Earlier this summer, Allen & Heath were teasing a new 4-channel mixer for the masses, the Xone:PX5. This mixer is a 4+1 channel analog unit that boasts digital connectivity with classic Xone FX processing. The feature rich Xone:PX5 now seems to be getting the Native Instruments stamp of approval.
Xone:PX5 to Support Traktor Scratch Pro
In the short video above and from the post on Facebook, we can report Traktor Scratch Pro will support the Xone:PX5. This is huge news for both companies as Native Instruments is poised to drop Traktor 2.11 soon. With Traktor Scratch Pro support, DJs using the Xone:PX5 now get the full Xone mixing experience when using traditional DJ software. This added support is icing on the cake for the Xone:PX5 which is already a powerhouse of a unit. Some may even argue that this gives the Z2 a run for its money.
While the Traktor 2.11 beta is out now, there is no clear indication that the support is readily available in the beta. Adventurous DJs can read all about Traktor 2.11 here and sign up for the beta. Thereâ€™s no final date when support for the Xone:PX5 will be available, so we will be watching for more announcements.
Other Xone Mixers?
Some commenters on Facebook (rightly) pointed out that this certification is a bit odd considering that the â€śflagshipâ€ť mixers from Allen & Heath donâ€™t have it.
The Xone:DB4 and DB2, despite being high-end mixers with great onboard sound cards, still donâ€™t have Traktor Scratch certification. These mixers can be made to work with a bit of not-so-kosher hacking of Traktor, but why not have the official implementation? So far Allen & Heath havenâ€™t replied to any comments on the matter.