Those encoders in the BCR are almost impossible to de-solder without a PCB board heater and a very good de-soldering iron and good quality braid.
I de-soldered one once to try and find the part number and it was a nightmare.
It would be too easy to damage the PCB unless you've had a good amount of soldering experience. I'm not saying you can't do it, but I am saying that it probably isn't worth the effort.
Time would be better spent mastering this software ctrlr.org • Index page
if the hardware is an issue, but I like the feel of a real knob in my hand as much as the next man and so I persevere with my BCR