Search
Close this search box.
A picture of a hand holding the xpector.
A picture of a hand holding the xpector.

hi there

xpector

The Powerful Dual Headphone Amp

Perfect Monitoring for

Artists and Producers

Features

Only possible with qube

Enhanced Connectivity

- more than you xpect.

Focus on the details.

Portable, compact and full of features.

The qube is our ultraportable and loved chassis for professional audio wherever you need it. Our customers love the versatility and connections of the qube, so we decided to make a custom backplate for the xpector. 

The in- and outputs that we needed for a dual headphone amplifier without compromises just can’t be offered by the 500 Series format. With 12 audio connections on the back panel the xpector meets every requirement – from home enthusiast to professional studios.

a picture of the back of the xpector with its 12 audio connections and a power input.
a picture of the back of the xpector with its 12 audio connections and a power input.

Get connected.

The xpector has mirrored headphone outputs for the engineer and the artist on the back. If you want to connect speakers or your studio monitors you can use the balanced XLR outputs to use the xpector as your monitor controller and benefit from the superb audio quality and true three-dimensional stereo image.

The stereo Direct and DAW inputs feed signals to the corresponding mix controllers at the front so that engineers and artists can adjust their mix to taste. But we’re not stopping. If you want to daisy-chain multiple units you can. Or use the Loop outputs to feed the output signal of a preamp connected to the direct input to your interface. There are multiple possibilities using the xpector – see the application examples below.

Puristic Power.

It all starts with a strong foundation. We designed a super-low noise internal Power Supply just for the xpector. To give you the best experience in Audio Quality. So you just concentrate on your music and relax knowing that the signal flow is simply the purest you can get.

Applications

One step left.

A picture of the front of the xpector with all controls

xpector

Welcome to the family.

Analog to go. Everywhere.

xpector joins the qube series. Wherever you need analog audio processing hardware to record or put it on mixes in your studio or at home – with qube this is possible. Take your favorite elysia  hardware everywhere you go.

Manufactured in Germany.

How we build xpector

Learn more about our in-house manufacturing process.

Just Technical Details.

Frequency response:

<10 Hz – 400 kHz (-3,0 dB)

Level:

Input:

XLR Outputs:

 

+22 dBu

+22 dBu

Impedance:

Input:

Output:

 

45 kOhm

0,09 Ohm

Max output power:

@22 Ω :

@600 Ω:

 

2 x 150 mW (RMS)

2 x 150 mW (RMS)

Dimensions  (W x H x D, incl. Knobs):

 

4,1” x 5,39“ x 8,4“

 104 mm x 137 mm x 212 mm

Weight:

 3,17 lbs / 1,46 kg

Power consumption:

9 Watts

Downloads.

The ultimate monitoring tool.

The key to a perfect recording is monitoring. If artists can’t hear themself, they can’t deliver a great performance. The xpector has a dedicated side for the artist, including two mix controllers for the Direct and the DAW signal.

Just feed a playback signal from the DAW to the xpector and connect an external preamp – the result is a low latency monitoring setup. In addition, a high- and low shelving equalizer adds tone control to the artist’s headphone to get the best possible monitoring signal while recording.

The engineer on the other side, has separate mix controllers and advanced monitoring features with different modes for monitoring so that the signal can be evaluated correctly. The user-friendly and quick access to different modes makes the recording workflow perfect.

Mix to your own taste.

The producer and the artist both have their own dedicated monitor mix and controllers. You can connect up to two stereo inputs to the xpector and mix between both input signals.

The special feature is that there is a separate mix controller for each signal, so that you can very quickly make one of the two signals louder or quieter without changing the volume of the other signal. You want to quickly listen to the direct signal – turn the DAW control all the way to the left. The same goes the other way around.

Set up your personal mix of the two signals and adjust the headphone volume with the level control – that’s it.

Choose your mode.

How does my mix sound on mono speakers? What audio information is available on the sides and do I need to process it further? These are all questions you should ask yourself when mixing. For this reason, we have developed special monitoring functions for the engineer.

With an intuitive rotary switch, you can quickly switch between stereo, mono, side, left and right modes.

These functions are particularly useful for correctly assessing the stereo field and making decisions, but also for assessing compatibility on other end devices such as boomboxes or small mono speakers. This way, your mix will come across exactly as you want it to.

Level up or down?

