Allen & Heath Qu-32C - 38-In/28-Out Digital Mixing Console (Chrome Edition)

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Allen & Heath
Allen & Heath Qu-32C - 38-In/28-Out Digital Mixing Console (Chrome Edition)
Key Features
  • Chrome Knobs & Faders + Updated Firmware
  • 32 Mic/Line Inputs
  • Recallable AnalogiQ Preamps
  • 33 Motorized Faders
Designed to accommodate a wide variety of live sound-reinforcement and recording scenarios, the chrome edition Allen & Heath Qu-32C is a 38-in/28-out digital mixing console that doubles as a 32×32 USB recording interface. Featuring 32 of the company's recallable AnalogiQ microphone preamps, and powered by a 5-core ARM processor, the Qu-32 provides a variety of integrated effects and processing including channel-independent 4-band parametric EQs, compressors, delay and reverb. The chrome edition adds high-contrast chrome rotary and fader knobs that improve visibility in dark conditions, as well as a number of software enhancements from the updated firmware (V1.8).
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Allen & Heath Qu-32C - 38-In/28-Out Digital Mixing Console (Chrome Edition)

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Allen & Heath QU-32 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2New Features In Firmware V1.9
  • 3Features at a Glance:
  • 4AnalogiQ Preamps
  • 5The Mixing Experience
  • 6Touch Control
  • 7The SuperStrip
  • 8Fader Automation
  • 9iLive FX
  • 10Total Recall
  • 11USB Audio Streaming
  • 12Qu-Drive
  • 13ARMed to the Hilt
  • 14The Shape of Things to Come
  • 15Qu-Pad
  • 16ME Personal Mixing System
  • 17dSNAKE
  • 18SoftKeys
  • 19The Matrix

Designed to accommodate a wide variety of live sound-reinforcement and recording scenarios, the chrome edition Allen & Heath Qu-32C is a 38-in/28-out digital mixing console that doubles as a 32×32 USB recording interface. Featuring 32 of the company's recallable AnalogiQ microphone preamps, and powered by a 5-core ARM processor, the Qu-32 provides a variety of integrated effects and processing including channel-independent 4-band parametric EQs, compressors, delay and reverb. The chrome edition adds high-contrast chrome rotary and fader knobs that improve visibility in dark conditions, as well as a number of software enhancements from the updated firmware (V1.8).

The mixer is compatible with both the ME Personal Mixing System and dSNAKE digital-connectivity system from Allen & Heath. The Qu-32 can also be used with the Qu-Pad app, allowing you to use your iPad to mix from anywhere in the venue when connected to a wireless network.

Engineered for intuitive navigation, the mixer also features a 7" touchscreen display, providing access to all settings. Furthermore, the mixer has 33 automatable, motorized faders for fast recall of levels when mixing FOH for multiple acts on the same stage, dealing with multiple monitor mixes, and similar scenarios.

New Features In Firmware V1.9

  • Pro Factory Mic Presets co-developed with leading microphone manufacturers including Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica
  • Updated iPad app functionality
  • Windows Daw Control app
  • DAW Templates online for users of Cubase, Logic X, and Pro Tools
  • And More

Features at a Glance:

  • 32 Mic / Line Inputs (TRS + XLR)
  • 33 Motor Faders
  • 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS)
  • 24 Mix Outputs (XLR)
  • 4 Stereo Groups
  • 2 Stereo Matrix Outs
  • 4 DCA Groups
  • 4 Mute Groups
  • 4 FX Engines
  • 4 FX Sends / Returns
  • 10 Soft Keys
  • 32×32 USB Audio Interface
  • DAW MIDI Control
  • AES Digital Out
  • Recallable AnalogiQ Preamps
  • Qu-Drive direct Multi-track Recording / Playback on USB drives
  • 7” Touchscreen
  • iLive FX Library
  • dSNAKE Remote Audio Port
  • 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

 

AnalogiQ Preamps

Qu-32's twenty-four AnalogiQ total recall preamps feature zero-crossing detection and a padless 1 dB-step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal gain accuracy and audio transparency. The analog signal is captured by low-latency 24-bit analog-to-digital converters matched to 24-bit digital-to-analog converters to deliver the required outputs. The AnalogiQ design has been refined to offer transparency, minimal distortion, and an ultra-low noise floor, with a warm, musical sound

The Mixing Experience

Having massive processing power and advanced functionality is great, but it counts for nothing if you can't access the controls you need in a heartbeat. Once you start using Qu-32 you'll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience that delivers a 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

