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Could the be any cooler?
Could the be any cooler?
Posted by Gizmo on April 6, 2007 :

It's fair to say that all the good stuff that you guys are interested in at the shows tends to be on the larger stands. The big boys can afford the prime real estate and their gear gets the bulk of the attention. But taking a little time to mooch around the edges of the show often yields gold and the Mawzer DIY MIDI controller is one such find.

I've often kicked around the idea of a modular mixer - a sort of pick 'n' mixer if you like where you can choose the features you want in a nice convenient Lego style box. Obviously, this is just wishful thinking and logistically and financially almost impossible. But Mawzer have achieved something very similar but for MIDI. Basically, Mawzer provide 2 sizes of case, each one has basic controls and a screen.

But the clever part is the plug and play modular approach to controls. You can basically build whatever you want as far as faders, knobs and buttons goes and the word is that a jog wheel controller is being designed to fit in a 4 part position. And no - you can't fit a Pro X Fade in it before anyone asks OK!??

At this point, the Mawzer stuff isn't cheap. The cases are 770 and 630 euros respectively with each unit coming in at around 50 euros each so the small case filled with controls comes in at around 1400 euros. I would so love for this idea to take off, perhaps with the help of a big manufacturer with the buying power and expertise to elevate this from homebrew prototype into a seriously polished product.

Get yourself to Mawzer's site for more info.

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14 comments to this story

On April 6, 2007, dj cross+fade said this:
^_^ thats kinda cool now if they only did that for scratch mixers to make them have 4 ch

love.gif a 4 ch rane ttm 56 would be nice

On April 6, 2007, dj cross+fade said this:
come to think of it this would be nice for torq or mixvibes

On April 7, 2007, BattleFunk said this:
"And no - you can't fit a Pro X Fade in it before anyone asks OK!??"

Damnit! :D


On April 7, 2007, l said this:

Just... wow.

It's not an original idea, but somebody finally had the balls to do it. Respect.

On April 7, 2007, corporation said this:

it actually exists.

i thought they would never produce a working unit...

i thought vaporware...

i guess i thought wrong...


On April 7, 2007, Soba said this:
I am actually in love with this.

On April 7, 2007, borat said this:
I LIKES!!! I want to make party-time with this

On April 7, 2007, DDF said this:
TL audio are/were playing around with the idea of a modular DJ mixer. Apparently on the back burner at the minute, and also very flawed at the minute - but still a nice idea. Tubes and things sound very nice.
see -

On April 7, 2007, tikka said this:

On April 7, 2007, BattleFunk said this:
hold on, it has a pfx fader cap on it! :P

On April 7, 2007, ScratchKnight said this:
Suh-weet! Is the title not meant to be they are so cool, and not the? Great review though I totally want to goof around with one of those :D


On April 7, 2007, Xperience said this:
The modules dont fit well...

On April 7, 2007, Voodoo said this:
@The modules dont fit well...

Yes, is was there, and "built" my own mixer config, and youre right, the modules dont fil well, and i think the hole construction looks very cheap, and the coulors are awfull sick.gif

But i think with this system youre able to to some cool stuff. like lego, stink something together...mmh...rane crossfader/a&h linefader/ecler knobs....hehe...selfbuild ^^

On April 8, 2007, sav said this:
I'd be wary before pre-ordering one of these. There are many posts on the Ableton forums about how the concept has been around for years, but the Mawzer folks have yet to deliver or even reply to emails...

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