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Allen & Heath Xone:DB2

Live DJ mixer

What is it?A digital DJ mixer incorporating two multi-FX engines and retaining the essential elements of A&H’s flagship Xone:DB4 model at a more accessible price point. DetailsThe DB2 has four input channels, each of which incorporates a full input matrix that can select from four analogue, four USB or two digital sources. DB4-style ‘Trimodal EQ’ has been included and can be configured as a standard asymmetric EQ (+6/-25dB), total Kill (+6dB/OFF with a 24dB/octave slope) or a High-Pass/Low-Pass filter system with adjustable resonance. Each channel features a single routing switch sending signals to the main mix or to either of the two FX sections – and also assigns the crossfader. The single microphone channel can also be switched to stereo line, providing 2-band EQ, gain, cue and mix level, and like the main input channels, can also be routed to either of the FX units or direct to the main mix. Beneath the mic channel is the headphone monitor system and to the right of the main mixer is the master section, with main mix level, booth level and the two FX sections. Each FX engine has five basic studio-quality effects types based on the iLive pro-touring FX system and optimised for DJ use. These comprise delays, reverbs, modulation, resonance and damage; each type including a patch library of different effect variations that can be assigned to the relevant control. A filter is also included on the output of each FX bank, and each features a dedicated expression control plus a rotary pot to set the wet/dry level. Further effect tweaking can be performed using the encoders beneath the OLED screen which is said to be clearly visible even in bright sunlight and displays the FX selection and current BPM, as well as providing an “easy and intuitive” interface for the Menu set up functions.