Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer

24-channel Digital Console with 25 Motorized Faders, Total Recall, Parametric EQ, Touchscreen Control, 5 Cores of ARM DSP Processing, 4 Onboard FX Engines, and Integrated Multitrack USB Recorder
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Fast Workflow and Stellar Sound

Whether you're recording in the studio or mixing front of house, your mixer is the core of your operation. If it fights you, your work suffers. Many digital consoles are inscrutable on the surface, forcing you to descend into menu purgatory just to perform a simple function. The Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition is designed with a clean, logical layout, so you can get to what you need, fast. Featuring audiophile sound quality, touchscreen control, 24 AnalogiQ preamps integrated with DSP, total recall, 25 flying faders, high-efficiency ARM core processing, studio-grade effects, an integrated multitrack USB recorder, and truckloads more, the Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition will drastically improve both your workflow and your end product.

 

Chrome Edition adds more monitor mixes, spectrogram, and Automatic Mic Mixer

The Qu-24 Chrome Edition expands on the already impressive Qu-24 mixer, while also adding high-contrast metallic-finished controls. A spectrogram display has been added to help you find feedback and problem frequencies fast. More monitor mixes are now available. And the Qu-24 Chrome Edition's Automatic Mic Mixer mode automatically balances up to 16 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 who have more important things to do than ride faders.

Intuitive — and very comfortable to work on

Having a mixer with massive processing power and sophisticated functionality is nice, but if you can't get to the controls you need instantly, it's all for naught. With the Qu-24 Chrome Edition, the digital console has evolved to the point where you forget that it's digital and just get on with your session, fluidly and efficiently. Without menu diving. Allen & Heath put years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience, resulting in digital consoles that deliver a natural, logical layout and workflow. Your most-used processing tools are presented clearly on the SuperStrip, with one function per physical control. Whether you're a digital novice or coming from years of analog mixing, you'll find the Qu-24 Chrome Edition intuitive — and very comfortable to work on.

Touchscreen control speeds up your workflow

The Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition rocks a 16-million-color, 800 x 480 touchscreen with an integrated data encoder - the core of a user interface that gives you quick and easy access to all your settings. Designed for clarity, the user-friendly interface has dedicated keys and screen tabs that let you quickly get to your meter and RTA views, effects racks, channel processing, USB audio control, setup menus, scenes, and much more.

AnalogiQ preamps and 24-bit conversion for warm, musical sound

Allen & Heath fortified the Qu-24 Chrome Edition with 24 of their superb AnalogiQ total-recall preamps. Featuring phantom power, zero crossing detection, and a unique pad-less, 1dB-step gain stage, the preamps are married to the DSP for optimum transparency and gain accuracy. The analog signal is captured by high-quality, low-latency 24-bit A/D converters matched to high-grade 24-bit D/A converters. A&H has spent considerable time refining the AnalogiQ design so it gives you stellar transparency, with minimum distortion and a vanishingly low noise floor. But how do these preamps sound? Take it from Sweetwater, the Qu-24 Chrome Edition is delightfully analog-sounding — warm and musical.

Total-recall moving-fader automation supercharges your mixing

We first saw moving faders on some of the high-end, large-format consoles of the late 1970s. With the advent of digital technology, flying faders later became fairly standard, albeit not on entry-level digital mixers. Fader automation is a must-have for efficient mixing, particularly when you're dealing with multiple monitor mixes. Simply push a mix key, and the faders immediately fly to the send levels for that mix. The Qu-24 Chrome Edition sports 25 motorized ALPS faders. The 24 channel faders are arranged over two layers, giving you instant access to all your channels and masters in a compact space. There's also a dedicated master fader that dynamically follows your mix selection. A third (custom) layer is available for the configurable user strip layout, where you can assign any combination of Inputs, FX Sends, FX Returns, and Mix masters.

