The Allen & Heath Qu-16 is an affordable, high quality rackmountable digital mixing console with 16 input, 12 mix outputs, 4 stereo FX engines, moving faders, and a whole lot more!
Born from the highly acclaimed iLive and GLD digital mixing systems, the new Allen & Heath Qu-16 is a welcomed entry into the world of affordable digital mixing consoles. Featuring 16 inputs, 12 mix outputs, 4 FX engines, USB multi-track out, motorized faders, analog style controls, and more, the Qu-16 is sure to take the market by storm.
Borrowing from their years of rich analog and digital mixing console design, Allen & Heath has created an amazingly intuitive, powerful, yet easy to use mixing experience with the Qu-16. Every major function of the Qu-16 is within easy reach, and comfortable to operate by anyone wether you're used to digital consoles, or the old-school analog boards. It's SuperStrip design puts processing for each channel only a single button press away and the motorized faders and digital processing makes recalling entire mixing setups and scenes a breeze.
The Allen & Heath Qu-16 includes 16 inputs w/digitally controlled on-board microphone preamps or line-level TRS connections. A dedicated Main LR output and 10 mix outputs via XLR connectors provide a total of 12 assignable outputs. In addition, the Qu-16 also includes 2 pairs of stereo TRS inputs, TRS 2Track out, TRS alt out, and AES output via XLR connector. The Qu-16 also has a dedicated talk-back microphone input with phantom power separate from the other inputs.
Tired of dealing with huge copper snakes, dealing with wiring issues, and want to make the jump to a digital snake? No problem! With the Allen & Heath Qu-16 and it's built-in dSNAKE port, you can use Allen & Heath's AR2412 or AR84 digital Stageboxes. Now you can have all of your I/O up on the stage and run a single Cat5 cable back to the Qu-16. That's awesome!
As digital consoles become more advanced, one feature that is sorely missing from some lower cost digital mixers are moving faders. The Qu-16 makes this an affordable option for smaller mixing needs. FINALLY! The Qu-16 has 17 high quality 100mm ALPS motorized faders making scene and mix recall an absolute breeze. When using a digital snake system, the Qu-16 has multiple mix layers for dealing with mixes larger than 16 channels.
Lot of digital consoles on the market today have multi-track capabilities in some capacity. Allen & Heath has taken this a step further with the Qu-16. No other manufacturer has made multi-track recording this easy. You don't even need a computer. All you need is a USB hard drive. Plug in your USB hard drive to the USB port and the Qu-16 can record channels 1-16 plus one selectable stereo pair in high quality 24-bit, 48kHz. The Qu-16 can also record just simple stereo mixes if need be. When the recording is done, the Qu-16 can instantly stream the tracks right back into the console for immediate mix review. How sweet is that?
Want to still use a computer and record straight into your DAW? No problem! The Qu-16's USB interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X so you don't have to load or install any drivers. Just plug it in and the computer will see it as a USB multi-channel audio device. Not only that, the USB connection can send MIDI control back and forth so you can easily map the faders on the console to tracks in your DAW session. You also have the option of connecting the console via Ethernet for MIDI control as well.
The Allen & Heath iLive series has been a huge success in the larger format, professional sound industries. The Qu-16 uses the same FX algorithms that were developed for the iLive series. The Qu-16 has 4 stereo iLive FX engines featuring rich reverbs, delays, modulators, and much more. All of the FX returns also feature dedicated PEQs for fine tuning. Qu-16's FX engine was built with expandability in mind so more FX can be added in the future with firmware releases.
Have an iPad? Then you can mix your whole show wirelessly with the Qu-Pad app that available for free. Tweak everything from monitors, to FOH EQ, or individual channel compressors all while walking around the venue. All you need is a Wi-Fi router connected to the Qu-16's Network port.
The Qu-16 is fully compatible with Allen & Heath's ME Personal Mixing System. The ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port on the back of the console, or from the AR2412 Stagebox if you're using a digital snake.
Now all of your musician's on stage can control their own mixes without the FOH having to do anything! You will no longer have to hear the phrase "Can I get more of my vocal/guitar in my monitor" over and over again! :)
We could go on and on about the features of this amazing new console. If you have questions about the Qu-16, give our sales team a call at 888-869-0770!