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NAMM 2009: A&H unveils entry level DJ mixer

NAMM 2009: A&H unveils entry level DJ mixer
Allen & Heath has unveiled the Xone:22, a two-channel analog DJ mixer at NAMM ’09 in California.

The new mixer offers high quality audio and a professional feature set at an entry level price and is the smallest and most affordable Xone mixer to date.

At the heart Xone:22’s feature set is a ‘lite’ version of the renowned analogue voltage control filter (VCF) system offering low-pass and high-pass filters, frequency sweep and ‘mild to wild’ resonance control. There is also a soft-switched effects loop to bring in external effects, which are routed back in through the filter system.

The new mixer has two stereo channels with dual phono/line inputs, and phonos can be configured to line if no RIAA sources are in use. There is a three-band total kill eq, crossfader curve control switch, and the maximum output level is +25dBu.

The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLR’s, and there is a dedicated record output. The mixer is equipped with comprehensive monitoring facilities, including a booth output with its own volume control, a cue mix control, and ‘cue-to-master’ switch to preview the master output. There are also ten-segment LED meters with selectable bar or dot mode display for each channel.

“We’ve raised the bar on entry level mixer design with the Xone:22,” explained Xone designer, Andy Rigby-Jones. “It’s the first mixer at this price point to have a full cut isolator/eq, accurate metering, quality faders and pro standard audio headroom. Incorporating a ‘lite’ version of our now legendary Xone filter system is the icing on the cake. We want to offer the bedroom DJ a quality performance tool and a taste of the professional club experience.”

To complete the club quality effect, the Xone:22 is finished with UV sensitive ink screen for improved low light legibility. The mixer will be available from March 2009 at an SRP of £266, plus VAT.

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