Allen & Heath adds CQ series of compact digital mixers

Allen & Heath has unveiled the CQ series, a trio of compact digital mixers for AV installers that places ease of use and speed of setup at the heart of the user experience.

Built around a new 96kHz processing engine, the series comprises the CQ-12T and CQ-18T desktop mixers featuring a 7-in multi-touch screen, and the portable CQ-20B stage box mixer, all controllable via the companion CQ apps. 

The processing engine, uses Allen & Heath’s FPGA technology, brings time-saving tools to the CQ to speed up and simplify common tasks for users of all abilities. Gain Assistant automatically sets preamp gain to the optimal level and monitors and adjusts for any unexpected peaks in the signal. Feedback Assistant identifies and filters out problem frequencies across all outputs via simple one-button operation, with more in-depth control available for challenging acoustical environments.  

Input channels can be switched between a Quick Input, giving users a source-specific set of controls with single knob control of channel processing, or a Complete Input for full control of all channel processing parameters. Additionally, an Automatic Mic Mixer (AMM) is present on all input channels, instantly improving clarity and reducing background noise in speech-based applications. 

The CQ range also introduces a new suite of user-friendly reverb, delay and modulation algorithms with instrument-specific presets for speedy setup, while the FX Assist tool shapes the FX by dynamically responding to the input signal for optimal clarity. The CQ-18T and CQ-20B offer 4 FX engines and the CQ-12T features 2 FX engines. 

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