A&H’s Messe presence is usually miles away in the pro audio focused Hall 8. But with renewed activity in DJing, it makes perfect sense to have a stand in the DJ hall. So I didn’t have too far to travel to get a brief play with the new Serato DJ DVS compatible Xone:43C.
Allen & Heath’s new brand ID is a world away from the old style, which in itself was distinct from everything else in the market. The black and orange stylings really appeal (certainly to me for obvious reasons) and give the Xone:43C a very modern feel. But it’s the actual mixer that is of most interest. It’s not built like the old Xones, but definitely isn’t lightweight either. Layout wise, they’re learning the importance of grids and straight lines aiding use too.
I’m still undecided on the single comprehensive filter or if I would want individual channel high/low pass. I guess being a Serato DJ mixer means that you can use software effects and have a hardware filter instead. I also like the per channel FX wet dry control too.
From my brief play, this if definitely more club mixer than scratch mixer, and certain features have been left off to keep the price down. We can but hope that given NI’s recent apparent openness that the Xone:43C will also get some certified Traktor love.