Allen & Heath GLD-80
Digital Mixer

OUR PART #  GLD-80


The Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixer, a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system, conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series. A standard GLD 32 input system offers 28 XLR mic inputs with plug n’ play I/O expanders allowing easy expansion up to 48 inputs (44 XLR mic inputs).

At the heart of the system is the GLD-80 mixer, providing 48 input processing channels, 8 stereo FX returns fed by iLive’s acclaimed FX emulations, 30 configurable buses, 20 mix processing channels, and DSP power to provide full processing without compromise.

GLD-80 has an analogue-style channel processing control section complemented by a graphical 8.4 inch touch screen. A fully-customisable drag ‘n drop layout allows quick and easy assignment of inputs and mixes to fader strips. There are 20 fader strips in 4 layers, each with motorised fader, a channel LCD display which can be named and colour-coded, plus a rotary control for direct access to gain, pan and aux/FX sends. The mixer's local I/O comprises 4 XLR mic/line inputs, 4 XLR line outs, 4 RCA inputs, 2 RCA outputs, and digital outputs in SPDIF and AES3 formats.

The GLD-80 connects to a range of plug ‘n play I/O racks to ‘build’ 28, 36 or 44 mic input systems. A primary AR2412 rack (24 XLR inputs, 12 XLR outs) and up to two AR84 expander racks (8 XLR inputs, 4 XLR outs each) can be connected over 120m CAT5 runs using A&H’s dSNAKE protocol. dSNAKE provides control to the remote preamp, and all mic preamps are scene recallable. AR2412 also includes a connection for personal monitoring systems.

GLD has the ability to record and playback a stereo signal on a USB memory stick. Standard iLive audio I/O option cards for Dante, MADI, EtherSound and Allen & Heath's ACE protocols can be fitted, allowing multi-channel record/playback, FOH/monitor splits, and connection to A&H iLive systems, which can easily be configured using GLD's extensive soft-patching.

Allen & Heath GLD-80 Features:

  • Compact digital mixer with scalable, remote I/O
  • Systems from 4 to 44 mics
  • Easy to use, quick to access, analogue-style interface
  • dSNAKE Cat5 digital snake—up to 120m cable length
  • 8.4" color touchscreen for graphical view and setup
  • 20 faders, 4 layers, 80 channel strips in a freely customizable layout
  • 48 input channels into 30 assignable buses (Aux, Group, Matrix, Main, FXSend) into 20 mix outputs
  • 8 stereo RackFX engines with dedicated ‘short’ returns with 4-band PEQ
  • Full processing on all inputs including trim, polarity, HPF, insert, gate, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay
  • Full processing on all outputs including insert, PEQ, GEQ, compressor and delay
  • LR, None (monitors), LR+M (sum), LR+M (bus), LCR main mix modes
  • 16 DCAs / mute groups
  • Built-in Talkback, RTA and Signal Generator
  • I/O module options for FOH/Monitor split, multitrack recording, link to iLive and more
  • MIDI In/Out and Ethernet Network port
  • AviomTM compliant Monitor port on main AudioRack
  • High end 1dB step recallable mic/line preamps
  • User-definable channel names and colours
  • Engineer's mono Wedge and stereo IEM strips
  • Input, output and insert soft patchbays
  • Quick copy, paste and reset of mixes and parameters
  • Libraries, Scenes and Show memories with USB transfer
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Allen & Heath GLD-80 Specifications:

Inputs

  • XLR Mic/Line Inputs: Balanced, (All XLR on GLD-80 and Audio Racks)
    • Mic/ Line Preamp: Fully Recallable
    • Input Sensitivity:-60 to +15dBu
    • Analog Gain: +5 to+60dB, ~1dB steps
    • Pad: -20dB
    • Maximum Input Level:+32dBu
    • Input Impedance: >4kOhms (Pad Out), >10kOhm (Pad In)
  • Mic/ Line Channel noise: 20-20khz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out
    • +127dBwith 150Ohm source
    • Unity Gain(Pad In): -90dBu
    • Low Gain (5dB, PadOut):-93dBu
    • Mid Gain (30dB, Pad Out): -89dBu
  • Mic/ Line Channel THD + N: 20-20khz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out
    • Unity Gain (Pad In): 0.005% -86dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
    • Low gain (5dB, PadOut): 0.003% -89dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
    • Mid Gain (30dB, Pad Out): 0.004%-88dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
  • RCA Line Inputs: Unbalanced (GLD-80)
    • Input Sensitivity:-24 to +24dBu,nominal 0dBu
    • Trim: +/-24dB, recallable
    • Maximum Input Level:+18dBu
    • Input Impedance: >10KOhms
    • RCA Channel Noise: -92dBu20-20kHz
    • RCA Channel THD + N: 0.0025% -90dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output

