Xone DB2 mixer is no fuckin’ joke!

Allen & Heath have been making some of the best unaffordable mixers on the market, but their latest creation: The Xone DB2 seems like it’s a little more down-to-earth- for what you get, but I warn you, it still boasts a $1500 price tag, and that is WITHOUT any jog wheel controls or turntables…

First off, the most attractive feature is the complete lack of knob-clutter found on most of their models.  The unit features a modest 4 input facade, and on the left, there’s the FX brainchild  that has its own built-in programmable effect matrices, navigated on a small screen.

It has a built in sound card for computer-midi interfacing and hooks up directly to a laptop or computer via USB.  Nice!  Allen & Heath are also breaking the USB tradition with what they call “Linx” inputs which are simply cat5 network cable connections that also support power.  This is designed to link multiple units without using up too many USB connections.  The additional units are add-on controllers like their Xone K2 controller that contains a multitude of midi programmable functions (pictured below) for $299, which will notch the price up to about $1800 for the setup.

The beauty of the setup on an overall scale is that it’s a high quality stand alone mixer to harness the needs of CDJs and vinyl jocks.  The unit, unfortunately, does not come bundled with Traktor or Serato Itch, but Allen & Heath does have free mappings to allow for a smooth plug-n-play adventure.

Personally, I would love to see the price come down on this puppy to about $999.  Remember, you still need to build around it, and with all the competition out there, $1500 seems like a really high starting point for a fully integrated DJ midi setup, but you are getting Allen & Heath quality.  Regardless, I am very impressed.

Also, look out for the new Traktor F1 controller bundled with the newly enhanced Traktor Pro 2.5 software.  The new software replaces the 2 sample decks with new remix decks.

The colored pads will leave the competition in the dust!  Looks like Native Instruments is the Apple of DJing technology. My guess for price:$299   (we’ll see if I’m right…)

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