Manufacturer extends its Qu series of compact digital systems with new 30-in / 24-out model.
Allen & Heath has added the 30-in / 24-out Qu-24 to its Qu range of compact digital mixers.
Qu-24 offers total recall of settings (including 25 motorised faders and digitally controlled preamps), an intuitive touchscreen, a Qu-Drive integrated multi-track recorder, dSNAKE for remote I/O and personal monitoring, multi-channel USB streaming to Mac, the Qu-Pad control app, and iLive’s popular FX library.
It also features a dedicated fader per mic input channel, 24 mic/line inputs, three stereo inputs, four FX engines with four dedicated sends and stereo returns, 20 mix outputs, including two stereo matrix mix outputs and two stereo groups with full processing, patchable AES digital output with a further two-channel ALT output, dedicated Talkback mic input, and two-Track output.
The mixer's high speed dual core DSPs are designed to deliver comprehensive channel and FX processing, with plenty of room for future processing updates and functionality. Five new generation efficient ARM core processors run in parallel to provide "startling performance," according to the manufacturer.
The new Qu series model is equipped with a high resolution (800x480) full-colour touchscreen with ‘Touch Channel’ access to channel processing, FX racks and all the set-up and system management controls. Like the iLive user interface, the SuperStrip offers control knobs for a selected channel’s key processing parameters, such as Gain, HPF, Parametric EQ, Gate Threshold, Compressor Threshold and Pan.Article continues below
Qu-Drive, the Qu-24’s integrated 18-channel USB recorder, works with an external USB drive to record and playback multi-track and stereo audio .wav files. The USB interface is also able to store scene and library data for archiving and recall purposes. For when in the studio, there is also a USB audio 32x30 streaming interface for record and playback to Mac DAW systems.
Allen & Heath’s proprietary dSNAKE low latency audio connection lets the mixer connect over a single Cat5 digital snake to a remote audio rack, such as the AR84 or AR2412, and can be used with the ME personal mixing system.
The motorised faders provide total recall of mix levels and switching between layers, enabling instant access to all channels and masters or the Graphic EQs. To customise the fader layout to suit various applications, a third user definable layer is available as well.
A free QuPad app allows wireless control of the system's main parameters and settings, and lets the user adjust the PA/stage monitors, and even mix from the audience. QuPad connects to the Qu-24 via a Wi-Fi router plugged into the Ethernet control port.
The 24 mic/line inputs feature clear AnaLOGIQ total recall pad-less preamps, which are optimised for transparency and low harmonic distortion. The mixer is also armed with several iLive pro touring series FX emulations – used by many engineers instead of high-end plug-ins and external FX units.
“Building on the key features of the hugely successful Qu-16, Qu-24 is an exciting follow-up," said Rob Clark, Allen & Heath's R&D director. "During the design process we aimed to retain a compact format with all mic inputs on one layer, with extra matrix, groups and FX sends to suit larger applications.”
Allen & Heath Qu-24 has been given a UK RRP of £2,592, and starts shipping next month (February 2014).
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