Last year's Top 100 DJs poll winner, Paul van Dyk, has adopted Allen & Heath's groundbreaking new Xone:3D mixer to use in his DJ sets around the world.
The German trancer splashed out on two of the next-generation mixers (at £1650 each a pop!), one for touring and club gigs, and one for his studio.
"The 3D is perfect for my live set up as it's not just a mixer, it's also a controller, which means I can programme in real time using the unit's MIDI sends and returns," explained van Dyk.
"As soon as I got the 3D I configured it with all my software and it worked straight away.
"I use two computers with it - one loaded with Scratch Live using time-coded CDs, and the other with Ableton Live and all of my sequences and elements.
"I also have an E-MU keyboard, which records and plays back sequences.
"And at heart of all of it is the 3D, which controls and syncs it all.
"It's liberating - I'm constructing and creating tracks on the spot, and every performance is unique."
Paul van Dyk is currently working on his new album due for release in Spring 2007.
DJmag.com recently reviewed the Allen & Heath Xone:3D mixer.