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Allen & Heath Compact Consoles Cover Coachella

April 30, 2018 – Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing Systems were in use on multiple Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival stages in support of a diverse lineup of musical acts and production needs.

Launched in 1999, Coachella has grown into a premier music and arts festival, grossing over $114 million and drawing over 250,000 attendees annually. Coachella 2018 saw a large number of dLive artists on the lineup, including BØRNS, Hayley Kiyoko, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Nothing But Thieves, PVRIS and The Neighbourhood.

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An Allen & Heath C1500 at FOH supporting The Neighbourhood at Coachella 2018

Praised for its intuitive workflow and tiny footprint, the dLive C1500 Control Surface was a popular choice across Coachella festival stages. The C1500 is the first rack-mountable surface for the dLive system. Packed in a diminutive frame are 12 faders over 6 layers, built-in audio I/O, an audio networking port and a 12″ capacitive touchscreen. All dLive Control Surfaces pair with a MixRack to deliver 128 input processing channels, 16 stereo  FX returns and a configurable 64 bus architecture, all at 96kHz, while providing class-leading latency of 0.7ms.

Michael Bangs, Allen & Heath USA Live Sound Touring Manager commented, “Sometimes coming into a festival environment as a visiting artist is a real pain — getting a large mix surface into the FOH position is frequently just impossible. We saw many acts bypass this limitation with the (Allen & Heath dLive) C1500, carrying in a flyable 19” wide desk with the horsepower and capability of desks literally 4-5 times the size.”

In addition to traditional FOH/monitor console support with dLive, compact Allen & Heath Qu Series mixing consoles were deployed to cover a wide range of production duties. A number of Qu production desks were used to play house music while FOH consoles were swapped from act to act, support event announcement playback and carry ‘shout box’ communications for production staff across stage positions and from monitor world to FOH.

“While engineers love to drool over high-end desks like dLive, it is easy to forget some of the unsung production gear heroes of these types of shows,” notes Allen & Heath USA Marketing Manager Jeff Hawley. He added, “Many times the flexible and rock solid operation of consoles like Qu are the key to keeping festivals running smoothly.”

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Pop star Hayley Kiyoko’s Coachella set, powered by an Allen & Heath C1500 (right) while an Allen & Heath Qu Series mixer provides stage production support (left)

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Allen & Heath’s New SQ – Experience this Compact, 96kHz Digital Mixing Powerhouse at NAMM

For Immediate Release – January 19, 2018 – With their 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, Allen & Heath’s new SQ Series Digital Mixers bring the high-resolution audio performance of the company’s highly acclaimed dLive Digital Mixing System to a compact, cost-effective, multi-application platform that’s both easy-to-use and highly customizable.

Jeff Hawley, Marketing Manager for Allen & Heath USA, commented, “Since its introduction in October, we’ve seen interest in SQ that is just off the charts and we’re excited to be featuring it at NAMM! We’ll have an active display in our booth so that FOH and monitor engineers can experience SQ features like the Chromatic channel metering system and the drag-and-drop ease of setting up a mix.”

Two models offer a choice of size and control configuration. The rack-mountable SQ-5 has 16 onboard preamps, 17 faders and 8 softkeys while the SQ-6 provides 24 preamps, 25 faders, 4 assignable rotary controls and 16 softkeys. Both models support up to 56 input channels via remote expanders and both feature a networking slot for optional Dante, Waves and other cards. An ecosystem of apps, remote expanders, networking cards and personal mixers multiplies SQ expansion and integration possibilities. The new SLink intelligent port allows connection to Allen & Heath’s 96kHz and 48kHz expanders and can link to another SQ mixer, a Qu Series mixer or a dLive system.

Allen & Heath’s New SQ – Experience this Compact, 96kHz Digital Mixing Powerhouse at NAMM

Live sound engineers can customize an SQ mixer’s workflow using a capacitive touchscreen, illuminated rotary controls, custom naming on fader strips and assignable softkeys. Houses of worship can use scenes and layers to configure the mixer for worship, broadcast and special events while simplifying setup for volunteers. Rental and production companies will find SQ mixers well suited to music festivals and touring artists and can use the integrated auto-mixer for corporate events and conferences.

With the built-in “SQ-Drive”, recording engineers can capture high resolution stereo and multitrack to a USB drive. In the studio, an SQ mixer can become a plug ‘n play, Core Audio or ASIO compliant, 32×32 96kHz audio interface, with MIDI and DAW control capabilities. To complement an SQ mixer’s built-in EQ, compression and effects, users can add Allen & Heath’s optional boutique plug-ins while the mixer’s DEEP processing architecture maintains <0.7ms latency.