When he’s not creating his own idiosyncratic musical landscapes, Richie Hawtin has been working with British boffin Andy Rigby-Jones to design a new mixer that would meet the needs of an uncompromising electronic musician. Now the fruits of the pairs labor can finally be experienced with the launch of the PLAYdifferently Model 1 mixer. It was introduced at NAMM and now it’s ready to roll out. It will be available starting June 30 directly from the company. But first, Hawtin will let the world in on what his mixer can do by using it at Berlin’s Arena Club tonight, from 8pm to 1am CET.
You can catch the live stream of the event at Boilerroom.tv.live, as Hawtin and a host of special guests including Ellen Allien, Dubfire, Chambra, and others give the mixer a trial by fire. The Model 1 has six stereo channels, two send & return challens, two mix outputs and a master & booth EQ. It also offers a per channel hybrid filter EQ & input overdrive control, dual headphone cue system, dual mixer linking capabability, and more. To quote Hawtin’s thoughts about his creation, “It’s time to accept that DJing has come a long long way over the past 25 years and introduce a mixer that lives up to the expectations of the modern electronic music performer. A mixer more akin to an instrument with intuitive controls, uncompromising quality and features that can unlock a new wave of creativity.“