How To Replace The Crossfader on an MC4000 With an Innofader

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, shares his tips on replacing the stock crossfader on a Denon MC4000 with a Mini Innofader Plus.

San Diego DJ, Justin Kanoya, shares his tips on replacing the stock crossfader on a Denon MC4000 with a Mini Innofader Plus.

While I love my Denon MC4000 controller, it has a major drawback; parts are not user replaceable. That means if you need something replaced there are two options … go through Denon’s repair process or do it yo’ self.

The former, while probably the safest bet, is also one that takes the most time. It also wasn’t the most reliable, as I tried to set up service tickets with Denon on two occasions to no avail. This might have been an unfortunate coincidence for me, but I’ve been hearing reports of others also not getting the best responses from Denon Support.

As a result, I went with the latter option. Since I use my MC4000 weekly and I did not want to rely on an alternate set-up option.

So what exactly did I D.I.Y.? A few months after using the controller, the crossfader was damaged. This was likely due to the glide shelf on the Odyssey case I was using. The stem of the crossfader was bent, wobbly and if not treated with kid gloves was destined to break off.

I had heard of others swapping the stock crossfader on other Denon controllers -- mostly the MC6000 -- with an Innofader. I have heard great reviews on Innofaders and decided to try my hand at an unauthorized, warranty voiding repair.

Scary? Yes! But in the end, the process was pretty simple. And I’m here to provide information on the steps it takes to swap out the MC4000 crossfader. For me it was a bit stressful because I was going in pretty blind.

The Mini Innofader Plus is the perfect crossfader install into a Denon MC4000.

But with this info, it does not need to be stressful for you. Scroll to the bottom for step-by-step video I put together. 

Here we go!

Tools needed

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Hex head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Soft cloth
  • Blocks (or anything to place on jog wheels to elevate the controller)


Innofader Model Needed
Mini Innofader Plus (thanks to Elliot for advising on the proper model)

Step-by-Step

Step One
Remove all knobs and faders. You will be removing the faceplate and this (in addition to removing screws) is the only way to do that.

I recommend a soft cloth, small towel, etc. and pliers for this. Wrap the cloth around the knob/fader, then with the pliers pull straight up. Don’t squeeze too hard, just enough to get a firm grip.

You can do this without tools, but some knobs are more difficult to remove than others. Also when you are doing this repeatedly several times (there are a lot of knobs) there’s a little fatigue with the fingers.

Step Two
Remove hex head screws that keep the faceplate in place. These will be found on the top and front of the controller.

Remove the nuts and washers holding the front panel knobs/jacks in place. These are the knobs/jacks for the mic controls, cue volume and headphone jacks.

Flip the controller over. This is where I would recommend placing the jog wheels on a block (such as a yoga block or a 2x4). This will keep all of the fader stems and knobs off your tables surface.

Once flipped over, unscrew all of the Phillips head screwdrivers that hold the bottom panel in place.

Do not remove any of the back panel screws as there is no need to disassemble that part.

Step Three
Remove the bottom panel. You will now be looking at the bottom side of the MC4000. Before flipping it back over to remove the faceplate, you will need to unseat three circuit boards.

  • Mic volume knobs
  • Cue volume knobs
  • Headphone jacks.

Removing these three circuit boards, held in place by small screws, is necessary to lift off the MC4000s faceplate and gain access to the crossfader. 

These boards are individually held in place with small Phillips head screws. Once those screws are removed, you can pull the boards out, freeing them from the front panel holes.

Once this is completed, place the bottom panel back on. I replaced a few of the screws to secure the bottom panel better when I flipped the controller back over to remove the faceplate.

With the controller now facing up, lift the faceplate straight up and off. You now have access to the crossfader.

Step Four
The crossfader is held in place with a bracket and two screws. Just unscrew and when lifted out, there is some wiring that will need to be disconnected. A simple tug on the cable will “unplug” from the unit.

The Innofader, which is compatible with various DJ mixers and controllers, comes with a variety of cables. It also is packaged with various mounting brackets. However, I removed the one from the old crossfader and put it on the Innofader.

Select the appropriate cable that matches with what is needed to connect back to the MC4000, attach the mounting bracket and screw the entire assembly into place.

Follow along with the Innofader instructions to calibrate your new crossfader and once everything is ood to go, it’s time to put everything back together

First I put the faceplate back on and replaced the hex screws. I then flipped it back over, reseated thecircuit boards and then replaced the bottom screws, front panel knobs nuts and washers and lastly the knobs and faders.

If you can use a screwdriver, you can do this. The hardest part is keeping all of the screws organized, I recommend getting several small bowls and some scraps of paper to label and organize them that way.

When you’re done, you’ll have an awesome and most importantly, super durable crossfader. 

Questions on the process? Leave them in the comments, or email me directly: justin@djkanoya.com

The Mini Innofader Plus is “contactless.” It hovers above the surface of the mixer, allowing for smooth and fast cuts.

