did quite a bit of reading and decided to go with xone:96. i looked at pretty much every 4 channel dj mixer available, including all the wonderful boutique ones (taula, condesa etc) and my final choices were superstereo DN44 or DN48, xone:96 and xone:db4.
having a built in audio interface became one of the factors - this way i can use it with a laptop, and it just streamlines the whole set up so much. so this narrowed it down quite a bit. superstereo DN44/48 is very tempting but there isn’t much info about it (yet?).
rane mp2015 was tempting for having both filters and EQs on each channel (and i like how it distills what’s important) but too pricey, so compared to A&H features it was hard to justify. was surprised to find it’s actually digital.
so at the end it came down to A&H for the combination of sound and features. considered db4 - it’s really nice to be able to switch between EQ/isolators/filters, but i have no need for the loopers, so they would just get in the way. and while it’s nice to have effects i was afraid it would become too much of a “flip through every preset” distraction.
so, had a first play with xone:96 (never used 92 before either). it does get really hot, as reported. super nice to have 4 band EQs and somehow it’s more immediate to glue tracks together compared to a regular mixer (i’ve got mixwizard for that purpose). there is also distortion on each filter which could be useful but then it ties a whole filter, and you’re already limited to 2.
what’s really great for music production specifically is that you get all 4 tracks sent to USB, plus SEND1 and either SEND2 or master. you also get 2 extra channels with their own EQs and faders which could be used for returns or something else, and 2 more channels with their own gain controls that can be routed to master - so it’s really a 10 stereo channel mixer, although you can “only” multitrack 6 channels via USB.