1.0 What is the Pro-X-Fade FAQ?
This document (Frequently Asked Questions) has been written to address many of the most common questions asked about the new Pro-X-Fade crossfader designed by Eclectic Breaks.
2.0 So, Who Are Eclectic Breaks?
A true product of sound system culture, Eclectic Breaks brings a fresh, professional approach to the music industry. An all-in-one urban music brand which encompasses our Record Label, Club Promotions and Marketing Division, Production House, Design Department, Consultancy, DJ Tuition and of course, Merchandising.
3.0 What is the Pro-X-Fade?
Simply, the Pro-X-Fade is the ultimate in analogue crossfader technology for use in your audio DJ Mixer. (It's an electronic component which allows the DJ to fade out the sound from one audio source to another)
4.0 Why did Eclectic Breaks build the Pro-X-Fade?
Eclectic Breaks, became increasingly frustrated with manufacturers ripping off DJ's; So they took matters into their own hands and created the most advanced and DJ-focused analogue crossfader in the world. Tapping into our extensive experience and involvement with the professional DJ industry, this 3rd generation fader has the sole purpose of addressing the real issues faced by the new wave of professional DJ's today. Without incorporating complicated and incompatible electronics or using inferior materials, our goal is to provide the DJ with the Rolls-Royce of faders at a realistic price.
5.0 What is the stroke width of the crossfader?
45mm. (Which is the standard on most mixers)
6.0 How wide is the Pro-X-Fade's stem because I keep snapping mine?
The fader stem has been manufactured to be double the width of most other crossfaders (the standard is only 4mm wide) so you have a solid 8mm built-like-a-tank fader stem built from quality tough steel.
7.0 What Mixers will the Pro-X-Fade fit into?
At present the Pro X Fade fits straight into:
PMC 05, 06, 07, 007, all versions except for Samurai digital x-fader. Fits PMC007 pro & QFO /QFO LE, use top plate from standard fit fader
Allen & Heath all Xone Mixers
Stanton SK-series, all VCA alps/P&G/Focus compatible mixers except SK-4 and SK5
8.0 What type of material do you use for the tracks on the crossfader?
The first generation of analogue crossfaders that came out in DJ mixers used carbon-based compounds which were prone to wearing down and causing a bleeding of the sound in the wrong channel . The second generation of analogue crossfaders use a combination of carbon and a new type of Plastic-based conductive material which wears down a lot less and makes the crossfader last a lot longer, but the carbon elements will still wear away after time. The new 3rd Generation Pro-X-Fade is the first ever crossfader/potentiometer which uses 100% Plastic Conductive material which has a much, much longer life due to the missing carbon element.
9.0 What new features does the Pro-X-Fade incorporate?
A simple run-down of the features is as follows:
Advanced 100% Conductive Plastic Technology
Tension Torque Control
Customisable Cut-in Point (Lag time)
Inter-changeable Mixer Interface
Distinguishable Fader Knob
Double Wide Fader Stem
10.0 What is Tension Torque Control?
Allowing the DJ to physically change the feel of the fader to suit their needs… Whether it is a smooth, solid feel for that secure long mix or a very loose feel for the scratch DJ's intensive on-off cutting technique.
11.0 What is a customisable cut-in point? (Lag time adjust)
Using the easy accessible adjustable cut-in rotaries, the DJ can adjust the cut-in point to enable an instant on-off switch feel or gradual volume increase mode.
12.0 What's the distinguishable fader knob?
We have specially designed the knob to be ergonomic with a unique feel to fit our 8mm wide stem.
13.0 What accessories do I get with the Pro-X-Fade?
The following items will be found alongside the Pro-X-Fade:
Caig© Lubrication Oil
Torque Adjustment Tool
Mixer Compatible Face-plate
Mixer Compatible Interface Cable
14.0 Can I open up the Pro-X-Fade?
The housing has been designed to allow easy access so that the DJ can lubricate and clean the fader with ease.
Yes the curve control will not be affected in any way with the Pro-X-Fade.
16.0 Can I get a Pro-X-Fade Channel Fader too?
This is one of our future developments with the Pro-X-Fade, but at the moment it just the crossfader.
17.0 What research have you done for the Pro-X-Fade?
The fader benefits from two years of research and development with one whole years full road testing. Having spoken with engineers, developers, manufacturers, retailers, DJ's, salesmen, production staff; marketing people, and even presidents of companies, we are confident this is the worlds best analogue crossfader.
18.0 So why don't I just buy one these new digital faders instead?
Firstly we wanted to provide a fader which would be flexible and versatile enough to work with most DJ's mixers, digital faders lack versatility and in reality, the digital crossfaders are just not up to the task yet.
It took the music production industry nearly 15 years to get up to a point where the digital world had the same sort of audio quality as its analogue rivals. Basically one of the main reasons we didn't go down the digital route was because these new technologies have yet to be fully tried and tested in the real DJ environments. It's all well and good for companies to test in labs with a sewing machine but put it in the hands of real DJ's and as many have found out at a high price...this new technology has failed them.