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Allen & Heath GLD-80Item ID: GLD80
Digital Mixer with 20 Channel Strips in Four Layers and External Cat 5-connectable I/O (Optional, Required)
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Compact Digital Mixer Big on Features and FlexibilityAllen & Heath's GLD-80 digital mixer is the heart of the company's GLD Series live mixing system. By adding optional rack I/O units, you can expand the system to accommodate up to to 44 mics. The I/O units may be positioned onstage, connecting to the console with up to 400' runs of inexpensive Cat 5 cable. On the board, you get 20 faders in four layers, for a total of 80 channel strips, while eight stereo RackFX engines handle effects processing chores. The analog-style channel processing control section is complemented by a graphical 8.4" touch screen, giving you intuitive control over your mix. Affordability, flexibility, and great sound - have it all with the Allen & Heath GLD-80.
Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer at a Glance:
The Allen & Heath GLD-80 has an analog-style channel processing section complemented by a beautiful 8.4" touch screen display. The customizable drag-and-drop arrangement allows effortless assignment of inputs and mixes to the fader strips. You get 20 fader strips in four layers - each with motorized fader, channel LCD display (which may be labeled and color-coded), and rotary control for immediate access to gain, pan and aux sends. The GLD-80's onboard I/O includes four XLR mic/line inputs, four XLR line outs, four RCA inputs, 2 RCA outputs, as well as SPDIF and AES3 digital outs.
Flexible I/O options
Allen & Heath's GLD-80 connects to a range of plug and play I/O racks to give you a 28-, 36- or 44-mic-input system. The main GLD-AR2412 AudioRack (24 XLR inputs and 12 XLR outs) and up to two AR84 expander racks (each having eight XLR inputs and four XLR outs) may be rigged up using up to 400' runs of Cat 5 cable using Allen & Heath's dSNAKE protocol. dSNAKE gives you control over the remote preamp, with all mic preamps being scene-recallable. (The GLD-AR2412 unit also includes a connection for personal monitoring systems.)
Innovative features galore
The Allen & Heath GLD-80 boasts a boatload of innovative, cutting-edge features that make your life on the road a whole lot easier. Record and playback a stereo signal directly to/from a USB memory stick. You can also easily install standard iLive option cards for Dante, MADI, EtherSound and Allen & Heath's own ACE protocols, giving you multi-channel record and playback, FOH/monitor splits, and connection to iLive systems that can easily be configured using GLD's extensive soft-patching.
Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer Features:
Live mixing with Allen & Heath's GLD-80: all gain and no pain!
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James, Phoenix, AZ
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
GLD-80 The Perfect Sound Board
by Stephen Sharkey from Boston, MAWe are a young start up church who had no one with experience to run our sound board. A Sound Engineer pointed us to this board and it has been absolutely perfect. It is EASY to learn for beginners,... read more [+] far more intuitive than traditional consoles. But the best part is that this board will please beginners to professionals. I couldn't be happier with our purchase.
April 9, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist, Pastor, Musician
The sticker price will scare many people away. But you need to consider it a significant investment. It is so expandable it will meet your needs for years to come. close [-]
A Must For Live Sound
by fromIncredible Board for the price point. This is a fully digital board but it is simple to use. The Digital Routing makes Mixing so much easier, Avioms are easier than ever to patch, all digital in the M... read more [+]onitor Output. Don't be afraid to buy this board, The price point is worth what you buy, Say goodby to your outboard equalizers, compresses, effects processors, Aviom Sending Unit, Gates, High Pass Filters and more. You have more control over your channel strip than ever before. The slight learning cure is worth it close [-]
January 15, 2013
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
Sell Your Presonus Board!
by Andrew from ColoradoWe were faithful fans of the very popular line of digital consoles that everyone owns. They truly changed the industry. But, after hundreds of rehearsals and dozens of shows with our two lower cos... read more [+]t, bang for the buck boards, I came to the realization that the preamps weren't cutting it, the effects were equivalent to what you'd get on a $200 multi effects box and the signal coming thru the aux sends to our IEM's wasn't exactly what we were hearing in the mains. We decided to sell some stuff and upgrade to a more pro unit. After much research, we decided to go with the GLD 80.
September 14, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recording Enthusiast
It ended up being one of those risky decisions that turns out even better than you had hoped. The sound quality is AMAZING. There is a night and day difference from our old board. It's that dramatic. The effects are wonderful. They're more in line with what you'd expect from a $2,000 processor. Perhaps, most amazing is the change in our IEM signal. In the past, we all played with one earbud out as the sound quality just wasn't cutting it. Now, we get it. We know why every pro artist has both IEM's in. Unbelievable difference in what we're hearing in our in-ears. I could go on and on but suffice it to say, sound quality - effects, preamps, etc., it is a slam dunk!
The second biggest upgrade is ease of use. The digital snake and the ethernet connection is a godsend. It's lightweight. It's neat. Instead of running ethernet on the floor, we can put it up in the rafters - up to 300 feet with no latency. Try doing that with a copper snake! Even if we mix up an input on the AR 2412, we can just drop and drag the right input o the right fader on the console, no problem. Our set up and tear down time has been reduced considerably.
Finally, the routing options are unbelievable. We're doing things we never even imagined now. The learning curve is a little steep. The iLive forum was more useful than the GLD forum as the iLive has been around for a while. This board is a mini iLive system.
We could not be happier with our purchase. It's reenergized us and taken us to the next level. We are a much better band because of this board. It's a lot of coin but.... I would purchase it again in a heartbeat. close [-]
by James from ScGreat board. Tons of features. You just can't get a better board with all these featurs at this price point. I have an ls9 32 and the gld 80 sound board has more feachers. I will admit the ls9 32 ... read more [+]has a better display of numbers well using parametric EQs and a better house EQ on faders mode. But the extra feachers on the gld make it a much better consol. I could use the GLD consul or trade for abother LS nine. There is no comparison I am keeping the GLD Consol. So much better. I do wish the routing was more intuitive. But it still works. Looking to get a second gld 80 consol or maybe an sc48 close [-]
June 29, 2012
Music Background: Live sound engineer
Allen & Heath GLD-80
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