Sculpt EQ

One of the tools MODEL 1 offers, in its quest to provide artists with a different way of approaching a mix, is the Sculpt EQ. Found between the Low- and High-pass filters on each of the 6 main input channels, the sculpt EQ is a single band, bell-shaped equaliser with a sweepable center frequency. You will also hear this type of control referred to by sound engineers as a “semi-parametric EQ”. This level of control is typically reserved for professional recording and front of house consoles. 

The two controls of the sculpt EQ are labelled “FREQ” and “CUT/BOOST”. The CUT/BOOST control does exactly what it says on the tin: it cuts the selected frequency by -20dB when turned counter clockwise, and boosts it by 8dB when turned fully clockwise. 

What seems to confuse most newcomers is the FREQ control, which allows the artist to set where the center of the frequency band is. The fully counter clockwise position sets the center frequency at 70Hz, making the EQ act on the bass frequencies. The fully clockwise position sets the center frequency at 7kHz, where the EQ is then affecting the high frequency content.

The two controls work in tandem to give the artist a level of control not offered by any other small format DJ mixer currently on the market. With the Sculpt EQ, you can hone in on a particular sound or element of a Track with the FREQ control, and then boost or cut that specific element, with the BOOST/CUT control, without affecting the rest of the record.

A parametric EQ is likely overkill for the traditional DJ that is simply fading from one track into the next. However, in the hands of a PLAYdifferently performer who prefers to layer 2, 3, or more tracks, it becomes an indispensable tool, allowing the artist to accentuate or mask certain elements from each record to create that magical “third record”. For example, you may accentuate the “clap/midrange” percussion on the elements of Record A, while pushing the high hats of Record B, all while Record C carries the kick and bass. At the same time, the midrange needs to be lowered to mask the midrange synth that just doesn’t fit the vibe. This is exactly the type of situation where a sculpt EQ provides you with the exact tool you need. 

Occasionally you will be able to achieve this level of control with the traditional 3-band EQ, but more often than not you will find the 3-band EQ’s bandwidth to be too broad. A sound that you want to affect will fall in between the mid and high bands, meaning you can’t quite get to it  without applying the effect to the overall track. You can think of MODEL 1’s Sculpt EQ as a surgeon’s scalpel, your tool with which you can precision cut single elements in a track.

Written by: Alex Zinn – PLAYdifferently Brand Manager

DSUB – What is that?

Written by: Alex Zinn – PLAYdifferently brand manager

In this article we are going to learn about the giant DSUB25 connectors that can be found on MODEL 1. If you’re like me, then the first thing that comes to mind when you see these is, “Why does MODEL 1 have printer connectors on it?” In actuality, DSUB25 connectors are quite common in the professional audio industry. They can be found on professional audio interfaces, mixing consoles, patch bays… Basically in any situation where a high channel count of balanced audio needs to be connected.

The DSUB, also known as “D-subminiature”, is an electrical connector that gets its name from the characteristic D-shaped metal shield. MODEL 1 incorporates three DSUB25 connectors, which implement the TASCAM Analog pinout, allowing users to take full advantage of the mixer’s fully balanced circuitry.

Each DSUB25 connector allows for up to 8 mono signals of balanced audio to be sent down a single multi-core cable. Think of it as a single connection replacing what would normally require 8 XLR jacks. In fact, you can purchase cables known as DSUB breakout cables, that have 8 XLR or 8 TRS connectors. These can be used to connect audio interfaces which have balanced connectivity but no DSUB, such as the Motu Ultralite Mk4, or Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.

You can find the TASCAM pinout diagram, taken from the MODEL 1 manual, below:

Some simple math will lead us to understand why three DSUB connectors are used. MODEL 1 has a total of eight analog inputs, made up of the six fully featured input channels, and two stereo returns. Eight stereo channels require sixteen mono signals (since each stereo input requires a LEFT and RIGHT signal). Each DSUB25 connector can handle eight mono or four stereo signals. This leads us to understand why MODEL 1 features DSUB In 1 and DSUB In 2.

We are left with one DSUB connector unaccounted for, labelled DSUB OUT. This DSUB connector is used to take signals, such as the Aux sends, out from the mixer. There are again four stereo signals present: Master L-R for recording, Aux 1&2 for FX sends, and a copy of CUE B. The inclusion of CUE B on the DSUB Out allows more advanced users to use CUE B as a third FX send.

