Allen & Heath GLD-80 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer

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 Flexibility

You've got impressive mixing power in the compact Allen & Heath GLD-80 Chrome Edition digital mixer. From mixing live music to conference halls and corporate A/V applications, the GLD-80 promises exceptional sound quality and helpful features that make it easier for volunteers and novices to use. 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. It offers four XLR mic inputs, and by adding optional rack I/O units you can expand the system to accommodate up to 44 mics. The analog-style channel processing control section is complemented by a graphical 8.4" touchscreen, 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:
  • Automatic Mic Mixer is perfect for conferences and broadcast
  • More than a rack's worth of effects and processors
  • Intuitive layout
  • Flexible I/O options
  • Innovative features galore
Automatic Mic Mixer is perfect for conferences and broadcast

The GLD-80's Automatic Mic Mixer mode automatically balances up to 44 microphone inputs, perfect for conferences, panel talks and TV shows. It's ideal for novices and volunteers that may not be comfortable mixing a large number of mics, and it's also great for pros that have more important things to do than ride dozens of faders.

More than a rack's worth of effects and processors

The GLD-80 has you covered with ample processing power and a slew of outstanding compressors, delays, reverbs, phasers, pitch shifters, sub harmonic synthesizers, transient processors and more. In all you get eight stereo effects engines, which you have access to at all times. You can save presets to a USB key and load them up on a different GLD-80 whenever you need. And effects can be returned via input channels or via dedicated returns with 4-band parametric EQ.

Intuitive layout

The Allen & Heath GLD-80 has an analog-style channel processing section complemented by a beautiful 8.4" touchscreen 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 (not included, sold separately) 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 play back 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:
  • Digital mixer with four XLR mic inputs
  • For more than four mic inputs, requires GLD-AR2412 AudioRack outboard unit
  • Compact digital mixer with scalable, remote I/O
  • Systems from four to 44 mics
  • Automatic Mic Mixing mode is perfect for conferences and TV broadcast
  • Easy to use and quick to access analog style interface
  • 8.4" inch color touchscreen for graphical view and setup
  • 20 faders in four layers = 80 channel strips
  • Freely customizable layout
  • 48 input channels into 30 assignable buses into 20 mix outputs
  • 8 stereo RackFX engines
  • Full processing on all inputs and outputs
  • LR, None (monitors), LR+M (sum), LR+M (bus), LCR main mix
  • 16 DCAs / mute groups
  • Built-in Talkback, RTA, and Signal Generator
  • I/O module options for FOH/Monitor split, multitrack recording, link to iLive, and more
  • MIDI In/Out and Ethernet network port
  • High-end 1dB-step recallable mic/line preamps
  • User-definable channel names and colors
  • Engineer's mono wedge and stereo IEM strips
  • Input, output, and insert soft patch bays
  • Quick copy, paste, and reset of mixes and parameters
  • Libraries, scenes, and show memories with USB transfer
Live mixing with Allen & Heath's GLD-80: all gain and no pain!

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Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 48 possible input channels
Inputs - Mic Preamps 4 x XLR, expandable to 44
Inputs - Line 2 x stereo RCA
Inputs - Other 2 x USB Type A stereo Playback/Record
Inputs - Digital 1 x dSNAKE (1-32 channels In/1-16 channels out), 1 x Expander (33-40 channels in, 17-20 channels out)
Outputs - Digital 1 x stereo S/PIDF, 1 x stereo AES/EBU XLR
Outputs - Main 4 x XLR out, 1 x stereo RCA out
Outputs - Other MIDI In/Out, 1 x Network Ethernet
Busses/Groups 30 Assignable buses for Aux, Group, FXSend, Matrix
Data I/O Ethernet
I/O Expansion Slots Additional channels through dSNAKE, I/O Port for Card options (MADI, Dante, ACE, Waves, ES, MMO)
Headphones 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 1 x 1/8" Headphones
Faders 20 x 100mm
Effects Yes, 8 stereo RackFX engines
Talkback Yes
Height 6.2''
Depth 22.7''
Width 28.7''
Weight 36 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number GLD2-80

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Exceeded our expectations

Our church purchased the GLD-80 to replace its aging 32-channel analog board. After spending a few days with it on my own, I was able to bring our team of volunteers up to speed with minimal problems. To say that they are loving it may be understating the case. Once you understand the key concept of differentiating between dSnake ports and Input Channels, it's smooth sailing from there on. Kudos to Allen & Heath for producing a very fine product and to Sweetwater for their excellent support after the sale. The GLD-80 should meet our needs for years to come.
Music background: Musician/Audio Professional
5/5

Everything I Hoped!

I primarily do sound for Community Theater events and after having been through a few entry level digital boards that simply weren't cutting it I decided to look into stepping up to the next level. After about 3 months of research and trying boards I finally took a chance and ordered the GLD-80. I now have 8 shows under my belt with the new board and can comfortably say I love it! The flexibility of the fader locations among the banks coupled with ample DCA's and tons of scene storage makes this board second to none in it's price for theater work. The on board processing and fx are killer and leaves nothing to be desired. I've also been able to get workers up and running on it in no time which speaks volumes to it's well laid out workflow. Can't recommend it enough!
Music background: Live Sound Engineer
5/5

Super Flexible

At first I wasn't sure about this board when I took it for a test drive. I realized that I'm so used to limitations of so many consoles that it was briefly disconcerting to use this and not have really any boundaries. That quickly changed to loving the fact that I don't have any boundaries. Its extremely flexible and allows you to do all you need for arranging and routing on the fly. Very easy to work with.
5/5

GLD80 Fan

Since day one using this board, I have been nothing but enthusiastic. The ease of use. The quick setup and tear down of the surface makes it more of a beaut! Every gig possible I use it. I don't know what else I can say about it. But try one for yourself
4.5/5

Great board at this price point!

Using in a house of worship setting, easy to teach to veterans and first timers. Easy to set up scenes for full use or limited 'Guest' services. Small footprint for the number of ins/outs.
Music background: Sound Team
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