Allen & Heath Qu-Pac Rackmountable Digital Mixer

Rackmount/Desktop Digital Mixer with 16 AnalogiQ Preamps, 5 Cores of ARM Core Processing, iLive FX Engine, Touchscreen Control, Multitrack USB Recorder, dSnake Port, USB Audio Streaming, and Remote iPad Control App
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Massive Mixing Mojo in a Petite Package

When it comes to sound mixing, new technologies have forever blurred the lines between "live" and "studio" mixers. And given that you're likely to be performing your craft from just about anywhere these days, this makes perfect sense: Allen & Heath made the Qu-Pac for you. Juiced with five cores of high-efficiency ARM core processing, this desktop/rackmount unit takes the power of the A&H's Qu mixers and shoehorns it into a super-compact format that suits your busy schedule. Qu-Pac lets you mix from your iPad, but the mixer's full firepower can also be deployed via the front panel and touchscreen. Equipped with custom settings and Cat 5expansion up to 38 inputs, the Allen & Heath Qu-Pac gives you a scalable, flexible, failsafe sound-mixing solution.

The Qu-Pad app gives you freedom

Add Allen & Heath's Qu-Pad iPad app to your rig and you'll have the freedom to adjust your monitors from onstage, tweak the PA while roaming about the venue, then mix the show from FoH. Qu-Pad connects to the Qu-Pac via Wi-Fi and gives you instant access to all live mixing settings and parameters. Whether you're mixing your band live, recording in the studio, or you're in charge of setting up a permanent sound installation for your school, church, or company conference hall — you'll find the Allen & Heath Qu-Pac to be an outstanding solution that's at once flexible, scalable, and rock-solid reliable.

Touchscreen control speeds up your workflow

The Allen & Heath Qu-Pac 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. The Qu-Control key serves up a fully customizable screen which gives you access to user- and application-specific channels and settings. "Widgets" for channel levels, mutes, and assignment activation may be assigned to the page. User permissions and the customizable Qu-Control screen make Qu-Pac safe and convenient for daily use by non-technical volunteer staff.

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

Allen & Heath fortified the Qu-Pac with 16 of their superb AnalogiQ total-recall preamps. Featuring phantom power, zero crossing detection, and a unique padless 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 24bit A-D converters matched to high-grade 24bit 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, they're delightfully analog-sounding - warm and musical.

dSnake has you future-proofed

Allen & Heath's Qu mixers are self-contained; if you already have analog cables, you're ready to rock. If you're thinking of ditching the copper multicore for a Cat 5e digital snake, however, the Qu-Pac's dSnake port has you future-proofed. A&H's proprietary networking protocol supports a combination of AR2412, AR84, or portable AB168 AudioRacks, and boasts a transport latency of only 105 microseconds over cable runs of up to 390'. So if you're mixing FoH, you can place your I/O on the stage and run a single Cat 5e cable back to your Qu mixer in the mix position. Sleek, convenient - and fast!

iLive FX sourced from A&H's pro touring boards

The dynamics and FX algorithms onboard Qu-Pac are sourced from the FX used in Allen & Heath's iLive pro touring boards. iLive FX are used by many top audio engineers instead of plug-ins and outboard effects units. Qu-Pac — as do all Qu models — rocks four stereo iLive FX engines chock full of expertly crafted emulations of legendary reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers, and more. What's more, this impressive FX library can grow with future firmware releases. Effects are returned to the mix on dedicated stereo return channels (each with a dedicated 4-band PEQ), so you don't have to tie up your input channels.

Power-packed with smart features

If anyone knows live mixing, Allen & Heath does. That's why they're able to load the Qu-Pac with smart features you'll come to rely on, night after night. Like a built-in interface that streams multitrack audio to your Mac or PC via a flexible patching system. Or the integrated multitrack USB recorder that gives you 18 channels of 48kHz, 24bit recording and playback straight to and from your USB hard drive. Impressive? How about every channel being outfitted with Channel Ducker, which provides auto signal attenuation for an endless number of applications? Or compatibility with A&H's ME Personal Mixing System? This lets any number of optional ME-1 personal mixers be chained from Qu-Pac's dSnake port (or from an AR2412 / AB168 AudioRack, if you've got one connected), giving each performer control over his or her own mix and leaving the engineer free to concentrate on the audience experience.

Allen & Heath Qu-Pac Features:

  • 16 acclaimed AnaLOGIQ recallable preamps
  • 16 onboard Mic/Line Inputs (XLR/TRS)
  • Expandable up to 38 inputs via dSnake
  • Three Stereo Inputs (TRS)
  • 32 Mono + three stereo input channels
  • 12 onboard Mix Outputs (XLR)
  • Four Stereo Groups
  • Two Stereo Matrix Outs
  • AES Digital Out
  • Four DCA Groups
  • Four Mute Groups
  • Qu-Pad iPad App for all live mixing controls
  • Qu-You iPhone App for personal monitoring
  • Qu-Drive direct Multitrack recording and playback on USB drives
  • 15 Soft Keys
  • 16 Custom Select keys
  • Qu-Control custom screen to suit application
  • Four FX engines
  • Four FX Sends/Returns
  • 32x32 USB Audio Interface
  • 5" Touchscreen
  • iLive FX Library
  • Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System
  • Trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert/ducker, 4-band PEQ, compressor, and delay on all Inputs
  • Insert, 4-band PEQ, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor, and delay on all Mix outputs
  • Built-in Signal Generator
  • RTA with Peak Band indication

