What is It? A new firmware update for the Qu-16 rackmount digital mixer introducing several new features, including enhanced DAW control, extra processing on mix outputs, processing Libraries and enhancements to the accompanying QuPad app. Details Downloadable from A&H’s website, V1.2 introduces dedicated DAW control, allowing the Qu-16’s custom fader layer to be populated with up to 16 MIDI strips for direct assignment or ‘learning’ of faders and Mute, Sel and PAFL keys in DAW software. Users can also download the free DAW Control app for Mac OS X, which translates the MIDI messages to popular HUI or Mackie Control protocols for easier setup and bi-directional integration with the mixer. The digital signal processing capabilities of Qu-16 have also been enhanced in V1.2, which now provides both 4-band parametric EQ and 28-band graphic EQ on all 12 mix outputs. The firmware upgrade introduces new functionality for Processing Libraries allowing users to store preferred channel, PEQ, GEQ, compressor or gate settings for recall or archiving. USB Scene and Library transfer is now available, so that individual Scenes and Libraries can be copied to, or imported from, USB devices to allow easy backup or transferring to other Qu-16s. The global Scene Recall Filter has also been enhanced to offer more options – such as blocking the I/O patch, channel processing or fader levels from scene recall – and there are additional improvements in scene management and status information. And another thing… V1.2 also brings additional features to the QuPad app, including channel naming on the iPad for better channel identification, colour coding for ‘send-on-faders’ views, and added control of Mute Groups and FX tap tempo.