It’s been just over a year since I began using the Numark NV, and it’s still one of the best pieces of gear I have owned. This thing has so much functionality jam-packed into a lightweight portable DJ console. It’s reasonably priced (at least half the price of club-installed equipment), durable, and really fun. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Numark device if you didn’t have to replace the crossfader every year. UGH!
When I started to hear the crossfader bleed channels that should not have otherwise be heard by the audience, it immediately brought back old not-so-fond memories of my first Numark mixer. I lost count of the number of times I had to replace that crossfader and I learned to always carry a spare.
Numark has always been for the “professional, but on a budget” DJ, IMHO. I am totally fine with that too. Numark is actually owned by a company called, inMusic, and you may recognize a few of their other brands. I mention this because it becomes important when your gear needs service. Being out of warranty, I figured I would have to eat the cost of a new crossfader. What I was not prepared for was the $150 price tag! That is roughly 21% of the cost of a new NV!
When I heard the news, I was shocked! The Numark NV was a flagship product that would “change everything,” including the cost of a new crossfader! Without getting into the details, I ended up getting a new crossfader shipped out and installed (pictures below). A big thank you to inMusic for making this situation right. That brings me to part 2 of this post.
If you have ever needed a replacement crossfader and searched online for a new one, chances are you came across a company that sells the Innofader. They sell replacement crossfaders that fit almost every mixer you could imagine. In addition, their crossfaders are reasonably priced and use a better technology. Their crossfader uses a non-contact based technology called, capacitance. This allows DJs to push the crossfader over 4 million times without bleeding!
When you buy a mixer, the first questions you should ask is, ” Is the crossfader user replaceable?”
The second question you should ask is, “Will the Innofader fit the mixer?”
At first glance, I did not see the Numark NV listed on the supported mixers chart. I emailed the support team and they advised that the Innofader PNP P should fit the NV. This model is highly universal and costs about $80. To make sure, I sent Innofader my original Numark NV crossfader and as of this writing, I am waiting on them to receive and review the part. I will update this post once I know for sure.
UPDATE: From Innfofader, “I’m pretty sure the mini Innofader PNP P will work.”
For now, I am up and running with the replacement from Numark and I should be good for another year…hopefully.
Below are the pictures I took while replacing the crossfader: