NAMM 2015: Allen & Heath minds its ZEDs and Qus with Power 1000 and Qu-Pac26 January 2015
Allen & Heath added to both its Qu and ZED ranges at last weekend’s NAMM Show with two new product launches.
The Qu-Pac is an ultra-compact digital mixer with built-in touchscreen and iPad control app. Designed for live music and installed sound, Qu-Pac is a freestanding or rackmount mixer that proves a flexible solution for bands and in multi-purpose environments such as schools, hotels and bars. Qu-Pac connectivity offers 16 mono, three stereo inputs and 12 mix outputs on the rear panel but can be expanded up to 38 in/28 out by connecting to Allen & Heath’s family of remote AudioRacks over Cat5.
The ZED Power 1000 (main picture) is a compact 2 x 500W powered mixer with onboard FX, nine-band graphic EQ and USB recording and playback.
Commenting on the Power 1000, Allen & Heath’s senior product manager, Nicola Beretta, said: “There are so many […] who rely on powered mixers night after night. ZED Power 1000 offers them a great solution: it’s lightweight, it delivers the proven audio quality that our ZED series is renowned for and it’s built to last, with individual circuit boards, nutted pots and a rugged linear power supply.”
“Qu-Pac is a response to some of the major headaches in real-world mixing,” added Allen & Heath managing director Glenn Rogers. “For bands working the bar and club scene, there are countless situations where there just is no space for a regular mixer. For venues, there are many, many scenarios – from AV presentations and conferences to hotels, bars and restaurants – where background music and simple events are handled by non-technical staff who would be intimidated by a regular mixer.
“Think of a bar or restaurant that has live music at the weekends. Qu-Pac is ideal in this sort of situation – password protection and simple custom screens allow general staff to run the system day-to-day, then a sound engineer can use the iPad to mix full shows with the safety net of hands-on control if anything happens to the Wi-Fi. That’s just one scenario where this highly versatile and effective package provides the ideal solution.”
Both the Qu-Pac (pictured above right) and ZED Power 1000 will be available from March 2015.