Allen & Heath Qu-16
Rackmountable Digital Mixer

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Allen & Heath's QU-16 compact digital mixer combines innovative design choices and extraordinary functionality to create a new benchmark in live sound digital mixing. Its robust feature set incorporates techonologies pioneered in Allen & Heath's popular GLD and iLive digital mixing systems. Fader automation, Touch Control, remote control via the QU-Pad iPad app, 4 stereo effects engines as well as integrated USB streaming and recording are just a few examples of the user-friendly features packed into the QU-16's compact, rackmountable chassis. Whether you're switching from analogue or updating your digital desk, it's time to experience the new digital with Qu-16.

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AnalogiQTM Preamps
Qu-16's sixteen AnalogiQTM total recall preamps feature zero crossing detection and an advanced padless 1dB step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal gain accuracy and audio transparency. The analogue signal is captured by high class, low latency 24bit analogue to digital converters matched to high quality 24bit digital to analogue converters to deliver the required outputs. The AnalogiQTM design has been refined over many months to offer superb transparency, minimal distortion and an ultra-low noise floor, with a warm, musical sound that is missing from some digital consoles.

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-16 you’ll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience that our team has drawn upon to deliver a wonderfully natural layout and workflow. It’s not about recreating an analogue 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-16 interface, providing super-fast, easy access to all settings. The user-friendly interface has been designed with clarity in mind. Dedicated keys and screen tabs quickly 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 precious commodity 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-16 features 17 motorized ALPS faders, 16 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 and Mix masters can be assigned.

iLive FX
Qu-16’s dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in our iLive pro touring series. Some of the world’s most respected audio engineers have chosen to use iLive’s FX on tour in preference to top-end plug-ins and external FX units. Qu-16 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-16 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 EQ setting for your favourite vocal mic 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-16.

USB Audio Streaming
Qu-16’s built-in interface streams multitrack audio to your Mac channel 1 to 16, the Main LR mix and 3 selectable stereo pairs.

The returns from the Mac can be assigned to the 16 Mono channels plus stereos.

The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X – which means it’s truly plug ‘n play, with no need to install a driver. It will be recognized straightaway by any DAW supporting Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools.

Standard MIDI control is tunnelled over the USB connection so you can easily map the faders to the tracks of your favourite DAW. Alternatively, a MIDI driver is available for use with the Ethernet port.

Qu-Drive
Forget soundcard drivers and software setup, Qu-16 has an integrated multitrack USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48kHz 24bit recording and playback straight to / from your USB hard drive. Capturing multitrack recordings of your shows has never been so easy. A selectable stereo pair can be recorded alongside the 16 Mono channels, and multitrack audio can be played back to the 16 Mono channels plus ST1. On top of this, Qu-Drive also provides stereo recording, patchable from any pair of Mix outputs, the Main LR (pre, post, or summed to mono) or even the PAFL bus, with 2- track stereo playback to ST3.

ARMed to the Hilt
Qu-16 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, giving 10 DSP cores, with 8 dedicated to the channel and mix processing alone. With so much DSP power under the hood the channel processing is only using a fraction of capacity, so Qu-16 is future-proofed, with ample room for updates and extra functionality. The Qu-16 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.

Allen & Heath Qu-16 Features:

  • 16 Mono Inputs (TRS + XLR)
  • 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS)
  • 4 Stereo FX Returns
  • 16 Busses
  • 12 Mix Outputs (LR, Mono Mix 1-4, Stereo Mix 1-3)
  • 4 FX Engines
  • AES Digital Out
  • 19” Rack Mountable
  • Moving Faders
  • Recallable AnaLOGIQTM Preamps
  • Qu-Drive direct Multitrack Recording / Playback on USB drives
  • 800x480 Touchscreen
  • iLive FX Library
  • dSNAKE Remote Audio Port
  • Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System
  • Qu-Pad iPad App
  • USB Audio Streaming
  • DAW MIDI Control
  • 4 Mute Groups
  • Trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay on allInputs
  • Insert, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor and delay on Main LR and Mono Mixoutputs
  • Insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay on Stereo Mix outputs
  • Built-in Signal Generator
  • RTA with Peak Band indication

Allen & Heath Qu-16 Specifications:

Inputs:

  • Mic/Line Inputs 1-16: Balanced, XLR and 1/4" TRS jack, fullrecallable
    • Input Sensitivity (XLR/TRS): -60 to +10dBu/ -50to +20dBu
    • Analogue Gain: -10 to +60 dB, 1dB steps
    • Maximum Input Level (XLR/TRS): +19dBu/ +29dBu
    • Input Impedance 9XLR/TRS): >5kO/10kO
    • THD +N, Unity Gain 0dB:0.0005% -89dBu (20-20kHz, Direct Out @ 0dBu 1kHz)
    • THD +N, Mid gain +30dB: 0.001% -83dBu (20-20kHz, Direct Out @ 0 dBu 1khz)
  • Stereo Line Inputs:
    • ST1, ST2 connector: Balanced, 1.4"TRS jack half normalled
    • ST3 connector: Unbalanced, 3.5mmmini jack
    • Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2/ST#): Nominal +4dBu/0dBu
    • Trim: +/- 24dB
    • Maximum Input Level(ST1, ST2/ST3): +22dBu/+18dBu
    • Input Impedance: >7kOhm

Outputs:

