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PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4 Premium Ultracompact 4-Channel Analog DJ Mixer


  • Two Stereo Sends and Returns
  • Two High-Performance Phono Preamps
  • Custom TKD 60mm Studio-Grade Faders
  • Precision Sculpting EQ
  • Contouring Low- and High-Pass Filters
  • Analog Overdrive
  • Two Independent Cue Systems
  • 3-Band Master EQ + 2-Band Booth EQ
  • D-Sub Inputs & Outputs + RCA, XLR, 1/4″
  • Full Balanced Main Mix Bus

$1,499.00 $2,299.00

DJs, musicians, and performing artists looking for a professional performance mixer with uncompromising build quality, intuitive tactile controls, and beautifully warm analog circuitry will be delighted with the PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4, a premium ultracompact 4-channel analog DJ mixer with an advanced feature set not found on comparable devices. Building upon the success of the original MODEL 1, the MODEL 1.4 was engineered by Andy Rigby-Jones of famed Allen&Heath and codesigned by Richie Hawtin. The mixer’s ultracompact design is ideal for home use or as the ultimate tourable analog mixer, allowing you to take your analog core wherever you may roam.

The mixer offers four input channels plus two stereo returns in a small format frame. Notable features include an input preamplifier drive control, hybrid filter/swept bell EQ, dual-cue system, dual mixer linking system, and a fully balanced Tascam DB25 connector system. The purely analog mixer features technology typically found in the finest studio consoles such as a fully balanced mix bus, zero crossing detection for seamless filtering, and master-EQ routing along high voltage differential power rails. The MODEL 1.4 can be used alone or connected via the mixer link to a MODEL 1 for an unrivaled 10-channel live mix experience.

Two Stereo Sends

The two Aux controls send the channel signal to the Aux mix outputs for use with external effects processors or, in some applications, local monitors. Aux 1 offers either pre or post fade while Aux 2 is internally set to post fader.

Two Stereo Returns

Two basic stereo channels for use as return inputs from external effects processors or other sources. Each return features trim to adjust the return signal, input drive circuit, and cue routing to both Cue A and Cue B. Each return also features metering for visual feedback of the signal level, a rotary level fader to adjust mix amount and combined return 1-2 low-cut EQ and master-filter routing.

Two High-Performance Phono Preamps

Two high-performance turntable inputs have been optimized for the club environment to minimize the tonal imbalance between vinyl and digital audio and eliminate sub-frequency feedback. Each phono input has its own individual turntable earth binding for greater flexibility.

Studio-Grade Faders

Custom TKD 60mm faders. These twin-rails faders have been carefully chosen to ensure long life and smooth operation and feature a heavy feel for greater precision.

Precision Sculpting EQ

Sculpt is a semi-parametric swept bell filter and consists of two controls: Freq, which allows you to set the center frequency and Cut/Boost, so you can adjust the gain or attenuate this frequency. The level of Cut/Boost is asymmetric; maximum boost is limited to +8 dB, while the cut is extended to -20 dB. Sculpt has a wide Q and a frequency range that covers almost seven octaves.

Contouring Low- and High-Pass Filters

As the name implies these two controls allow you to contour the frequency range of the audio signal. They consist of low Q, high-pass and low-pass filters designed not to add color to the sound as they are swept across their frequency range.

Analog Overdrive

A unique feature on every input, the Drive control. This control allows the user to adjust the level at which the channel preamplifier clips the input signal, thus creating harmonic distortion as a creative effect.

Dual Cue

Two independent cue systems, A and B. Cue A routes to the right-hand-side headphone monitor and the Cue B routes to the left-hand-side headphone monitor. The dual-cue system makes it much easier for two DJs to perform on the mixer together in back-to-back setups, as each can select a separate channel to monitor without interfering with the other. This feature also assists DJs in handing off to each other in a smooth and natural way.

Mixer Link

A system that allows multiple mixers to be linked together, either for use with two or more performers, or as a way to expand the number of channels. When Linked together the mixers share a common balanced mix feeding the PA and booth monitors. In addition, the two cue systems are joined allowing interactive cueing between multiple performers.

