Allen & Heath Introduce Multi-Purpose Xone:23C DJ Mixer
Following the launch of the Xone:23 mixer earlier this year, Allen & Heath has announced the introduction of a sister product, called the Xone:23C. Combining conventional mixing sensibilities with modern, digital DJing technologies, the new mixer comes in an accessible and compact format; making it perfect for mobile DJs.
Like its sister model, the Xone:23C is also a 2-channel mixer, but what sets it apart is the addition of a 4-stereo-channel internal soundcard; this 96-kHz 24-bit USB soundcard enables replay and recording from any chosen DJ software, offering users all the benefits of digital DJing whilst using the controls of a conventional mixer. The Xone:23C also features X:LINK connectivity allowing for easy and reliable connection with compatible Xone products, allowing DJs to save vital USB ports to use for other aspects of their set-up. The included Mixvibes Cross LE software also enables 2-deck DVS control and plug-in-and-play connection of the pre-mapped K-series controllers. This compact set-up allows DJs to practice both traditional mixing and digital DJing, whilst using CDs as well as digital media.
The 2 stereo channels feature independent level controls for each of 4 inputs, enabling up to four stereo sources to be routed to the mix simultaneously, as well as a dedicated send and return system for external FX. The Xone:23C also features A&H’s analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF) system, offering Low-Pass and High-Pass filters, frequency sweep and ‘mild to wild’ resonance control, as well as VCA faders, illuminated switches, a cross-fader curve selector, and 3 band total kill EQ; allowing DJs further control over the mix.
The Xone:23C is also equipped with comprehensive monitoring facilities, including a booth output with its own volume control, a cue mix control, and signal levels clearly displayed on the 9 segment peak hold meters. The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLRs, and the mixer features a dedicated record output; enabling DJs to capture their performances.
“The Xone:23C offers the ability to interface with digital DJing whilst utilising conventional mixing in a compact, accessible format,” comments Xone product specialist, Greg Ibbotson. “With the option to add our Xone controllers to the mixer setup via X:LINK, you not only save USB ports on your computer but have extended software control at your fingertips for expanding your DJ setup. Also, the Mixvibes Cross LE software brings access to DVS control in conjunction with the Xone:23C.”
Aesthetically, Allen & Heath has styled the Xone:23C on its flagship model, the Xone:DB4, and it therefore includes soft touch, backlit controls and light-piped meters in addition to a distinctive newly-shaped steel faceplate.
The Xone:23C will be shipping in June 2014 with an SRP of £349 (+VAT).