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
Qu-Pac Getting Started Guide
Qu-Pac User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 35 (32 x Mono, 3 x Stereo)
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR
Inputs - Line 20 x TRS
Inputs - Other 1 x 1/8"
Outputs - Digital 1 x AES/EBU (XLR)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR
Outputs - Other 10 x XLR, 2 x TRS (2-track), 2 x TRS (Alt)
Send/Return I/O 4 x TRS
Busses/Groups 4 x Stereo Groups, 4 x DCA Groups, 4 x Mute Groups
Data I/O Ethernet
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB (Type B), 1 x USB (Type A)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
EQ Bands 4-band Parametric
Effects Yes
Talkback Yes
DAW Control Yes
Rackmountable Yes
Height 7" (Desk), 7" (Rack)
Depth 7" (Desk), 6.9" (Rack)
Width 17.3" (Desk), 19" (Rack)
Weight 14.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number QuPAC

Customer Reviews

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Allen & Heath FTW!

This thing is amazing, it took me a while to get used to the interface but once I did it made perfect sense. I am much more used to the Mackie and Behringer/Midas interfaces, but this was not a difficult adjustment. The added security sign-in feature for multiple levels of access is nothing less than brilliant, especially in this area where there are plenty of tech-savvy individuals who might want to satisfy their curiosity by seeing what we are doing and possibly causing problems. A&H does this on all of their other digital PA products, so it makes sense to keep doing it. I almost picked up the Qu-SB, but having the touch screen and emergency access to functionality is great. I've had tablets tank on me at gigs, and having a solid backup plan is SUPER valuable. Worth the $$ difference. What initially sold me on this product was the super low latency as compared to anything Behringer has put out. I have only used this in a studio situation so come back and ask me that question again once I've used it live a few times. I have attached it to my laptop and have successfully streamed multitrack audio both directions, which opens up a world of opportunities for live performance and multitrack recording of every gig. I haven't tried to stream multitrack to/from the USB drive port yet but it looks really easy to do.

IEM & Our FOH FANTASTIC System and very Portable

Did alot of research on various boards, was using the Presonus 16.4.2 and we were never happy with my mix. The QU-PAC knocked our socks off the sound quality and pre-amps are 2nd to none, fantastic user freindly apps too. My band play 100+ shows a year and we've had 0 issues with this board THANK YOU Allen -Heath you made our job so much easier. I "highly recommend" this system to the working musician, a great buy and this can be used at any level, Pro/Semi Pro/Beginner!
Music background: Lead vocals & guitar

My first Digital Mixer!

I am just a local working musician on the Jersey shore. Clubs, weddings, all private events and municipal work. The band is typical 5 pieces, guitar, bass, drums, keys, and sax. I am the front man lead singer and only guitar player. We NEVER use a soundman. I do it myself from the stage. QSC mains and subs, everything mic'd up to a Allen and Heath mix wizard analog board. Great board for the hard working musician. But this Qu-Pac digital took my breath away! No I am not a professional soundman. However, I know what sounds good! This mixer came to my house Fed-Ex at 12;30pm, by 2pm I was familiar enough with the mixer to through it in my rack and go to a gig that night. The band was blown away by how good the vocals sounded. The pre-amp are fantastic, the vocal pre-sets are amazing. I admit I didn't use all the features. I had no ipad I used the mixer direct! The reverb effects were great. I went out of the main L&R into my drive rack PA, came out of the mix outs to 3 monitors and we were floored! I am extremely excited. Today I bought a router and hooked it up and messed around with the app on my ipad. It's fantastic! Thank-you Dylan and Sweetwater who nursed me through this buying experience, cause I was afraid to say the least! I never expected to do a gig the same day I got the thing. Anyway my analog board is up for sale. Thank-you Allen and Heath! Thank-you for thinking of the working musician. Can't wait to start recording the bands live shows and then mixing on my home computer.
Music background: Rock and Roll

QuPac as monitor mixer

I bought a QuPac to use as a IEM monitor mixer for my band. Works like a charm.I've soldered a split for sending microphones to the QuPac and to FOH, keeping all options open to mix our in-ears as well as giving a LR-mix if our soundguy is not happy with the desk at the venue we're playing.Connecting via USB to Logic for playback of 1 stereo and 3 mono tracks + the ability of recording the show i multitrack or even do a virtual soundcheck in a snap.I've connected a AR84 expander to my QuPac for direct output of our 4 channels of backtracks and for inputs that won't need to be shared with FOH (ambience for IEM, com-mics between band members and engineer).It travels in a 8he rack with a stage router, our IEM transmitters, the split and our guitar preamps.
Music background: Musician, Music Producer and Sound engineer

Unbelievable value for size and price!

As an independent audio engineer, having the ability to take my own console in and easily drop it into the house system in any convenient location is a blessing.One of the companies I work closely with owns about 7 A&H Qu series consoles. As a result, I am very familiar with the product. As soon as the announcement of the Qu-Pac dropped, I knew I was going to need to own one. When I discovered it's price point, I was even more convinced. At the time, I owned a Behringer X32 Rack, which was solid enough, but given my experience with the Qu consoles, and my familiarity with the Qu workflow, I knew this would be better suited to my applications. I quickly sold my X32 and picked up a Qu-Pac.I regularly find myself in dingy, poorly maintained venues, with sad worn down PA systems. With the Qu-Pac (which I always throw in the back of my car just in case), I am able to easily patch into the house system wherever may suit the venue, and take my iPad into the house and construct a mix with all the conveniences of a digital console. Additionally, I find all of these tools can breath a bit of life into the aforementioned sad and worn PA systems.Join the Qu, I certainly have.
Music background: Audio
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