Thud Rumble is looking to put a tiny PC into the Dj Mixer “the Invader” and houses a touchscreen, Intel NUC and it runs Windows 10. The DJ group kicked off Day 1 of Intel’s keynote, the both turntablers were spinning with the popular Traktor mixing software, but they could be using any DJ software that runs on Microsoft’s operating system.
The Invader solves a huge issue for Djs, at minimum they would carrying a laptop means bringing a Mixer & Laptop to gigs, some Djs will bring more with vinyl records. Most people would never bring their laptop to the club because loosing your laptop means loosing your life. Thud Rumble looks to remove an expensive device filled with valuable, personal information from the mix.
Thud Rumble has been designing mixers and other DJ equipment for third parties like Vestax and Sony as well as for itself since 1996. But the Invader is different, rather than ordering a mixer in one of a few different variations, buyers will be able to customize their order with laser-etching options, various colors and a choice of rubber or old-school arcade buttons.
We interviewed DJ Rich Johnson (aka Hard Rich) who is the company’s lead developer, leading up to the keynote he worked non stop to get the two prototypes up and running ready to kick things off. Thud Rumble is the brainchild of legendary DJ Qbert (Richard Quitevis) and Yogafrog (Ritche Desuasido) – is who Johnson initially approached to build this dream machine for. Quitevis has always wanted mixer with a PC inside. The prototypes are taller than the final product. Johnson says they could be as thin as two centimeters (the plan is to get them thin enough to slip into a backpack), with articulated legs that extend during setup so they’re the same height as the turntables.
Taking a look at the interface, there are eight buttons down each side which correspond with cuts (a point in a song) set up by a DJ. As usual, the fader sits in the middle, with the volume controls for each deck above it. Additional buttons and topless knobs are scattered along the face of the Invader. Each corresponds with a feature. The knobs will also be buttons that can be depressed to access additional functions.
The next step after IDF will be to finalize the printed circuit board (PCB) designs. Native Instruments, which makes Traktor devices, is working with Thud Rumble to create an audio interface. The final Invader mixer will have the usual audio ports, including the ability to switch to phono so DJs can scratch actual vinyl. It’ll have USB 3 ports and an HDMI socket so DJs can use applications like Serato Video to output moving images.
If you’re wondering what kind of price tag you’re going to get this next generation device for, it’s competitively priced at $1,699. If you’re not up on DJ equipment a similarly spec’ed mixer that doesn’t have a full blown PC inside will cost you the same price. The Invader will be shipping by the end of the year, keep an eye on their site for more details.