If, like us, you follow the naming conventions of products to detect patterns, the announcement of the Xone:43C will come as no surprise. Well… that and the fact that A&H and Serato accidentally outed the existence when the Xone:43 was announced last week too. For the uninitiated, the Xone:43C is USB and X:LINK enabled version, and is Serato DJ club kit ready.
Another press release from Allen & Heath, but you already know what’s coming:
ALLEN & HEATH LAUNCHES SERATO SUPPORTED XONE MIXER
Allen & Heath has announced the introduction of the Xone:43C, a sister product to the new Xone:43, which is supported by leading DJ software, Serato DJ, and provides the gateway to digital DJing and DVS performance with the addition of a 16 channel internal soundcard and X:LINK to connect compatible Xone:K Series MIDI Controllers.
The 96kHz 24bit 16 channel USB soundcard enables replay and recording from any chosen DJ software, offering users all the benefits of digital DJing using the controls of a “real” mixer. With the purchase of Serato DJ Club Kit, Xone:43C will work plug ‘n play with Serato DJ and is Serato DVS enabled, eliminating the need for an external interface*.
The Xone:43C also allows plug ‘n play connection of a Xone:K series controller via the X:LINK connection without using additional USB ports. There are a huge number of pre-mapped functions to control cues, loops and Serato DJ FX for control decks 1 through 4.
“We’re really excited to develop our collaboration with Serato. The new Xone:43C offers a simple plug ‘n play 4-channel mixer solution, to create powerful DVS setups simply by purchasing the Serato DJ Club Kit. We’ve designed the 43C with all the essentials and club integration you need for a fluid mixing experience,” says Xone product manager, Greg Ibbotson.
Xone:43C also includes the renowned analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF) system offering HPF, BPF, LPF, frequency sweep and ‘mild to wild’ resonance control. The X:FX feature provides a single control per channel over the send/return to work with external FX units, and can also be routed to the Xone filter to add layers of FX and filtering.
In addition to the 4 phono/USB and line channels, Xone:43C features a flexible mic / aux input with XLR and phono connectors and 2-band EQ for tonal balance. The cross fader has three curve settings and is also compatible with Innofader for enhanced scratch performance.
The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLR’s, and there is a dedicated record output. The Xone:43C is equipped with a simple headphone monitoring section, which offers both 3.5mm and ¼” headphone sizes, with level, cue / mix control and the option for split cue monitoring.
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Xone:43C will be shown for the first time at Pro Light & Sound, Hall 5.1, stand B30.
Xone:43C Launch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwz3jUtnjws
Xone:43C Mr Switch demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkvFf95ApfA
XONE:43C AND SERATO DJ
Let’s clear this up — the Xone:43C doesn’t come with Serato DJ, and it’s recommended that you buy the Club Kit (Serato DJ and DVS bundle) to make it Serato DJ and DVS ready. For those that already own Serato DJ, you can just buy the DVS expansion pack. You’ll still need to get vinyl, but after that you’re good to go. And don’t forget to throw an Innofader into that price as well if you’re really looking to bust out some DMC moves.
It’s great to see Allen & Heath mixers getting official software love. I wonder if there will come a time when they’ll get Traktor certification too. That would be the ideal for all mixers really, something that I label as a pipe dream.
Going back to the naming convention thing, we cannot help but look at the venerable Xone:92. It’s over a decade old now, and despite its age it’s still a firm favourite in clubland (NI used them for their recent Kontrol D2 activity), but could definitely do with a little more than the cosmetic facelift that it had a little while ago. We can but hope that a Xone:93C is in the works. For the record, a 93 would be pointless — if you’re going balls out, go both balls.
Rounding this off is a performance video from our good friend Mr Switch.