The Qu-32 Chrome Edition features 32 AnalogiQ total recall 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 7", 800 x 480, full-color touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder comprise 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 Qu-32's 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.
The 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.
The Qu-32 boasts four 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
The 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-and-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.
An integrated multitrack USB recorder provides 18 channels of 48kHz/24-bit recording and playback straight to and 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.
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. It also offers a full scene manager, effect parameter control and remote patching and routing capabilities. You'll also enjoy full control over Qu-Drive and DAW transport. 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.
The Qu-32 is fully compatible with Allen & Heath's ME Personal Mixing System. Any number of ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port (or from an AR2412 Stagebox 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 experience.
The Qu-32 is a self-contained mixer, so if you’ve already got the analog cables you’re good to go. If you’re thinking of trading in the copper multicore for a Cat5 digital snake, Qu-32’s dSNAKE port has you future-proofed, allowing connection to Allen & Heath's AR2412, AB168 and AR84 AudioRacks. dSNAKE is a proprietary networking solution, boasting a transport latency of only 105us over cable runs of up to 120 m / 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
The Qu-32 has four DCA Strips for simple level control of assigned channels. DCAs are the equivalent of VCAs commonly found on pro touring analog consoles.
The Qu-32’s Matrix adds two 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.
32 Mic/Line Inputs (TRS + XLR), 33 Motor Faders
- 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS), 24 Mix Outputs (XLR)
- 4 Stereo Groups (switchable to Mix mode)
- Up to 11 Monitor Mixes (4 mono + 7 stereo)*
- 2 Stereo Matrix Outs
- 4 DCA Groups, 4 Mute Groups, 4 FX Engines
- 4 FX Sends / Returns
- 32×32 USB Audio Interface
- DAW MIDI Control
- AES Digital Out
- Qu-Drive direct Multitrack Recording/Playback on USB drives
- 7” Touchscreen
- dSNAKE Remote Audio Port
- Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System
- 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
- RTA with Peak Band indication
- High-contrast metallic finish controls, matching premium GLD Chrome series