Teenage Engineering, the corporate behind ultra-stylish synthesizers, speakers, and PC cases, has launched a brand new audio gadget: it’s referred to as the TX-6, and it’s a tiny (in dimension, not worth) field mixer completely festooned with knobs. In addition to letting you combine collectively sound from six stereo inputs and output them to a pc, speaker, or each, in true Teenage Engineering style, the TX-6 may also act as a primary synthesizer, drum sequencer, and USB-C audio interface.
We gotta speak about these knobs first although. By default they act as controls for a three-band equalizer, letting you tweak the highs, mids, and lows for every enter. But a peek at Teenage Engineering’s guide reveals the tons of different issues you can do with them, from controlling compressor settings to adjusting pan or word size. Whatever you use them for, you’ll be doing it in fashion; the knobs are colourful and knurled on the prime, which ought to assist you grip one thing that’s in any other case roughly the scale of a giant Q-Tip.
If you can tear your eyes away from the knobs, the remainder of the controls are additionally completely mint. You’ve obtained fader sliders (that are arguably extra vital than the knobs as a result of they really let you combine), a bevy of buttons, in addition to a combo button / knob for navigating menus — be nonetheless my coronary heart. There are additionally LED quantity meters, with controllable brightness.
In phrases of I/O, the TX-6 has these six audio jacks for enter (Apple might by no means), and three output jacks; two are 3.5 mm for aux and cue out, and the primary output is 6.35 mm, or a quarter-inch. It’s additionally obtained a built-in battery, which Teenage Engineering says is sweet for round eight hours of use, and fees by way of the USB-C port that additionally handles connecting the TX-6 to your machine. That will be a pc or an iPhone / iPad, if you’ve obtained an acceptable cable or adapter. Again, all of this, plus these scrumptious knobs, are packed into one thing that has a fully tiny bundle.
By the way in which, sure I can hear the whole thing of the UK snickering that I’m once again talking about my love of knobs. You don’t want to remark about it, my sides nonetheless harm from studying all of the jokes on the final article. But come on, simply have a look at them.
Of course, I don’t need to sleep on the opposite components of this design — it’s obtained a CNC aluminum body, an cute little display to present you menus, and synthetic leather-based backing. To me, it appears just a little like an old-school Sony machine, however taken up a notch.
Hey, really, Teenage Engineering says the knobs are customizable. I’m certain there’s some parameter you can management with them that goes to 11…
Speaking of going previous the higher restrict, let’s speak in regards to the worth. The TX-6 prices — deep breath now — $1,199. That’s for the precise unit itself, together with a 3.5 mm adapter for the primary output, and a USB-C cable. Extra cables, like a 3.5 mm to RCA or dual-TS adapter, will price an affordable $10 or $15.
While that worth is nearly unbelievable, I struggled to consider another gadgets just like the TX-6. The $150 Yamaha MG06X is compact, however it’d be onerous to name it small, and it actually doesn’t look as cool, in my view. The $350 Zoom H6 will be configured to have the identical variety of inputs, however it’s considerably bulkier and is nowhere close to as feature-rich because the TX-6. Plus, whereas you might use it as a mixer, it’s positively extra of a field recorder. The Mackie MCaster Live is even cheaper at $230 and appears to be an analogous dimension, however it doesn’t have a battery and solely has 4 inputs (although one in every of them is XLR, which might turn out to be useful if you need to plug in a microphone).
While it being in a league of its personal might or might not justify its worth, the TX-6’s worth might be going to turn away lots of DJ wannabes or music making casuals like me — although it does rely a “DJ mode” amongst its many additional options. But if I’m completely trustworthy with myself, I’d in all probability spend an embarrassing amount of cash to play with one for a day, simply so I might really feel these candy, candy knobs (once more, I actually shouldn’t be posting this simply because the UK is waking up).
The TX-6 is accessible on Teenage Engineering’s website.