Every year in October, Amsterdam Dance Event brings together the global electronic dance community. The city transforms into a dance music playground featuring hundreds of professionally produced events and workshops catering to sound, creativity and technology enthusiasts. As an important part of the program, the ADE Sound Lab investigates the cross-pollination between music and technology throughout the years and has become one of the most popular elements of ADE, providing a stage for gear brands to showcase the latest in electronic machinery and technology. This year, attendees had the opportunity to play with mixers, controllers and instruments, including PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 and MODEL 1.4.
Techno titan Paco Osuna is back on the white island for a second summer season with MODEL 1, every Tuesday night at Hï Ibiza. After a brilliant first season in 2022, his Club Room residency continues to wow the crowds with a fresh take on techno. This year Paco presents his brand NOW HERE, with meticulously curated line-ups featuring more than 27 artists, offering an array of sounds that will make Tuesday nights on the island a unique and unmissable experience.
“After a summer as incredible as last year’s, we have configured this season’s line-up with so much care and love so that every Tuesday continues to be a blast. In order to select the artists, I focused on the musical line that I want to give the Club Room and that has been by knowing first-hand the work of each one. We have not chosen names, we have built a line-up by taking into account only the artists’ music and their performances.
We have incorporated several artists who were not with us last year and we have created a group of DJs who are part of the NOW HERE family and who feel the brand is theirs, to create a much more familiar concept with a very defined musical style. This season’s line-up fully reaffirms the musical line created last summer and Hï Ibiza is undoubtedly the place where NOW HERE can express its best version, it is the perfect club to feel the music and live the moment to the fullest.” – Paco Osuna
Fabio Florido takes you step by step through his favourite DJ set up. From tools and choices, to routings and how to organize, mix and layer tracks during a set, Fabio shares his tips and tricks with PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 at the heart of his setup.
Now available on YouTube:
Ep1. Inside the Mix: Navigating My Favorite Hybrid Setup with Traktor, Ableton Live, Roland Tr-8d and MODEL1
PLAYdifferently is proud to be a collaborator on the ‘From Our Minds – To Be Announced 2023’ Tour!
“Since starting my first label +8 in 1990, it’s always been important for me to help nurture, develop and promote new like-minded artists. Today with the ever-growing popularity and globalisation of Techno, it’s critical to collaborate with the next generation, learning from one another and pushing forward together with open-minded curiosity. On March 10th, in partnership with The Genova Agency, we will kick off the ‘From Our Minds – To Be Announced 2023’ Tour in the birthplace of techno, Detroit, followed by a series of North American dates, hosted at warehouse locations TBA.” – Richie Hawtin
Tour Dates – Venues ‘To Be Announced’
Friday March 10 – Detroit, MI
Saturday March 11 – Toronto, ON, Canada
Sunday March 12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Wednesday March 15 – Las Vegas, NV
Thursday March 16 – San Francisco, CA
Friday March 17 – Phoenix, AZ
Saturday March 18 – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday March 19 – San Diego, CA
+ Special Guests
The Apollo Inc.
Elation Las Vegas
It’s A Journey Events
6 Am Group, Work LA Presents, Synthetik Minds
Music Is 4 Lovers
The Genova Agency
Allen & Heath
As the web3 world continues to move forward, Richie Hawtin has started to integrate live minting of special moments from his DJ performances as the start of a system envisioned by him and his team for some time concerning ownership and payment of the music played in DJ sets. His presentation at ADE revealed a new system they have been building on Unreal Engine which takes his performance movements and modulations into new Web3 territory.
Visually, a virtual world has been built in Unreal Engine by VanTa Digital and Marc Houle that includes a virtual version of the PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 mixer which is connected to a customised MIDI version of the MODEL 1 in the real world. All of Richie’s actions on the mixer during a performance are reflected in the metaverse MODEL 1 in real time via MIDI data that is sent into the virtual world system and connected to the sliders, knobs and LEDs.
Thanks to all who came out to this presentation and thanks to the artists for their music featured in this performance, all listed below:
PLAYdifferently Releases MODEL 1.4 – 4-Channel Analogue DJ Mixer
Four years after the launch of the acclaimed and award-winning MODEL 1 DJ mixer, PLAYdifferently are bringing the same unrivalled analogue experience to MODEL 1.4, a compact 4- channel design with the same uncompromising approach. Engineered by Andy Rigby-Jones and co-designed by Richie Hawtin with feedback from artists, clubs and engineers, MODEL 1.4 features the attention to build quality and comprehensive feature set that put MODEL 1 in a class of its own. “With MODEL 1 we set out to build a new breed of DJ mixer, more akin to an instrument, with levels of control and quality that inspired creativity,” say Hawtin. “We always felt a compact version would be welcomed in home studios and perfect for streaming. At a more affordable price, but with no compromise to the purity of design and components, this is a smaller format MODEL 1 with four channels, perfect for the home, as a compact club mixer, or as a nimble tour instrument.” With a price of $2,299/€2,199, MODEL 1.4 cuts no corners. Built in the UK and sharing MODEL 1’s 100% analogue design, key features include four stereo channels, two stereo send and return channels, two mix outputs and two high performance phono preamps. Each channel also has its own hi- and low-pass filters, precision SCULPT EQ and analogue overdrive circuit. Just like MODEL 1, MODEL 1.4 also boasts two independent cue systems, D-Sub I/O for high end sound card integration and the Mixer Link system that allows multiple PLAYdifferently mixers to be linked together, giving you a truly scalable system to grow with your ambitions and not limit your creative possibilities.
“MODEL 1.4 remains true to our original concept of ‘DJ mixer as instrument’ and delivers it in compact, more affordable package. I can’t wait to see and hear how it’s going to inspire the current generation of DJs.”
2 High Performance Phono Preamps
Studio-grade TKD 60mm Faders
Precision Sculpting EQ
Master high & low pass resonant filters
Three-band Master EQ
Two-band Booth EQ
Contouring low & high pass filters
Two Independent Cue systems
Mixer Link allows linking multiple mixers
Balanced Mix Bus with >110dB of dynamic range
D-Sub In/Out MODEL 1.4 is expected to ship in Jan ‘21, with a price of $2,299/€2,199
“The MODEL 1 really makes us shine because of its sheer warmth and its incredible versatility. It encourages us to push our own creative envelope whilst in the moment and aids us to shape mixes in ways that have never been possible up until now.”
– Pig & Dan
Discover Pig & Dan’sLive Set-Up/Technical Rider integrating MODEL 1
PIG | Acidlab Miami, RME Fireface UFX, Native Instruments D2, MODEL 1, Roland TR8S, Apple Macbook Pro. DAN | Apple Macbook Pro, Native Instruments Maschine, MODEL 1, Moog Sub 37, RME Fireface UFX.
I finally made it to Scotland, just north of Edinburgh, to visit the PLAYdifferently and MODEL 1 manufacturing facility to see how the instrument is hand-built from start to finish. If you have a MODEL 1, this is where it came from, straight to wherever you are in the world. MODEL 1 is not something that you can create overnight, and that’s part of the beauty and the quality that we want to deliver with every individual unit.For the first time since launch, and to celebrate the success of MODEL 1, we are offering Resident Advisor readers an exclusive chance to win a MODEL 1, signed by me. Get all the details here: https://www.facebook.com/residentadvisor/videos/10155922892664480/#PLAYdifferently #MODEL1
Richie Hawtin visits the PLAYdifferently and MODEL 1 manufacturing facility to see how the instrument is hand-built from start to finish.
“I finally made it to Scotland, just north of Edinburgh, to visit the PLAYdifferently and MODEL 1 manufacturing facility to see how the instrument is hand-built from start to finish. If you have a MODEL 1, this is where it came from, straight to wherever you are in the world. MODEL 1 is not something that you can create overnight, and that’s part of the beauty and the quality that we wanted to deliver with every individual unit.” – Richie Hawtin
For the first time since launch, and to celebrate the success of MODEL 1, we are offering Resident Advisor readers an exclusive chance to win a MODEL 1, signed by Richie Hawtin. Get all the details HERE.
Richie Hawtin's PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 mixer has become an industry standard in just two short years, with Carl Cox, Jamie Jones and Four Tet among the happy customers. Want to win your own? Just comment your answer to his question asked in this video and we'll announce the winner on Friday August 3rd!
Please contact info@PLAYdifferently.org to register and for more information. Confirmed time slots will be announced before the show and participants will be contacted. Please bring your USB’s, CD’s or vinyl and experience the power of MODEL 1!