allen & Heath xone:db2 digital fx mixer controller midi usbAfgelopen week begon dus Allen & Heath met het teasen door de video die ze op Youtube hadden gezet van de Xone:DB2. Nu is er dus het ‘officiële‘ bericht van A&H dat de Xone:DB2 in december verkrijgbaar zal zijn tegen een prijs van 1190 Engelse ponden, snel omgerekend ongeveer 1385 Euro.

Value For Money

De DB2 is een volledig digitale, state-of-the-art DJ mixer, met twee krachtige mulit-FX engines, waarmee hij alle essentiële elementen van het vlaggeschip, de Xone:DB4, behoudt, tegen een prijs die hem aan het voorfront zet van een zwaar beconcureerde FX mixer markt.

X:LINK

Net als de Xone:DB4 heeft de DB2 ook de beschikking over een X:LINK aansluiting die kan zorgdragen voor een snelle en makkelijke integratie met de eveneens nieuwe Xone:K2 controller. De DB2 heeft verder een stijlvol doch lichtgewicht aluminium chassis om touren makkelijker te maken. Andere features zijn onder andere crossfader- en upfader curve controls, mulit-point level metering, digitale output, analoge gebalanceerde outputs voor main mix en booth, en een record output met aanpasbare level settings.

Hieronder het originele persbericht:

The DB2 has four input channels, each of which has a full input matrix that can select from four analogue, four USB, or two digital sources. The DB4 style ‘Trimodal EQ’ has been included, which can be configured as a standard asymmetric EQ (+6/-25dB), total Kill (+6dB/OFF with a 24dB/octave slope), or a High-Pass/Low-Pass filter system with adjustable resonance. Each channel has a single routing switch that sends to the main mix, or to either of the two FX sections, and this control also assigns the crossfader.

There is a single microphone channel, which can also be switched to stereo line, providing 2-band EQ, gain, cue, and mix level. Similar to the main input channels, this can also be routed to either of the FX units or direct to the main mix. Beneath the Mic channel is the headphone monitor system, and to the right of the main mixer is the master section, with main mix level, booth level, and the two FX sections.

Each FX engine has 5 basic studio quality FX types – based on the iLive pro-touring FX system and optimised for DJ use – comprising delays, reverbs, modulators, resonators and damage, plus each FX type has a patch library of different effect variations that can be assigned to the relevant control. There is also a filter on the output of each FX bank, and each has a dedicated expression control and a rotary pot to set the wet/dry level, whilst further effect tweaking can be performed using the encoders beneath the OLED screen.

The OLED display is clearly visible even in bright sunlight, and displays the FX selection and current BPM, as well as being an easy and intuitive interface for the Menu set up functions. The mixer offers many user defined settings, such as meter mode, BPM range, USB audio routing scheme, display brightness, in addition to the extensive built-in FX library.

The built-in, multi-channel USB2 soundcard allows replay and recording from computer-based audio software for 4 stereo sends and 4 stereo returns. All controls (except Mic and Phones level) send MIDI data and the mixer can double up as a MIDI controller via the MIDI shift button, which allows the FX selection controls to send MIDI data without changing the mixer settings.

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