Allen & Heath have launched two new products at PLASA this year. The first of which is the ICE-16, a 16-channel audio interface that allows users to record multi-track audio direct to a USB drive or interface to a computer. The 1U rack-mounted unit can interface, convert and streaming 16 channels over high-speed USB or FireWire at 24 bit, 96kHz or record 16 channels straight to a USB hard drive or memory stick at up to 24bit 48kHz resolution .wav file. The ICE-16 is expandable, so you can link units together and synchronize recording of many channels. The second Allen & Heath offering is the XB-10 ultra-compact broadcast mixer. Based on the larger XB-14, the XB-10 has three mic/line and three stereo inputs, and broadcast-specific features such as a telephone communication channel, mic channel on switch sensing, stereo channel start/cue outputs for CD deck transport control, and automatic muting of speaker outputs. A separate monitor mix can be created for operator and guest or presenter, and the operator can communicate off-air to the studio or telephone callers using the ‘Talk’ feature. XB-10 also features a built-in full duplex USB soundcard, which has several routing options for recording and broadcast applications. The plug ‘n play USB connection can be used for such tasks as VOIP telephone calls, recording programme material or playing jingles. Each mic channel has its own CompACT (Adaptive Compression Technology) compressor, and a variable limiter is provided on the main output. The preamp is similar in design to the Mix Wizard range, which use low noise discrete transistor circuitry to achieve high gain and good linearity. Finally, XB-10 features a 3-band, swept mid frequency MusiQ EQ with optimised slope for a variety of sources. “The XB-10 is the only mixer at its price point with pro-broadcast specific features and interfacing and allows you to do more with less ancillary equipment such as VOIP communication using the USB interface and mix-minus Telco channel. It is the ideal mixer for low channel count broadcasts, interview shows and mobile applications,” commented R&D designer, Mike Griffin. www.allen-heath.com
NAMM 2012: Allen & Heath launches two new ZED mixers
Two new mixing consoles with increased channel count have been added to Allen & Heath’s ZED range. The ZED-16FX and ZED-18 make their debut at Winter NAMM, writes Erica Basnicki.