Allen & Heath Xone:42

Spaced-out and simple to use, the mixer has a few key features to set it aside from the crowd, the first being nice big wet/dry rotaries on every channel which control the send return levels when using external effects.

The second is the inclusion of a USB audio interface allowing stereo up and down signals when connected to a laptop. This also allows for your laptop to be used as an FX rack by connecting the USB audio RCA inputs and outputs to the FX send and return RCAs.

This is quite a neat little idea although we're not sure how many DJs would utilise this in clubs, but it could be a useful feature for live performance artists.

OK, it's built well, sounds good and is laid out sensibly to boot, but also has its flaws. It's disappointing that the USB is only USB 1.1 and not 2.0 plus, it would be nice if the USB side would accept USB keys rather than having to use the mixer as an audio interface.

Having the USB channel switchable with the mic channel is a tad irritating. It's certainly a decent mixer but when you compare it to the enormous amount of features Pioneer offer for around £900 with the DJM700 it's difficult to really whole-heartedly recommend the Xone:42 despite a few nice features.

MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Built well. Sounds good.

Cons

Only USB 1.1.

Verdict

A sturdy, great sounding mixer but with limited features.

Features

• 4 dual stereo channels Channels 1 & 4 have phono (RCA RIAA turntable) inputs while channels 2 and 3 are line/line • X-FX send to external FX Allows signal to be sent to external FX, and returned to be combined with VCF controls • 3 band EQ All channels have 6dB to total kill EQ • Power supply High performance internal switch-mode psu • 2 headphone outputs 1/4” and 3.5mm • VCA Crossfader With curve control from sharp attack for scratching to smooth attack for house style • VCF filter with independent in/out, resonance & frequency controls • USB 1.1 port One stereo up to PC and one stereo back • Microphone input On XLR, with 2-band EQ and level control • Optional rack ears available

Description

The Xone:42 is a new compact 4 -channel DJ mixer with USB audio interface, designed for DJ’s of all abilities and experience from top pro DJ’s to bedroom enthusiasts who want a compact quality mixer with pro features.

Mixer Type

Professional 4 channel Club/DJ mixer

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