Audio Innovate's Elliot Marx has a mission, and that is to make his ever popular Innofader fit everything from old school Bozaks to new school Kenwoods. But in doing so, he's made what should be a straightforward installation appear less than a plug and play affair. So having examined what are the most popular installs, he's radically simplified the classic Innofader, and distilled it into a new product. No, I'm not talking about the mini Innofader that we broke a few weeks ago - this is the Innofader PNP.
Yes, PNP stands for plug n play, and the name seems to very accurately reflect the new rationalised product. The daunting thing with the regular Innofader is the sheer amount of cables and circuitry that comes in the box. That's all gone, and instead the testing circuitry is now onboard the Innofader, leaving a selection of 3 and 4 pin cables.
To aid with installation, the label on the fader has been changed. It now shows exactly what to do when installing, even down to explaining how easy it is to simply reverse cables or jumpers if the red testing LED comes on.
Another issue with the Innofader in some installations is insulation. Trying to cram a head of circuits and cables into a space only just big enough is fraught with the possibility of short circuits. The Innofader PNP now includes a thick strip that insulates the open circuit on the back from the rest of the mixer.
The kit also comes with popular fixing plates too - the regular fits almost anything plate as well as ones for the Pioneer DJM-800 and 900.
Price wise, this will come in at more or less the same as the regular Innofader. Yes there's less actual gubbins in the box, but the important stuff has been incorporated into the main fader body, as well as a radically simplified installation process. I'm sure Elliot will be updating the Innofader website accordingly to show exactly what the PNP will fit into without a hitch, and which mixers are better suited to the Innofader Pro.