There are many advantages to using DSUB connectors versus the phono connectors traditionally found on DJ mixers. First and foremost is the fact that the DSUB connector allows for the use of balanced connectivity, which leads to better sound quality when compared to an unbalanced phono lead.

The DSUB connection also makes complex set ups much faster and easier to connect. What would have been more than sixteen individual connections with a traditional mixer is now reduced to three, making setup and strike a breeze, even in the trenches of a bustling DJ booth.

Lastly, DSUB connections feature securing screws, which prevent the DSUB connector from accidentally being removed, whether by the pounding kick drums that can vibrate even the most secure of tables or by the previous performer removing cables.

PLAYdifferently @ ADE 2019

Every year Amsterdam Dance Event brings together the global dance community. The city of Amsterdam transforms into a dance music playground featuring 100‘s of professionally produced events. Experience the sound of MODEL 1 at these following events.

Join us at the ADE Sound Lab 2 where we have MODEL 1 set up for you to get hands on experience with the industry‘s most powerful audio mixer.


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Digital Technologies for DJs Master Class – Chile

DJ Wask from Santiago based DJ School in Chile is hosting a master class focusing on modern DJ technology. The master class will be focusing on the new digital technologies that are currently ruling the music industry. Attendees will learn how the MODEL 1 can be the heart of any DJ performance rig as well as how to integrate professional audio interfaces with software such as Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3.  This event is taking place on Wednesday Oct 2nd and is open to the public.

Since its inception in 1999 DJ School‘s unique teaching methods focus on supporting their students in a personalised and active manner with the highest standard. In each class we offer you an original, disciplined and concrete approach with all the necessary elements to develop the fundamental aptitudes and skills of the discipline. Along with this, we have optimal infrastructure, heated rooms and the latest in state of the art technology for learning from applied theory to real hands on practice.

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Musical Synthesis Evolution: An educational discussion about the history of synthesisers in music.

Musical Synthesis Evolution: An educational discussion about the history of synthesisers in music with Detroit techno artist, Asher Perkins.

Synthesised sound has made quite the impact on modern music. Without it, genres such as techno would not exist. In this talk, we will be discussing some of the most influential synthesisers of all time, what made them stand out, and how they have been used throughout the past 60 years. Attendees will be guided through history and technology with aural and visual aids, and there will be a hands-on synth demonstration at the end, powered by the PLAYdifferently Model 1 DJ mixer.

Asher Perkins is a Detroit-based electronic musician who has released on Richie Hawtin‘s fabled MINUS label, and regularly produces techno events in the city. Paxahau, the company behind Movement Electronic Music Festival has described him as “an underground warrior” who is “keeping the warehouse ethos alive”.

This event will be held at the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) on October 2nd 2019.

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PLAYdifferently Resistance Ibiza 2019

PLAYdifferently returns to Ibiza on September 10th taking over Resistance for a second year, hosting both rooms at Privilege with a heavy-hitting line up that covers the entire techno spectrum.

The main room features special guests Pan-Pot making their PLAYdifferently debut alongside our family of forward-thinking performers including a special Nastia B2B set Daria Kolosova, a B3B set between Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna. PLAYdifferently founder Richie Hawtin will close out the event.

On the Terrace experience Eats Everything alongside ANNA, La Fleur (who played on the launch event with Boiler Room) and Fabio Florido.


Main Room:
Richie Hawtin
Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna
Nastia B2B Daria Kolosova

Eats Everything
Fabio Flordio
La Fleur

Tickets on sale Here

Artist feature: Carlo Ruetz

“MODEL 1 simply offers everything to create a special energy”

For this artist feature we sat down with an artist who’s productions and DJ sets have dominated the minimal techno scene for some time now, Carlo Ruetz. Carlo is known for starting from scratch with every production, mining deep for unexpected sounds and arrangements, and taking compelling bends and turns while in the DJ booth. His DJ sets truly blur the line between live production and traditional DJing; using tracks as building blocks and layers intertwining to envelope the listeners mind. Since making the move to MODEL 1 his performances have reached an entirely new level of sophistication and flow.

PD: “When were you first introduced to MODEL 1?”

