The Allen & Heath QU16 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer is an exceptionally powerful digital mixing workstation in a compact and stylish package. Built using 18 gauge, cold-rolled Zintec steel, the QU-16 is crafted with strength and resilience at its core. The sleek profile is designed to optimise airflow through the mixer to eliminate the need for fans and reduce the noise produced by the mixer itself. As you'd expect from the company behind the pioneering GLD and iLive digital mixing systems, the QU-16 is a class-leader in audio performance and not only gets the job done, but does it in style with key features that include: multitrack recording direct to USB, Automatic Mic Mixing, ProFactory mic presets, plus a plethora of apps, accessories and remote I/O.
The Qu-16 is equipped with sixteen AnalogiQ digitally controlled preamps that translate harmonious with the built in digital signal processing to offer flawless performance, with optimal gain accuracy and audio fidelity. The analogue signal is captured by high-class, low latency 24-bit analogue-to-digital (AD) converters that transmit in exquisite high quality. With minimal distortion, super low noise floor, and faithful audio transparency, what more could you ask for? Oh, each analogue fader corresponds to a mono input channel, so you don't have to dig through several layers to find what you want, everything is at your fingertips and good to go.
The integrated multitrack USB recorder delivers 18 channels of 48kHz, 24-bit recording and playback via USB key or hard drive, making it great for laying down elaborate performances anywhere and everywhere.
To some, the signal routing options afforded by a mixing desk can be cause for a minor breakdown, something Allen & Heath have not only sought to remedy, but have done so with aplomb. There are 16 mono Mic/Line inputs (spanning TRS & XLR), as well as stereo line inputs that can be routed with ease via their corresponding faders just as with a standard analogue setup. However, thanks to the intuitive Graphic User Interface (GUI) via the built-in True Colour Touchscreen with dedicated rotary encoder, access to all setting and parameters is within easy reach. Partnered to the touchscreen is the SuperStrip, a set of single function controllers that offer tactile adjustment over gain, high pass filter, 4-band parametric EQ, gate, compressor, graphic EQ, and pan.
The beauty of digital mixing is having the ability to save and recall Scenes (snapshots) of channel/mix settings at the touch of a button. There are 17 motorized ALPS faders that cover input channels and masters, as well as a dedicated master fader for the Mix section. Custom control is also allowed with regard to ad-hoc strip layout and Input, FX Send/Return, DCA and Mix master assignment.
As well as providing a solid hardware base, the QU-16 is compatible with a vast range of software that enhances the functionality and versatility of this already outstanding piece of kit. Allen & Heath have partnered with leading microphone manufacturer's Shure, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica to provide EQ Library presets across a huge range of instruments. Whether you're getting creative at home or a working professional, you have an arsenal of mics available at the touch of a button.
Borrowing from the iLive pro touring series, the QU benefits from a fantastic range of classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, and more - as chosen by some of the world's leading audio engineers on the road.
The Allen and Heath QU16 Chrome Edition Compact Digital Mixer is compatible with both Mac OS and Windows for seamless DAW integration - simply plug 'n play, and you're all set.
Manufacturer Allen and Heath Model QU16 Chrome Edition Compact Digital Mixer Dimensions (H x W x D) Desk mounted 186 x 440 x 500 mm
Rack mounted 190 x 483 x 472 mm
Packed in shipping box 350 x 610 x 680 mm
Weight Unpacked weight 10 kg (22 lbs)
Packed weight 13.5 kg (30 lbs)
Inputs Mic/Line Inputs Balanced, XLR and 1/4-inch TRS jack, fully recallable Input Sensitivity (XLR / TRS) -60 to +5dBu / -50 to +15dBu Analogue Gain -5 to +60dB, 1dB steps Maximum Input Level (XLR / TRS) +19dBu / +29dBu Input Impedance (XLR / TRS) >5kOhms / >10 kOhms THD+N, Unity gain 0dB 0.0005% -89 dBu (20-20kHz, Direct Out @0dBu 1kHz) THD+N, Mid gain +30dB 0.001% -83dBu (20-20kHz, Direct Out @0dBu 1kHz) Stereo Line Inputs ST1, ST2 connector Balanced, 1/4-inch TRS jack, half-normalled ST3 connector Unbalanced, stereo 3.5mm Mini Jack Input Sensitivity(ST1, ST2 / ST3) Nominal +4dBu / 0dBu Trim +/-24dB Maximum Input Level (ST1,ST2 / ST3) +22dBu / +18dBu Input Impedance >7kOhms Outputs Mix1-10 and LR Out Balanced, XLR Output Impedance <75Ohms Nominal Output +4dBu = 0dB meter reading Maximum Output Level +22dBu Residual Output Noise -90 dBu (muted, 20-20kHz) Stereo Alt Out & 2Trk Out Balanced, 1/4-inch TRS jack Source (Alt Output / 2Trk Output) Patchable / LR post-fade Output Impedance <75Ohms Nominal Output +4dBu = 0dB meter reading Maximum Output Level +22dBu Residual Output Noise -90 dBu (muted, 20-20kHz) AES Digital Output 2 channel, 48kHz sampling rate, XLR
