Allen & Heath Launch New DJ Mixer

Dec 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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A collaboration with cutting-edge artists, Allen & Heath's new Xone:92 is a 6-channel (four phone or line with two mono/mic or stereo returns) mixer that will be available in either rotary or linear Voltage-Controlled Amplifier (VCA) fader options.

With more DJs now incorporating live elements and digital effects to their performances, one new feature, a MIDI controller output, offers users the ability to manipulate virtually any piece of outboard MIDI equipment from controls on the mixer surface. For additional sound manipulation, the Xone:92 also incorporates two LFOs with a tap-tempo feature and two independent filter systems. LFO depth, filter resonance and frequency can be adjusted. Channels can be assigned to either of the two filters, and the VCF controls can be linked together for the simultaneous manipulation of both filters. Each filter can also be controlled by the crossfader with the LFOs still interacting.

The Xone:92 also features a new 4-band +6dB EQ with infinite cut on HF and LF and -30 dB available on both hi- and lo-mids. The mid-EQ provides a wide cut but narrow boost to prevent cumulative gain with all controls at maximum. Furthermore, VCA faders and filters are used throughout, so that no audio signals pass directly through the faders. As a result, there is no risk of the sound being degraded by worn components.

Other features include an active crossfader, which can be varied using a rotary control from smooth to scratch mix; two headphone outputs, 1/4-inch and 3.5mm jack; two auxiliary sends with selectable pre/post-fader and crossfader; extensive channel output and cue metering; an intelligent cue system allowing pre- or post-EQ monitoring; and a talkover facility on mono/mic channel that attenuates music by 20 dB.

The Allen & Heath Xone:92 mixer will be available in February 2004. Further information about the mixer and its features can be found at www.xone.co.uk.






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