Noise Engineering is known for its innovative approach to modular synthesis, and the new Xer Mixa is no exception. Slated to start shipping on September 6, 2023, with a price tag of $999, this mixer module promises a lot. While I haven't had a hands-on experience with it yet, here's what we know so far based on the provided information.
Comprehensive input and output capabilities
Xer Mixa boasts ten stereo-paired inputs, split between 8 fader-controlled channels and 2 auxiliary inputs. Furthermore, there are three stereo-paired output busses, ensuring flexibility when routing your sound.
Analog signal path
This module offers an entirely analog signal path. Such a design ensures minimal noise, low crosstalk, and maintains the pristine quality of the audio. The added analog leveling amplifier can add that extra punch your mix might need.
Digital control interface
The mixer module seamlessly marries analog and digital with its control interface. This feature enables a myriad of functionalities: state save and recall, per-channel pan law and pre/post send settings, multichannel editing, and even MIDI I/O.
The on-screen display simplifies configuration for various settings, including per-channel pan-law, pre- or post-fader sends, and channel & MIDI CC routing. Also, you can save your configurations in one of its seven preset slots.
Noise Engineering has managed to pack all these features into a compact 32 HP module. However, if you're inclined towards CV control, there's an additional module available: the 4 HP Expando Expandi. This expander provides 8 freely assignable CV inputs. If one isn’t enough, you can connect up to two of them to Xer Mixa.
Whether you like your jacks at the top or bottom, Xer Mixa has you covered. It provides a system setting that inverts the entire interface for easy customization.
Xer Mixa seems to be a promising addition to the modular world. Its mix of analog and digital characteristics, combined with its compact design and extensive functionalities, could make it a desirable mixer for many. If you're outside the U.S., it might be worth waiting for local availability to save on potential import costs.
Piqued will be at l.a.d.s.r (Los Angeles Department of Synthesizer Redistribution) in LA this Saturday as the public gets the very first look at the Xer Mixa 32HP mixer and Expando Expandi 4HP expander modules. The Noise Engineering team will be conducting demos, giving away some Noise Engineering swag, and we'll get a chance to play with the new gear firsthand. Once we get a hands-on review, we can delve deeper into its real-world application and performance.
Are you an in-the-box mixer enthusiast, or do you prefer external mixers for your Eurorack setup? Let us know in the comments below.