2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110Ohms
dSNAKE Inputs Remote source for CH1-32, ST1, ST2, ST3 Outputs Patchable from Mix 1-10, LR, Grp1-8, MTX1-4
Compatible with AudioRacks AR2412, AR84, AB168
Compatible with ME personal mixing system
System Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0dB gain, 0dBu input Dynamic Range 112 dB Frequency Response +0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz Headroom +18dB Internal operating Level 0dBu dBFS Alignment +18dBu = 0dBFS (+22dBu at XLR output) Meter Calibration 0dB meter = -18dBFS (+4dBu at XLR out) Meter Peak indication -3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out), multi-point sensing Meter Signal indication -48dBFS (-26dBu at XLR out) I Meter Type Fast (peak) response Sampling Rate 48kHz +/-100PPM ADC, DAC 24-bit Delta-Sigma Latency 1.2 ms (local XLR in to XLR out)
0.7 ms (local XLR in to AES out)
Operating Temperature Range 0 deg C to 35 deg C (32 deg F to 95 deg F) Mains Power 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz Maximum Power Consumption 82W USB Audio Qu-Drive USB A Stereo Record 2 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, patchable Stereo Playback 2 channel, WAV, 44.1 or 48kHz, 16 or 24-bit, to ST3 Multitrack Record 18 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, patchable Multitrack Playback 18 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit USB Audio Streaming USB B, Core Audio compliant Send (upstream) 24 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit Return (downstream) 22 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit Control Faders 100mm motorised Touch Screen 5" TFT, 800x480 resolution SoftKeys 4 Mute Groups 4 DCA Groups 4 Network TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI and iPad app Input Processing CH1-32 Local, dSNAKE, or USB ST1, ST2 Local, dSNAKE, or USB ST3 Local, dSNAKE, or USB Stereo USB Global Source Qu-Drive or USB B Streaming Stereo Linking Odd/even input pairs Parameters linked EQ, dynamics, insert, delay, assignments, sends Link options Preamp, polarity, Sidechain, fader/mute, pan Polarity Normal/Reverse High Pass Filter 12dB/octave 20Hz – 2kHz Insert Assign FX1-4 into Input channels Delay Up to 85ms Gate Self-key Sidechain Threshold / Depth -72dBu to +18dBu / 0 to 60dB Attack / Hold / Release 50us to 300ms / 10ms to 5s / 10ms to 1s PEQ 4-Band fully parametric, 20-20kHz, +/-15dB Band 1 Selectable LF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell Band 2, Band 3 Bell Band 4 Selectable HF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell Bell Width Non-constant Q, variable, 1.5 to 1/9th octave Compressor Self-key Sidechain Threshold / Ratio -46dBu to 18dBu / 1:1 to infinity Attack / Release 300us – 300ms / 100ms - 2s Knee Soft/Hard Types Peak Manual, RMS Manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag Mix Processing Channel Direct Out to USB Follow Fader, follow Mute (global options) Source select (global) Post-Preamp, Pre-EQ, Post-EQ, PostDelay Insert Assign FX into Mix channels Delay Up to 170ms GEQ Constant 1/3 oct, 28 bands 31Hz-16kHz, +/-12dB Gain PEQ 4-Band fully parametric, 20-20kHz, +/-15dB Band 1 Selectable LF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell Band 2, Band 3 Bell Band 4 Selectable HF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell Bell Width Non-constant Q, variable, 1.5 to 1/9th octave Compressor Self-key Sidechain Threshold / Ratio -46dBu to 18dBu / 1:1 to infinity Attack / Release 300us – 300ms / 100ms - 2s Knee Soft/Hard Types Peak Manual, RMS Manual, Slow Opto, PunchBag Input Processing FX Internal FX 4x RackFX engine, Send>Return or Inserted Audio Tools Types Reverbs, Delays, Gated Reverb, ADT
Chorus, Symphonic Chorus, Phaser, Flanger
4 dedicated Stereo FX returns Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ PAFL PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to -24dB Trim, 85ms Delay Talkback Assignable to any mix, 12dB/oct HPF Signal Generator Assignable to any mix, Sine / White/Pink/Band-pass Noise RTA 31-Bands 1/3 octave 20-20kHz, follows PAFL source
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