Outputs

  • XLR Outputs: Balanced, Relay protected
    • Output Impedance: < 75Ohms
    • Nominal Output: +4dBu = 0dB meter reading
    • Maximum Outputlevel: +22dBu
    • Residual Output Noise: -91dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)
  • RCA Line Outputs: Balanced, relay protected
    • Output Impedance: <75 Ohms
    • Nominal Output: 0dBu = 0dB meter reading
    • Maximum OutputLevel: +18dBu
    • Residual Output Noise: -94dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)
  • Digital Outputs: 48kHz sampling rate
  • SPDIF: RCA, 600mV, coax-terminated input 75 Ohms
  • AES3 (2ch XLR output): XLR, 2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ohms

Control

  • Faders: 100mm motorized
  • Fader Banks: 2 Independent banks - 12, 8 faders
  • Touch Screen: 8.4" TFT, 800x600 resolution
  • Control Strips: 4 Layers per Bank = 80x strips
  • Strip Display: LCD per strip, assignable backlight colours
  • SoftKeys: 10 assignable
  • MIDI: MIDI In and Out
  • Network: TCP/IP Ethernet (for future application)

Input Processing

  • 48 Input Processing Channels: Mono =1-44, Stereo =45/46, 47/48
  • Trim: +/-24dB digital trim
  • Polarity: Normal/Reverse
  • High Pass Filter: 12dB/octave 20Hz – 2kHz
  • Insert: Assign to any sockets, In/Out, +4dBu/-10dBV level
  • Delay: Up to 85ms
  • Gate: Input global setting - ms, feet, meters, samples
    • Sidechain: Self key, In/Out, Sel 'listen'
    • Sidechain Lo-cut Filter: 12dB/octave, Freq20Hz – 5kHz
    • Sidechain Hi-cut Filter: 12dB/octave, Freq 120Hz – 20kHz
    • Threshold:-72dBu to+12dBu
    • Depth: 0 to 60 dB
    • Attack: 50us to 300ms
    • Hold: 10ms to 5s
    • Release:10ms to 1s
  • PEQ
    • Type: 4-Band fully parametric, +/-15dB
    • Frequency Range: Global setting for Inputs = 20-20kHz or 'Analogue'
    • Analogue Ranges: 20-200Hz, 35-1kHz, 500-15kHz, 2k-20kHz
    • Band 1: Selectable LF Shelving, Bell, Hi-Pass
    • Band 2: Bell
    • Band 3: Bell
    • Band 4: Selectable HF Shelving, Bell, Lo-Pass
    • Bell Width: Non-constant Q, variable, 1.4 to 1/9th octave
    • Shelving Type: Classic Baxandall
    • Hi-Pass, Lo-PassFilter: 12dB/octave
  • Compressor
    • Sidechain: Self key, In/Out, Sel 'listen'
    • Sidechain Lo-Cut Filter: 12dB/octave, Freq 20Hz–5kHz
    • Sidechain Hi-Cut Filter: 12dB/octave, Freq 120Hz–20kHz
    • Threshold: -46dBu to 18dBu
    • Ratio: 1:1 to infinity
    • Attack: 300us – 300ms
    • Release: 100ms – 2s
    • Knee: Soft/Hard
    • Manual Types: Peak Manual, RMS Manual
    • AutoTypes:VocalAuto, OptoAuto, PunchBag
  • Channel Direct Out: Individual Trim (per channel)
  • Options: Source, follow Fader, follow Mute (global for all)

Mix Processing

  • 20 Mix Processing Channels: Configure as mono/stereo Groups, Aux, Main, Matrix
    • Mains = None, LR, LCR. LR+M(bus), LR+M(sum)
    • < /UL >
    • External Input: Assignable source
    • Trim: +/-24dB digital trim
    • Polarity: Normal/Reverse
    • Insert: Assign to any sockets, In/Out, +4dBu/-10dBV level
    • Delay: Up to 170ms
      • Mix global setting - ms, feet, meters, samples
    • GEQ
      • Type: Constant 1/3 octave, 28 bands 31Hz-16kHz
      • Gain:+/-12dB
      • GEQ Fader Flip Mode:
      • 2 overlapping frequency banks on strip faders
      • Layer 1 - 31-1kHz + Mix master fader
      • Layer 2 - 500-16kHz +Mix master fader
      • SEL key resets frequency band to 0dB
      • RTA followingPAFL is displayed on strip meters
    • PEQ
      • Type: 4-Band fully parametric, +/-15dB
      • Frequency Range: Global setting for Mixes = 20-20kHz or 'Analogue'
      • Analog Range: 20-200Hz,35-1kHz, 500-15kHz, 2k-20kHz
      • Band 1: Selectable LF Shelving, Bell, Hi-Pass
      • Band 2: Bell
      • Band 3: Bell
      • Band 4: Selectable HF Shelving, Bell, Lo-Pass
      • Bell Width: Non-constant Q, variable, 1.4 to 1/9th octave
      • Shelving Type: Classic Baxandall
      • Hi-Pass, Lo-Pass Filter: 12dB/octave
    • Compressor
      • Sidechain: Self key, In/Out, Sel 'listen'
      • Sidechain Lo-Cut Filter: 12dB/octave, Freq 20Hz–5kHz
      • Sidechain Hi-Cut Filter:12dB/octave, Freq 120Hz–20kHz
      • Threshold: -46dBu to 18dBu
      • Ratio: 1:1 to infinity
      • Attack: 300us – 300ms
      • Release: 100ms – 2s
      • Knee: Soft/Hard
      • Manual Types: Peak Manual, RMS Manual
      • Auto Types: Vocal Auto, OptoAuto, PunchBag
      • filter in/out with sel ‘listen’

