Allen & Heath has announced a number of major upgrades to the feature set and ecosystem of its Qu Series of compact digital mixers.
Along with the release of firmware V1.9, there have been some key updates to the Qu-Pad app, factory mic presets from Shure and Sennheiser, streamlined DAW Control for Windows, plus the customisable Qu-Control app for install applications.
Qu-Pad V1.9 is an iPad app capable of implementing every setting, parameter and control of Qu mixers. The app now offers complete access to scene management, control of the 15 mixer SoftKeys across the whole Qu range as well as live mixing functions, processing, routing and effects.
Allen & Heath has worked with microphone manufacturers, Shure and Sennheiser, to provide channel Library presets for a number of industry standard mics. The presets offer the user a starting point to get the best possible sound out of their microphone-mixer combination.
Another addition is the Qu-Control, a customisable iOS app for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. It offers five screens with up to 15 control ‘widgets’ each, the app enables control of parameters such as background music source selection, master zone level, and scene recall. Password protection prevents access to unwanted controls, which makes it suited for wireless control of venues, conference rooms, hotel lobbies and any other installed sound environment.
The DAW Control driver has now become available for Windows as well as Mac, following customer feedback. The driver allows integration of a Qu mixer into a studio environment, emulating popular HUI and Mackie Control protocols to take control of a number of DAWs including Cubase, Sonar and Pro Tools.
Qu firmware V1.9 also adds support for the recently announced Qu-SB ultra-compact intelligent mixer/interface, designed as a smart stage box solution for bands, music venues, project studios, schools and corporate events requiring a pro live and/or recording mixer in a tiny footprint.
“Qu V1.9 diversifies the range’s array of control options, and with the upgraded Qu-Pad app, opens up fully-functional tablet mixing,” said Allen & Heath product manager, Nicola Beretta. “Allen & Heath has done what it is renowned for doing – responding to customer requests, providing the best service to existing users, and keeping Qu at the forefront of the digital compact mixer arena.”