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Justin from Isonoe speaks about his wonderful mixer

Undoubtedly one of my favourite mixers. The Isonoe 420 is an outstanding piece of beautiful engineering. Something that is very important to me but often overlooked in the industry is touch points. Physical interaction with the machine. In this case with the Isonoe 420 the touchpoints literally couldn’t be any better and the bold ergonomics really work for me.
Justin talks Isonoe

The potentiometer knobs are custom made and first class and addictive to the touch. There are various chassis/cases available but the two I had included one with a rubberised black finish with walnut side cheeks which looked and felt fantasic, but my favourite finish (which surprised me a little) was the black slightly orange peeled metal finish with machined metal side cheeks with a perfectly matched finish which must have been really difficult to achieve. This level of detail resonates throughout the mixer, from the sound to the VU meters to the sheer reassuring weight of this beast.

I love the sound, the materials used, the small shelving eqs but most of all (and this is a little controversial) the layout is a very Marmite-esq thing and just like the famous yeast extract I absolutely love it.

the layout is a very Marmite-esq thing and just like the famous yeast extract I absolutely love it.


You can really hear the passion and drive in this video from Darko Audio filmed at Hard Wax in Berlin.

We’d love to hear what you think about the 420 mixer from Isonoe, do you like the layout?

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