Allen & Heath are known to produce high end mixers for clubs and installations, and we get quite excited whenever they announce a small format unit because it means that they’re porting over a professional feature set and excellent build quality at a friendlier price.
At this year’s NAMM, they’re launching the Xone:23, a two-channel DJ mixer that carries with it features characteristic of the Allen & Heath legacy.
Those features include analogue style Voltage Control Filters (VCF), VCA faders, and three-band kill EQs among others. It’s basically a replacement of the ageing Xone:22, and one that takes after the stylings of Allen & Heath’s flagship Xone:DB4 mixer and Xone:DB2 mixers.
With some manufacturers’ focus on adding more and more functionality to a mixer’s feature set, it’s refreshing to see a company distill the qualities of a good mixer and strip it down to the essentials. The Xone:23 does just that. It is priced at £242 + VAT and ships April 2014.
• Watch the Xone:23 walkthrough video
We think there’s a place for a little two-channel mixer in every DJ’s bag – do you? Do you still use a little mixer even though you’re a digital DJ for a change, a backup or for radio shows, switching between digital set-ups live, or any other reason? Let us know if you do, and what you think of the xone:23, in the comments below!