Powerful functionality added in v1.9 software

The Qu series ecosystem is constantly being refined, and v1.9 of the Qu software adds even more functionality. More mic presets for Shure, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica mics are now available, making it easier than ever to dial in great sound fast with any mic in any application. You'll find a ton of advanced iPad control options too, like the ability to patch channels between dSnake, USB, Qu Drive and ME personal monitoring systems. You can set up various User profiles with different levels of permissions, manage your Scene memory, Copy/Paste channel settings, and manage USB devices. And v1.9 adds Windows DAW control support, for all popular Windows platforms.

Allen & Heath Qu-24 Chrome Edition Digital Console Features:

  • 24 AnalogiQ total-recall preamps integrated with DSP for optimum transparency and gain accuracy
  • Ergonomic layout and workflow is comfortable, fluid, and intuitive
  • Color touchscreen and dedicated data encoder give you quick and easy access to all settings
  • Key processing tools are presented clearly on the SuperStrip, with 1 function per physical control
  • 25 automated, motorized ALPS faders (24 arranged over 2 layers) speed up and enhance your mixing
  • 4 groups give you subgrouping flexibility to LR for level masters and/or processing
  • Total recall lets you save and recall scenes (snapshots) at the press of a button
  • Onboard studio-grade dynamics and FX algorithms derived A&H's iLive pro touring series
  • Built-in interface streams multitrack audio to/from your Mac (OSX class-compliant)
  • Plug-and-play with any DAW supporting Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools
  • Qu-Drive delivers 18 channels of 24-bit/48kHz recording/playback to/from your USB hard drive
  • 5 dedicated cores of high efficiency ARM processing provide state-of-the-art processing
  • Optional Qu-Pad app frees you to tweak monitors and PA from your iPad, onstage or around the venue
  • Fully compatible with A&H's ME Personal Mixing System
  • dSNAKE port lets you connect to a remote AR2412 or AR84 Stagebox via Cat 5e digital snake
  • Matrix adds 2 further stereo outputs equipped with full processing to the console's extensive I/O
  • 18-gauge, cold-rolled Zintec steel frame delivers strength, rigidity, and distinctive looks

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
Allen & Heath Updates Qu Series Firmware to v1.9

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 24
Inputs - Mic Preamps 24 x XLR
Phantom Power 24
Inputs - Line 24 x 1/4"
Inputs - Other 4 x 1/4" (2 stereo in), 1 x 1/8" TRS (stereo in)
Inputs - Digital 1 x Ethernet dSnake, 1 x USB Type A
Outputs - Digital 1 x Ethernet dSnake, 1 x XLR AES, 1 x USB Type A
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR (left, right), 2 x 1/4" (2 track out), 2 x 1/4" (alt out)
Outputs - Other 4 x XLR (mono mix outs), 3 x XLR (stereo mix outs), 2 x XLR (stereo group outs), 2 x XLR (stereo matrix outs)
Busses/Groups 16-bus
Data I/O USB, Ethernet TCP/IP
USB 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
Computer Connectivity USB, 1 x LAN port (connect iOS devices with addition of wireless router)
Headphones 1 x 1/4" TRS
Faders 24 x 100mm channels, 1 x 100mm master
EQ Bands Parametric EQ, 28-band graphic EQ
Effects Reverb, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger (4 x stereo FX returns)
Talkback 1 x XLR
DAW Control MIDI DAW control driver for Mac (HUI, Mackie Control)
Height 7.32" (desktop position), 7.48" (rackmounted)
Depth 19.52" (desktop position)
Width 24.88"
Weight 40 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AH-QU-24C

