Allen & Heath ME Personal Mixing System29 January 2013
What is it? A personal monitoring system compatible with Allen & Heath and other professional digital mixers. Details Central to the ME system is the small, fully-customisable ME-1 personal mixer, powered and connected via CAT5 and capable of managing up to 42 sources. The accompanying ME-U hub enables star connection of multiple ME-1 mixers and interconnection with other professional digital mixers via MADI, Dante or EtherSound. ME-1 receives 40 sources via CAT5 (either mono or linked as stereo), and has a built-in ambient mic and local stereo aux input. The mixer’s flexible grouping function enables any combination of sources to be mixed and laid out on the surface from a simple 2-button ‘Me and Everything else’ set up to a full mix of 16 buttons, allowing the user to control the whole mix with just 16 or fewer keys. The configuration and up to 16 presets can also be stored, recalled and transferred via USB key for quick set ups or archiving. ME-1’s layout incorporates backlit keys, soft rotary control, separate mic and mix levels plus an OLED display for custom channel naming. The mixer incorporates a POE (Power Over Ethernet) function or can be mains powered using the included supply. A mounting bracket for easy attachment to mic stands and a convenient headphone holder are also supplied. Other features include headphone and earpiece sockets plus a mono output for connection to powered monitors. Two locking EtherCon connectors allow daisy-chaining or star topology connection using the ME-U or off-the-shelf Ethernet hubs. And another thing… The ME-U comes with a standard input card to interface with GLD, iLive ACE or Aviom A-Net, which can be replaced with a MADI, Dante or EtherSound card to take a digital feed of up to 40 sources from third party systems.