Announced at the Winter NAMM show, Allen and Heath's Xone:2D is a follow-up product to the Xone:3D mixer/controller and they have given us a sneak preview of it at Sounds Expo.
The Xone:2D is the combination of a 4 stereo channel USB soundcard and MIDI controller, which DJâ€™s can connect to their existing analogue mixer to integrate leading DJ software such as Ableton Live and Traktor DJ Studio, and create a complete digital DJ mixing system.
The USB soundcard can operate in either of two modes â€“ stereo channels for 3 inputs from a PC and 1 return, or 2 channels from a PC and 2 returns. A large array of connections are provided to enable easy integration into any DJ set-up, and the 2D can be directly connected to turntables, CD players or linked to an external mixer. Digital IO (optical and coaxial) is also provided.
The Xone:3D BPM counter with LED display is included, which is capable of detecting a beat in music presented on the stereo BPM input. A MIDI clock generator, which can be set using the illuminated tap tempo button or syncâ€™d to the tempo detected by the BPM counter, is provided, and features the unique MIDI clock nudge facility of the 3D.
The MIDI controller connects via USB to a computer and also has 5-pin DIN MIDI sockets for connection to any MIDI-enabled device, and features 5 60mm linear faders, 8 detented rotary pots, 19 push buttons - 4 of which are illuminated, 5 rotary encoders with "push to switch" function, and a multi-function jog wheel with switched navigation control. All the MIDI controls can be mapped for use as navigation controls for DJ or production software.
Optional attachment brackets to mechanically link the Xone:2D to other mixers in the A&H range, and overlays relating to various software programmes including Ableton Live 6 and Traktor DJ Studio 3, are available. Pricing and Availability:
The Xone:2D should be shipping in May/June 2007, SRP Â£499 (ex VAT).