allen and heath xone 3d

hellishly expensive at over $2,500, but for some reason i keep getting drawn back to this piece of kit. designed with ableton and traktor in mind (they’ve included overlays and pre-programmed midi maps for both), the xone 3d seems to be about the only piece of kit that combines mixer, midi fader/knob controllers and jog wheels.
allen & heath zone:3d

they are pro’s in the mixer market and have been working hard on the digital front (the xone:92 mixer is actually emulated in traktor) and at the moment have the most engaging piece of kit. the product ships with a lite version of ableton and if you want to know how this works, check out remix mag’s detailed review.

i am awaiting an offering from pioneer in this realm – the one thing i would like to see is something akin to a midi version of the cdj 1000. how far off am i? oh well, in the meantime i can dream that one day i get to this level:

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