Whether you're recording in the studio or mixing front of house, your mixer is the core of your operation. If it fights you, your work suffers. Many digital consoles are inscrutable on the surface, forcing you to descend into menu purgatory just to perform a simple function. The Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition is designed with a clean, logical layout, so you can get to what you need, fast. Featuring audiophile sound quality, touchscreen control, 24 AnalogiQ preamps integrated with DSP, total recall, 25 flying faders, high-efficiency ARM core processing, studio-grade effects, an integrated multitrack USB recorder, and truckloads more, the Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition will drastically improve both your workflow and your end product.
The Qu-24 Chrome Edition expands on the already impressive Qu-24 mixer, while also adding high-contrast metallic-finished controls. A spectrogram display has been added to help you find feedback and problem frequencies fast. More monitor mixes are now available. And the Qu-24 Chrome Edition's Automatic Mic Mixer mode automatically balances up to 16 microphone inputs, perfect for conferences, panel talks, and TV shows. It's ideal for novices and volunteers that may not be comfortable mixing a large number of mics, and it's also great for pros who have more important things to do than ride faders.
Having a mixer with massive processing power and sophisticated functionality is nice, but if you can't get to the controls you need instantly, it's all for naught. With the Qu-24 Chrome Edition, the digital console has evolved to the point where you forget that it's digital and just get on with your session, fluidly and efficiently. Without menu diving. Allen & Heath put years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience, resulting in digital consoles that deliver a natural, logical layout and workflow. Your most-used processing tools are presented clearly on the SuperStrip, with one function per physical control. Whether you're a digital novice or coming from years of analog mixing, you'll find the Qu-24 Chrome Edition intuitive — and very comfortable to work on.
The Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition rocks a 16-million-color, 800 x 480 touchscreen with an integrated data encoder - the core of a user interface that gives you quick and easy access to all your settings. Designed for clarity, the user-friendly interface has dedicated keys and screen tabs that let you quickly get to your meter and RTA views, effects racks, channel processing, USB audio control, setup menus, scenes, and much more.
Allen & Heath fortified the Qu-24 Chrome Edition with 24 of their superb AnalogiQ total-recall preamps. Featuring phantom power, zero crossing detection, and a unique pad-less, 1dB-step gain stage, the preamps are married to the DSP for optimum transparency and gain accuracy. The analog signal is captured by high-quality, low-latency 24-bit A/D converters matched to high-grade 24-bit D/A converters. A&H has spent considerable time refining the AnalogiQ design so it gives you stellar transparency, with minimum distortion and a vanishingly low noise floor. But how do these preamps sound? Take it from Music Experience, the Qu-24 Chrome Edition is delightfully analog-sounding — warm and musical.
We first saw moving faders on some of the high-end, large-format consoles of the late 1970s. With the advent of digital technology, flying faders later became fairly standard, albeit not on entry-level digital mixers. Fader automation is a must-have for efficient mixing, particularly when you're dealing with multiple monitor mixes. Simply push a mix key, and the faders immediately fly to the send levels for that mix. The Qu-24 Chrome Edition sports 25 motorized ALPS faders. The 24 channel faders are arranged over two layers, giving you instant access to all your channels and masters in a compact space. There's also a dedicated master fader that dynamically follows your mix selection. A third (custom) layer is available for the configurable user strip layout, where you can assign any combination of Inputs, FX Sends, FX Returns, and Mix masters.
The Qu series ecosystem is constantly being refined, and v1.9 of the Qu software adds even more functionality. More mic presets for Shure, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica mics are now available, making it easier than ever to dial in great sound fast with any mic in any application. You'll find a ton of advanced iPad control options too, like the ability to patch channels between dSnake, USB, Qu Drive and ME personal monitoring systems. You can set up various User profiles with different levels of permissions, manage your Scene memory, Copy/Paste channel settings, and manage USB devices. And v1.9 adds Windows DAW control support, for all popular Windows platforms.
|Inputs - Mic Preamps||24 x XLR|
|Inputs - Line||24 x 1/4"|
|Inputs - Other||4 x 1/4" (2 stereo in), 1 x 1/8" TRS (stereo in)|
|Inputs - Digital||1 x Ethernet dSnake, 1 x USB Type A|
|Outputs - Digital||1 x Ethernet dSnake, 1 x XLR AES, 1 x USB Type A|
|Outputs - Main||2 x XLR (left, right), 2 x 1/4" (2 track out), 2 x 1/4" (alt out)|
|Outputs - Other||4 x XLR (mono mix outs), 3 x XLR (stereo mix outs), 2 x XLR (stereo group outs), 2 x XLR (stereo matrix outs)|
|Data I/O||USB, Ethernet TCP/IP|
|USB||1 x Type B, 1 x Type A|
|Computer Connectivity||USB, 1 x LAN port (connect iOS devices with addition of wireless router)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4" TRS|
|Faders||24 x 100mm channels, 1 x 100mm master|
|EQ Bands||Parametric EQ, 28-band graphic EQ|
|Effects||Reverb, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger (4 x stereo FX returns)|
|Talkback||1 x XLR|
|DAW Control||MIDI DAW control driver for Mac (HUI, Mackie Control)|
|Height||7.32" (desktop position), 7.48" (rackmounted)|
|Depth||19.52" (desktop position)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AH-QU-24C|