Customisable personal mixing from Allen & Heath
The ME Personal Mixing System is the latest offering from Allen & Heath. Key to its appeal is its small, fully-customisable ME-1 personal mixer; the fact that it is universally compatible with Allen & Heath and other pro digital mixers; and it can be powered and connected via Cat-5.
Adaptable for use on stage or in any rehearsal room, house of worship or recording studio and capable of managing up to 42 sources, the ME system has been optimised to provide quicker sound checks and lower sound levels on stage. The accompanying ME-U hub enables star connection of multiple ME-1 mixers and interconnection to other professional digital mixers via Madi, Dante or EtherSound.
The mixer’s flexible grouping function enables any combination of sources to be mixed and laid out on the surface from a simple two-button ‘me and everything else’ setup, to a full mix of 16 buttons. This allows a user to control the whole mix with 16 or fewer keys. The configuration and up to 16 presets can also be stored, recalled and transferred via USB key for quick setups or archiving.
ME-1’s layout incorporates backlit keys, soft rotary control, separate mic and mix levels, and an OLED display for custom channel naming. The mixer uses Power over Ethernet or can be mains powered using the included power supply. A mounting bracket for attachment to mic stands and a headphone holder are also supplied. Headphones and earpiece sockets are also available, as is a mono output for connection to powered monitors.
Allen & Heath has also added to its range of iPad apps with the new GLD digital mixing system controller. GLD Remote provides a suite of mixing controls for remote wireless applications using the iPad or the iPad Mini.
The app connects to the GLD-80 mixer on a wireless network and gives the user instant access to any of the mixers channel faders and mutes, DCA faders and mutes, image controls, aux sends and assignments. Added to this is access to channel input and output processing, mic-pre control and full metering. GLD Remote also gives control of high pass filters, gates, parametric and graphic EQ, compressors and input/output delays.
Other key features for system setup include a real time analyser (RTA) to ring out monitors and EQ the PA, the facility to name and colour channel strips, custom layers with drag and drop strip setup to suit any application, and a mix view function.
Finally, Allen & Heath has launched iLive OneMix and has updated its GLD digital mixing system firmware to V1.1. The former is an iPad app that gives musicians wireless control of their personal monitor mix. Derived from the iLive MixPad app, OneMix locks control to a single aux mix, providing instant access to a customised monitor mix environment.
Meanwhile, V1.1 offers a range of enhancements, including support for the forthcoming GLD iPad app and ME personal mixing system, new Graphic EQ emulations, and customer-requested additions to scene management functionality.