Allen and Heath Qu16C Digital Mixer

Allen and Heath Qu16C Digital Mixer

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The chrome edition of the Allen and Heath Qu16C Rackmountable Digital Mixer is a 16-channel digital mixer and USB audio interface designed for live and installed sound as well as studio use.

The chrome edition adds high-contrast chrome rotary and fader knobs that improve visibility in dark conditions, as well as a number of software enhancements from the updated firmware (V1.8). It features 16 mic- or line-selectable inputs and 3 stereo line inputs. Its 16 anaLOGIQ microphone preamps have digitally recallable settings that can be saved and recalled for future sessions. The Qu16 has a variety of output options, including 4 mono XLR mix outputs, 3 XLR stereo-pair mix outputs, an alternative TRS stereo-pair mix output, a TRS stereo-pair 2-track output, and a 2-channel AES digital output.

The Qu-16 has 16 busses as well as 4 stereo effects returns, and offers a variety of routing options and controls. It has a 5" 800x480 resolution touchscreen that displays your metering and RTA views, effects tracks, processing, routing, and saved scenes. The 16 tracks are controllable with the 16 100mm motorized faders. Built-in processing allows you to EQ, compress, gate, switch polarity, and apply delay to all 16 tracks. All of your settings can be saved as a scene and recalled later for quick setup.

New Features In Firmware V1.9

  • Pro Factory Mic Presets co-developed with leading microphone manufacturers including Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica
  • Updated iPad app functionality
  • Windows Daw Control app
  • DAW Templates online for users of Cubase, Logic X, and Pro Tools
  • And More

AnaLOGIQ Preamps

Qu-16's sixteen AnaLOGIQ total recall preamps feature zero-crossing detection and an advanced padless 1 dB-step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal gain accuracy and audio transparency. The analog signal is captured by low-latency 24-bit analog-to-digital converters matched to high-quality 24-bit digital-to-analog converters to deliver the required outputs. The AnaLOGIQ design has been refined to offer transparency, minimal distortion and a low noise floor, with a warm, musical sound

Touch Control

The 800 x 480, sixteen-million color Touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu-16 interface, providing fast, easy access to all settings. The user-friendly interface has been designed with clarity in mind. Dedicated keys and screen tabs quickly guide you to meter and RTA views, FX racks, channel processing, USB audio control, scenes, setup menus and much more

Fader Automation

Fader automation is essential for rapid mixing, especially when you're dealing with multiple monitor mixes - just press a mix key and the faders immediately fly to the send levels for that mix. Qu16 features 17 motorized ALPS faders, 16 arranged over 2 layers, allowing instant access to all channels and masters in a compact space, plus a dedicated master fader which dynamically follows the mix selection. A third, Custom layer is available for ad-hoc user strip layout, where any combination of Inputs, FX Sends, FX Returns and Mix masters can be assigned

iLive FX

Qu-16's dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in Allen & Heath's iLive pro touring series. Qu-16 boasts 4 stereo iLive FX engines, featuring crafted emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers and more. The FX library has the ability to grow with future firmware releases. FX are returned to the mix on dedicated return channels, so you're not tying up your mono and stereo input channels. Each Stereo FX Return has a dedicated 4-band PEQ

USB Audio Streaming

Qu16's built-in interface streams multi-track audio to your Mac channel 1 to 16, the Main LR mix and 3 selectable stereo pairs. The returns from the Mac can be assigned to the 16 Mono channels plus stereos. The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X - which means it's truly plug 'n play, with no need to install a driver. It will be recognized straightaway by any DAW supporting Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools. Standard MIDI control is tunneled over the USB connection so you can easily map the faders to the tracks of your favorite DAW. Alternatively, a MIDI driver is available for use with the Ethernet port


The Qu16 has an integrated multi-track USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48 kHz/24-bit recording and playback straight to and from your USB hard drive. Capturing multi-track recordings of your shows has never been so easy. A selectable stereo pair can be recorded alongside the 16 mono channels, and multi-track audio can be played back to the 16 mono channels plus ST1. On top of this, Qu-Drive also provides stereo recording, patchable from any pair of Mix outputs, the Main LR (pre, post, or summed to mono) or even the PAFL bus, with 2- track stereo playback to ST3


Add the Qu-Pad iPad app to your Qu16 setup and you're free to adjust the monitors on stage, roam around the venue whilst tweaking the PA, and then mix the show from the heart of the audience. Qu-Pad connects to the mixer over Wi-Fi and gives instant access to all live mixing parameters and settings. Qu-Pad requires the connection of a Wi-Fi router or access point to the Qu16 Network port

