SKU: QU24 MPN: QU-24CQu-24 is Allen & Heath's anticipated followup to 2013's acclaimed Qu-16 motorized digital console. This touchscreen mixer has all of what made the has Qu-16 so great--total-recal mixer sessions, integrated multitrack recording, classic effects emulations, and remote mixing via CAT5 and Wi-Fi--but with greater i/o flexibility, more processing power, and a streamlined interface better suited for large stage and recording productions.
Allen & Heath unveiled the Qu-24 compact touchscreen mixer for the first time at NAMM 2014. This board is everything we loved about the Qu-16 but with more ins & outs, more processing power, and a streamlined interface.
Every mic input on the Allen & Heath Qu-24 is still accessible via a single layer. So even with the additional 8 mic/line inputs you won't have to hunt through menus to adjust the preamp gain of that snare mic that's clipping. And speaking of preamps: the AnaLOGIQ pres in this thing are identical to those in the Qu-16, so rest assured A&H didn't cut corners trying to cram more stuff into an already-tremendous board.
Each input has a dedicated motorized fader which can be controlled in real time at the desk, recalled from stored scenes, and adjusted over Wi-Fi using the free iPad app. You can even connect the Qu-24 to a remote box up to 400 feet away using a single CAT5 ethernet cable for wired remote mixing.
With 24 mic preamps, the Qu-24 shines at recording full bands and ensembles. The internal Qu-Drive multitrack recorder lets you record up to 18 tracks of 24/48 stereo .wav files. It also behaves as and interface for most leading DAWs (incl. Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and even Reaper), allowing you to mix music with real long-throw faders rather than dragging sliders one at a time. See below for more information.
Borrowing from their years of rich analog and digital mixing console design, Allen & Heath has created an amazingly intuitive, powerful, yet easy to use mixing experience with the Qu-24. Every major function of the Qu-24 is within easy reach, and comfortable to operate by anyone wether you're used to digital consoles, or the old-school analog boards. It's SuperStrip design puts processing for each channel only a single button press away and the motorized faders and digital processing makes recalling entire mixing setups and scenes a breeze.
The Allen & Heath Qu-24 includes 24 inputs w/digitally controlled on-board microphone preamps or line-level TRS connections. A dedicated Main LR output and 12 mix outputs via XLR connectors provide a total of 14 assignable outputs. In addition, the Qu-24 also includes 2 pairs of stereo TRS inputs, TRS 2Track out, TRS alt out, and AES output via XLR connector. The Qu-24 also has a dedicated talk-back microphone input with phantom power separate from the other inputs.
Tired of dealing with huge copper snakes, dealing with wiring issues, and want to make the jump to a digital snake? No problem! With the Allen & Heath Qu-24 and it's built-in dSNAKE port, you can use Allen & Heath's AR2412 or AR84 digital Stageboxes. Now you can have all of your I/O up on the stage and run a single Cat5 cable back to the Qu-24. That's awesome!
As digital consoles become more advanced, one feature that is sorely missing from some lower cost digital mixers are moving faders. The Qu-24 makes this an affordable option for smaller mixing needs. FINALLY! The Qu-24 has 25 high quality 100mm ALPS motorized faders making scene and mix recall an absolute breeze. When using a digital snake system, the Qu-24 has multiple mix layers for dealing with mixes larger than 24 channels.
Lot of digital consoles on the market today have multi-track capabilities in some capacity. Allen & Heath has taken this a step further with the Qu-24. No other manufacturer has made multi-track recording this easy. You don't even need a computer. All you need is a USB hard drive. Plug in your USB hard drive to the USB port and the Qu-24 can record channels 1-16 plus one selectable stereo pair in high quality 24-bit, 48kHz. The Qu-24 can also record just simple stereo mixes if need be. When the recording is done, the Qu-24 can instantly stream the tracks right back into the console for immediate mix review. How sweet is that?
Want to still use a computer and record straight into your DAW? No problem! The Qu-24's USB interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X so you don't have to load or install any drivers. Just plug it in and the computer will see it as a USB multi-channel audio device. Not only that, the USB connection can send MIDI control back and forth so you can easily map the faders on the console to tracks in your DAW session. You also have the option of connecting the console via Ethernet for MIDI control as well.
The Allen & Heath iLive series has been a huge success in the larger format, professional sound industries. The Qu-24 uses the same FX algorithms that were developed for the iLive series. The Qu-24 has 4 stereo iLive FX engines featuring rich reverbs, delays, modulators, and much more. All of the FX returns also feature dedicated PEQs for fine tuning. Qu-24's FX engine was built with expandability in mind so more FX can be added in the future with firmware releases.
If you've ever run sound in a small bar or club, you know that most of the time, the FOH is not always in the ideal location for proper mixing. What if you could mix the show in the sweet spot, the audience. The Qu-24 now has wireless mixing capability with the free Qu-Pad app for Apple's iPad.
Now you can mix the show from anywhere in the venue. Everything from monitor mixes, to EQ & compression settings, effects, to the 31-band graphic EQ on outputs. The Qu-Pad app gives you quick and easy access to all of these parameters and more. All you need is a wireless Wi-Fi router connected to the network port on the Qu-24 and an iPad. You'll have the best sounding mix in town, and all of the other sound engineers will be jealous!
The Qu-24 is fully compatible with Allen & Heath's ME Personal Mixing System. The ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port on the back of the console, or from the AR2412 Stagebox if you're using a digital snake.
Now all of your musician's on stage can control their own mixes without the FOH having to do anything! You will no longer have to hear the phrase "Can I get more of my vocal/guitar in my monitor" over and over again! :)
We could go on and on about the features of this amazing new console. If you have questions about the Qu-16, give our sales team a call at 888-869-0770!
Don't need 24 inputs? Check out the 16-channel Allen & Heath Qu-16 with many of the same groundbreaking features.