Allen & Heath Xone: DB2
Product Description for the Allen & Heath Xone: DB2
The Xone:DB range exploits the potential of digital mixer technology to bring you maximum DJ creativity. A key element is what we believe to be the highest quality and most sophisticated FX engine in the DJ market. Originally developed for the iLive pro touring system and rated by some of the best ears in the business, the FX algorithms have been painstakingly optimised for DJ use. The first mixer to get the new FX engine was the Xone:DB4 – an unapologetic monster of a mixer with an FX engine on each channel. Now the Xone:DB2 captures the essence of DB4 in a stylish, accessible, affordable format.
- Input Matrix
Each of DB2’s four input channels has a full input matrix that can select from four analogue (Line or RIAA), four USB, or two digital sources, allowing for a wide variety of audio sources to be connected simultaneously. The same source can also be selected on multiple channels.
- Trimodal EQ
Xone:DB2 adopts the fresh approach to creative equalisation introduced on DB4. The EQs can be used in three different modes - standard asymmetric EQ (+6/-26dB), total Kill (+6dB/OFF with a 24dB/octave slope), or High-Pass/Low-Pass filter with adjustable resonance.
- Mic/Line Input
With 2 band EQ, gain, cue and mix level and with full access to FX.
- High Visibility OLED Display
Tested for maximum clarity whether playing on a sundrenched Balearic beach or in a Berlin basement, the high contrast display shows FX selection, BPM and menu setup functions.
- Lightweight chassis
Made for life on the road, Xone:DB2 is robust enough for touring, and its lightweight aluminium chassis helps ease the arm-ache.
- Integral soundcard
The built-in, multi-channel USB2 soundcard allows replay and recording from computer-based audio software for 4 stereo sends and 4 stereo returns.
- MIDI control
All controls (except M ic and Phones level) send MIDI data. The mixer can double up as a MIDI controller for DJ software such as Traktor Pro and Ableton via the MIDI shift button, which allows the FX selection controls to send MIDI data without changing the mixer settings.
Xone:DB2 can integrate smoothly with the new Xone:K2 software controller via Allen & Heath’s proprietary X:LINK protocol.
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Mark EG road tests Xone:DB2 Features & Effects
Allen & Heath Xone DB2: ProAudioStar First Look NAMM 2012