DJ Qbert’s Thud Rumble is working with Intel to bring microcomputers into DJ mixers, which may eventually replace laptops.
Earlier this week at Intel’s IDF keynote, Qbert showed off a prototype of their Invader mixer – with a touchscreen display showing Traktor Pro on the mixer. Keep reading for what we know so far.
Thud Rumble Invader Mixer With Intel Inside
Gear: Invader mixer (prototype)
Designer: Thud Rumble by DJ QBERT.
Expected Price: $1,699
Availability: Shipping end of 2016.
Say hello to Qbert’s dream laptop-free mixer?
• Touchscreen display (looks to be about a 10″ screen)
• Two-channel mixing section
• EQ / browse encoders / knobs still seem to be in development
• 8 cue buttons (arcade buttons) for each deck
• Windows 10 / Intel processor inside
• Currently no soundcard, although they are “working with Native Instruments” to have an audio interface made with additional HDMI out for video mixing
In terms of size, the final Invader mixer could be “as thin as two centimeters” with feet to adjust it up to standard mixer/turntable height. But with a smaller surface area touching the DJ booth, it’ll be critical for those feet to be super grippy, especially since so much lateral motion (cutting on the crossfader and channel faders)
For now, these prototypes are very much just that – it’s not a final mixer by any means but at this stage, the Invader mixer is appears to just be a MIDI controller with a built-in touchscreen to the faceplate, and a computer sitting underneath. There’s not even a back I/O section yet – in these prototypes. Check video demo.
We’re not entirely sure that this type of logic works for many DJs who aren’t dedicated touring professional turntablists. Most working DJs buy new songs and organize it on their laptop without transferring them to a second computer (maybe a USB stick for CDJ users), tweak and adjust their DJ software settings on their laptop without needing their mixer nearby, use their laptop for multiple purposes often use other people’s mixers and don’t carry their own to each gig
The other drawbacks to having a mixer with a computer inside include:
needing to always have a keyboard and mouse ready if anything goes wrong
it’s only really useful for DJing having a big mixer in the way means it’s nearly unusable as a normal machine
always will need wall power as it’s a desktop computer – not a laptop with a battery (a power glitch will mean a complete restart).
While Thud Rumble might be the first company to successfully get a mixer with a built-in computer, OBMFLM4 mixer designed by Sean Ober – looks very similar to Thud Rumble’s Invader prototype – built-in screen, and a plethora of arcade buttons all over the face. Very different purpose – but very similar concept.
But Is A Mixer With A Computer Inside It Really Better?
Would you want a dedicated computer inside of a DJ mixer?
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Credits: Thud rumble via djtechtools & Engadget.
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