Allen and Heath XB-10 Compact Broadcast Mixer
The ultra-compact Allen & Heath XB-10 is perfect for small radio or internet broadcast studios, college and university radio stations, podcasting, content creation and more.
- 3 mic/line and 3 stereo inputs
- Telco channel with optional USB routing for VoIP
- CompACT compressors on mic channels
- Responsive 3-band, swept mid EQ with MusiQ
- Configurable USB stereo audio in/out
- XLR main outputs with inserts and variable limiter
- Aux / Alt bus for external processing, recording or auditioning
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Despite its tiny footprint, XB-10 is packed with the kinds of specialised broadcast features that normally come at a much higher price. Radio-friendly tools include a telephone communication (telco) 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, and the operator can speak off-air to the studio or telephone callers using the 'Talk' feature.
XB-10's preamps use low noise discrete transistor circuitry to achieve high gain and excellent linearity. Each mic channel comes equipped with their innovative CompACT compressor to keep the dynamic range of a presenter microphone under control. Unlike other compressors, which are effective only at reducing loud sounds, CompACT combines both downward and upward compression with peak limiting. Low level signals are given a gain boost, mid level signals are mildly compressed with a soft knee response, and high level signals are limited. A variable limiter on the main output ensures that the final mix to air does not saturate expensive broadcast equipment. the XB-10 also features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency EQ design which utilises MusiQ with optimised slope for a variety of sources.
The plug-n-play USB connection can be used for VoIP telephone calls, recording program material, playing jingles and more.