Allen & Heath has announced the Qu-32, a 32 fader, 38 in / 28 out digital mixer joining the rackmount Qu-16 and compact Qu-24. Qu-32 shares the Qu series key features, such as total recall of settings (including faders and digitally controlled preamps), Qu-Drive integrated multi-track recorder, dSNAKE for remote I/O and personal monitoring, multi-channel USB streaming, Qu-Pad control app, and the iLive FX Library. It comes with a larger, 7" touchscreen and 33 motorised faders.
Allen & Heath MD, Glenn Rogers, had this to say, "Packed full of features and retaining a dedicated fader per mic channel, the larger Qu-32 complements the rest of the Qu family. The comprehensive array of features, such as copy and paste, soft keys, RTA and PFL options make using and setting up the Qu console easy and flexible. The Qu-16 and Qu-24 have been welcomed with great enthusiasm by customers from PA companies to churches, and we look forward to more success with the new addition."
Here's the details from A&H...
Key to the design was providing a dedicated fader per mic input channel while retaining a compact footprint, the Qu series distinctive styling, and extensive I/O, comprising 32 mic/line inputs, 3 stereo inputs, 24 mix outputs including 2 Stereo Matrix Mix Outputs and 4 Stereo Groups with full processing, patchable AES digital output with a further 2-channel ALT output, dedicated Talkback mic pre input, and 2-Track output.
Qu-32 is equipped with a high resolution full colour 7" Touchscreen featuring the easy to drive 'Touch Channel' access to channel processing, the FX racks and all the setup and system management controls. The SuperStrip provides control knobs for a selected channel's key processing parameters, such as gain, HPF, parametric EQ, gate threshold, compressor threshold and pan.
Qu-Drive, the mixer's integrated 18-channel USB recorder, can record and playback multi-track and stereo audio .wav files to a USB drive. The USB interface can also be used to store scene and library data for archiving and later recall.
Qu-32 doubles up as a perfect studio mixer thanks to its 32×32 audio interface for streaming to/from a Mac or PC, and MIDI strips dedicated to control of DAW track levels, selection, mutes and solos.
A&H's proprietary dSNAKE low latency audio connection enables the mixer to connect over a single 120m Cat5 digital snake to remote audio racks, such as the AR84, AR2412, or upcoming AB168 stagebox. It is also compatible with the ME personal mixing system.
Motorised faders provide total recall of mix levels giving the user full benefit from the scene recall system and ensuring the fader is always in the right position even when swapping between the 2 layers, which allows instant access to all channels and masters or the Graphic EQs. To customise the fader layout to suit certain applications, a third user definable layer is also available. There are also 4 DCA groups for applications where multiple sources need a single level control.
The free QuPad iPad app gives instant wireless control of the mixer's key parameters and settings, enabling the user to tweak the PA, adjust the monitors on stage, and even mix the show from the audience.
The 32 mic/line inputs feature crystal clear AnaLOGIQ recallable pad-less preamps, optimised for transparency and low harmonic distortion. In keeping with the excellent audio quality, the Qu-32 is equipped with a selection of the iLive pro touring series' FX emulations, used by many engineers in place of top-end plug-ins and external FX units, including classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays and modulators.
Finally, Qu's software also caters for different Users, with levels of user access which can be customised and protected by password to easily cope with multiple users wanting different setups at different times.
Pricing and Availability:
Qu-32 will start shipping in July at a SRP of £2599 ex VAT
I like the idea of digital mixers but I'm confused on the way they handle summing. In specific, is it any different to sum in your DAW vs summing in something like this? I find I'm not keen on summing in my daw so I'm wondering if something like this would do it or if I'd need to get something like a summing box. Interesting though.
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