Allen & Heath Qu-32 Chrome Edition Digital Mixer

32-channel Digital Console with 33 Motorized Faders, Instant Recall, Parametric EQ, Touchscreen Control, 5 Cores of ARM DSP Processing, 4 Onboard FX Engines, and Integrated Multitrack USB Recorder
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Powerhouse Digital Mixer That Fits Your Workflow

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-32 Chrome Edition is designed with a clean, logical layout, so you can get to what you need, fast. Featuring audiophile sound quality, touchscreen control, 32 AnalogiQ preamps integrated with DSP, instant recall, 33 motorized faders, high-efficiency ARM core processing, studio-grade effects, an integrated multitrack USB recorder, and truckloads more, the Allen & Heath Qu-32 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-32 Chrome Edition expands on the already impressive Qu-32 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-32 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-32 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-32 Chrome Edition intuitive — and very comfortable to work on.

Touchscreen control speeds up your workflow

The Allen & Heath Qu-32 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-32 Chrome Edition with 32 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-32 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-32 Chrome Edition sports 33 motorized ALPS faders. The 32 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-32 Chrome Edition Digital Console Features:

  • 32 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
  • 33 automated, motorized ALPS faders (32 arranged over two layers) speed up and enhance your mixing
  • 4 groups give you subgrouping flexibility to LR for level masters and/or processing
  • Instant 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
Allen & Heath Announces Qu Chrome Mixers

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 32 Mono, 3 Stereo
Inputs - Mic Preamps 32 x XLR
Phantom Power 32
Inputs - Line 32 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 pairs (stereo mix outs), 4 x XLR pairs (stereo group outs), 2 x XLR pairs (stereo matrix outs)
Busses/Groups 16-bus
Data I/O 1 x 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 network router)
Headphones 1 x 1/4" TRS
Faders 32 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)
Depth 19.52" (desktop position)
Width 33.42"
Weight 53 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AH-QU-32C

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

The Awesome Qu-32

Thanks for thinking about me and my purchase of the Qu-32. I agree it has advantages that other boards do not have, and have really enjoyed its simple, but powerful interface and abilities. My first digital board, (put away my Soundcraft GB4-32), and A & H made it very easy to get going and start recording in the first couple hours of use. I did study the board a bit before the purchase, and Sweetwater was a huge help with questions and answers, but still, up and running, recording a 5 piece band, effects, 16 channel record to thumb drive, iPad control, in a couple hours. Nice job on making things intuitive !!! The beauty is that you can get going quickly and record, or spend hours getting deep into effects, routing, custom controls, DAW control, android monitor control, and on, and on.......... Works great with both Pro-Tools and Reaper.....An absolutely amazing product that fits very well into my studio. Oh, did I mention the touchscreen ?.......Now that was a great idea....fast, responsive, good size, easy navigation. The entire board is very well thought out !!!! Thanks A & H.....!!! Dan Guldenzopf Full Circle Sound PS....your form did not allow me to enter my musical background: Guitar, Keyboards, recording, live sound... Thanks.....
5/5

You Want This Mixing Board

Among the BEST mixing boards this industry will ever see. The QU32 is very user-friendly. Right out of the box it is ready to go for standard mixing. I received so many compliments of what this board can do
Music background: Artist Musician
5/5

Allen & Heath Qu-32 Chrome Edition

The Best Thing That Ever Happen! They Took this right out of my Head
5/5

Great Console

This desk for what it is, is a great work horse. For trying to do what they wanted, it's great.
Music background: Audio Engineer and Musician
5/5

Exceptional

Having been involved in event production for almost 2 decades with a majority of that being FOH in an analog world I felt totally comfortable the first 5 minutes having the QU-32 out of the box. I've used every conceivable mixer out there, but having something with the feature set and layout of the QU I felt immediately at home. It's easy to navigate, it has clearly labeled outputs-not Mix1, mix 2, etc. I was able to figure out what I needed to do to get a great sounding mix without pouring through menu after menu or having to watch tutorials. Overall I was greatly impressed - enough so that I got my own QU-32, a QU-24, and a QU-Pac to have as a portable mixer on the road. I'd recommend the QU series to anyone who wants a robust and rock solid mixer without having to take a class to operate it.
See also: iPad Mixers, Allen & Heath, Allen & Heath iPad/iPhone Live Sound Mixers, Allen & Heath Digital Mixers