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Allen & Heath QU-32 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer  

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ANALOGIQ PREAMPS Qu-32’s thirty two AnalogiQ total recall preamps feature zero crossing detection and an advanced padless 1dB step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal ga... Read More

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ANALOGIQ PREAMPS

Qu-32’s thirty two 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 AnalogiQTM 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 many digital consoles.

TOUCH CONTROL

The 7”, 800 x 480, sixteen million color Touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu interface, providing easy access to all settings. 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.

THE SUPERSTRIP

All your key processing tools are presented in a clean layout on the SuperStrip, with one 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.

FADER AUTOMATION

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 that 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.

 

ILIVE FX

Qu-32 boasts 4 stereo iLive FX engines, featuring emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers and more. 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 PEQ.

USB AUDIO STREAMING

Qu-32’s built-in interface streams multitrack audio to your Mac or Windows computer. Any combination of Inputs and Mixes can be patched to the USB interface. The returns from the computer can be assigned to the Input channels. The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X – which means it’s truly plug ‘n play, with no need to install a driver. An ASIO / WDM driver is available for Windows computers.

Standard MIDI control is tunneled over the USB connection so you can easily map the faders to the tracks of your favorite DAW. Additionally, the DAW Control driver for Mac OS X enables better DAW integration via HUI or Mackie Control emulation.

QU-DRIVE

Qu-32 has an integrated multitrack USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48kHz 24bit recording and playback straight to / from your USB hard drive. Multitrack audio can be played back to the Mono Input channels 1-18., Qu-Drive also provides stereo recording, patchable from any pair of Mix outputs, the Main LR (pre, post, or summed to mono) or even the PAFL bus, with 2- track stereo playback to ST3.

QU-PAD

Add 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 settings. Qu-Pad requires the connection of a Wi-Fi router or access point to the Qu-32 Network port.

Qu-32 is fully compatible with our ME Personal Mixing System. Any number of ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKETM port (or from an AR2412 Stagebox if you’ve got one connected to the dSNAKETM port). Each performer can be given tailored control over their own mix, leaving the engineer free to focus on the audience experience.

DSNAKETM

Qu-32 is a self-contained mixer, 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, Qu-32’s dSNAKETM port has you future-proofed, allowing connection to our AR2412, AB168 and AR84 AudioRacks. dSNAKETM is our 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 Qu-32 in the mix position.

4 STEREO GROUPS

Groups 1-8 are typically used as subgroups to LR for level masters and/or processing, for example to compress a drum kit or to tame multiple lavalier microphones with a single graphic equalizer. Groups can be switched to Mix mode, typically to provide additional monitor mixes.

 4 DCA GROUPS

Qu-32 has four DCA Strips for simple level control of assigned channels. DCAs are the equivalent of VCAs commonly found on pro touring analogue consoles.

THE MATRIX

Qu-32’s Matrix adds 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 1-8, 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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Allen & HeathQU-32 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer
 
5.0

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5.0

Complete & Versatile Solution for Recording and Live Shows

By Dennis

from New Jersey

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Extensive Customization
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Allen & Heath QU-32 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer:

    This board is a complete & comprehensive solution for both recording and live performance applications. While it has an "analog" feel, and is pretty intuitive out of the box, it is worth spending some time reviewing all of the features and capabilities to take advantage of all the QU-32 can do.

    The QU-32 offers expansive customization for live shows with such features as a comprehensive effects library, 4 internal effects sends, parametric and graphic EQ and the ability to create various control groups for easy and fast control of common functions/settings. The scene feature allows you to easily store and recall complete settings for particular songs, venues, uses... There is also a handy security feature that can be used to prevent adjustment of certain settings you want to hold constant.

    The free iPad (1 connection ) and IPhone apps are extremely useful for live shows. The IPad app allows for remote control the board which is helpful for mixing and managing the overall sound (especially where space is tight and the actual mixer is placed in poor proximity for this purpose). The phone app allows each person control of their own monitor mix including every fader, self-defined groups and overall EQ/volume levels.

    The QU drive works great for live recording of up to 16 channels (direct to a drive without the need for additional computer...). Just set the levels, attach the drive and hit record.

    In the studio, the QU 32 is a capable interface for recording ( I use it with a MAC and logic) with the ability to act as a midi controller (via custom layer selection) while simultaneously managing other functions in the studio environment. You can also take advantage of the onboard effects if desired. As with live performances, there are a number of features and controls that allow for extensive customization.

    This board has replaced my entire analog set-up - 2 boards, EQ's, Effects, Compression... So much easier set up & use. Love the board. Highly Recommend.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again...

    By azure1394

    from GC Tukwila Wa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Allen & Heath QU-32 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer:

      Allen & Heath QU-32 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer Review
      Greetings to you interested in the QU-32, I would like to share my experience of using the QU-32
      in a home studio setup. This digital mixer is designed primarily for live recording, but with the addition of a DAW (Preferably Mac, aside from routing, mostly plug and play) it becomes a real powerhouse! You have 18 channels "virtually hardwired" from the QU-32 into the DAW, these can be mixed in the DAW and returned to the QU-32 as a finished stereo track. The onboard QU-Drive can record a stereo track or 18ch multitrack "out of the box", but to do "punch in punch outs" you will need a DAW.
      The purchase of the QU-32 is an upgrade from a Mackie 1604 VLZ mixer. So there is a learning curve associated with having so many options in the digital realm. Amazing resourses at the A&H forums really helped in the transition. The results, after spending a few weeks with my nose in the books? Simply stunning, the details captured when recording thru this deck are amazing, and it has a "warm" clear sound that makes mixdown a real pleasure. The headroom afforded in this deck was one of my considerations for buying and was not disappointed. There are a few caveats; the system is set at 48 hz recording/playback, the added cost of a DAW and the learning curve. For myself, I continue to be amazed by the professional quality audio this board can produce at this price point. Once you've grasped the workflow of the board, you find it is set up very intuitivly.
      My compliments to Guitar Center and Allen&Heath for offering a quality product...

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