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Allen & Heath QU-24 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer

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With its responsive touchscreen, 25 motor faders and recallable AnalogiQ preamps, the Qu-24 Chrome Edition digital mixer combines a user-friendly interface with class-leading performance to create a powerful tool that puts you in full command of the mix for perfect sound every time. Key features include professional factory microphone presets from ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

With its responsive touchscreen, 25 motor faders and recallable AnalogiQ preamps, the Qu-24 Chrome Edition digital mixer combines a user-friendly interface with class-leading performance to create a powerful tool that puts you in full command of the mix for perfect sound every time. Key features include professional factory microphone presets from Shure, Audio Technica and Sennhieser, Windows DAW control support and enhanced iPad app functions. You'll also enjoy the versatility of the Qu-Control customizable app as well as the Qu-You personal monitoring app.

AnalogiQ Preamps
The 24 recallable AnalogiQ preamps with zero crossing detection and an advanced padless dB step gain stage. The AnalogiQ 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.

The Mixing Experience
Having massive processing power and advanced functionality is worthless if you can’t access the controls you need in a heartbeat. Once you start using Qu-24 you’ll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience to deliver a wonderfully 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 all. High contrast metallic finish controls complete the picture, offering excellent low light visibility and enhanced tactile control.

Touch Control
The 800 x 480 full-color touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu 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.

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
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-24 features 25 motorized ALPS faders, 24 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.

iLive FX
Qu-24’s dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in Allen & Heath's iLive pro touring series. Some of the world’s most respected audio engineers have chosen to use iLive’s FX on tour in preference to top-end plug-ins and external FX units. Qu-24 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 PEQ.

Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM)
AMM is vital in applications such as conferences, meetings and panel discussions where a number of microphones are open at the same time, reducing background noise and minimizing the risk of feedback. The Automatic Microphone Mixer feature helps the engineer to manage the levels of multiple mic inputs, ensuring that each speaker’s contribution is heard. Allen & Heath's D-Classic dynamic gain sharing algorithm is inspired by industry standard automixers. Up to 16 microphone sources can be mixed at once, with each channel having a priority setting which determines its ‘weight’ in the total system gain. 


Features

  • 24 Mic / Line Inputs (TRS + XLR)
  • 25 Motor Faders
  • 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS)
  • 4 Stereo FX Returns
  • 20 Mix Outputs (XLR)
  • 2 Stereo Groups (switchable to Mix mode)
  • Up to 9 Monitor Mixes (4 mono + 5 stereo)
  • 2 Stereo Matrix Outs
  • 4 Mute Groups
  • 4 FX Engines
  • 4 FX Sends / Returns
  • 10 Soft Keys
  • USB Audio Streaming
  • DAW MIDI Control
  • AES Digital Out
  • Recallable AnaLOGIQTM Preamps
  • Qu-Drive direct Multitrack Recording / Playback on USB drives
  • 800×480 Touchscreen
  • iLive FX Library
  • dSNAKETM Remote Audio Port
  • Automatic Mic Mixer*
  • 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
  • Spectrogram to aid with feedback elimination and taming room acoustics
  • High contrast metallic finish controls, matching premium GLD Chrome series
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Allen & HeathQU-24 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Simple controls (3)
  • Versatile (3)

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  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)

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5.0

This is the ultimate multi-function mixer

By KEVIN

from undisclosed

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Allen & Heath QU-24 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer:

    I was in the market for a few things - DAW, Mixer/Digital interface, mic pre's, compressors, EQ, etc. I was scouring google for many months for a mixer. I looked at just about all of them. My goal was this:

    * Recording the jam sessions in my "make shift" jam room/recording studio.
    * Build a home studio for both personal and professional recording use
    * Record Rock/Pop bands, metal bands, cover bands
    * Live sound when we gig

    I'm asking a lot of any mixer - and what system would be able to do all this really well. Granted, I've been recording less than a year, but I'm definitely the type of guys that likes to do his research and believes in having the right tool(s).

