Allen & Heath AH-QU-32C

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Overview 32 channel digital mixer, 32 Mic/Line + 3 stereo 100mm motorized faders, 24 mix outputs, 4 EFX Engines, onboard 18 track recording, built in 32ch USB I/O, built in dSNAKE, Network Port, 7" Touch screen Now in a feature-packed...


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Overview 32 channel digital mixer, 32 Mic/Line + 3 stereo 100mm motorized faders, 24 mix outputs, 4 EFX Engines, onboard 18 track recording, built in 32ch USB I/O, built in dSNAKE, Network Port, 7" Touch screen Now in a feature-packed new Chrome Edition, Qu-32 reshapes digital mixing, combining innovative design and exceptional functionality to create a superb professional mixing experience. Bristling with all the features you’d expect from a top of the range digital console and incorporating technologies pioneered on the GLD and iLive digital mixing systems, Qu-32 has the power and pedigree to deliver class-leading audio performance. Qu series features include multitrack recording direct to USB, Automatic Mic Mixing, ProFactory mic presets, plus an ever growing ecosystem of apps, accessories and remote I/O. Whether you’re switching from analogue or updating your digital desk, it’s time to experience the new digital with Qu-32 Designed to accommodate a wide variety of live sound-reinforcement and recording scenarios, the chrome edition Allen & Heath Qu-32C is a 38-in/28-out digital mixing console that doubles as a 32×32 USB recording interface. Featuring 32 of the company's recallable AnalogiQ microphone preamps, and powered by a 5-core ARM processor, the Qu-32 provides a variety of integrated effects and processing including channel-independent 4-band parametric EQs, compressors, delay and reverb. The chrome edition adds high-contrast chrome rotary and fader knobs that improve visibility in dark conditions, as well as a number of software enhancements from the updated firmware (V1.8). The mixer is compatible with both the ME Personal Mixing System and dSNAKE digital-connectivity system from Allen & Heath. The Qu-32 can also be used with the Qu-Pad app, allowing you to use your iPad to mix from anywhere in the venue when connected to a wireless network. Engineered for intuitive navigation, the mixer also features a 7" touchscreen display, providing access to all settings. Furthermore, the mixer has 33 automatable, motorized faders for fast recall of levels when mixing FOH for multiple acts on the same stage, dealing with multiple monitor mixes, and similar scenarios. New Features In Firmware V1.9 Pro Factory Mic Presets co-developed with leading microphone manufacturers including Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica Updated iPad app functionality Windows Daw Control app DAW Templates online for users of Cubase, Logic X, and Pro Tools And More Features 32 Mic / Line Inputs (TRS + XLR) 33 Motor Faders 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS) 24 Mix Outputs (XLR) 4 Stereo Groups 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 AnalogiQ Preamps Qu-Drive direct Multi-track Recording / Playback on USB drives 7” Touchscreen iLive FX Library dSNAKE Remote Audio Port Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System Qu-Pad iPad App 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 AnalogiQ PreampsQu-32's twenty-four AnalogiQ total recall preamps feature zero-crossing detection and a padless 1 dB-step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal gain accuracy and audio transparency. The analog signal is captured by low-latency 24-bit analog-to-digital converters matched to 24-bit digital-to-analog converters to deliver the required outputs. The AnalogiQ design has been refined to offer transparency, minimal distortion, and an ultra-low noise floor, with a warm, musical soundThe Mixing ExperienceHaving 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 Qu-32 you'll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience that delivers a natural layout and workflow. It's not about recreating an analog 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 allTouch ControlThe 800 x 480, sixteen-million color touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu-32 interface, providing fast access to all settings. The user-friendly interface has been designed with clarity in mind. Dedicated keys and screen tabs guide you to meter and RTA views, FX racks, channel processing, USB audio control, scenes, setup menus and much moreThe SuperStripAll 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 controlFader AutomationMoving 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 feature 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. Qu-32 features 33 motorized ALPS faders, 32 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 assignediLive FXQu-32's dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in our iLive pro touring series. Qu-32 boasts 4 stereo iLive FX engines, featuring lovingly crafted emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers, and more. The FX library has the ability to grow with future firmware releases. FX are returned to the mix on dedicated return channels, so you're not tying up your mono and stereo input channels. Each Stereo FX Return has a dedicated 4-band PEQTotal RecallTrue digital mixing is about being able to save and recall scenes (snapshots) at the press of a button. Qu-32 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 per-scene Recall Filters or a Global 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, channel or FX can be saved as Library presets. This lets you store your tried and tested SM58 EQ 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 mixerUSB Audio StreamingQu-32's built-in interface streams multi-track 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 ToolsQu-DriveForget soundcard drivers and software setup, Qu-32 has an integrated multi-track USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48 kHz, 24-bit recording and playback straight to / from your USB hard drive. Capturing multi-track recordings of your shows has never been so easy. Mixes and FX returns can be recorded alongside channels, and multi-track 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 musicARMed to the HiltQu-32 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. The mixer'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 Qu-32 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 mixThe Shape of Things to ComeMade from 18-gauge, cold-rolled Zintec steel, Qu-32's distinctive frame is designed for strength and rigidity. We've done unspeakable things to that chassis in the lab and it's taken everything we've thrown at it - even being stomped on by our 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. Qu-32's sleek profile generates optimal airflow through the mixer, eliminating the need for any fansQu-PadAdd the Qu-Pad iPad app to your Qu 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 settingsME Personal Mixing SystemQu-32 is fully compatible with our 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 experiencedSNAKEQu-32 is a 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 multi-core for a Cat5 digital snake, Qu's dSNAKE port has you future-proofed, allowing connection to a combination of AR2412, AR84 or portable AB168 AudioRacks. dSNAKE is our proprietary networking solution, boasting a transport latency of only 105?s 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 Qu mixer in the mix positionSoftKeysQu-32 packs 10 SoftKeys for more user-assignable functions such as Mute Groups, Tap Tempo, Scene navigation or PAFL ClearThe MatrixQu-32'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

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