    FX Processing

    • Internal FX: 8x RackFX engine
      • Types: Reverbs, Delays, Modulators, Sub-harmonics etc.
      • Mode: Send>Return, Inserted, Daisy Chain FX
    • FX 'Short' Return Channels
      • 8 Stereo dedicated returns: Adds to inputs for up to 56 sources to the mix
      • Controls: Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Group, Aux, FX, Main
      • FX Return PEQ: Same as Input Channel PEQ
    • Talkback: Assignable source
      • High Pass Filter:12dB/octave, 20Hz-2kHz
      • Routing: To Groups, Aux, Main, Matrix
    • Signal Generator: Sine, White Noise, Pink Noise, Bandpass Noise
      • Sine, Bandpass Sweep: 20-20kHz
      • Controls: Level, Mute
      • Routing: To Groups, Aux, Main, Matrix
    • RTA: 31-Bands 1/3 octave 20-20kHz
      • Source: Follows selected PAFL source
      • Peak Band Indication: Option to display dominant frequency

    System

    (Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 20-20kHz, minimum Gain, Pad Out)

    • Dynamic Range: 112dB
    • System Signal-to-Noise: -90dB
    • Frequency Response: 0/-0.25dB @ 20Hz, 0/-0.5dB @ 20kHz
    • System Peak Level THD + N: 0.0055% -68dBu @ +17dBu output, 1kHz
    • System Line Level THD + N: 0.0022%, -84dBu @ +9dBu output, 1kHz
    • 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)
    • Meter Type: Fast (peak) response
    • Sapling Rate: 48kHz +/-100PPM
    • ADC: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
    • DAC: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
    • Latency:
      • 1.49ms (GLD-80 local XLR in toXLR out)
      • 0.68ms (GLD-80 local XLR in to digital out)
    • USB Playback: 2 channel, WAV, MP3, M4A, FLAC
    • USB Record: 2 channel, 44.1kHz / 16bit - WAV
    • I/O Port: 64 channel bi-directional
    • Card Options: A&H ACE, MADI, Dante, ES, Waves, MMO
    • Operating Temperature Range: 0 deg C to 35 deg C (32 deg F to 95 degF)

    Mains Power

    • GLD-80: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 95W max
    • GLD-AR2412: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 70W max
    • GLD-AR84: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 20W max

    Dimensions and Weights

    • GLD-80 Mixer:
      • Unpacked: 28.7" W x 22.7" D x 6.2"/3RU H (730 x 577 x 159 mm)
      • Packed in Shipping Box: 36.6" W x 28.6" D x 11.4" H (930 x 730 x 290 mm)
      • Unpacked Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
      • Packed Weight: 46 lbs (21 kg)
    • GLD-AR2412 Audio Rack:
      • Unpacked: 19" W x 8.6" D x 5.4"/3RU H (483x 220 x 137 mm)
      • Packed in Shipping Box: 23.6" W x 13.7" D x 9.8" H (600 x 350 x 250 mm)
      • Unpacked Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
      • Packed Weight: 14 lbs (6.4 kg)
    • GLD-AR84 Audio Rack:
      • Unpacked: 19" W x 8.6" D x 1.9"/1RU H (483 x 220 x 48 mm)
      • Packed in Shipping Box: 23.6" W x 12.9" D x 5.6" H (600 x 330 x 143 mm)
      • Unpacked Weight: 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
      • Packed Weight: 9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
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The Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixer, a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system, conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series. A standard GLD 32 input system offers 28 XLR mic inputs with plug n’ play I/O expanders allowing easy expansion up to 48 inputs (44 XLR mic inputs).

 

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