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Allen & Heath Qu-16 Digital Mixing Console


The Allen & Heath Qu-16 is an affordable, high quality rackmountable digital mixing console with 16 inputs, 12 mix outputs, 4 stereo FX engines, moving faders, wireless mixing,and a whole lot more! Now the Qu-16 is an even better deal at $1799!
List Price: $1,999.00
Sale Price: $1,699.00

Legendary Allen & Heath Quality in an Affordable Digital Small-Format Console!

Born from the highly acclaimed iLive and GLD digital mixing systems, the new Allen & Heath Qu-16 is a welcomed entry into the world of affordable digital mixing consoles. Featuring 16 inputs, 12 mix outputs, 4 FX engines, USB multi-track out, motorized faders, analog style controls, and more, the Qu-16 is sure to take the market by storm.

Easy Mixing Experience

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-16. Every major function of the Qu-16 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.

Flexible I/O

Photo of the back of the Qu-16 digital mixer.

The Allen & Heath Qu-16 includes 16 inputs w/digitally controlled on-board microphone preamps or line-level TRS connections. A dedicated Main LR output and 10 mix outputs via XLR connectors provide a total of 12 assignable outputs. In addition, the Qu-16 also includes 2 pairs of stereo TRS inputs, TRS 2Track out, TRS alt out, and AES output via XLR connector. The Qu-16 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-16 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-16. That's awesome!

Motorized ALPS Faders

As digital consoles become more advanced, one feature that is sorely missing from some lower cost digital mixers are moving faders. The Qu-16 makes this an affordable option for smaller mixing needs. FINALLY! The Qu-16 has 17 high quality 100mm ALPS motorized faders making scene and mix recall an absolute breeze. When using a digital snake system, the Qu-16 has multiple mix layers for dealing with mixes larger than 16 channels.

Multi-Track Recording Made EASY!

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-16. 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-16 can record channels 1-16 plus one selectable stereo pair in high quality 24-bit, 48kHz. The Qu-16 can also record just simple stereo mixes if need be. When the recording is done, the Qu-16 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-16'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.

Amazing High Quality iLive FX

The Allen & Heath iLive series has been a huge success in the larger format, professional sound industries. The Qu-16 uses the same FX algorithms that were developed for the iLive series. The Qu-16 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-16's FX engine was built with expandability in mind so more FX can be added in the future with firmware releases.

Qu-Pad Wireless iPad Mixing

Image of the Qu-Pad software on an iPad.

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-16 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-16 and an iPad. You'll have the best sounding mix in town, and all of the other sound engineers will be jealous!

Qu-Pad Screenshots:

Screenshot 1 of the Qu-Pad iPad app.Screenshot 2 of the Qu-Pad iPad app.Screenshot 3 of the Qu-Pad iPad app.

Easy Personal Mixing

Photo of the ME-1 personal mixer.

The Qu-16 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!

Allen & Heath Qu-16 Brochure (PDF)

Allen & Heath Qu-16 User Manual (PDF)

Allen & Heath Qu-16 Features Include:

  • 16 Mono Inputs (TRS + XLR)
  • 3 Stereo Inputs
  • 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 AnaLOGIQ Preamps
  • Qu-Drive direct Multitrack Recording / Playback on USB drives
  • 800480 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 all Inputs
  • Insert, 4-band PEQ, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor and delay on all Mix outputs
  • Built-in Signal Generator
  • RTA with Peak Band indication