Varia Instruments RDM40 Rotary DJ Mixer Now Available

Varia Instruments has announced the availability of the RDM40 Rotary DJ Mixer.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The RDM40 is a fully analog four-channel rotary DJ mixer. Channel 1-3 feature a phono / line input and channel 4 features a line / microphone input. For your mixing pleasure we’ve developed two different three band isolator-banks and built them into the RDM40. One is set on the master and there’s another one on each channel. While the master isolator is quite steep and raw, the character of the channel isolator is more soft and smooth. You can totally release your creativity with the combination of those two isolators and it’s big fun to mess around with these knobs.”

Pricing and Availability

The RDM40 is available now for CHF 3’490 excl. VAT & delivery.

28 thoughts on “Varia Instruments RDM40 Rotary DJ Mixer Now Available

  1. I love this aesthetic, I just wish it wasnt always associated with such crazy price points. Is it not possible to build in this style for less then $2500?

  2. There isn’t much demand for rotary mixers and those that purchase them demand the highest quality sound so hence the price. My rotary Pioneer DJM 1000 coast about the same. Yes there are very good rotary mixers under $ 2500 and if you aren’t constantly playing on a quality sound system these give you the rotary experience at the right price.

    1. Good point about the small consumer base & cost, but why is there a link between rotary mixers & component quality?

      Is there any reason why sliders are inferior to dials in terms of sound quality? I’m genuinely curious about this.

      1. it’s not related to sound quality. Rotary mixers have traditionally found favour with some house DJs who say that a dial is better for smooth transitions, and less so for fast cuts etc.

        I can definitely confirm that a dial is better for smooth, controlled movements, but worse for visual feedback.

        I love mixing with knobs, and I wish they were more mainstream, because I will never have that kind of money.

        1. Ah, nice. That makes a lot of sense.

          What you’ve described is how I use a studio mixer- I’d forgotten that DJ mixers don’t need to be fundamentally different to studio mixers. *forehead slap*


      2. In short, rotary mixers were historically pretty “audiophile” and fader mixers became cheaper and lower quality to meet higher demand since they’re a must for scratching and hard cuts. Rotary mixers gained a reputation for quality and eventually cheaper and lower quality mixers became available but the audiophile appeal never ended.

  3. Please can we stop complaining about the price of new gear. No one is forcing you to buy it. If they don’t get the price point right it wont sell . If that’s what they need to charge to cover cost and make a profit then so be it. But I will tell you quality costs. So no need to put any effort to complain about prices. Work hard, make good music and someday you’ll be able to afford some quality gear.

  4. It looks like some old lab equipement of an electronics lab. Maybe for people who are not engineers this looks cool but for me this just looks like an outdated lab and gifs me the chills.

    Its a lot of money but a DJ doesn’t need a lot of gear so maybe they can spend more on one unit.

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