AUDIO INNOVATE INNOFADER CROSSFADER
January 17, 2008, Anaheim,CA: Audio Innovate introduces the InnoFader, a replacement for industry standard VCA faders, with the advantages of Audio InnovateÂ´s exclusive non-contact, variable capacitor technology. With an 8mm stem, sturdy, long body construction, and without a fader brush to wear out, the InnoFader is designed to last over 4 million cycles of use – with zero maintenance.
The InnoFader uses variable capacitor technology which, unlike current optical technology, makes it 100% resistant to smoke, dust, and moisture that plague most DJ working environments. In addition, currently used magnetic faders only work in the same brand mixers, leaving DJs limited options for upgrading their mixer faders. The InnoFader is designed to work with mixers from a variety of manufacturers.
To ensure better compatibility over a wide range of mixers, the InnoFader comes with added features including:
1. A cut-in adjustment that allows DJs to fit the fader into a mixer with a smaller slot, while tweaking the dead space at both ends of the fader.
2. A curve adjustment which permits DJs to either match the original mixer fader curve, or create a custom curve for sharper or softer cut-in. Both adjustments are electronic, eliminating the need to tamper with sensitive mechanical fader parts.
At the 2008 NAMM show, Audio Innovate will provide off-tool samples of the new, cutting-edge InnoFader. The InnoFader will be offered for sale both as an OEM fader, and as a retail replacement fader, in Q2 of 2008 with a projected retail price of US$79. To reserve one of the limited number of first samples of the InnoFader, contact Elliot Marx ASAP!
The key points of the InnoFader are as follows:
Even the best conductive plastic (CP) or carbonized conductive plastic (CCP) contact faders will eventually bleed and require cleaning. Since the InnoFader is non-contact, no cleaning is required.
Sturdy design – 8mm stem, long body type
Many DJs have experienced issues with bent or broken 4mm fader stems, thus the InnoFader adopts the emerging standard 8mm stem, ensuring almost no chance of breaking the stem. The long body type ensure a rigid construction which when combined with the heavy stem ensures a solid and long lasting crossfader.
No calibration required
The InnoFader is designed to automatically compensate for circuit tolerances to the point that no calibration is required to adjust for the <0.5mm tolerance on fader cut-in position.
Standard VCA output
Many manufacturers design their faders to work with custom outputs, and interfaces that make plug and play with 3rd party faders almost impossible. The InnoFader will work as a drop in replacement for analog faders. Why?
1. The pinout is a 4 pin industry standard +Vin, VCA out #1, VCA out #2, and ground. 2. The VCA out signals are from 50k digital potentiometers with 256 taps, and the output can short to Vcc or ground for a full on/off signal. 3. The entire fader power draw can be as low as 0.5mA so that circuits designed for low power 50k fader connections will work.
Ultra wide range tension adjustment
At the lightest setting, the InnoFader can move with the slightest tap. On the other extreme, the InnoFader requires a steady push to move it. DJs can adjust the InnoFader to any tension setting depending on mixing style.
Analog VCA faders have fixed A, B, or D-type curves. The InnoFader has an output curve adjustment to fit any of these configurations. In addition to fitting these configurations, the InnoFader can be set for full cutting at the top or bottom.
Single cut-in adjustment for both sides
This ensures that the InnoFader can work in any sized fader slot. Since the adjustment is electronic, the actual active fader area can be shortened, unlike others which have a fixed active fader area. This often requires adjusting the mixer to fit the fader, while the InnoFader can be electronically adjusted to fit the mixer.
Not affected by dust, smoke, temperature, moisture
One main drawback of optical faders is that they stop working once there is internal dirt buildup. The InnoFaderÂ´s electronic signals are unaffected by environmental factors experienced in harsh DJ environments.
No cleaning required
Unlike other contact fader technologies, only routine light maintenance is required to keep the rails lubricated and free running. Because of the closed construction of the long body, this is kept to an absolute minimum.
Reasonable cost At $79, the InnoFader comes in at a very reasonable price for the quality and performance it offers.
The InnoFader will be available as a 3rd party replacement fader from retailers for the majority of popular DJ mixers that utilise a standard long body fitment. It is also planned to offer the InnoFader to interested manufacturers as a standard component or as an option. Both will be available in Q2 of 2008.