Touch Control

The 800 x 480, sixteen-million color touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu-32 interface, providing fast access to all settings. The user-friendly interface has been designed with clarity in mind. Dedicated keys and screen tabs 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 1 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

Moving faders started as an expensive option in the studio desks of the '80s, and later became the norm with the advent of digital technology. Nevertheless some entry-level digital mixers lack this feature which is a fundamental part of the Total Recall approach. 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-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 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, Mix masters and MIDI strips can be assigned

iLive FX

Qu-32's dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in our iLive pro touring series. Qu-32 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

Total Recall

True digital mixing is about being able to save and recall scenes (snapshots) at the press of a button. Qu-32 can store up to 100 full Scenes for recall at will. Channels and mixes can be made Safe from Scene recall. For example, if an instrument or mic gets swapped out after the soundcheck, the channel can be made safe to avoid settings being overridden by Scene recalls. Or if a broadcast feed or walk-in iPod is added last-minute before the show kicks off, that mix or channel can be made safe from any scene change. In addition, single-parameter updates can be blocked using per-scene Recall Filters or a Global Recall Filter. So if you tweak the graphic EQ to reflect the room response when the audience gets in, you can block this to prevent any overwriting at scene change. Custom settings for each EQ, compressor, channel or FX can be saved as Library presets. This lets you store your tried and tested SM58 EQ or reverb pattern and apply it to other channels or shows. Libraries, Scenes and the complete Show configuration can be saved to a USB key, so you can carry the show with you, ready to use on another Qu mixer

USB Audio Streaming

Qu-32's built-in interface streams multi-track audio to your Mac or PC via a flexible patching system: all Input channels and the Main LR can be recorded at the same time, or you may choose to record something different such as FX returns or a pair of mixes. The returns from the computer can be assigned to the Input channels. The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X - and drivers are available for Windows systems. Either way, it will be recognized straightaway by any DAW supporting ASIO or Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools

Qu-Drive

Forget soundcard drivers and software setup, Qu-32 has an integrated multi-track USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48 kHz, 24-bit recording and playback straight to / from your USB hard drive. Capturing multi-track recordings of your shows has never been so easy. Mixes and FX returns can be recorded alongside channels, and multi-track audio can be played back to the mixer for virtual sound-checks. An independent set of controls is provided for quick stereo recording of the main LR or other mix outputs, and a 2-track USB return can be routed to ST3 for playback of stereo WAV files such as walk-in music

ARMed to the Hilt

Qu-32 is equipped with 5 cores of high-efficiency ARM core processing, with dedicated ARM cores running the touchscreen display and surface, USB streaming, Qu-Drive multi-channel USB recording / playback, Ethernet and fader automation. Between them the ARM cores provide state-of-the-art processing, working in parallel to deliver extensive control, instant-on operation, and lightning-fast response. The mixer's DSP farm exploits next generation dual-core DSPs. With plenty of DSP power under the hood the channel processing is only using a fraction of capacity, so Qu-32 is future-proofed, with ample room for updates and extra functionality. The DSP architecture employs varied bit depths, tailored to specific algorithms, with 48 bits on critical EQ functions and a 56-bit accumulator on the mix bus where it really counts, allowing every nuance of the audio to be captured in the final mix

The Shape of Things to Come

Made from 18-gauge, cold-rolled Zintec steel, Qu-32's distinctive frame is designed for strength and rigidity. We've done unspeakable things to that chassis in the lab and it's taken everything we've thrown at it - even being stomped on by our resident ex-tank commander. Silence is a precious commodity in the live or studio environment, which is why nobody wants those moments of stillness ruined by the whirring of fans coming from the mix position. Qu-32's sleek profile generates optimal airflow through the mixer, eliminating the need for any fans

Qu-Pad

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. Qu-Pad connects to the mixer over Wi-Fi* and gives instant access to all live mixing parameters and settings

ME Personal Mixing System

Qu-32 is fully compatible with our ME Personal Mixing System. Any number of ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port (or from an AR2412 / AB168 AudioRack 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

dSNAKE

Qu-32 is a self-contained, so if you've already got the analogue cables you're good to go. If you're thinking of trading in the copper multi-core for a Cat5 digital snake, Qu's dSNAKE port has you future-proofed, allowing connection to a combination of AR2412, AR84 or portable AB168 AudioRacks. dSNAKE is our proprietary networking solution, boasting a transport latency of only 105μs over cable runs of up to 120m / 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 mixer in the mix position

SoftKeys

Qu-32 packs 10 SoftKeys for more user-assignable functions such as Mute Groups, Tap Tempo, Scene navigation or PAFL Clear

