Over the past two years, Hawtin and Rigby-Jones have been working together on the development of new products for the electronic music market. Rigby-Jones is an expert in the field, having worked with Allen & Heath for over two decades, with particular focus on their Xone mixer range (which was the reason for his first meeting with Hawtin, just before the turn of the millennium).
The MODEL 1 is their first product together via PLAYdifferently—a six-channel professional mixer, which promises to fit just as comfortably in club surroundings as studio settings. Features include a per channel Hybrid Filter EQ & Input overdrive control, Master Resonant Filter (with both HPF and LPF controls), a Dual headphone Cue system, Tascam DB25 connector system, Dual Mixer linking capability and a Dual external PSU option.
On the mixer, Hawtin contends that "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.”
The MODEL 1 will be unveiled at tonight's Boiler Room Berlin, from 8PM - 1AM CET. Alongside Hawtin, Chris Liebing and Dubfire (both of whom are ambassadors for the mixer) will be performing, amongst a host of other guests.
The PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 will be available to purchase from June 30, with a limited number retailing at £2,500.