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Don"t Be Scared

I see where a bunch of people here in the USA are scared of products that come from Europe. Especially when it comes to Pro Audio. Excuses are always "What do you do when it breaks?" or the always popular "Where can I buy parts?" Get over it! Yes, I will agree that in the past there may have been an issue. With today's technology and the ease of getting parts or finding an "Authorized Service Center" is only a few clicks away. So quit worrying and check this board out! Going from Analog to Digital is a big switch. It was for me, but I could not be happier. I'm one of those guys that sits back on things while the bugs get worked out for the first 6 months to a year before I make a move. To me, the Qu Series boards were brought in because of the "success" of the Behringer X32. I'm glad A & H did. The X32 has a bunch of great features that, personally, make the board appealing but I think it adds to how confusing these new Digital Boards can be. You can actually overwhelm your self with adding in all the little nuggets the X32 provides. Way to busy of a board for me. I know it well and use one at a venue I run sound for, but my NUMBER ONE CHOICE is my A & H Qu24. The Qu16 & Qu32 are amazing by themselves but the Qu24 suits my needs. Very easy work flow throughout the board, much less complicated than the X32, the Pre-Amps are Legendary, the on board Effects are great and so easy to move in and out for every song or artist. This board is clean! No hiss here! I like the addition of the Chrome knobs, while working in low light. Bought mine before the chrome one came out. I also bought the desk lamp that plugs in and it is great as well. Pricey for a light but you get what you pay for. I recently bought the Digital Stage Snake AH2412 and 200' of cable and not one issue with latency when making adjustments. I did not buy the A & H cable. I bought one that is basically the same but it's the one Behringer suggests for their Digital boards and snakes. I also have a dedicated wireless router for the board and use the Qu App on my iPad. I'll walk away from the board to check sound coverage throughout the venue with my iPad and make adjustments as needed. Again, no latency here either. Some of the performers are also using the iPhone app called Qu You because they have performed with me a few times and this lets THEM adjust their own monitor mix. It's really a great set up once you have a basic understanding of how it works. I also have to admit that I run the board to a DAW with Pro Tools and I can record every performance and after its completed I send a copy of that performance to the artist if they request it. Works out well. If you use a Mac you can record all 24 channels in to the DAW. One last quick thing then I'm done. With the on going software updates, A & H make this board even better. They've added in a library of microphone settings that you can use as a starting point for a given channel like the kick drum. These settings are very good by themselves and make sound checks go very quickly. I've found I make slight adjustments, if I use that mic pre-set. There are plenty of Forums online to answer questions. I know I used them when starting out. Don"t be scared of Allen & Heath, but all of their competitors should be. Peace!
5/5

Excellent

We purchased the Qu-24 this past summer to replace a flaky presonus 24.4.2 Ai. I love the simplicity of the work flow, Motorized faders, and graph for the eq. We also use the digital snake. Set up is now super easy. We can set up the pa in 15 minutes and get to setting up our own instruments. Awesome!
4.5/5

QU For Life!

The Allen & Heath QU range beats the competition hands down when it comes to ease of use, versatility & features. Nice compact size, excellent build quality at a very affordable price. I have used a number of digital consoles in the same category as the QU range & the layout of the QU24 just makes sense. Access to all 24 input channels is the first layer (unlike some of the other ones), FX, aux & group masters is on the second. It just makes perfect sense. The layout of the menu & different functions therein is easy to access & use. The EQ presets, RTA & Spectogram features are also brilliant. What stood out for me was the ability to do stereo or multitrack recordings straight to a USB drive. Not a lot of the other more expensive consoles in the same category have this feature unless you buy the needed expansion cards. If you need an affordable, compact, digital console that is loaded with features then the QU range is the way to go!
Music background: Sound Engineer
4.5/5

Qu-24

I've had my Qu-24 for almost a year now, used as my main studio board and my live sound / location recording business. I really couldn't be much happier with it. The preamps are great (in fact I sold all of my outboard studio preamps) and board operation is intuitive. I have a short wish list (electronic scribble strips, selectable sample rate and the ability to record more than 18 tracks via the integrated USB recorder) but for the price it can't be beat.
2.5/5

Limited

It sounds fine, and for a basic user with little digital experience, it's very easy to use. But this board is missing some very basic features, such as a low-pass filter (making it difficult to set up an appropriate sub send). There is no soft-patching capability. The stereo-only processing channels (mixes, matricies) seem to waste processing power when you need more mono mixes. The lack of scribble strips and the arrangement of the fader layers gets VERY confusing.
Music background: Theatre
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