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Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixer - Detailed Review

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♪♫♪♫......[Music playing] Got a fabulous new digital mixing system from Allen & Heath It's the GLD-80. This system used it has moving faders It has digital snake and it's complete with 40 on-stage channels ...a feed to Aviom on stage monitor mixers, for under $14,000. This is an incredible development and an incredible deal. Let me show it to you. First of all, as I said, you have moving faders. I have 4 banks of 12 inputs. That's why I've got 48 channel strips available as you can see bank B, bank C and bank D. I have 4 analog line inputs on the back, 4 analog microphone inputs on the back, and then I have a stage box that's connected with the dSNAKE right here, that has 24 inputs on it, ...as well as 12 returns. so that is connected to the console with the dSNAKE ethernet cable. standard Cat5. I also have an expander, of up to 12 channels. There are 8 channels here, that just simply loops across and then I can put another expander, a second expander... for eight more channels...and so I can have 3 different locations on the stage where I have 24, and another 8 and another 8 and they're just daisy-chained across. and of course then I also get extra Aux outputs for my monitor sense. So that's 40 inputs, plus the 4, plus the 4 back here for a total of 48. ...so it's fully featured...so let's start at... digital consoles with layering can be a little bit of a challenge for some people. So what Allen & Heath did is took the GL series analog console concept, and put it into a digital console. The way they did that is by making a channel strip up here, So the channel strip you can always get to. It's an analog type of a feel. It's a button. You don't have to go to a soft-touch panel. So the pre-amp control is right here. ...the gain...I've got high-pass filter, which is a variable high-pass filter. I can go in and out with that. ...and I can adjust that. Usually I'll set that at around 100Hz or so ...to go ahead and take out low frequency rumble. I have the gate control. I can go ahead and take the gate in and out. I've got 4-band parametric EQ, which means I've got frequency and width, as well as level, all available on the knob, move that back and forth, I can take that in or out, And, I've got a compressor. The compressor I can adjust the gain, I can adjust the ratio, and the threshold. Again, this is for each channel, so you''ve got 48 of these. Then I've got a complete routing system here. This is really incredible. So let's take a look at the soft-touch panel. On the soft-touch panel, you can see that we have the high pass filter is set at 210, as I'll go ahead and bring that down....the gain... and I can bring it down to 72Hz, or, remember that 100Hz I like? You can see it right there. So you see it either on the soft-touch panel... or as a relative indicator on the LEDs over on the left hand side. I can see where my EQ is set, and in fact, I can make that larger. So I can see that I have a little bit of boost around here at 100Hz... and I simply adjust that. I can move it around. I can adjust it there. I can adjust the level up or down. I see what impact my EQ is over here, but I don't have to do it here. I can do it here. So everything about your EQ, your compression, your gate, all your gate settings are right there, Your inserts, so where I've inserted my effects... ...the pre-amp...what my gain level is... and everything is right there. Now, if I go ahead and "select" I've got a complete set of metering so I can leave that up and take a look at all my input channels... ...and see how they're doing. and that's handy to know if you've got a channel on another page that needs to be addressed. So you've got an overload... or something happening on another page. I go to the effects page and I can see that I've got 8 channels of effects... and I can load them up with a variety of industry-standard effects... so let's take a look at the library here... we can select from...Just hit that soft-panel... and I think I've got reverbs, a whole selection of those... I've got delays that I can use...I've got modulators, subharmonics, gated verb, everything you'd need practically is right there, and it's all standard. If I go ahead to I/O you can see that I've got assigned to whether I've got a stage box and which kind of stage box, You can see the 24 channels on this stage box... ...plus the 8 channels on this stage box. I can set up scenes... I can gain channels together... ...and I can go ahead and do USB recording. USB in and USB out. ...all available on the soft-touch panel. Now let's take a look at the channel strip itself. We have assignable labeling on the channel strip. That's really nice, and also color coding... So on for instance on this one we've labeled it as "Drums" We can go ahead and prefade listen, we can mute the channel... We've got an input indicator here. It gives me a peak... and just a signal indication and 3 levels of signal: zero... minus 6 and plus 6. So again, I have a visual indication. I don't have to be looking over at the soft-touch panel. The "Select" button is standard on just about any digital console and tells me which channel that I need to be working with. I just hit that and say "OK, that's the channel that I'm live and working with." ...of course the Pre-fade button.... the "Mix Assign" button is used to assign to different buses in combination with the "Assign" over here. ...and again, motorized faders as we showed you before. The master section is completely configurable. I mentioned that there are 48 input channels... There are 30 internal buses on this mixer. It's incredible! so you can set up your auxes, effects sends, out of your 30 buses. That's configurable here through the soft-panel... and then it's controlled through the 8 faders... the...they're...they're motorized faders... and again very similar to the inputs. They're...you can label them and color code them. So essentially it's a 48 by 30 and then there are 20 outputs on the system. There are outputs on the main console, outputs on the stage boxes, uh...up to 20. Assigning your buses to groups or DCAs is as easy as drag and drop using the patch. I simply take the bus I want... drag it, and you can see it instantly is picked up by the master section. See how simple and straightforward the back panel is. There are the 4 analog balanced microphone inputs... You've got 4 balanced outputs... and then the 4 line level inputs. This is the connection for the dSNAKE, uses the standard ether-con or a standard RJ45 connection... for the digital I/O. Power supply It's pretty straightforward there... and you've got an I/O module connection. You could use the I/O module for ether sound card M-Waves card, MADI card, ACE-4X expansion card or the Dante card. So to summarize, you've got an incredible digital mixer that has the ability to remote-mount your preamps using the D-link concept, the D-link digital interface. and a lot of people will be concerned about a digital console and how fast the audio will come back up if the power drops. This console? 15 seconds...so you're back up and going as soon as you restore power. The GLD-80, a fantastic digital mixer system that's easy to operate, as an analog board, but has all the features you'd ever want on a digital console. ♪♫♪♫......[Music playing]

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Duration: 8 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CCI Solutions
Director: CCI Solutions
Views: 889
Posted by: ccisolutions on Jun 30, 2012

Join CCI Solutions' CEO Ron Simonson for an in depth look at the Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixer. This mixer is a real innovation in mixing board technology at an unprecedented price. Fully-featured with 48 inputs, Allen & Heath took the analog concept of a control panel and built it into a digital mixer.

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