New Allen & Heath Mixer

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"Allen & Heath has yet again raised the bar on DJ mixer design with the launch of the new Xone:92, a 6 channel mixer that incorporates the advanced technical demands of today’s professional DJs. The greatly anticipated Xone:92, available in either rotary or linear Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA) fader options, has a feature set that is so versatile, the mixer can be used across all DJ styles.

Already well established as a leading DJ and club mixer manufacturer through products such as the industry standard Xone:62 and audiophile Xone:V6, Allen & Heath has collaborated with cutting-edge artists to make a flexible, 6 channel (4 phono or line with 2 mono/mic or stereo return), feature-packed tool for the burgeoning population of technically adept DJs.

With more and more DJs incorporating live elements and digital effects to enhance their performances, one new feature, a MIDI controller output, offers users the unique 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 Low Frequency Oscillators (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 cross-fader with the LFOs still interacting.

Allen & Heath’s Xone:92 also features a new four-band +6dB EQ with infinite cut on HF and LF and –30dB 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, ¼†and 3.5mm jack; 2 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 which attenuates music by 20dB. All this and Allen & Heath’s great sound and build quality. The new Xone:92 is the same height and width as the Xone:62 and is the same depth as a Technics 1210 turntable."

Anyone got a spare £1300? :Smile3:

Hmmmm...MIDI controller output. Wonder if this will be a popular feature?
This looks like a badass mixer! This is the mixer that is built into 'The End's custom made mixer and the filter is amazing! My friend might be getting one in which case i'll have his DJM600. :Grin:
</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Wiley Peyote @ Jan 20 2004, 06:43 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> lemme b so bold as to guess::: £999??
or wot? [/quote:6572f005b5]
Nail on head! :P

(well thats what ive seen it for anyway)
oh, sorry...just read the end of th eoriginal post....its £1300
well worth it.......used to work on/maintain some of their larger mixes
it Is the industry standard-- or should be!
hmm looks sweet :Smile3: Ive used all the others in the range and they're sh!t hot !![except the one with gains on the back panel - timmah!]. Im pretty sure they all use penny & giles nylon faders too like the a&h studio mixers which is a nice touch :Smile3:

Saying that it doesnt seem the 92 offers much more than the old top of the range one (464?) - that and the 32 have filter/LFO business and imo you give the average dj a mixer with an effects unit and you can guarantee they wont be able to keep their hands off it for 5 mins :| .. I'll let a&h off the hook tho as they dont skimp on build quality in favour of gimmicy features like quite few other manufacturers do so ts an added bonus really !

I just love the idea of this thing, but my bank-manager reckons it's a piece of crap!

...and the MIDI implementaion..... had to happen....!
</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Marc @ Jan 26 2004, 08:28 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> give the average dj a mixer with an effects unit and you can guarantee they wont be able to keep their hands off it for 5 mins :| [/quote:476f97a5f4]
I gotta say tho, I think effects sound good when used correctly. Obviously dont over use them like on every single mix, but a sly effect here n there adds to the tune I think. Especially on a 50k rig! :lol1:
Ah - but Kev, Marc's one of them old-skool turntablism DJ types (and a pretty damn good one, it has to be said). Also - from my perspective watching sound boards at Student Union events over the years, given almost *every* DJ's desire to play with the gain knob (invariably turning it clockwise, mind) like it almost gives them some kind of sexual thrill - I don't think I'd trust most of them with an FX unit either.

Hehe, fair point. Kind of a case of (to qoute Human Traffic) "the itchy trigger finger niggas" except its not triggers, its gain dials.
Although I find more often then not, I need to gain up the channel because its not as loud as the channel playing out. :blink: (I do hate it when I drop a tune and its quiter then the one previously playing)