Do you feel that your interface’s headphone output is too low? The xpector has enough power to drive even the power hungriest headphones.

The independent level controllers for the artist and engineer side are larger to allow you to adjust your volume quick and easy. There are two mute switches for each side right next to the level controllers so that the signal can be muted when necessary.

In addition to the front connectors, the headphone outputs are mirrored on the back, so you don’t have any cables on your table to get in the way during desktop use.

Put it on the speakers!

Yes, the xpector has speaker outputs for powered speakers. One push of the speaker button activates the speakers and mutes the engineer’s headphone. You have all controls of the engineer’s side available such as adjusting your own mix, a big level controller and different monitoring modes. 

But what happens if you frequently switch between headphones and speakers with different volume levels? The xpector also has a solution for this, the Trim controller. It allows you to balance and adjust the volume difference between speakers and headphones. Use the swap switch to determine whether your speakers or your headphones should be the output reference for the trim adjustment.

Sometimes you just have to listen to music on speakers to really enjoy it!

Tune your headphones.

Have you ever had the situation where your mix wasn’t quite finished but the vocal recording was about to start? Do you have two pairs of headphones of the same quality for you and the artist? The built-in equalizer for the artist side of the xpector helps you to balance out these situations.

With the high shelf you can add brilliance and presence to your monitoring signal and the low shelf provides the drummer or bassist with the right amount of punch they need for the perfect recording session.

Of course, you can also turn your personal headphone audio experience into something extraordanary with just two controllers to make listening to music a pleasure again!

Loop in and loop out.

Your interface has a limited number of outputs, but you want to provide your musicians with individual mixes? Do you want to enable true zero-latency monitoring during recording?
With the xpector’s loop outputs you can connect multiple xpectors in series fast and efficiently. This allows each musician to decide for themselves how much signal from Direct or DAW should be present in their personal mix.

For example, in a recording situation you can connect a preamp like the skulpter to the direct signal and let the playback output come from the DAW – all latency-free. The artist can then put together their own mix and you can focus on the actual recording with your individual engineer mix.

The custom qube backplate enables this enhanced connectivity compared to standard 500 Series modules.

Of course, other combinations are also possible, check out our application examples below.

Mixing and Audiophile Listening

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can bring you great joy. The xpector can significantly enhance your listening experience, whether you’re in the studio, in a recording session, at a rehearsal or listening to music at home.

Connect the audio output of your interface or converter to the DAW input of the xpector. If you want to improve the signal on your headphones a little more, use the equalizer on the Artist page.

If you want to connect active speakers, use the XLR outputs on the engineer side and enjoy the pure audio signal using the DAW controller.

For example: If you only use the DAW input signal, turn the DAW controller all the way to the right and adjust the volume with the level controller.

Connecting an external Preamp

Latency has become an important issue in the digital world of recording. The xpector solves this problem with its pure analog monitoring.

To give artists the best performance, connect an external preamp such as the skulpter directly to the xpector. Use the direct input labeled L(M) for this. Connect the playback from your DAW to the DAW stereo input.

Now you can set up your personal mixes for the artist and the engineer using the two controllers (Direct and DAW). Adjust the general volume of the headphones with the level controller.

This allows both vocals and instruments to be monitored without latency during recording.

Cascading multiple xpector

Imagine several musicians in a session wanting a slightly different mix. Normally, you would have to provide multiple AUX channels and adjust them individually for each musician.

With the xpector, you can provide a high-quality headphone signal to many musicians at the same time, which everyone can easily adjust in the mix. You can expand the two stereo inputs of the xpector using the loop outputs and provide individual mixes in a session.

For example, you can create a band mix and a vocal mix. Connect the band mix to the DAW input and the vocal mix to the direct input. Now everyone can decide for themselves how much of each mix should be audible in their own headphones. Simple and clever.

Cascading and Direct Monitoring

The next step, once you have connected multiple xpector, is for each musician to individually mix their own instrument or voice into a mix. This is also fast and easy to implement.

We have designed the Direct Input exactly for this application. If you use an external preamp such as the skulpter or connect a DI input, the signal can be mixed into a shared band mix that the musicians share. Most of the time you want to hear your own instrument or voice more clearly, so use the direct controller to adapt the musician’s own signal to their listening habits.

With this application, recording sessions with more than one musician are no longer a problem.

Everything is latency-free for the best performance.