Allen & Heath has introduced the GLD-112, a larger version of their GLD-80 mixer, with an extra bank comprising 8 control strips, increasing the channel count to 28 fader strips in 4 layers. They say that the GLD-112 is ideal for applications where visibility of more channels in a single layer is required and that it also offers a dedicated shelf to hold an iPad running the free GLD remote app which allows extended processing and custom views.
A&H MD, Glenn Rogers, told us, "The new GLD-112 is ideal for applications where an increased fader count is a primary consideration. This is particularly true for applications where events change regularly, such as houses of worship and festivals, where there is limited rehearsal time and the performers are constantly changing. Presenting more sources on a single layer and so avoiding layer switching to locate channels is a huge benefit."
GLD-112 retains the same analogue-style channel processing control section complemented by a graphical 8.4 inch touch screen as the GLD-80. Four additional soft keys are included next to the faders for scene-controls and other user defined functions. A fully-customisable drag 'n drop layout allows quick and easy assignment of inputs and mixes to fader strips. There are 28 fader strips in 4 layers, each with motorised fader, a channel LCD display which can be named and colour-coded, plus a rotary control for direct access to gain, pan and aux/FX sends. The mixer's local I/O comprises 4 XLR mic/line inputs, 4 XLR line outs, 4 RCA inputs, 2 RCA outputs, and digital outputs in SPDIF and AES3 formats.
The larger GLD is scene compatible with the existing GLD-80 mixer, and at the heart of both mixers is the same audio core. There are 48 input processing channels, 8 stereo FX returns fed by iLive's acclaimed FX emulations, 30 configurable buses, 20 mix processing channels, and DSP power to provide full processing without compromise.
As with the GLD-80, GLD-112 also connects to a range of plug 'n play I/O racks to 'build' 12, 20, 28, 36 or 44 mic input systems. An AR2412 rack (24 XLR inputs, 12 XLR outs) and up to two AR84 expander racks (8 XLR inputs, 4 XLR outs each) can be connected over CAT5 runs using A&H's dSNAKE protocol. dSNAKE provides control to the remote preamp, and all mic preamps are scene recallable. AR2412 also includes a connection for personal monitoring systems, such as the Allen & Heath ME-1.
GLD has the ability to record and playback a stereo signal on a USB memory stick. Standard iLive audio I/O option cards for Dante, MADI, Waves and Allen & Heath's ACE protocols can be fitted, allowing multi-channel record/playback, FOH/monitor splits, use of Waves plug-ins and connection to A&H iLive systems, which can easily be configured using GLD's extensive soft-patching.
Pricing and Availability:
GLD-112 will be available from June 2013. SRP: £4899 ex VAT