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NAMM 2013: Allen & Heath debuts ME personal mixing system

Adam Savage
NAMM 2013: Allen & Heath debuts ME personal mixing system

Allen & Heath has launched the ME personal mixing system, a monitoring solution compatible with digital mixers from various brands.

Central to the ME system is the easy to use and fully-customisable ME-1 personal mixer, which is powered and connected via CAT5 and capable of managing up to 42 sources. The accompanying ME-U hub enables star connection of multiple ME-1s and interconnection to other pro digital mixers via MADI, Dante or EtherSound.
ME-1 receives 40 sources through CAT5 (either mono or linked as stereo), and has a built-in ambient mic and local stereo aux input. The mixer’s flexible grouping function enables any combination of sources to be mixed and laid out on the surface from a simple two-button set-up to a full mix of 16 buttons, allowing the user to control the whole mix with just 16 or fewer keys. The configuration and up to 16 presets can also be stored, recalled and transferred via USB for quick set-ups or archiving.

The mixer’s layout incorporates backlit keys, soft rotary control, separate mic and mix levels, and an OLED display for custom channel naming – it is possible for names to automatically load when the mixer is connected to an Allen & Heath digital console.

It uses Power Over Ethernet (PoE), but can also be mains powered. A mounting bracket for easy attachment to mic stands and a convenient headphone holder are also supplied. There are headphones and earpiece sockets, and a mono output for connection to powered monitors, while two locking EtherCon connectors allow daisy-chaining or star topology connection using the ME-U or off-the-shelf Ethernet hubs.

The ME-U is a touring grade, ten-port PoE hub providing power and audio to connect multiple ME-1 mixers. It comes with a standard input card to interface with GLD, iLive ACE or Aviom A-Net, which can be replaced with a MADI, Dante or EtherSound card to take a digital feed of up to 40 sources from third party systems.

“Our new ME System balances sophisticated set-up and simple operation, adaptable for use on stage or in any rehearsal room, house of worship or recording studio," said Allen & Heath product specialist Nicola Beretta. "We have listened to requests from engineers and installers for tools to create a truly bespoke mix for each artist without burning precious buses on the main mixer but at the same time we wanted to make the performer experience as effortless as possible using just a few simple controls. The end result should be quicker sound checks, lower sound levels on stage and happy musicians.”

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Tags: allen & heath, namm, digital consoles, allen & heath GLD, NAMM 2013, monitoring systems, personal mixing systems, ME-1, ME-U, iLive ACE, aviom a-net

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