MWM Phase: the future of timecode vinyl DJ has arrived
MWM Phase is quite something.
It’s been some time since anyone has released such a forward-thinking product, that it captures the entire DJ industry.
I myself was under the impression that the timecode vinyl ecosystem was soaring at its peak. But along came the French DJ Tech company, MWM, who already have a reputation for turning the industry on its head, thanks to their iconic product, Mixfader, released in 2015.
Being a turntablist in the digital age means that often a lot of variables are left hanging in the balance, whether your system is perfectly calibrated, your needles are in good condition or the sound system is so loud that it sends vibrations through the decks, causing the system to go haywire. MWM Phase aims to remove all the above-mentioned gripes with its ground-breaking concept.
The system uses two wireless remotes which attach to your turntable spindles. When the record is in motion the Phase remotes measure the rotational information and relay them to the receiver which then decodes the signal into timecode for your software to understand. It integrates with all the DVS platforms on the market and minimises cartridge and stylus replacement for the foreseeable future.
A DJ never wants to rely on batteries for the stability of their performance
MWM Phase boasts up to 10 hours of battery-life and thereafter the remotes can be housed in the receiver to charge.
A few concerns have also been raised regarding latency issues with the wireless system, however the MWM Phase houses a completely new and redesigned wireless communication protocol, that the company claims to be four times faster than anything else on the market
We can only wait and see how this holds up in practice, but it’s safe to say that the MWM Phase knocked it out the park on concept alone.
The Phase system comprises of the dock which houses and charges the two wireless remotes. The dock has two stereo RCA outputs which run into your DVS mixer or interface, and by the looks of it, a battery level meter.
It’s set to retail at USD$300 (R 3,600 excl. duties), which is close to what you would pay for a high-end pair of turntable cartridges! Not bad at all!
Check out the MWM Website for more details.