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Allen & Heath Mixer

Author: Robert Hook
by Robert Hook
Posted: May 16, 2016


The Allen & Heath audio mixer has a fantastic pedigree: nearly 40 years of making mixing desks for professional sound engineers. The mixer's audio circuitry is based on years of continual development and refinement. All the elements within the mixer have been perfected to insure the very best sound quality possible.

This is a allen & heath mixers with broad appeal, from entry-level to professionals. You get fantastic sound, rugged build quality, and imaginative features. The mixer is equally happy running your gig on stage, recording live, or mixing down in your studio at home.

In fact, the mixer is so packed with great features that you'd think it would cost much, much more! In addition to 16 mono channels there are 4 stereo channels, each with a main stereo input on jack sockets and the ability to take additional stereo inputs from phono sockets or from the USB audio input, enabling you to control and route any source.

The mixer features a responsive 3-band swept-mid EQ, with an optimized slope for equalizing individual instruments. They also features high quality DuoPre pre-amps, which use a two stage design, with carefully controlled amounts of gain in each stage, offering lots of headroom. Allen & Heath includes the excellent SONAR LE digital audio workstation software for Windows with the multipurpose mixer. With audio and MIDI multi track recording and mixing capability, effects plug-ins and editing features, SONAR LE enables the audio mixer to become a live sound, recording, or home recording mixer.


? 16, 24, 32, 40 channel frames

? LR and M main outputs

? 4 Audio groups with pan control

? 6 Auxiliary sends with per-channel pre/post fader switching

? 2 stereo channels, each with mic and dual stereo line inputs

? 7×4 Matrix

? Proper dual functionality for FoH and/or Monitor mixing

? M can be configured as LR sum, Wedge, or Aux-Fed Sub or C master

? Recording capable with channel direct outputs

? Matrix external inputs with level trims and common input capability

? Stereo channel line inputs can be independently routed to LR

? Stereo channel mic input breakpoints for cross patching into matrix

? Responsive 4 band, 2 sweep EQ

? 100Hz channel high pass filters

? Individual phantom power and polarity switching

? Dedicated channel, master and stereo monitor meters

? Internal jumper plugs for pre/post-EQ aux, direct out and other options

? Mutes, meters and AFL on all fader masters

? Assignable talkback

? 1kHz oscillator and pink noise generator

? 2-track monitoring and replay to LR

? Headphones and local monitor outputs

? Electronically balanced XLR outputs with +26dBu drive capability

? Preamp 74dB range with +34dBu input capability for mic or line

? Ultra low noise mix head amp design

? Internal power supply with socket for MPS12 backup supply (16ch to 32ch models)

? External RPS11 power supply and socket for backup supply (40ch model only)

? 100mm dust protected faders

? Metal jacks, gold-plated XLRs, sealed pots and switches

? Individual circuit card assembly with netted pots

? Sys-Link V2 console input/output linking option

? 4-pin XLR lamp sockets – Allen & Heath LED lamp available.

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Author: Robert Hook

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