Allen & Heath has expanded its Qu compact digital range with the new Qu-SB ultra-compact intelligent mixer/interface, designed as a Stage Box solution purely for tablet control, but with all the features of Qu.
The fader-less Qu-SB has 16 XLR mic inputs, two line inputs and 14 outputs but thanks to the Qu-32 core inside, it can be expanded up to 32 mic input channels and 24 outputs, allowing connection over a single Cat5 digital snake to AB168, AR84 and AR2412 remote audio racks.
All control parameters on Qu-SB are provided via an iOS tablet app. User permissions can be set up to block the operator’s access to critical settings.
“These days, engineers and musicians are less dependent on physical mixing surfaces. They are digital natives looking for ultra-portable solutions and they want to operate with the familiar interface of a touch tablet,” explains A&H product manager, Nicola Beretta. “Qu-SB is the perfect answer to this demand, whilst still maintaining the premium audio quality and performance Allen & Heath mixers are known for.”
The built-in 18-channel Qu-Drive can record and playback multitrack and stereo audio .wav files to a USB key or drive. This gives the convenience of computer-free recording in live and field applications. Qu-SB’s 32×32, Windows and Mac compliant USB streaming interface also makes comfortable in the studio for tracking, monitoring and overdubbing.
In addition, Qu-SB offers two solutions for personal monitoring: via the Qu-You iPhone app or using ME-1 personal mixers. Other standout features include Automatic Mic Mixing, foot switch controls and the acclaimed iLive FX suite.
Qu-SB goes for $2199.