Over the years Allen & Heath has made a well-deserved names for itself as a mark of quality within the sphere of DJ mixers. Many of the brand’s Xone range are held in understandably high-regard, and units such as the mid-range Xone:42 and the Richie Hawtin-endorsed Xone:92 can be found installed in clubs across the globe.
The digital-friendly DB4 hybrid mixer is possibly the most impressive unit the company has ever created, however. It packs the same high build quality, excellent filters and all-round usability as the 49 and 92, but adds a built-in, multi-channel USB 2.0 soundcard for integration with digital DJing setups.
It also features a Quad FX Core DSP effects engine, providing each channel with its own effect bank with BPM detection. There are five groups of DJ-style effects available, with Expression and Wet/Dry controls on each channel for manipulation.
It’s a bit of a complex beast and could take a while to master, but the DB4 sounds great and packs enough functionality to keep even the most ambitious DJs happy for a very long time.
Full review: Allen & Heath Xone:DB4