RE: “I was lucky enough to get my hands on MODEL 1 during the PROTOTYPES Tour at the Labyrinth Club, Belgium in 2016. Rich was taking the first MODEL 1 prototypes on tour to get some honest, real life experience based feedback on the mixer to discover ways to fine tune its design. My initial reaction was one of intrigued confusion. I remember thinking to myself ‘it looks and feels high-quality but where are the EQs!?’”

PD: “Is there a particular way in which you feel MODEL 1 has changed the way you perform/sound?”

CR: “I’ll admit the first few times playing on MODEL 1 were a bit strange; it really does force you to think differently about how you approach a mix. It wasn’t long though until everything ‘clicked’ and I began to understand how I can use MODEL 1 to create a special energy in my sets. The sweepable filters allow me to carve out select frequencies out of each record, beautifully blending them together to form a clean and spontaneous moment. Something that is difficult to achieve with the ‘normal’ 3 or 4 band EQ of a traditional DJ mixer. The sound quality has also affected the way I perform. It is hard to put it into words but this mixer truly blends the sounds together making it all sound as if it belongs to one record.”

PD: “Do you think the dance floor reacts differently when you perform on MODEL 1?”

CR: “In a certain way yes. The expanded capabilities give me more options to be creative and spontaneous.”

PD: “What does PLAYdifferently mean to you?”

CR: “In the present time, there are many opportunities to produce or play music. On the one hand this makes it easier to start, but on the other more difficult to get noticed. Playing differently involves a lot: It’s more than just picking the right records, more than just playing a seamless transition. It’s about using the technology available to you to freely express yourself, combining the right records with the right effects for a specific moment to take the people’s minds on a trip. When done correctly all these things can lead you into a special moment. But all this is just my point of view.”

PD: “Why did you decide to switch to MODEL 1?”

CR: ” In the past if someone would have told me that a mixer can change your way of playing, I would not have believed it. But after performing with MODEL 1 I have learned that he high sound quality and new way of manipulating the records’ frequencies uniquely allows me to play like I never did before. I’m continuously discovering new ways to perform with MODEL 1.”

PD: “What is your favorite feature of MODEL 1 and why?”

CR: “The new way of selecting which frequencies are in the mix is my absolute favorite. It feels much better to cut frequencies with a single rotation of a filter sweep than to need to turn multiple knobs. Followed closely by the mixer’s Drive function. Sometimes you feel that something is missing in demos or in your own productions. This feature brings your own tracks or demos on a higher level.”

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PLAYdifferently Presents… The Closing Party

Richie Hawtin has curated a line-up of fellow techno luminaries, each of whom add a different facet to the Printworks Issue 002 closing party. The event features five Ambassadors of Hawtin’s PLAYdifferently MODEL1 mixer: Chris Liebing, Luciano, Nicole Moudaber, Fabio Florido and HITO.

Rebekah, Benjamin Damage also join the line-up and will play on the MODEL 1 mixer. They’ll be joining Fabio Florido in the intimate surroundings of the Charge Bay.

There are also a couple of slots up for grabs in our PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 Open Decks offering– in conjunction with Richie Hawtin. You too could join the line-up as we’ll be hosting open decks for ticket holders. If you have a ticket to the show and want to test out the mixer in an amazing club environment email This is your chance to play the MODEL 1 mixer, at the closing party of Issue 002 at Printworks.

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Open Decks @ PLAYdifferently Presents Fabrik Madrid

This past Saturday we hosted a night of Open Decks at PLAYdifferently Presents at the infamous  Fabirk Madrid. Here party goers had the opportunity to meet with our product specialist SpinnZinn and test MODEL 1 in a real club environment: Fabrik’s Crsytal outdoor terrace. See the images below of eager Djs getting a real taste of MODEL 1’s sonic controls.

Be sure to join us at our next round of Open Decks at PLAYdifferently Presents The Closing Party Issue 002

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PLAYdifferently presents… Fabrik Madrid

PLAYdifferently presents a techno filled night of music at Fabrik Madrid with the sounds of ambassadors Fabio Florido, Hito, Matador, Nicole Moudaber and Richie Hawtin. Cesar Almena, Gaiser, Lee K, Nastia and Nuke also join the line up performing on MODEL 1.

This event also features our exclusive open decks where attendees are invited to test MODEL 1 in a club environment. If you have a ticket to the show and are interested in testing out MODEL 1 email

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