Allen & Heath Announces Xone:42 – USB Four Channel DJ Mixer
Allen & Heath has announced the Xone:42 USB 4-channel DJ mixer that is designed to interface with current leading edge DJ technology. The Xone:42 features an ergonomic, intuitive layout built around 4 dual-input stereo channels; channels 1 and 4 are phono/line, while channels 2 and 3 are line/line. All four channels have a powerful +6dB to total kill 3-band EQ, a 9-segment 3-colour bar meter, gain control, and 60mm VCA faders with illuminated X/Y crossfader selection. Xone’s killer Voltage Control Filter is included on each channel via illuminated assignment switches, with selectable filter type, resonance, and frequency controls.
The mixer sports a new feature: the X-FX system, which enables an external effects processor to be easily interfaced. A single knob controls the proportion of the channel signal sent to the effects unit, from 0 to 100%, and the affected signal is returned to the main mix, or can be routed through the filter. Nice!
The Xone:42 incorporates a USB audio interface for easy connection to a computer and integration of digital media. It can be used to play back music files from a laptop and to record mixes from the Xone:42, or, when used with appropriate software, as a digital DJ effects unit that can be patched into the X-FX system. The USB input combines with an XLR microphone input to provide an additional channel with two band EQ and rotary level control.
The mixer also features a 45mm VCA crossfader with curve control, and a powerful monitoring section with split cue control, mix to cue, two headphone outputs (1/4″ and 3.5mm), dedicated booth output, and balanced main mix outputs on XLR.
The Allen & Heath Xone:42 costs Â£599 and will be available from sometime this Fall. More information on the Allen & Heath Xone:42.