The Matrix

Qu-32's Matrix has 2 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 1-4, 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

Allen & Heath QU-32 Specs

Mixer
Number of Analog Input Channels32
Faders x 3.9" / 100 mm Motorized
Mix Routing4 x Stereo FX Return
Groups4 x Mute Group
4 x DCA Group
Display7" / 177.8 mm  Touchscreen
Display Resolution/ColorMain Display:
800 x 480
Meter Range-48 to -3 dBFS Peak/Clip (+19 dBu at XLR Output)
Meter Calibration0 dB on Meter = -18 dBFS (+4 dBu at XLR Output)
Signal Processing
Gain/Trim RangeLine:
±24 dB (Stereo Channels) 
Mic/Line:
-10 dB to +60 dB (in 1 dB Steps) 
Input PolarityNormal/Reverse
Gate ParametersThreshold: -72 to +18 dBu
Depth: 0 to 60 dB
Attack: 50 μs to 300 ms
Hold: 10 ms to 5 sec
Release: 10 ms to 1 sec
Compressor ParametersThreshold: -46 to 18 dBu
Ratio: 1:1 to ∞:1
Attack: 300 μs to 300 ms
Release: 100 ms to 2 sec
Knee: Soft, Hard
EQFX Returns:
4-Band Parametric 
EQ Parameters1 x HF Shelf:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz (Shelf or Bell Selectable) 
2 x MF Notch/Peak:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz 
1 x LF Shelf:
±15 dB at 20 Hz to 20 kHz (Shelf or Bell Selectable) 
Graphic EQ28-Band 1/3 Octave, ±12 dB 31 Hz to 16 kHz
FiltersHigh-Pass: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 12 dB/Octave  
Channel Output/Source MonitoringAFL, PFL, Post-Preamp, Post-EQ, Post-FX
Internal EffectsReverb
Delay
Reverb (Gated)
ADT
Chorus
Phaser
Flanger
Real Time Analyzer31-Band 1/3 Octave, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Audio DelayAdjustable Up to 170 ms
Digital Audio
Sample Rates48 kHz
AES3 Output:
48 kHz
Stereo Record:
48 kHz
Stereo Playback:
44.1 / 48 kHz
Multitrack Record:
48 kHz
Multitrack Playback:
48 kHz
Bit DepthAD/DA Conversion:
24-Bit Delta Sigma
Stereo Record:
24-Bit
Stereo Playback:
16 / 24-Bit
Multitrack Record:
24-Bit
Multitrack Playback:
24-Bit
Latency1.2 ms (Mic Input to XLR Output)
0.7 ms (Mic Input to AES Output)
Performance
dBFS Reference Level+18 dBu = 0 dBFS
Headroom+18 dB
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.5 dB 
Max Input LevelAux Input:
+22 dBu 
Mic Input:
+19 dBu 
Line Input:
+29 dBu 
Output LevelLine Output:
+22 dBu (Max) 
+4 dBu (Nominal) 
Stereo Output:
+22 dBu (Max) 
+4 dBu (Nominal) 
Analog Dynamic Range112 dB 
I/O Impedance1/4" Stereo Output:
<75 ohms 
AES3 Output:
110 ohms 
Aux Input:
>7 kilohms 
XLR Line Output:
<75 ohms 
XLR Mic/Line Input:
>5 kilohms 
1/4" Mic/Line Input:
>10 kilohms 
Noise Floor-90 dBu with Inputs Muted
THD+NMic/Line Input:
0.0005% at Unity Gain 
0.001% at +30 dB Gain 
Signal GeneratorSine, White, Pink, or Band-Pass Noise (Assignable to Any Mix)
Connectivity
Analog Inputs1 x XLR Talkback Input
32 x XLR Balanced Mic Input
32 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Input
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Aux Input (2 Stereo Pairs, Half-Normalled)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Unbalanced Aux Input
Analog Outputs10 x XLR Balanced Mix Output
2 x XLR Balanced Main Output
4 x XLR Balanced Subgroup Output
4 x XLR Balanced Matrix Output
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Aux Output (2 Stereo Pairs)
Digital I/O1 x RJ45 (Network)
1 x XLR AES3 Output
1 x etherCON dSNAKE (I/O)
USB1 x USB Type-A (External Memory)
1 x USB Type-B (USB 2.0, Audio Streaming)
Recording
Max Multitrack Recording18 Tracks
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption150 W (Maximum)
Physical
Operating Temperature32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
Dimensions33.5 x 19.7 x 7.4" / 850 x 500 x 186 mm
Weight44 lb / 20 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight49.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)39 x 26 x 13"
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