A couple of weeks ago, the latest version of Traktor gave out the name of the new mixer from Allen and Heath. This is nothing new – we hacks have always pulled apart the innards of new software releases to see what is hidden inside, and sure enough the Xone:96 was skulking around in the code. There were no other details released, and a heap of “oooh I hope” type comments littered the usual haunts.
A teaser has appeared, showing little more than a logo and a date, a very apt 9/6, a date which makes sense for 10 times as many people around the world than it does in the USA. So to clarify — the new Xone:96 is likely to be launched on 9th June.
But even more Xone:96 related teasery has popped up on the Xone DJ Facebook page. It’s the Movement event in Detroit this weekend, and of course this is the perfect time and place to let Techno DJs grope and fondle what is likely to be the natural successor to their Xone:ninety-tool of choice. Ergo, this video appeared in the Xone DJ channel:
Of course, I lifted the video and did some screen shots:
Now my Photoshop fu with teasers is strong. I’ve pieced together whole mixers from nanoseconds of blurry video. But after a holiday weekend gazing into my screen creating a client video, I just can’t bring myself to stare at pixels anymore. Besides, there’s another good reason why I don’t want to give too much away.
Now for the disclosure bit — we know a lot more about the new Xone beyond an entry in Traktor. And for this reason we’re saying nothing else. The whole shebang will be unleashed in less than two weeks, but I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say that I’m pretty sure a tiny tear of joy formed in the corner of Dan’s eye as he gazed upon… now I’ve said too much.
As you might expect, we plan to have more detail than you can handle on launch day. We don’t do video, but we will have plenty of words and pictures for you to pour over in due course.
While we’re not leaking anything that we know, there’s nothing to stop you lot tearing the video apart. Considering it appeared inside Traktor and on the official Xone DJ page, it’s all fair game now. So what do you think it is? What do you want it to be? What if it isn’t what you want it to be?