The buzz about the Allen & Heath DB4 mixer started a little while ago when it debuted at the BPM show this past year, so the splash wasn’t quite as big at Namm this year with info already floating around about it. Seeing Joe Jack break it down so well in the video above has actually made me a fan though. The input matrix allows all the channels to carry any analog source or channel from your software through the USB sound card. It looks pretty easy to switch through looping and audio effects and edit them on the fly with the simple LED readouts. And knobs look well spaced and overall layout seems pretty intuitive.
What attracts me most to this mixer though is that it achieves what a lot of new Serato and Traktor plugins are attempting to do in a hardware mixer. This takes strain off your computer when processing effects and control data, not to mention the time and effort it takes to custom map your effects and controls in your setup ahead of time. There’s also something about hardware effects that really appeals to me from a sound standpoint. Allen & Heath are known for the fidelity of their mixers and the sound of their filters in particular, so the effects on the DB4 may have an equally unique sound. Projected at over 2800 dollars this mixer sure doesn’t come cheap, but the feature set and layout definitely add it to my short list of dream mixers to play on.