ME Personal Mixing System

Qu16 is fully compatible with the ME Personal Mixing System. Any number of ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port. Each performer can be given tailored control over their own mix, leaving the engineer free to focus on the audience experience
Input / Output
Inputs 16x 1/4" (6.35 mm) Balanced TRS Line Inputs
16x XLR Mic Inputs
2x Stereo Pair 1/4" (6.35 mm) Balanced TRS Inputs, Half-Normalled
1x Stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) Unbalanced Mini-Jack Input
1x XLR Talkback Mic Input
1x Ethernet dSNAKE Remote Source for Channels 1 to 16, ST1, ST2, ST3
Preamplifier Analog Gain: -5 to 60 dB, 1 dB Steps
Trim Stereo Line Inputs: +/- 24 dB
Input Sensitivity XLR: -60 to +5 dBu
TRS: -50 to +15 dBu
Stereo 1, 2, 3: Nominal 4 dBu/0 dBu
Maximum Input Level XLR: 19 dBu
TRS: 29 dBu
Stereo 1, 2, 3: 22 dBu/19 dBu
Input Impedance XLR: > 5 kOhms
TRS: > 10 kOhms
Stereo Line Inputs: > 7 kOhms
THD + N Unity Gain 0 dB: 0.0005%, -89 dBu (20 Hz to 20 kHz, Direct Out @ 0 dBu, 1 kHz)
Mid Gain 30 dB: 0.001%, -83 dBu (20 Hz to 20 kHz, Direct Out @ 0 dBu, 1 kHz)
Outputs 4x Mono XLR Mix Outputs
3x Stereo Pair XLR Mix Outputs
1x Stereo Pair XLR Main Outputs
1x Stereo Pair 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS Alt Mix Output
1x Stereo Pair 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS 2TRK Output
1x XLR AES Digital 2-Channel, 48 kHz Sampling Rate Output (2.5 Vpp Balanced Terminated 110 ohms)
1x Ethernet dSNAKE Remote Outputs for Mix 1 to 10, LR
Output Impedance XLR/TRS: < 75 ohms
Nominal Output XLR/TRS: 4 dBu = 0 dB Meter Reading
Maximum Output Level XLR/TRS: 22 dBu
Residual Output Noise XLR/TRS: -91 dBu (Muted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Dynamic Range 112 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 0.5 dB)
Headroom 18 dB
Operating Level Internal: 0 dBu
dBFS Alignment 18 dBu = 0 dBFS (22 dBu @ XLR Output)
Calibration Meter: 0 dB Meter= 18 dBFS (4 dBu @ XLR Output)
Meter Peak Indication -3 dBFS (19 dBu @ XLR Output), Multi-Point Sensing
Meter Signal Indication -48 dBFS (-26 dBu @ XLR Output)
Meter Type: Fast (Peak) Response
Sampling Rate 48 kHz +/- 100 PPM
Analog to Digital Converter 24-bit Delta Sigma
Digital to Analog Converter 24-bit Delta Sigma
Latency 1.2 ms (Local XLR in to XLR Out)
0.7 ms (Local XLR in to AES Out)
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 95°F (0° to 35°C)
Power Supply 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 82 W Maximum
USB Interface
Resolution Send & Return: Send (24 channels), return (22 channels), WAV, 48 kHz/24-bit
Device USB A
Record / Play Format Stereo Record: 2-Channel, WAV, 48 kHz/24-bit, Patchable
Stereo Playback: 2-Channel, WAV, 44.1 or 48 kHz, 16 or 24-bit to Stereo 3
Multitrack Record: 18-Channel, WAV, 48 kHz/24-bit, Channels 1 to 16 + Patchable Pair
Multitrack Playback: 18-Channel, WAV, 48 kHz/24-bit, Channels 1 to 16, Stereo 1
Faders 16x 3.9" (100 mm) Motorized
Touch Screen 5" (126 mm) TFT
800 x 480 Resolution
Softkeys 4
Mute Groups 4
Network TCP/IP Ethernet for iPad App
Channels Local, Remote, USB
Stereo Linking Odd/Even Input Pairs
Parameters Linked: EQ, Dynamics, Insert, Delay, Assignments, Sends
Link Options: Preamp, Polarity, Sidechains, Fader/Mute, Pan
Polarity Normal/Reverse
HPF 12 dB/Octave, 20 Hz to 2 kHz
Insert Assign FX into Input Channels
Delay Up to 85 ms
Gate Self-Key Sidechain
Threshold/Depth: -72 dBu to 18 dBu / 0 to 60 dB
Attack/Hold/Release: 50 ms to 300 ms, 10 ms to 5 s, 10 ms to 1 s
Parametric Equalizer Band 1: Selectable LF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell
Band 2 & 3: Bell
Band 4: Selectable HF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell
Bell Width: Non-Constant Q, Variable, 1.5 to 1/9th Octave
Compressor Self-Key Sidechain
Threshold/Ratio: -46 dBu to 18 dBu (1:1 to Infinity)
Attack/Release: 300 μs to 300 ms / 100 ms to 2 s
Knee: Soft/Hard
Types: Peak Manual, RMS Manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag
Channel Direct Out Follow Fader, Follow Mute (Global Options)
Source Select (Global): Post-Preamp, Pre-EQ, Post-EQ, Post-Delay
Mix Processing
Equalizer GEQ: Constant 1/3 Octave, 28 Bands 31 Hz to 16 kHz, (+/- 12 dB Gain), Mix 1-4, LR
Effects Types: Reverbs, Delays, Gated Reverb, ADT, Chorus, Symphonic Chorus, Phaser, Flanger
4x Dedicated Stereo FX Returns: Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ
Tools PAFL: PFL or Stereo in-Place AFL, 0 to -24 dB Trim, 85 ms Delay
Talkback: Assignable to Any Mix, 12 dB/Octave HPF
Signal Generator: Assignable to Any Mix, Sine/White/Pink/Bandpass Noise
RTA: 31 Bands, 1/3 Octave 20 Hz to 20 kHz, Follows PAFL Source
Dimensions (WxDxH) Desk Mounted: 440 x 500 x 186 mm
Rack Mounted: 483 x 486 x 190 mm, 1 RU
Weight 10 kg

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