    Why I chose the QU:

    Pros:
    * Mic pres built in with A/D convertors - they are SUPER clean - almost too clean in some cases (i.e. DI guitar). Good news is, that's why they make plug-ins for DAWs for a more analogue feel.
    * The parametric and graphic EQs in this system are amazing. They have put together some pre-sets based on Mic engineering input, but I'm more of a "turn the knobs" kind of guy. Amazing the flexibility in the built-in EQ.
    * Automatic faders are just cool - let's face it
    * It is also a DAW controller - and does exactly what I need it to. I definitely more of a tactile person when it comes to recording. I've worked with analogue 4 and 8 tracks for many years. It's doesn't map everything - but maps everything I need to use it for.
    *24 Channel for live sound for recording or stage. Enough I/O for every situation I will be using this mixer.
    * USB 3.x connectivity for DAW on Apple or PC.

    Cons:
    * PC/Laptop can be a big challenge. Not A&H's fault, just the way Windows uses IRQs. DPC latency is a constant problem with WAN/LAN and AV drivers/software. Thankfully, I have an older Macbook Air (4 years old) that works great and Reaper works with - and I don't have to disable internet access or AV to get it to work.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't Be Scared!!!

    By Jeff

    from Jensen Beach, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Allen & Heath QU-24 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer:

      Don"t Be Scared!! Allen & Heath are one of the leaders in pro audio. Yep, I know about Midas. Great as well. It is about personal preference but do not look away from this company and their products.
      I was thinking about the new audio desk and I was looking at this one, QU24 and the Behringer X32. I didn't really want 32 channels, but looking back I should have just bought the QU32. Going back to the review of the board, I feel that the work flow is very easy as compared to the X32. The one difference that I could tell right away was the amount of excess noise from the X32. I've dealt with it on a few other X32's that were already in place as a house system. The X32 does have nice features as well as the Qu24 & Qu32. The Qu32 has a few more features than the Qu24 but both of those boards are equally fabulous. The one thing that you have to do with these digital boards is play with it and explore the boards capabilities. Do this before venturing out for a show. Not the place to figure out how a board works. I bought the Digital Stage Snake (AH2412) and the Cat5 cable to use if I didn't want to use my iPad to run the board. The Cat5 cable I bought was one the Behringer recommends and It was A LOT less expensive than the Allen & Heath Cable. The great thing too is that even using the Cat5 Cable with the Digital Snake, I will walk around the venue with the iPad to make minor adjustments. Be aware that you need your own designated router for this. I bought a dual band and have it password protected so no one but me can use it. There are two applications that are smart phone friendly from Allen&Heath that enables the musicians on stage to link with the board and they can set up their own mix. Granted the hardest task about this is to get the musician on stage to attempt it. There are a few bands that I run sound for and they all have learned how to use this feature and love it. They only have themselves to blame for a poor stage mix if they use the application.

       
      5.0

      Allen and Heath QU24 exceeded my expectations!

      By Rod N.

      from Tyler, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Allen & Heath QU-24 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer:

        My Band bought the Allen and Heath QU24 Chrome for its flexibility and the vast amount of features it offers while also eliminating the need to run a 150' snake out front to the mixer and effects rack. With the QU phone app everyone has the ability to adjust their own monitor mix without touching the house mix and with the IPad app you can adjust the out front mix as well. As a sound guy the IPad app really helps with sound check by allowing me to walk across the entire room mixing to get the best mix possible. At the end of the show saving settings for the entire mix for a specific club or venue also speeds up sound check when you return as you can recall your last saved setting for that room. Great benefit…
        We also reduced our setup time since the effects inside this board are super nice which allowed us to remove the external rack and we now use the compressors, gates, effects, EQ's, RTA all built into the QU Mixer and they sound fantastic! Also, the mic presets are amazing as well and they can be dialed up for almost any mic/or close to a specific mic and application such as: Drum, Vocal, Guitar Setting, etc...which provides a great starting point for tweaking the best sound from that mic.
        The only issue I have with the board, and it is minor, is that there is no digital name on the channel strip for each channel so we had to use old fashion label tape on the mixer and label the channel assignment name… That could be improved upon, but otherwise this board checks all the boxes for us and it sounds phenomenal. If you are looking for a digital board loaded with features with a great sound then the QU series is it…this is one purchase I do not regret!

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