Phase is a wireless DVS timecode solution that replaces your control vinyl with a pair of remote transmitters and a receiver. Though it’s still in its beta stage, we’ve been nothing but impressed by it having had a chance to check it out at NAMM 2018 and Red Bull 3Style. This is potentially game changing for DVS turntablists because that means you no longer have to use the traditional “records, needles and cartridges” in order to spin with your favourite DVS software, replacing all those elements with a single solution that’s easy to set-up.
First Impressions / Setting up
Phase is made up of two components: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter has a sensor that detects tiny platter position movements and sends that information to the receiver, which then turns it into timecode data that can be read by your DJ app. Phase works with any brand of DVS, whether from Serato DJ, Rekordbox DJ, Virtual DJ and so on.
You insert the receivers on the spindle of your decks and they’ve got adhesive bottoms that stick to the surface of your vinyl (you can use any kind of record, it’s mainly so you have something to grab while you’re scratching), and you connect the receiver to your DVS box or mixer’s channel inputs. You then fire up your DJ software and you’re all set.
The transmitters have an LED strip that serves as a visual marker for your record (just like how scratch DJs use stickers on their centre labels). All three components are battery powered with an over 10-hours battery life, and the receiver acts as a charging dock for the transmitters too.
We saw Phase on display at NAMM 2018 and thought it was cool, and we really saw it being put to the test at the recent Red Bull 3Style where scratch legends like Jazzy Jeff and DJ Craze had nothing but good things to say about it.
A Phase-equipped turntable acts more like the upcoming Rane Twelve controller, which looks and acts like a standard turntable but without the tonearm and needle. You can even spin using Phase without a turntable: of course you’d still want to spin with an actual deck, but we thought it was funny:
Though it’s still in its beta stage, we’ve been nothing but impressed by Phase. This is potentially game changing for DVS turntablists because it means you no longer have to use the traditional “records, needles and cartridges” in order to spin with your favourite DVS software, replacing all those elements with a single solution that’s easy to set-up, tear down and carry around.
It’s also a breath of fresh air for DVS as a whole – eliminating the need for needles mean you don’t have to worry about needle skips or excessive bass being picked up by your needle / tonearm during gigs, plus you also save a pretty penny if you’re a scratch DJ since needles and cartridges need replacing regularly. Overall, it’s a stunning and clever innovation for DVS digital DJs that could just be the way forward for digital vinyl systems as a whole.