Allen & Heath have unveiled Qu-16, a brand new compact digital mixer. The 19-inch rack size mixer inherits technology from the GLD and iLive digital mixing systems, and features total recall of settings (including 17 motorised faders and digitally controlled preamps), an intuitive touchscreen, Qu-drive integrated multi-track recorder, dSNAKE for remote I/O and personal monitoring, multi-channel USB streaming to Mac, Qu-Pad control app, and iLive’s FX library.
Qu-16 offers 16 mic/line inputs, three stereo inputs, four FX engines with dedicated stereo returns, 14 mixes (including LR, 10 aux mixes, plus two dedicated FX busses), 12 mix processing channels, patchable AES digital output with a further two-channel ALT output, dedicated talkback mic pre input and two-track output.
The mixer has five high speed dual core DSPs which provide comprehensive channel and FX processing, with room for future processing updates and functionality. There are five 200MHz ARM core processors which run in parallel, one to drive each of the touchscreen and surface, the Qu Drive USB interface, USB streaming, Ethernet port, and the moving faders.
The full colour touchscreen features ‘Touch Channel’ access to channel processing, the FX racks and all the setup and system management controls. The SuperStrip provides control knobs for a selected channel’s key processing parameters, such as gain, HPF, parametric EQ, gate threshold, compressor threshold and pan.
Qu-Drive, the mixer’s integrated USB recorder, which works with an external USB drive, can record and playback multi-track and stereo audio .wav files. The USB interface can also be used to store scene and library data for archiving and later recall.
A free iPad app connects to the mixer via a Wi-Fi router plugged into the Ethernet control port and gives instant wireless control of the mixer’s key parameters and settings.