It’s usually a free-for-all when it comes to who gets to play their music at a session. When it’s a more formal practice/rehearsal, it’s a little different, but at an open session, you have to jump at any opportunity if you want to play your music. Even then, music stops abruptly, killing any kind of groove or mood that anyone was feeling. With this tiny crossfader, dubbed the Openmix, you can easily fade between two audio sources and have a little fun while doing it.
The form factor of the Openmix is definitely small; small enough to keep in your pocket or even on a key chain. What’s nice is that it doesn’t require any batteries either. Not too shabby!
On either side of it is a standard 3.5mm audio jack where you would plug your smartphone, iPod/iPad, or other audio source. I’m not a huge fan of having to plug in my device flushly into the Openmix so connecting a couple of cheap audio extension cables so you can easily orient your devices to your liking would be a good choice.
On the bottom of the Openmix are two female 3.5mm ports. One port is to connect to your sound system/speakers. The other is meant for “sound effects”. It’s basically a third source that’s always on so you can overlay anything you want to have a little fun.
A single knob on the front face of the Openmix allows you to easily fade between the two main audio sources.
This device would definitely help your practices and sessions run a little smoother, if you keep taking turns to play music. Honestly, it would make it a little more fun too, especially with that third input meant for sound effects. I would even try hooking up an instrument to that third input.
The Openmix is a Kickstarter project and is still in the funding phase until the end of September, so head on over to the Kickstarter if you want support it. This gadget is definitely a cool one that I hope achieves its goal. If funded, it’s set to ship in January 2015. I’m looking forward to similar devices, hopefully popping up in the upcoming months.
Know of any other similar devices or have a different opinion? Share your thoughts in a comment!