NAMM 2015: ALLEN & HEATH
Allen & Heath has extended its Zed series with the launch of Zed Power 1000, a compact 2 x 500W powered mixer with onboard FX, nine-band graphic EQ, and USB recording and playback.
The built-in two-channel, class D amplifier is coupled to a linear power supply to deliver cool running efficiency, robustness and high peak headroom with smooth bottom end, and amp controls include individual level controls, status indication and routing matrix, allowing stereo PA or mono plus monitor/sub use. The mixer has eight mic/line inputs offering three-band EQ with swept mid, plus two stereo inputs. Two of the jack inputs can be switched to take a low level input from a guitar pickup so guitars can be plugged straight into the mixer without needing DI boxes, and the inputs have been designed to recreate the definition and warmth of a classic tube preamp.
A flexible USB connection allows playback to and from a computer for capturing stereo recordings of shows, playing walk-in music or backing tracks from a laptop. The mixer is also equipped with professional XLR main stereo outputs, 60mm faders, a flexible monitoring section and 16 high quality digital FX. The unit weighs a modest 10.3kg and has a robust built-in carry handle.
The company also debuted Qu-Pac, an ultra-compact digital mixer with both a built-in touchscreen and iPad control app. The latest in the Qu range, the freestanding or rackmount mixer is designed for live music and installed sound and offers a flexible solution for bands and in multi-purpose environments such as schools and venues, Connectivity includes 16 mono inputs, 3 stereo inputs and 12 mix outputs on the rear panel, but that can be expanded up to 38 in or 28 out by connecting to Allen & Heath’s remote AudioRacks over Cat5.
The mixer offers total recall of settings and preamps, multi-track recording to USB via Qu-Drive, a choice of personal monitoring, channel ducking, multi-channel USB streaming and the iLive FX Library for remote iPad mixing. The Qu-Pad iPad app gives instant wireless control of the mixer’s key parameters and settings, freeing the user to mix the show from anywhere in the venue, and the high resolution, full colour 5-inch touchscreen gives easy access to all functions.
Both new models will be available from March 2015.
Source: media release
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