MC4000 crossfader step-by-step replacement video

I also referenced this MC6000 crossfader replacement video as a guide. As well as this one. 

Yoga Sculpt With Katie B ; Corepower Yoga, November 21, 2017

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There’s nothing better than a quick yoga workout during Thanksgiving week, especially when it’s with Katie B. Here’s a look at the setlist for the November 2017 edition of Yoga Sculpt class at Corepower Yoga.

Chuck Johnson - Brahmi
Kygo ft Sasha Sloan - This Town
Iggy Azalea - Mo Bounce (Instrumental)
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (Zhu Remix)
Krewella - Team (Promo Only Dave Aude Clean Edit)
Softmal, Rey Vercosa & Avrupts - Sexsuality
Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money (PeteDown Future House Mix)
Charles J vs Avicii - Fresh Levels (Joly Petch & Dazz VIP Edit)
Kygo ft Justin Jesso - Stargazing (Kahikko Remix)
Snap - I've Got The Power (Cazztek Remix)
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
Bizarre Inc. - I'm Gonna Get You (Select Mix Remix)
Nirvana vs TJR - Smells Like We Wanna Party (Da Brozz Mashup)
PUMPA - Mi Gente (Soca Remix)
Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (twoDB Remix)
Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato - No Promises (Hook & Sling Remix)
Justin Timberlake ft Clipse - Like I Love You (NVOY Remix)
Dillon Francis & Kygo ft James Hersey - Coming Over (Tiesto Remix)
Mart ft Casey - Heart Of Glass (Mart 2015 Edit)
Avicii ft Zac Brown Band - Broken Arrows
Luniz - I Got 5 On It
Biggie vs Young MA - Hypnotize vs Ooouuu (DJ EDiT Mashup)
Lauv - I Like Me Better
TLC - Diggin' On You (Kaytranada Edit)
Mura Masa f./Desiigner - All Around The World (Instrumental)
Dewey Dellay - Yoga Peace

Stephen and Jen’s Week-long Wedding Celebration Ends in San Diego

A lion dance was just one of the many events that provided entertainment at Stephen and Jen’s wedding. 

A lion dance was just one of the many events that provided entertainment at Stephen and Jen’s wedding. 

Stephen and Jen’s wedding party at Stephen’s family owned restaurant, Emerald Chinese Cuisine, was the cap on a week long celebration for the two of them. Their ceremony and (first) reception took place a week earlier in Northern California.

Wanting to celebrate with San Diego family and friend, the best solution was to throw a party in Southern California. In addition to dancing, there was a lion dance, a solo singing performance, photobooth and the slow motion video booth was set up and the result shows what a great time everyone had.

Here’s the highlights from the video booth. 

And here’s a look at the setlist.

Dinner and Cocktails

  • Loose Change - Straight From The Heart (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove Mix)
  • Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Brothers Johnson - Stomp
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Jeffrey Osborne - Stay With Me Tonight (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • Kygo f./Maty Noyes - Stay
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Solange - Cranes In The Sky
  • LP - Lost On You
  • Julia Michaels - Issues (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • HAIM - Want You Back
  • Mindi Abair - The Joint
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Like This
  • Calvin Harris f./Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Mariah Carey - Make It Happen
  • Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall In Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin'  
  • Ed Sheeran - Photograph (Felix Jaehn Remix Edit)

Open Dancing

  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (A-Trak Remix)  
  • Pitbull, Chris Brown - Fun (Select Mix Remix)
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Icona Pop f./Charli XCX - I Love It
  • Rihanna - We Found Love
  • Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin (Dj XCENTRiC Edit)  
  • Outkast - Hey Ya
  • Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  • Steve Winwood - Higher Lover  
  • Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
  • Wreckx-n-Effect - Rump Shaker
  • Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies (Select Mix Remix)
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Psy - Gangnam Style
  • Quad City D.J.'s - C'mon 'N' Ride It
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot - Baby Got Back
  • Ivan Jack - The Dock Of The Bay  
  • Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • Chachi & Paige - Land Down Under  
  • Chainsmokers ft ROZES - Roses (Adam Foster Remix)  
  • Next - Too Close (Andrew Masta & The Disco Punk Nu Disco Dance Edit)

What Are The Kids Listening To These Days - 80s Music Edition

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A common practice for consumer brand marketers it to put test subjects into a room and have them experience products. This gives those brands great insight into a consumer's behavior towards their product; their likes and dislikes.

As DJs music is one of the products we offer. While music charts, radio airplay and general conversations with people may yield some indication on what is popular, there’s nothing like a good old product test.

REACT is a channel on YouTube that shows videos to specific audiences while filming their reaction. There are elders reacting to modern slang, parents reacting to current music and kids reacting to 80s movies.

