Stockport, UK (May 4, 2020)—Boutique UK mixer brand, MasterSounds launched its original Radius club installation/high-end rotary DJ mixers in 2016, and has now reinvented the line, taking a new approach to make them more affordable while continuing the engineering and audio approaches used of the first two generations of the line.
Originally launched in 2016, the two-channel Radius 2 rotary DJ mixer was followed by the introduction of the four-channel Radius 4 mixer, two valve-based versions (the Radius Two and Four Valve), an FX unit and dedicated LinearPOWER supply accessory.
“Four years on, and the brand has seen remarkable growth but the higher production costs of a premium rotary mixer rule them out for DJs on a tighter budget,” explains MasterSounds’ founder, Ryan Shaw. “Designer Andy Rigby-Jones, and I decided to do something about it, by redesigning the compact Radius 2 and Radius 4 to make them more affordable but without compromising any of the features, the feel or the audio fidelity of the original model.”
The new generation two-channel Radius 2 rotary and four-channel Radius 4 offer LINE and RIAA inputs, clear analog VU meters, a Master EQ/Isolator, a hi-pass filter on each channel, and an AUX send/Return system with insert button for integration of external effects. Radius 4 also includes two mic inputs, selectable via the rear panel.
According to the line’s designer, Union Audio’s Andy Rigby-Jones, “the Split Composite Passive RIAA stage remains identical to the previous generation, but we have simplified the post-fader circuitry. The biggest change was to the internal construction and PCB board shapes, where we have optimized them for maximum efficiency through our in-house fabrication plant which has made them a lot easier to manufacture. What we haven’t compromised on is the quality of the components used, and the third-generation mixers all feature Alps pots/switches, close tolerance resistors/capacitors and Panasonic electrolytics.”
Union Audio has undergone radical changes since Radius 2’s inception four years ago, which has enabled the team to implement the new design changes. Moving into a new unit in 2017, Rigby-Jones has developed a design and production facility, coupling traditional analog engineering with high specification manufacturing.
MasterSounds’ founder, Ryan Shaw, remarked, “The Radius 2 and 4 hold a special place in my heart, it’s the mixer Andy and I began our audio journey with, and one that gives the user a really unique way of blending records. Both Radius 2 and 4 are desktop products, with a small footprint, which makes them perfect for home, touring, and club use, or all three.”
The Radius 2 is priced at $844 and Radius 4 at $1,150.
MasterSounds • www.mastersounds.co.uk