Allen & Heath Xone:2D (Old Design)
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Allen & Heath Xone:2D (Old Design)

Xone:2D (Old Design), MIDI Control Surface for DJ from Allen & Heath in the Xone series.

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Tomahoax 06/24/2008

Allen & Heath Xone:2D (Old Design) : Tomahoax's user review

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Value For Money : Poor
What REALLY motivated me to buy this Controller is that it combines into a single object: a sound I / O Multi-channel card (4 RCA outputs, 2 among RCA, 2 SPDIF / Optical etc ...) and MIDI Controller very good with a lot of buttons and faders!

Use:
I use the Xone 2D to contrler Abelton Live in my DJing sets, the Controller is coupled to a Pioneer DJM 800 in my case. And works perfectly!

A big plus for the Xone 2D: the possibility to "make" their own layouts, let me explain: to better find the functions we assign it a number of faders and buttons we have the possibilt to make personal layouts "drop" on the controller. To do this, simply Tlcharger the model in Illustrator or Photoshop format on the manufacturer's website, change the model as much as we want, print / the sheet (s) and inks, then finally ask / paste the result on the Controller. Making it a unique tool and totally personalized.

The only point that could be especially amlior sold at a price that is the Xone 2D is replacing the USB connection with a Firewire connection that would have the same opportunity to get rid AC external power, but good l a t really have perfection;).

The guide was provided only in English, and a few dozen pages, which are a bit Photocopying what to Left a little Gnral appearance of the product.
Frankly there is nothing complicated in the connections or in the config. I did the test and the Xone 2D works on both Windows and Mac OS (10.5.3 in my case) so no worries do this is ct l.

The other very practical point is that the Xone 2D or book with ferrules of DIFFERENT processors, allowing to use the hardware around the world without having to buy extra tips mentary.

The drivers are a Tlcharger directly on the site of Allen & Heath. In terms of set days, I have not used the hardware long enough to judge.

In Abelton Live 8ms latency with rglage low enough buffer (64). I also use the Xone 2D to record my mix with Garage Band and Amadeus and works perfectly. The Learn mode Ableton Midi works perfectly!

The buttons are fairly agrables use (feelings of solidity and precision), the faders are very good quality ngatifs the only two things I can take is:
- The jog is a little too sensitive, a little more resistance at the latter aurrait t more enjoyable and aurrait amlior the precision.
- The switch for Changing the Image with autodtermination BPM is placed a bit too close the Tap button which made it the frle too often, and it's not very pleasant

I possde the table for about a month.

Goodies:
Type controllers multifunction integrates with sound card!
Significant number of buttons and faders
Quality Allen & Heath
The possibility of creating 100% customized Layouts
Can be used as a mixer if the Xone 2D is couple with Traktor type of software, for that headphone output (large jack) is directly available.

Cons:
Lack Firewire instead of USB
Jog a little too sensitive

Report qualitprix:
It's very very good stuff, but still expensive for what it is!