)
  • Selector control: 1 four position rotary selector (fully mappable)
  • MIDI channel selection control: 1 rear mounted select switch

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Risks and challenges

1. Several versions of the RMC-1 have been built with an iterative “LEAN” manufacturing design mentality. The finest materials and parts have been selected in an attempt to mitigate potential problems.

2. The actual RMC-1 enclosure will be manufactured by a small company in upstate New York. They build extremely high quality products with short lead times. Several electronic manufacturing and assembly companies have provided proposals and lead times for the actual mechanical and electronic assembly. All have lead times well within the time constraints of our timeline. Sourcing the actual potentiometers and knobs (specifically the larger knobs) have the longest possible delivery lead times, especially with the potentiometers being of Japanese origin (Alps). If there is one possible unexpected manufacturing delay, it would most likely be with parts procurement. Because of this, we have provided what we think will be a generous amount of time to meet the projected product delivery date.

3. We understand that unexpected issues and factors always arise. Because of this, we have partnered with and engaged industry professionals for guidance and recommendations during our manufacturing process. We are very confident that we can complete this project 100% on-time for delivery.

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