Allen & Heath has unveiled the GS-R24, an analogue console combined with interface modules, motorised faders for automated mixing, and MIDI controllers for tactile interfacing with software DAWs.
Based on the ZED-R16 Firewire recording mixer concept with influences from the GS3000, the GS-R24 is primarily aimed at project recording studios, although its creators say the mixer can be used for live sound applications requiring multi-channel recording, post production suites, and as a home studio mixer.
Sporting a 4-band parametric EQ, the GS-R24 has 24 mono mic/line channels, 2 dual input stereo channels, 2 mono valve pre-amp channels, 6 auxes (2 switched pre/post EQ), 4 audio sub-group buses, a master stereo and a master mono bus. There are 2 studio output sub-mix sections with individual level adjustment, which source monitor signals, and a PFL/AFL and stereo ‘Solo In Place’ system, for use in mix-down operation.
A slot in the rear panel is designed to provide optional input and output formats via plug-in interface module cards. The first module available is a 32-channel Firewire interface with ADAT optical connectivity, which is designed to provide a digital send and digital return on all the input channels (mono, stereo and valve pre) and the master stereo, making a total of 32 digital inputs and outputs. Also available from launch will be an analogue I/O plus MIDI module with the interface on D type connectors for wiring to external converters.
The MIDI control section provides 24 channel faders (audio and MIDI track), 26 SELECT switches (dual function channel Solo switches), 12 rotaries, 19 MIDI switches, a further 2 MIDI faders and a jog wheel for scrolling functions. The mono channels have either motorised or non-motorised faders depending on model, and mode switches are designed to configure the mixer to allow different levels of MIDI control and integration with the DAW.
Check out www.allen-heath.com for more details.
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