  • Mix 1-10 and L-R Outputs: Balanced, XLR
    • Output Impedance: <75Ohm
    • Nominal Output: +4dBu = 0dB meterreading
    • Maximum Output Level: +22dBu
    • Residual Output noise: -91dBu (muted 20-20kHz)
  • Stereo Alt Output and 2Trk Output: Balanced, 1/4" TRS jack
    • Source (Alt Output/ 2Trk Output): Patchable/ LR post-fade
    • Output Impedance: <75Ohm
    • Nominal Output: +4dBu =0dB meter reading
    • Maximum Output Level:+22dBu
    • Residual Output Noise: -91dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)
  • AES Digital Output: 2 channel, 48kHz sampling rate, XLR
    • Output: 2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110Ohm

DSnake:

  • Inputs:  Remote Source for CH1-16, ST1, ST2, ST3
  • Outputs: Remote Outputs for Mix1-10, LR
    • compatible with Audio Racks AR2412, AR84
    • compatible with ME personal mixing system

System (measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0dB gain, 0dBu input):

  • Dynamic Range: 112dB
  • Frequency response: +0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Headroom: +18dB
  • Internal Operating Level: 0dBu
  • dBFS Alignment: +18dBu = 0dBFS (+4dBu 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)
  • Meter Type: Fast (peak) response
  • Sampling Rate: 48khz +/- 100PPM
  • ADC, DAC: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
  • Latency:
    • 1.2ms (local XLR in to XLR out)
    • 0.7ms (local XLR into AES out)
  • Operating Temperature Range: 0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F)
  • Mains Power: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 82W max

USB Audio QDrive USB A:

  • Device: 
    • USB hard drive recommended forrecording
    • USB hard drive must be used for Multitrack
  • 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, CH1-16 + patchable pair
  • Multitrack Playback: 18 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, CH1-16, ST1
  • USB Interface: USB B, Core Audio compliant
    • Send (upstream): Multi-channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit
    • Return (downstream): Multi-channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit

Dimensions & Weights QU-16 Mixer (WxDxH):

  • Desk-mounted: 440 x 500 x 186 mm (17.4" x 19.7" x 7.4")
  • Rack-mounted: 11U, 483 x 486 x 190 mm (19" x 19.1" x 7.5")
  • Packed in shipping box: 610 x 680 x 380 mm (24" x 27" x 15")
  • Packed weight: 13.5 kg (30 lbs.)
  • Unpacked weight: 10kg (22 lbs.)

Control:

  • Faders: 100mm motorized
  • Touch Screen: 5" TFT, 800 x 480 resolution
  • SoftKeys: 4
  • Mute Groups: 4
  • Network: TCP/IP Ethernet for iPad app

Input Processing:

  • CH1-16: Local, Remote, USB
  • ST1, ST2: Local, Remote, USB
  • ST3: Local, Remote, USB
  • Stereo Linking: Odd/even input pairs
    • Parameters linked: EQ, dynamics, insert, delay, assignments, sends
    • Link options: Preamp, polarity, sidechains, fader/mute, pan
  • Polarity: Normal/ Reverse
  • High Pass Filter: 12dB/octave 20Hz - 20khz
  • Insert: AssignFX into input channels
  • Delay: up to 85ms
  • Gate: Self-key sidechain
    • Threshold/ Depth: -72dBu to+18dBu/ 0 to 60dB
    • Attack/ Hold/ Release 50us to 300 ms/ 10msto 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: -46dButo 18dBu/ 1:1 to infinity
    • Attack/ Release: 300us - 300ms/100ms - 2s
    • Knee: Soft/Hard
    • Types: PeakManual, RMS Manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag
  • Channel Direct Out to USB: Follow Fader, floow Mute (globaloptions)
    • Source Select (global): Post-Preamp, Pre-EQ,Post-EQ, post-Delay

Mix Processing:

  • Insert: Assign FX into MIX channels
  • Delay: Up to 170ms
  • GEQ (MIX 1-4, LR): Constant 1.3 oct, 28 bands 31Hz - 16kHz, +/-12dB Gain
  • PEQ (Stereo Mix 1-3): 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,1.5to 1/9th octave
  • Compressor: Self-key sidechain
    • Threshold/ Ratio: -46dButo 18dBu/ 1:1 to infinity
    • Attack/ Release: 300us - 300ms/100ms-2s
    • Knee: Soft/ Hard
    • Types: Peak Manual, RMS Manual, SLowOpto, OunchBag

FX:

  • Internal FX: 4x RackFX engine, Send>Return or Inserted
  • 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

Audio Tools:

  • PAFL: PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to -24dB Trim, 85msDelay
  • Talkback: Assignable to any mix, 12dB/oct HPF
  • Signal Generator: Assignable to any mix,Sine/White/Pink/Bandpass Noise
  • RTA: 31-bands 1/3 octave 20-20kHz, follows PAFLsource
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Michael Palmer from Allen & Heath shows us the Allen & Heath Qu-16 Rackmountable digital mixer

Allen & Heath's QU-16 compact digital mixer combines innovative design choices and extraordinary functionality to create a new benchmark in live sound digital mixing. Its robust feature set incorporates techonologies pioneered in Allen & Heath's popular GLD and iLive digital mixing systems. Fader automation, Touch Control, remote control via the QU-Pad iPad app, 4 stereo effects engines as well as integrated USB streaming and recording are just a few examples of the user-friendly features packed into the QU-16's compact, rackmountable chassis. Whether you're switching from analogue or updating your digital desk, it's time to experience the new digital with Qu-16.

 

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