We first broke the news of a Richie Hawtin and Allen & Heath collaboration during NAMM week, when the first details emerged. It’s pretty clear that the project is some kind of mixer – but now the first official teasers have emerged. Read on for the sparse official details about this PLAYDifferently project.
PLAYDifferently: An Andy + Richie Joint
The partnership that makes up the PLAYDifferently team is Andy Rigby-Jones, who worked at Allen & Heath in the Xone division for 25 years, and Richie Hawtin, who has been expanding his own ENTER brand to include club nights, sake, and now technology projects. Andy left Allen & Heath in 2014, and since then “the pair have been developing and testing their first prototype of an instrument that they feel is missing from the professional segment of the market.”
At NAMM, the duo announced the brand – which is a partnership with “Audiotonix group, known for their strength in audio engineering, manufacturing and international distribution with brands including Allen & Heath.”
Of course, this prototyping process has had keen fans speculating about what it could be – and they’ve already found a number of photos of what many speculate is an upcoming Xone mixer.
Read our article for a summary of what internet sleuths have found so far about this new project.