Allen & Heath Show New Products At Pro Light & Sound
British mixer manufacturers, Allen & Heath, are showing a cross section of their latest products at the Pro Light & Sound exhibition that opened today (24th March) in Frankfurt Germany. Exhibiting in Hall 8.0 on Stand C22, the company will be showing off products ranging from their large format mixing desks through to compact portable models.
A highlight on the stand will be the newly launched iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72 rack-mountable Control Surface, which together provide a space saving and lightweight digital live mixing system. This brings the same power, sonic performance and flexibility of the larger touring iLive systems to a significantly lower price point. The company will also be demonstrating new features in the latest version of its iLive software v1.6.
Allen & Heath will also be launching a new club installation product, the Xone:PB. The Xone patchbay is a 1U rack size passive interface box, designed to simplify the task of connecting encoded vinyl replay systems to installed mixers, without the need to re-patch.
Also from the Xone DJ range, Allen & Heath will be launching the Xone:XD40 headphones. Offering excellent audio fidelity in a comfortable, lightweight and compact format, their closed cup design provides good isolation from ambient noise, and minimal bleed. The Xone:XD40’s have 40mm neodymium drivers, a 15Hz - 28kHz frequency response, can handle up to 1.3W of power, and at just over 200g, are lightweight for extended use.
Finally, the super compact ZED-10 and ZED-10FX mini mixers will be making their European debut following their launch at NAMM 2010. Part of the ZED range of USB-equipped mixers for live performance, recording and production, the new additions feature two innovative ultra high impedance discrete Class A FET (Field Effect Transistor) inputs, which allow an instrument to be plugged directly into the mixer. There is also a 26dB gain boost switch, which caters for instruments with very low output pickups.
The ZED-10 and 10FX can also manage up to four microphones and two stereo sources with MP3 player compatibility, provide separate 2-track record outputs and a stereo playback input for 2-track replay or interval music from a CD player. The main stereo outputs are provided by XLR sockets with inserts, while comprehensive monitoring is provided by headphones and separate monitor speaker outputs. There is also a USB send and return for PC or Mac recording, playback and effects, while 48V microphone phantom power and DI level switching for sub mixing complete the impressive collection of shared features.
In addition, the ZED-10FX has a built-in FX processor with TAP tempo delay settings and a 24 bit/48kHz conversion rate. The ZED-10FX uses digital effects algorithms derived from Allen & Heath’s pro touring digital mixing system, ranging from classic reverbs and cascaded delay plus reverbs to shimmering flanger and chorus effects.