Review: A&H's excellent Xone:23 mixer gets tweaked for digital DJ software use and becomes the 23C. Clever solution with all the usual Xone sound quality plus a built-in audio interface. Slick.
The Xone:23C brings together the best of digital DJing and conventional mixing in a compact accessible format.
This high performance DJ mixer is equipped with a premium quality, 4 stereo channel 96kHz 24bit internal soundcard and offers plug n' play connection via X:LINK to Xone:K series controllers, making it perfect for performers looking to combine the convenience of digital DJing and recording with the hands-on control and visual appeal of a real mixer.
Xone:23C includes an enhanced version of the legendary Xone filter with resonance control, VCA faders, 3 band total kill EQ, illuminated switches, crossfader curve selector and styling inspired by the flagship Xone:DB4.
At the heart of the mixer is the renowned analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF) system offering Low-Pass and High-Pass filters, frequency sweep and 'mild to wild' resonance control. There is also an FX loop to connect to third party FX units, which route back in through the filter system.
Xone:23C features 2+2 stereo channels with dual levels for phono and line inputs, allowing four music sources to be connected at the same time, including turntables and CD/media players. Additionally, the internal soundcard enables replay and recording from DJ software, offering users all the benefits of digital DJing whilst using hands-on mixer controls.
The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLR's, and there is a dedicated record output. The Xone:23C is equipped with comprehensive monitoring facilities, including a dedicated booth output with its own volume control, a cue mix control, and signal levels clearly displayed on the 9 segment peak hold meters.
Styled on the flagship Xone:DB4, the Xone:23C includes soft touch, backlit controls, light-piped meters and a distinctive new shaped steel faceplate. The mixer can also be upgraded with the latest Innofader for enhanced scratch performance, available as an accessory.
Xone:23C comes with Mixvibes Cross LE Software, providing DVS control and plug n'play mapping for Xone:K series controllers.