xone43

Allen & Heath aren’t bombarding the market with products. They’re not hopping on lots of new gimmicks. What they are doing is quietly releasing well-designed mixers that dominate the DJ scene. And the Xone:43 looks nothing if not eminently sensible – enough so that I suspect some might eye it as a mixer for live sessions, as well as the obvious club installs and DJ rigs.

A&H are serious enough about this tool that they’re releasing a new flagship — on the first of April. (No fooling.) But they can do that: because there’s absolutely nothing silly or far-fetched about this box.

There’s not too much to say about the 43. The big selling point is its filter, which is switchable between high pass, low pass, and bandpass modes with resonance.

And there’s the effects send. Sure, it’s got a stupid name (X:FX) – yeah, kind of sounds to me like an unknown hip-hop band. (Whoa. I’m actually not wrong.) And it makes some of us think of computer gaming graphics cards.

But X:FX works the way you wish effects sends always worked for live setups – you just get a stupidly-simple wet/dry control with a dedicated control on each channel for adding to your outboard effects. And you can route it to the filter, too.

Beyond that, the usual:
Mic/aux input with XLR and phono
2-band EQ
Innofader-conpatible Crossfader with three curve settings, which means you probably won’t replace it (though you can if you wish)
Balanced XLRs out
Dedicated record out
Headphone monitoring – with both 1/4″ and 3.5mm, in case you’ve forgotten your adapter, plus cue/mix control and split cue monitoring

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In short, it’s just a mixer that does everything you want and nothing else. And in a somewhat gimmick-laden market, that’s a good thing.

In fact, this particular set of features makes it useful I suspect to some people doing live sets, where quick control access to effects and filters and possibly even cueing would be desirable.

Shipping now, 899€ before VAT.

Details: http://www.allen-heath.com/ahproducts/xone43/

So, obviously this is closely related to a Xone:42. What’s different?

The 42 has USB – not “analogue” as the 43, but that means more convenient laptop connections, possibly, depending on your setup.

The filter arrangement is simplified on the 43 – push buttons for filter modes rather than separate knobs.

Spec wise, everything else is the same on paper; the 43 has been rearranged and looks different, but it’s hard to tell if that’s just a new box for the old guts. So I’ve asked A&H to tell us a little more about how the 43 and 42 differ. The answer:

The 43 is a styled update of the 42 with 4 phono inputs instead of 2. It also doesn’t have the 42 simple soundcard – a response to the customer that wants quality 4 channels at a medium price point. The updated mic aux channel is another modification and some general sound spec improvement has been made. It’s a similar situation to the 22, recently replaced by the 23, which has been a hugely successful seller.

Makes sense to me. I like the new look – and the truth is, a lot of us rarely travel without a soundcard. (though I’m curious who’s using four turntables at once …sounds like a fun night, anyway!)

  • Carlos

    So it’s a refresh of the 42. Nice, but I’d prefer to see a refresh of the 62 and/or 92. My DJing style uses 5 channels and 4 band EQ. Anyway, most of the Xone range, while already being the best DJ mixers going, could do with a facelift. My 62 looks its age. If they bring out a Xone:93 I’ll sell a kidney and upgrade on the spot.

    • owning a 92 rotary myself, i prefer 3 band eq over 4.. but the 2 extra channels are great.

      • Immon

        xone 22 and xone 62 owner here… This is the best looking mixer they have done in recent times. However what I really want is a 4 channel usb soundcard with 2 analogue filters. That’s a killer combo.

    • I think the 42 refresh almost certainly means a 92 refresh is not far behind. And I think “Xone:93” is a good bet for what it might be called. Maybe at Musikmesse?

      • Carlos

        We can hope!

    • Per my comment, it looks more like a face lift of the 42? ..

  • ShiftFunction

    So it’s a refresh of the 42. Nice, but I’d prefer to see a refresh of the 62 and/or 92. My DJing style uses 5 channels and 4 band EQ. Anyway, most of the Xone range, while already being the best DJ mixers going, could do with a facelift. My 62 looks its age. If they bring out a Xone:93 I’ll sell a kidney and upgrade on the spot.

    • owning a 92 rotary myself, i prefer 3 band eq over 4.. but the 2 extra channels are great.

      • Immon

        xone 22 and xone 62 owner here… This is the best looking mixer they have done in recent times. However what I really want is a 4 channel usb soundcard with 2 analogue filters. That’s a killer combo.

    • I think the 42 refresh almost certainly means a 92 refresh is not far behind. And I think “Xone:93” is a good bet for what it might be called. Maybe at Musikmesse?

      • ShiftFunction

        We can hope!

    • Per my comment, it looks more like a face lift of the 42? ..

  • André et Michèle

    Nice simple mixer . . . too bad only one filter though . . . but I guess that would start to compete too closely w/ the 92.

    • The one filter has always been a bummer but I still found the 42 to be the best bang for the buck with A&H (and even similar Pioneers) I always liked the 4 band EQ of the 92 but felt I was overpaying for the MIDI I/O… If they dropped that feature and the price accordingly it would take the cake…

  • André et Michèle

    Nice simple mixer . . . too bad only one filter though . . . but I guess that would start to compete too closely w/ the 92.

    • The one filter has always been a bummer but I still found the 42 to be the best bang for the buck with A&H (and even similar Pioneers) I always liked the 4 band EQ of the 92 but felt I was overpaying for the MIDI I/O… If they dropped that feature and the price accordingly it would take the cake…

  • I’ve been using the X:One 42 for years and love it, know it inside and out. That said, this looks like the same engine in a new car body… I love the no nonsense approach of the 42 and 92 in that they don’t try to provide built in effects that will sound tired by the time an average Joe is able to afford the unit etc… They focus on having solid faders, solid EQ’s and solid filters. My only major gripe with the 42 was the lack of a second filter. The 42 had an internal 2×2 usb soundcard that I’ve NEVER used and am a bit annoyed that they threw money at that rather than other features… Unfortunately, it looks like they only met half my desires. This will be a solid mixer, just as the 42 is, but I don’t see myself upgrading to it from the 42

  • I’ve been using the X:One 42 for years and love it, know it inside and out. That said, this looks like the same engine in a new car body… I love the no nonsense approach of the 42 and 92 in that they don’t try to provide built in effects that will sound tired by the time an average Joe is able to afford the unit etc… They focus on having solid faders, solid EQ’s and solid filters. My only major gripe with the 42 was the lack of a second filter. The 42 had an internal 2×2 usb soundcard that I’ve NEVER used and am a bit annoyed that they threw money at that rather than other features… Unfortunately, it looks like they only met half my desires. This will be a solid mixer, just as the 42 is, but I don’t see myself upgrading to it from the 42

  • beatboxing

    I like the simplicity. However are the filters and EQ analog or DSP (not that it really matters)? Also, I wish there were a way to physically bypass the EQ section.

  • beatboxing

    I like the simplicity. However are the filters and EQ analog or DSP (not that it really matters)? Also, I wish there were a way to physically bypass the EQ section.

  • Mutis Mayfield

    Page 21. Pic about new mixer WITH serato interface integrated.

    http://www.allen-heath.com/media/AP9968_XONE_43_USER_GUIDE.pdf

  • Mutis Mayfield

    Page 21. Pic about new mixer WITH serato interface integrated.

    http://www.allen-heath.com/media/AP9968_XONE_43_USER_GUIDE.pdf

  • Brand B

    LOL at Peter for ever pointing out that something has a stupid name.

  • Brand B

    LOL at Peter for ever pointing out that something has a stupid name.