This new gadget from MWM lets DJs play and scratch vinyl without using a needle, giving them better control of the audio

French brand MWM recently released Phase, a product comprising two small rectangular transmitters that attach to the top of turntables and let DJs play audio from vinyl without the need for a needle. The way it works is by plugging into any audio interface or mixer, and wirelessly translating the movements of a vinyl record into timecode. Then any digital vinyl system (DVS) software, like Serato or Traktor, can read it. The wireless translation occurs via radio frequency—not Bluetooth, as some might assume.

The main advantages of Phase are that it not only does away with physical issues related to using needles and turntables—like dust causing needles to skip or strong vibrations making the tonearm shake—but it is also easy to transport, offers compatibility with all turntables and doesn't require specific timecode vinyl. Phase will retail for $300 when it is released this summer.

Phase

French brand MWM recently released Phase, a product comprising two small rectangular transmitters that attach to the top of turntables and let DJs play audio from vinyl without the need for a needle. The way it works is by plugging into any audio interface or mixer, and wirelessly translating the movements of a vinyl record into timecode. Then any digital vinyl system (DVS) software, like Serato or Traktor, can read it. The wireless translation occurs via radio frequency—not Bluetooth, as some might assume.