Complete control for Qu Series
New firmware versions for both the Qu Series and dLive Series mixing consoles from Allen & Heath have been launched, bringing several new features to both. The latest upgrade for Qu Series consoles introduces support for the recently launched Qu-SB, while the British manufacturer has also added functionality to its Qu-Pad app, enhanced DAW control for Windows, added factory presets for Shure and Sennheiser microphones and introduced an all-new customisable Qu-Control app for installation applications.
The V1.9 update according to A&H makes the Qu-Pad application capable of adjusting ‘every setting, parameter and control’ onboard the Qu mixers, while also reportedly providing live mixing functions, processing, routing and effects, access to scene management, control of the mixers’ 15 soft keys, AMM, I/O patching and multitrack recording and playback capabilities. Support has also been added for password protected user profiles with adjustable user permissions.
Joining the Qu-Pad app in Apple’s App Store is Qu-Control, an iOS control application offering five scenes with up to 15 control ‘widgets’ on each that can be used to adjust parameters such as BGM source selection, master zone level, scene recall or microphone paging. Like the Qu-Pad app it includes password protection to lock users out of unwanted controls.
Previously only available for Mac, a Windows release of the DAW Control driver has been promised. The driver permits simple integration of a Qu mixer into a studio environment by emulating popular HUI and Mackie Control protocols to take control of popular DAWs including Cubase, Sonar and Pro Tools.
In terms of new features for dLive consoles, the V1.2 firmware adds Director software to enable offline editing and live mixing on a PC with or without a surface. The editing and control software is multiplatform and provides an engineer with the ability to prepare a show offline and then mix it from their laptop. The manufacturer states that it can also be used to supplement a dLive surface or MixRack as part of more compact, surfaceless setup. The software is laid out to mimic that of the actual surface.
In addition to Director, the new firmware adds preamp modelling to the DEEP Processing suite of onboard plugins, with the first model to be announced the Dual Stage Valve. It is intended to recreate the distortion characteristics of triode and pentode valve circuits. The preamps are available on all of the 128 input channels, with full phase coherency between channels.
Last is the addition of 5.1 surround sound main mode functionality, plus eight dedicated mute groups on top of the existing 24 DCA groups. Both new firmware versions are freely available from the manufacturer’s website.