Allen & Heath QU-32C Digital Mixing System
The Allen & Heath QU-32C Chrome Series 38-in / 28-out Digital Mixing System with its responsive touchscreen, 33 motor faders and acclaimed AnalogiQTM recallable preamps, combines exceptional ease of use with class-leading audio performance. 32 Mono + 3 Stereo channel digital mixer, 4 effects, 24 busses, touch screen onboard Qu-drive multi-track recording, built in Dsnake Port 7" touch screen
With the Allen & Heath QU-32C drawing on the technologies and workflow pioneered in their GLD and iLive touring systems, Allen & Heath makes digital mixing more accessible than ever.
Qu V1.8 Firmware adds hot new features, Automatic Mic Mixing, more monitor mixes and a Spectrogram for feedback-hunting. Qu Chrome Edition models also feature upgraded, high contrast metallic finish controls.
Allen & Heath's AnalogiQ total recall preamps feature zero crossing detection and an advanced padless 1dB step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal gain accuracy and audio transparency. The analogue signal is captured by high class, low latency 24bit analogue to digital converters matched to high quality 24bit digital to analogue converters to deliver the required outputs. The AnalogiQ design has been refined to offer superb transparency, minimal distortion and an ultra-low noise floor, with a warm, musical sound that is missing from some digital consoles.
The Mixing Experience
Having massive processing power and advanced functionality is great, but it counts for nothing if you can't access the controls you need in a heartbeat. Once you start using Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System, you'll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience that Allen & Heath's team has drawn upon to deliver a wonderfully natural layout and workflow. It's not about recreating an analogue interface, it's about creating an experience that's fluid, comfortable and intuitive for novices, digital natives and old school road warriors alike, making all the benefits of digital mixing technology readily accessible to all.
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's 7 inch, 800 x 480, sixteen million colour Touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu interface, providing super-fast, easy access to all settings. The user-friendly interface has been designed with clarity in mind. Dedicated keys and screen tabs quickly guide you to meter and RTA views, FX racks, channel processing, USB audio control, scenes, setup menus and much more.
All your key processing tools are presented in a clean layout on the SuperStrip, with 1 function per physical control. The SuperStrip is complemented by an onscreen Touch Channel for intuitive access to full processing parameters without clutter or complex menu structures. Processing for Mono and Stereo inputs includes trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert, 4 band PEQ, compressor and delay. The main LR and the Mono mixes have controls for Insert, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor and delay. The Stereo mixes provide Insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor, delay and balance control.
Moving faders started as an expensive option in the studio desks of the 80s, and later became the norm with the advent of digital technology. Nevertheless some entry-level digital mixers lack this precious commodity which is a fundamental part of the Total Recall approach. Fader automation is essential for rapid mixing, especially when you're dealing with multiple monitor mixes - just press a mix key and the faders immediately fly to the send levels for that mix. Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System features 32 motorized ALPS faders, arranged over 2 layers, allowing instant access to all channels and masters in a compact space, plus a dedicated master fader which dynamically follows the mix selection. A third, Custom layer is available for ad-hoc user strip layout, where any combination of Inputs, FX Sends, FX Returns, Mix masters and MIDI strips can be assigned.
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in Allen & Heath's iLive pro touring series. Some of the world's most respected audio engineers have chosen to use iLive's FX on tour in preference to top-end plug-ins and external FX units. Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System boasts 4 stereo iLive FX engines, featuring lovingly crafted emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers and more.
True digital mixing is about being able to save and recall scenes (snapshots) at the press of a button. Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System can store up to 100 full Scenes for recall at will. Channels and mixes can be made Safe from Scene recall. For example, if an instrument or mic gets swapped out after the soundcheck, the channel can be made safe to avoid settings being overridden by Scene recalls. Or if a broadcast feed or walk-in iPod is added last-minute before the show kicks off, that mix or channel can be made safe from any scene change. In addition, single parameter updates can be blocked using a Recall Filter. So if you tweak the graphic EQ to reflect the room response when the audience gets in, you can block this to prevent any overwriting at scene change. Custom settings for each EQ, compressor or channel can be saved as Library presets. This lets you store your tried and tested setting for your favourite vocal mic or reverb pattern and apply it to other channels or shows. Libraries, Scenes and the complete Show configuration can be saved to a USB key, so you can carry the show with you, ready to use on another Qu mixer.
USB Audio Streaming
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's built-in interface streams multitrack audio to your Mac or PC via a flexible patching system: all Input channels and the Main LR can be recorded at the same time, or you may choose to record something different such as FX returns or a pair of mixes. The returns from the computer can be assigned to the Input channels. The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X - and drivers are available for Windows systems. Either way, it will be recognized straightaway by any DAW supporting ASIO or Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools.
Forget soundcard drivers and software setup, Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System has an integrated multitrack USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48kHz, 24bit recording and playback straight to / from your USB hard drive. Capturing multitrack recordings of your shows has never been so easy. Mixes and FX returns can be recorded alongside channels, and multitrack audio can be played back to the mixer for virtual sound-checks. An independent set of controls is provided for quick stereo recording of the main LR or other mix outputs, and a 2-track USB return can be routed to ST3 for playback of stereo WAV files such as walk-in music.
