Allen And Heath Qu-16 Digital Mixer
Now in a feature-packed new Chrome Edition, Qu-16 reshapes digital mixing with innovative design and exceptional functionality combining to create a superb professional mixing experience. Bristling with all the features you’¢ Îç’Îâ’ d expect from a top of the range digital console and incorporating technologies pioneered on our GLD and iLive digital mixing systems, Qu-16 has the power and pedigree to deliver class-leading audio performance. Hot new features in Qu V1.8 firmware (coming in mid-October) include Automatic Mic Mixing and a Spectrogram for feedback-hunting. Qu Chrome Edition models also feature upgraded, high contrast metallic finish controls. Whether you’¢ Îç’Îâ’ re switching from analogue or updating your digital desk, it’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s time to experience the new digital with Qu-16.
Analogue Mic Preamps
Qu-16’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s sixteen Analog’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s mics pre TM 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 AnalogiQTM design has been refined over many months 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’¢ Îç’Îâ’ t access the controls you need in a heartbeat. Once you start using Qu-16 you’¢ Îç’Îâ’ ll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience that our team has drawn upon to deliver a wonderfully natural layout and workflow. It’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s not about recreating an analogue interface, it’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s about creating an experience that’¢ Îç’Îâ’ 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. High contrast metallic finish controls complete the picture, offering excellent low light visibility and enhanced tactile control.
The 800 x 480, sixteen million color Touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu-16 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’¢ Îç’Îâ’ re dealing with multiple monitor mixes ’¢ Îç’Îâ’Î¢ just press a mix key and the faders immediately fly to the send levels for that mix. Qu-16 features 17 motorized ALPS faders, 16 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 and Mix masters can be assigned.
Qu-16’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in our iLive pro touring series. Some of the world’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s most respected audio engineers have chosen to use iLive’¢ Îç’Îâ’ s FX on tour in preference to top-end plug-ins and external FX units. Qu-16 boasts 4 stereo iLive FX engines, featuring lovingly crafted emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers and more. FX are returned to the mix on dedicated return channels, so you’¢ Îç’Îâ’ re not tying up your mono and stereo input channels. Each Stereo FX Return has a dedicated 4 band PEQ.