PRO X FADE FULL RETAIL PACK
Select Type A for Vestax type connectors (look at the photo), Type B for Mini JST connectors such like Native Instrument Z2, DJ Tech DIF1S and similar.
Retail kit box content:
1 Pro X Fade Crossfader with 4 Pin connector (Vestax type)
1 Craig DeoxIt Red lube
1 Fader Plate
2 Fader plate screws
1 Black Fader Knob
Pro X Fade XCP advanced crossfader
The Pro X Fade XCP is the most advanced analogue cross fader using third generation 100% conductive plastic technology. It’s a cost effective, high quality retro-fit alternative to existing cross faders fitted in retail mixers. It offers amazing strength and durability by using cutting edge conductive plastic technology (which means that it will never wear down). Users can also physically change the feel of the fader to suit their own needs, by using adjustable cut-in rotaries and tension torque control. A simple yet practical design also allows easy access for lubricating and cleaning.
DJs aren’t restricted to any particular make of mixer either, by utilising the correct connectors and faceplates they can now interface with numerous different models from the most popular manufacturers.
The Pro-X-Fade offers the user genuine innovation, and was created by DJ’s for DJ’s, with heavy input from the turntablist scenes key players. Rather than just some flashy gadget or gimmicky piece of equipment, the Pro-X-Fade is a real solution to real problems faced by DJs. In development of the Pro-X-Fade worked alongside a wide range of DJs – from scratch happy DMC DJ Champs, to Pioneering Club DJs; spinning everything from drum and bass, house, techno, electro to chilled- out ambient beats.
Considerations when buying a fader for scratching
The following are important things when choosing a fader:
Curve – This is largely dictated by your mixer. The curve is how quickly it goes from being able to hear the sound coming in, to the sound hitting full volume as you move the fader. The more quickly this occurs, the less distance you have to move the fader for this to happen. With most scratching techniques (other than fading ones) you want the crossfader to work basically like a switch, rather than having the sound fade in and out after a longer distance.
Lag – This is the amount of dead space at each end of the fader, so it’s how far you have to move the fader before you initially hear any sound. Some DJs like to have a little bit of lag at the ends of the fader, while others like it to cut in as sharply as possible.
Tension – This is how stiff the fader feels when you slide it left and right. Again, how much fader tension DJs want will vary from DJ to DJ, but most scratch DJs would want the fader to be nearer the lighter end of the scale as opposed to nearer the stiffer end.
Stem/Fader cap – The fader stem needs to be strong. Scratch/battle DJs give their faders a healthy beating compared to regular mix DJs, so the last thing you want is a fader that has a stem that’s likely to snap. Also, the shape of the fader cap makes a difference, with some DJs preferring a triangular sloped fader cap and others preferring a rectangular shape.
Sound – One of the reasons scratch DJs will go for an analogue fader is because of sound. It gives you a nice natural sound without any unwanted clicking or popping – the sort of sounds you might hear if you try and scratch with your line switch, for example.
Mixers and fitting
Here’s the list of mixers that this fader will fit into:
Vestax PMC 05, 06, 07, 08, 007, all PMC versions plug & play except for Samurai digital x-fader. Fits PMC007 pro & QFO /QFO LE, use top plate from standard fit fader. Also fits other Vestax version but requires a mod, which can be seen on Electric Breaks website.
Allen & Heath all Xone Mixers. (some require wire mod)
Numark (Wire mod)
Stanton (Wire mod)
DJ Tech (Plug and Play)
All Mini Innofader enabled mixers, are now compatible please just check the height of the fader stem. If your mixer requires a higher fader stem you can purchase the XCP Galileo High Stem version of this fader or purchase the higher stem from Electric Breaks webshop separately.
Adjustments and features.
The Pro X Fade has a couple of adjustments that many faders do not have. If you look at the image of the fader above, you can see a little wheel at each end of the fader rail. Turning these wheels moves them in and out and allows you to adjust the lag. Also, there is a little hole under the fader stem where you can use an Allen key to adjust the tension of the fader. With the tension set on the lowest setting, the fader is very light and smooth.
You also get a knob and a Craig DeoxIt Red lube.
The fader tracks are made of 100% conductive plastic for a long life and reduced bleeding. The fader stem is thick and strong and is about 8mm wide. It will never snap, they’ve clearly done their best to build the fader to last. The fader cap is sloped/triangular. The fader is also very easy to take apart to clean as you just pull the cover off and the fader looks just as it does in the image provided.