Armed to the Hilt
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System is equipped with 5 cores of high efficiency ARM core processing, with dedicated ARM cores running the touchscreen display and surface, USB streaming, Qu-Drive multi-channel USB recording / playback, Ethernet and fader automation. Between them the ARM cores provide state-of-the-art processing, working in parallel to deliver extensive control, instant-on operation, and lightning-fast response. Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's DSP farm exploits next generation dual core DSPs. With plenty of DSP power under the hood the channel processing is only using a fraction of capacity, so Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System is future-proofed, with ample room for updates and extra functionality. The DSP architecture employs varied bit depths, tailored to specific algorithms, with 48 bits on critical EQ functions and a 56 bit accumulator on the mix bus where it really counts, allowing every nuance of the audio to be captured in the final mix.
The shape of things to come
Made from 18 gauge, cold-rolled Zintec steel, Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's distinctive frame is designed for strength and rigidity. Allen & Heath have done unspeakable things to that chassis in the lab and it's taken everything Allen & Heath have thrown at it - even being stomped on by Allen & Heath resident ex-tank commander. Silence is a precious commodity in the live or studio environment, which is why nobody wants those moments of stillness ruined by the whirring of fans coming from the mix position. Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's sleek profile generates optimal airflow through the mixer, eliminating the need for any fans. The shape has some unexpected benefits too. When Allen & Heath started taking Qu out to gigs they soon found the space beneath it incredibly useful for keeping their USB drive, talkback mic, cue sheet and other clutter tucked out of the way. Allen & Heath have even had engineers hanging the mixer from a handy scaffold bar and mixing vertically.
Add the Qu-Pad iPad app to your Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's setup and you're free to adjust the monitors on stage, roam around the venue whilst tweaking the PA, and then mix the show from the heart of the audience. Qu-Pad connects to the mixer over Wi-Fi* and gives instant access to all live mixing parameters and settings.
ME Personal Mixing System
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System is fully compatible with Allen & Heath's ME Personal Mixing System. Any number of ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port (or from an AR2412 / AB168 AudioRack if you've got one connected to the dSNAKE port). Each performer can be given tailored control over their own mix, leaving the engineer free to focus on the audience experience.
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System is self-contained, so if you've already got the analogue cables you're good to go. If you're thinking of trading in the copper multicore for a Cat5 digital snake, Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's dSNAKE port has you future-proofed, allowing connection to a combination of AR2412, AR84 or portable AB168 AudioRacks. dSNAKE is Allen & Heath's proprietary networking solution, boasting a transport latency of only 105us over cable runs of up to 120m / 390". So if you're mixing FoH you can place your I/O on the stage and run a single Cat5 cable back to the Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System in the mix position.
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System packs 10 SoftKeys for more user-assignable functions such as Mute Groups, Tap Tempo, Scene navigation or PAFL Clear.
Allen & Heath QU-32 Digital Mixing System's Matrix has 2 further stereo outputs equipped with full processing to the console's extensive I/O. It is a "mixer within a mixer," fed from any combination of Group 1-4, Mix 1-10, and main LR. It can be used to provide a broadcast feed, a recording mix, or duplicate the main outputs for delay stacks and fill / zone speakers where independent GEQ and delay is applied.
Allen & Heath QU-32C Digital Mixing System Features
- 32 Mic / Line Inputs (TRS + XLR)
- 33 Motor Faders
- 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS)
- 24 Mix Outputs (XLR)
- 4 Stereo Groups (switchable to Mix mode)
- Up to 11 Monitor Mixes (4 mono + 7 stereo)*
- 2 Stereo Matrix Outs
- 4 DCA Groups
- 4 Mute Groups
- 4 FX Engines
- 4 FX Sends / Returns
- 10 Soft Keys
- 32×32 USB Audio Interface
- DAW MIDI Control
- AES Digital Out
- Recallable AnaLOGIQTM Preamps
- Qu-Drive direct Multitrack Recording / Playback on USB drives
- 7 Touchscreen
- iLive FX Library
- dSNAKETM Remote Audio Port
- Automatic Mic Mixer*
- Qu-Pad iPad App
- Qu-You iPhone / Android personal monitoring app
- Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System
- Trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay on all Inputs
- Insert, 4-band PEQ, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor and delay on all Mix outputs
- Built-in Signal Generator
- RTA with Peak Band indication
- Spectrogram to aid with feedback elimination and taming room acoustics*
- High contrast metallic finish controls, matching premium GLD Chrome series
Allen & Heath QU-32C Digital Mixing System Specifications
Allen & Heath QU-32C Digital Mixing System Includes
- QU-32 Mixer
- IEC Power Cable
- Getting Started Guide
- Safety Sheet
Allen & Heath QU-32C Digital Mixing System Optional Accessories
- AR2412 24 inputs, 12 outputs AudioRack with dSNAKE connection and expansion port for personal monitoring.
- AR84 8 inputs, 4 outputs AudioRack with dSNAKE connection.
- AB168 Portable, rugged 16 inputs, 8 outputs stagebox with dSNAKE connection and expansion port for personal monitoring.
- AH9650 100m drum of EtherFlex Cat5 with locking Neutrik EtherCon connectors.
- AH9981 50m drum of EtherFlex Cat5 with locking Neutrik EtherCon connectors
- AH9651 20m of Neutrik EtherFlex Cat5 with locking Neutrik EtherCon connectors
- LEDLamp variable brightness 18 gooseneck lamp.
- AP9639 Dust cover for Qu-32.
Allen & Heath QU-32C Digital Mixing System Downloads
- Allen & Heath QU-32 User Guide / Owners Manual (PDF)
- Allen & Heath QU-32 Getting Started Guide (PDF)
- Allen & Heath QU-32 Technical Datasheet (PDF)
- Allen & Heath QU-32 Weights & Dimensions (PDF)
- Allen & Heath QU-32 and QU-24 Block Diagram (PDF)
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