Balanced Mix Bus

Fully balanced main mix bus (usually only found in very high end analogue studio consoles) resulting in >110 dB of dynamic range, improved hum rejection, lower noise and crosstalk.

Master High- and Low-Pass Resonant Filters

The Master Filter consists of a high-pass filter, a low-pass filter, and a resonance control, to adjust the sharpness of the high-pass filter. The Master Filter can be used as a swept frequency performance effect, or as preset frequency mix tool to instantly cut the low or high frequencies of any channel routed to the filter. Signals can be routed to the Master Filter by the Filter select switch found on each channel.

Three-Band Master EQ

Three-band Master EQ with asymmetric cut and boost, -20/+6 dB, which can be used as a performance effect, as well as a frequency correction tool.

Two-Band Booth EQ

A 2-band equalizer allowing the user to adjust the frequency response of the booth monitors to suit their own preference.

100% Analog

Smooth intuitive controls matched with warm, pure analog circuitry.

Zero Crossing Circuitry

All internal routing utilizes a zero-crossing detection system that helps minimize audio switching artifacts for channel and filter selection, master filter on/off, and master EQ on/off. This system allows each of these functions to be used quickly and intuitively as performance effects.

Quality Components

Beautifully smooth components each controlling one specific function for intuitive on-the-fly creative performances.

External Power Supply

Powered by an external 45W 24V universal voltage PSU. Internally, the 24 volts from the external supply, is converted to just under +/-20 V for the analog power rails using high frequency switching technology, giving MODEL 1 some of the highest signal headroom of any professional mixer irrespective of its application.

Built in the UK

Built in the UK with our partners DigiCo and Allen & Heath using alloy/steel chassis for maximum strength and minimum weight, optimized for touring, club, and performance situations.

D-Subs In

Two fully balanced TASCAM DB25 inputs receiving all 6 stereo channels for rapid connections to external soundcards and added flexibility in club installations.

D-Sub Out

Fully balanced TASCAM DB25 output for sending Master, Aux 1 and 2 Sends, and Cue B channels down a single connector for rapid connections to external soundcards and added flexibility in club installs.

Record Out

Mounted on the front panel at the top of the Master section, the Record Out 3.5mm TRS jack feeds the post Master EQ signal as a pre-fader record output. Nominal level is -2 dB.
Number of Channels 4 x Stereo
2 x Aux
Faders 4 x 2.4″ / 60 mm Channel Level
Meters Channel Meter:
4 x 10-Segment LED
Main Meter:
2 x 10-Segment LED
Meter Range -25 dB to +12 dB Peak/Clip
Display None
Sample Pads None
EQ None
Performance Controls Band-Pass Filter, EQ, High-Pass Filter, Low-Pass Filter
Built-In Effects Drive
Connectivity
Audio Inputs 2 x Stereo RCA TS Unbalanced Line Input
2 x Stereo RCA 3-Pin Unbalanced Line/Phono Input
4 x 1/4″ TRS Balanced Return Input
Audio Outputs 2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Master Output
2 x 1/4″ TRS Balanced Master Output
2 x 1/4″ TRS Balanced Booth Output
4 x 1/4″ TRS Balanced Aux Output
2 x 1/4″ TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
2 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Record Output
Phantom Power None
USB None
Wireless Connectivity None
Performance
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 40 kHz +0/-2 dB
Gain/Trim Range +10 dB
Output Level +28 dBu (Balanced)
+23 dBu (Unbalanced)
Headphone Output Power 850 mW per Channel into 45 Ohms
I/O Impedance Output:
50 Ohm (Balanced)
68 Ohm (Unbalanced)
Crosstalk Master Output:
80 dB (1 kHz)
Dynamic Range >112 dB
SNR -100 dB
Power
Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
Power Supply Output 24 VDC (Included)
AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption 45 W
Physical
Dimensions (W x D x H) 14.6 x 9.8 x 4.5″ / 37.0 x 25.0 x 11.5 cm
Weight 11 lb / 5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 16.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.6 x 17.2 x 9.3″

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