Allen & Heath is set to launch its new XB-10 mini broadcast mixer at PLASA 2012.
The broadcast mixer is designed for use across a range of applications, from small radio or internet broadcast studios, to college and university radios, podcasting and content creation.
Based on the larger XB-14, the XB-10 has three mic/line and three stereo inputs and comes with a similar range of features aimed at broadcasters, including a telephone communication channel, mic channel on switch sensing, stereo channel start/cue outputs for CD deck transport control, and automatic muting of speaker outputs.
A separate monitor mix can be created for operator and guest or presenter, while the operator can communicate off-air to the studio or telephone callers via the ‘Talk’ feature. Furthermore, the XB-10 also comes with a built-in duplex USB soundcard, which offers several routing options for recording and broadcast applications. Meanwhile, the plug ‘n’ play USB connection can be used for such tasks as VOIP telephone calls, recording programme material or playing jingles.
Each mic channel has its own CompACT (Adaptive Compression Technology) compressor, designed to keep the dynamic range of a presenter microphone under control, while a variable limiter is provided on the main output to ensure that the final mix to air does not saturate expensive broadcast equipment.
The preamp is similar in design to the Mix Wizard range. Additionally, the XB-10 features a 3-band, swept mid frequency MusiQ EQ with optimised slope for a variety of sources.
SRP is £484 ex VAT.