GLD becomes first digital mixer with Chinese GUI
ASIA: With the latest Firmware upgrade for its GLD line of mixing consoles, Allen & Heath has introduced the availability of multi-language support – initially Chinese (Mandarin), with Spanish slated for future updates. Users are now able to switch between languages for both the GUI and Help file system.
‘During our training sessions over the past 12 months it became clear that despite the user friendliness of the mixers, language was still a barrier to getting the most out of the product,’ said Alex Schloesser, A&H sales engineer. ‘We believe that this will make a big impact in the acceptance of the GLD system in Chinese speaking countries, and we look forward to similar projects in the future,’
Firmware version 1.4 for the console now offers a language selection menu on the Home screen. Once the language is confirmed the mixer will reboot, changing the GUI and help file. Other new features included in Version 1.4 are a 20s Scene Transition Timer and an embedded Scene Recall for theatres and live shows. The FX section has been upgraded with a Dyna EQ (BSS 901 emulation) effect, two multiband compressors, and a Transient Controller module. Lastly, the console now incorporates full DAW control for both for tracking and remix.
‘The GLD is the first digital mixer to feature a Chinese language GUI. My colleagues and I worked closely with the A&H R&D team and we are quite pleased with the outcome,’ commented David Zhu, A&H product manager for China, HK and Macau. ‘The switch to digital mixing in China has lagged behind Europe somewhat and one of the obstacles to that switch has been language. More than half of the mixing engineers aren’t fluent in English and therefore don’t understand most menus in digital mixers.
‘After the translation and verification were complete, we invited Dacheng, a local mixing engineer, to join in the test. He had heard about the GLD system before, but had never used it,’ added Mr Zhu. ‘During the testing, he found it was quite easy to get started and if he had any uncertainty, he could just click “?” to view the Help files in Chinese Mandarin characters. It took minutes to familiarise himself with the entire GLD80.’