Teenage Engineering’s latest audio device invites you to turn its knobs

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Teenage Engineering, the company behind ultra-chic mixing, amplifiers and computer cases, has released a new audio instrument: called the TX-6, a small field mixer (in size, not in price) perfectly adorned with buttons. As well as letting you mix audio from six stereo inputs and send them to a computer, amplifier, or both, in true teen engineering, the TX-6 can also act as a master synthesizer, sequencer battery and USB-C audio interface.

First we should talk about these buttons. They act as controls in a 3-band EQ by default, allowing you to adjust the treble, midrange, and bass for each input. But take a look at Teen Engineering Handbook. It reveals many other things you can do with them, from controlling compressor parameters to adjusting your pan or note length. Whatever you do with it, you will do it for him model; The handles are colored and knurled on top, helping you grip something about the size of a large Q-Tip.


Side view of the handles. And take a look at that power switch, too.
Photo: Teen Engineering

If you can tear your eyes away from the grips, the rest of the controls are brand new as well. You have dimming sliders (arguably more important than knobs as they really let you to mix together), a bunch of buttons, plus a combo button/button for navigating menus – still my heart. There are also LED volume meters, with controllable brightness.


This machine does a lot.
Photo: Teen Engineering

In terms of I/O, the TX-6 has six audio input sockets (Apple never could) and three output sockets; Two are 3.5mm for aux and cue out, and the main output is 6.35mm, or a quarter inch. It also has a built-in battery, which Teenage Engineering says is good for around eight hours of use, and charges via a USB-C port that also handles connecting the TX-6 to your device. This can be a computer or an iPhone/iPad, if you have a suitable cable or adapter. Again, all of this, plus those yummy buttons, is packed into something that has a very small package.


The TX-6 has a footprint similar to the iPhone.
Photo: Teen Engineering

By the way, yes, I can hear the laughter from all over the UK. Once again, I talk about my love for buttons. I don’t need to comment on that, I still hurt reading all the jokes in the last article. But come on, just look at them.


This is how Teenage Engineering begins Video “Introduction to the TX-6 Field Mixer”. It attracts attention.
Photo: Teen Engineering.

Of course, I don’t want to sleep on the other parts of this build – it has a CNC aluminum frame, a nice little screen to show you the menus, and a faux leather cover. To me, it’s a bit like an old-school Sony, but it’s a bit busy.

Hi, actually Teenage Engineering says the knobs are customizable. I’m sure there are Some You can control the parameter with them go to 11…


Tell me that doesn’t look like a great walkman.
Photo: Teen Engineering

Speaking of maximization, let’s talk about price. The TX-6 – Deep Breath Now – costs $1,199. This is for the unit itself, along with a 3.5mm main output adapter and USB-C cable. Additional cables, such as a 3.5mm RCA adapter or a dual TS adapter, will cost $10 or $15.

Although this price is almost unbelievable, I had a hard time thinking of other hardware like the TX-6. $150 Yamaha MG06X Compact, but it would be hard to name it smallAnd it certainly doesn’t look great, in my opinion. $350 H6. Zoom It can be configured to have the same number of inputs, but is much larger and less feature rich than the TX-6. Also, while you can use it as a mixer, it’s definitely more of a field recorder. The Maki Maxster Live Cheaper at $230 and looks similar in size, but it doesn’t have a battery and only has four inputs (although one of them is XLR, which can come in handy if you want to connect a microphone).

While being in a league of its own may or may not justify its price, the price of the TX-6 will likely alienate a lot of casual DJs or music aficionados like myself – despite counting the “status of DJ” among many additional features. But if I’m being totally honest with myself, I’d probably spend an embarrassing amount of money to play one for a day just so I could feel those soft, smooth grips (again, I shouldn’t be posting this where the UK wakes up).

TX-6 is available from the Teenage Engineering website.

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