The references of rave culture lives on, although kind of a little removed from the Roland sequencer and synth origins having forcefully been taken up and given over to Behringer's new range of multi-channel digital mixers instead. Behringer's new flagship NOX series sees a slew of multi channel mixers aptly containing number references in accordance to how many channels they have (with the exception of the 404 which strangely only has 2 channels) which goes right up to the 606 which has 6 stereo channels. I'm surprised we didn't see an 808 too within Behringer's seeming short of a wink nod. The lack of actual stand alone audio sequencing capability and use of iconic numbers might make some hardened "I know it all" scenesters jeer, but with the inclusion of USB and 5 pin midi assignability you've pretty much got all the music making potential that you could shake a stick at all contained within your chosen DAW software running from your chosen laptop which Behringer maybe hopes you'll be controlling with one of their newest flagship digital mixers.


  

Having said that though the word on the midi assignment features are said to limited to a small cluster of controls only and via the USB connection and not the entire mixer control surface, possibly just enough for controlling a two channel setup in some kind of DJ app/DVS software or control the recording process via assigned controls in your chosen software. 

 

 However no wording yet (that I've come across) about the extent of what actually happens when you hook up the 5 pin MIDI din out on the 606. It's also said to be able to generate a master midi clock signal too, presumably for syncing up the on board FX and keeping multiple chained devices or computers in sync. Meaning that for now if you're looking for full midi control capability within the Behringer range your best bet might looking toward the DDM-4000 (which doesn't have any kind of user accessible audio interface).

  

But aside from the all new image consulted brand and product inventory revamp amidst the companies restructuring, is there actual substance beyond the new premium style image? Has the 606 been able to move on from the worthy DDM-4000's legacy for what it was able to truly deliver at the price point in a none half assed kind of way? At least in other departments in not seeming to be able to provide full MIDI control assignability.

 
 
With no in depth reviews to go on the first thing that stood out about the 606 mixer is the layout. Is it just me or does it look remarkably like the Allen and Heath Xone 4D but without the two jog wheel sections either side? 

Initial reports on sound quality seem to be all pointing toward good to excellent, however some slightly more academic ears are still able to pick out slight flaws in certain modes of operation when pitting it against the higher end offerings by other renowned manufacturers at over 4 to 5 times the price. Again build quality is said to be excellent.
 
Other notable things that stood out was the fact that this time round they've included a built in audio device within the guts of NOX mixers too which will allow you to digitally record and playback your mixes on a laptop/computer running a piece of software like Audacity or Adobe Audition without having to drop down to an analogue connection to record. Its also said to require no system drivers at all for this as it will be immediately recognized by windows or OSX. There is no wording on whether it is ASIO capable let alone wording on how many paired stereo ASIO channels it might be capable of, but I'm very inclined to think that it will have none ASIO stereo digital capability over USB just for purposes of digital recording and playback only. At 250 to 300GBP (roughly the same price as their DDM-4000) it’s a bit of a trade off. If only they could combine the features of both the NOX 606 and DDM-4000, but no doubt if they did they'd have to charge a lot more for it. Click this to head on over to the site for some official Behringer wordage on it.

Prospective buyers might be interested to read the very informative DJ Tech Tool's forum post on it that I just stumbled across after originally posting this, which you can get to by clicking this.