Two boutique UK manufacturers join forces on one piece of old school-inspired DJ equipment
Announced today, the Radius 2 is a new two-channel, analogue rotary mixer brought to you by the UK's MasterSounds and Union Audio.
MasterSounds is the brainchild of Ryan Shaw, a vinyl collector and DJ for over 20 years, and makes a range of high-end turntable accessories as well as the MasterSounds SL turntable. Union Audio is the company headed up by former Allen & Heath design head Andy Rigby-Jones (the man responsible for the Xone series), who recently helped create Richie Hawtin's PLAYdifferently mixer.
The Radius 2's two channels each have twin line/phono inputs, a rotary volume knob, a high-pass filter, rotary trim control and an Aux knob for use with the send/return ports round the back. There's also a three-band master EQ, a headphone volume knob and separate Master and Booth outputs (the former on XLR, the latter on RCA phono), plus a separate Record out. Oh, and some rather lovely VU level meters at the top!
Rigby-Jones says of the new mixer: "The heart of the Radius 2 is a carefully designed audio signal path, marrying classic analogue circuitry to the latest high performance components and design techniques, all of which contribute to the superb transparency of the mixer. The main focus was on accuracy of audio reproduction, with minimal distortion, low noise floor and high headroom, aided by only using components of fine quality."
The Radius 2 is available now in black or silver, priced £1,200. For more details, see the MasterSounds website.