But the series of videos that attracted me were the ones centered around music. Specifically several videos of college and teenage kids reacting music from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. To say I was surprised to most of the reactions is an understatement. There were songs I assumed they would enjoy and they had no clue on. And of course there were other tracks that were very recognizable that I rarely play at my gigs and that I would seriously consider playing now

Feel free to check out these super insightful videos. But if you want the “Cliff’s Notes,” I spent time watching them all, and here’s what I found.

College Kids 80s - Part 1

College Kids 80s - Part 2

At the time of the posting, I estimated that these participants, college kids and the teens, were born between 1995-1998 and 2000-2003 respectively. I believe people really start to engage with popular music by age 10, so that means most of these songs were at least 20 years old by the time they may have heard them. And 30 years old at the time they were watching the videos!

The college kids were definitely influenced by pop culture and memes. Songs that appeared in movies such as “Time After Time” (Napoleon Dynamite) and “Don’t You Forget About Me” (The Breakfast Club) were instantly recognizable. And of course all knew “Never Gonna Give You Up”, of  RickRolling meme fame.

Not surprisingly Michael Jackson was familiar, but surprisingly - and sadly - few knew “When Doves Cry”. There was also confusion with artists and bands, some thinking Motley Crue was Scorpion or Alice Cooper; or Berlin being Cyndi Lauper.

Here are some other stats, which tracks how many knew the song and/or artist:

Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
Song 10/10, Artist 10/10

Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds
Song 10/10, Artist 0/10

Time after Time, Cyndi Lauper
Song 10/10 , Artist 2/10

Girls, Girls, Girls, Motley Crue
Song 8/10, Artist 0/10

Tainted Love, Soft Cell
Song 9/10, Artist 0/10

When Doves Cry, Prince
Song 6/10, Artist 4/10

Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley
Song 10/10, Artist 8/10

We’re Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister
Song 9/10, Artist 1/10

Take My Breath Away, Berlin
Song 8/10, Artist 0/10

Hungry Like the Wolf, Duran Duran
Song 7/10, Artist 0/10

Super Freak,Rick James
Song 8/10, Artist 1/10

I Love Rock ‘N Roll, Joan Jett
Song 10/10, 3/10 Artist

Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
Song 6/10, Artist 3/10

Fight For Your Right, Beastie Boys
Song 7/10, Artist 2/10

Justin Kanoya is a DJ based in San Diego, California. Follow him on Instagram, join his Facebook group, Business Coaching for DJs and subscribe to his YouTube Channel.

2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala After Party - Mission Valley Marriott

Tia Carerre, with DJ Justin Kanoya, dancing it up at the 2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala After Party.

Tia Carerre, with DJ Justin Kanoya, dancing it up at the 2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala After Party.

This event is always one of my favorites to DJ. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to DJ this after party which takes place after the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala. There’s always a few celebs on the dance floor, and this year THE Tia Carerre was throwing done some dance moves all night.

I also got to witness the debut dance performance from the Ajumma EXP … what is that you ask? Just watch the video.

The SDAFF gala after party is always a great dance party. Check out the setlist below.

  • Disclosure - Holding On (Armand Van Helden Remix)  
  • Bob Marley vs Vicetone vs Tom & Jame & Holl & Rush - Is This Love (R-You Edit)
  • Craig David - Fill Me In (David De Luca Future House Bootleg)
  • Enki Nyxx - Lonely Heart  
  • Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind (Joey Negro Disco Mix)  
  • Klingande - Pumped Up  
  • Cosmo Klein ft YNOT - When Doves Cry  
  • Ce Ce Peniston - Finally (Select Mix Remix)
  • MC Hammer - Let's Get It Started (Select Mix Remix)
  • Tony Toni Tone - Feels Good
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (A-Trak Remix)  
  • Melissa Adao - Supersonic edit
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Party Break - Montel Party Break
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems
  • Kid N Play - Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bruno Mars - 24k Magic (Rock It Scientists Hype Edit) (Dynamiq Cutdown)
  • New Kids on the Block - The Right Stuff (remix)
  • MC Hammer - Turn This Mutha Out (Select Mix Remix)
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Bondax Edit)  
  • Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)  
  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels (Fabian EWF Mix) (Hype Edit)
  • Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Lost In Emotion (Freestyle Classics)
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • House of Pain - Jump Around
  • LL Cool J - Around The Way Girl (Untouchables Remix)
  • Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
  • DJ Dan & WhiteNoize - Hey Ho  
  • Stevie B - Spring Love (Freestyle Classics)
  • Stevie B - If You Still Love Me
  • Newcleus - Jam On It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Next - Too Close (Andrew Masta & The Disco Punk Nu Disco Dance Edit)
  • Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
  • Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (Kygo Radio Edit)
  • J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente
  • Mariah Carey - Fantasy
  • Ice Cube - Check Yo Self
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Mayeda Twerk Remix)
  • Tupac - California Love
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin’ (Live)