French brand MWM has revealed plans for a wireless DJ needle that could potentially revolutionize the way artists conduct turntable sets.
Known as Phase, MWM’s latest creation lets users DJ audio files using vinyl, all without a needle. According to The Verge, Phase plugs directly into any audio interface or mixer and “wirelessly translates a record’s movements into timecode, which can then be read by Digital Vinyl System (DVS) software like Serato and Traktor.” The device was initially introduced as this year’s NAMM event, and captured the eye of many outlets as something that could have a pretty significant impact on the world of DJing and turntablism; The DJ Hook Up even noted that some writers have called it the “biggest announcement of NAMM 2018.”
“The same way Mixfader did, Phase comes as one of the major technological advances in turntablism,” MWM CEO and founder Jean-Baptiste Hironde shared via press statement. “Phase offers to DJs the possibility to explore new grounds, breaking down all the obstacles between them and their performance.”
You can check out an official demonstration of MWM’s Phase above. If you’re interested in picking up your own, MWM will be selling them this summer and the device is set to retail for $300 USD.
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