Out on it's own in a corner of the Allen & Heath stand, set apart from the rows of big studio consoles, was this little gem.
Apologies for the quality of my hasty snaps, but it's so new that there are no official pics yet.
It may look like it was snaffled from the set of 'Flash Gordon', but in fact it's a rotary mixer, destined for club use.
The project name: Xone:V6
Mission: To Boldly Go.. er, no it's:- "to provide the best audio quality of any club mixer, past or present".
Stirring stuff, indeed.
Xone series designer Andy Rigby-Jones has been researching and testing the very best components available for this project, including thermionic valves and VU meters based on an original 1950s design. The emphasis on quality means that a single rotary fader for the Xone:V6 will cost as much as some complete entry-level mixers. Andy commented: “I wanted to give visitors to the Musikmesse a chance to see where the company is going on this project and to tell me what changes they would like to see between the prototype and the finished creation. We did this with the first prototype of the Xone:464 a few years ago, and the feedback we got from DJs and club techs really helped make that product what it has become. I can’t say exactly when Xone:V6 will be available. This is all about absolutely pristine audio quality, so it won’t go into production until I am 100% confident that it sounds phenomenal”.
Looks like it will, too.
For further information, contact:
David Kirk – Media Manager, Allen & Heath Limited.
Tel: +44 (0)870 755 6264
Version 8.5 of the editing and mastering suite announced at Musikmesse