Agoura Hills, CA (March 14, 2007)–Allen & Heath has extended its range of monitor mixers with the launch of the WZ3 Monitor, a console which combines the design principles of the MixWizard Series with many modern monitor facilities. Furnished with 16 mono mic/line inputs, the desk boasts 12 mix outputs, which can be either mono or switched to six stereo pairs to take advantage of the recent trend towards personal monitoring.
Allen & Heath WZ3 Monitor ConsoleMechanically identical to other MixWizards, with individual card and nutted pot construction and Quick Change Connector pod, the WZ3 Monitor presents the monitor engineer with a desk reportedly capable of mixing a large number of wedge and in-ear sources. Its 12 mixes can be globally assigned as mono or stereo, and each stereo mix is provided with stereo AFL signal checking.
Input channels feature the WZ3 preamplifier and include a passive microphone splitter and individual phantom power. In common with the entire Wizard range, four extended range overlapping bands of EQ are provided, two with frequency sweeps. Rotary channel fader, mute switch, PFL, signal and peak meters complete the strip. __The auxiliaries are arranged so that sends 1-4 may be switched pre or post fader, while sends 5-12 are set to be postfade, although these may be set using internal jumpers to prefade.
Mike Griffin, the desk’s designer, commented, “After we launched the GL2800M, we realized that there was a large untapped demand for small monitor desks that can handle lots of outputs for performers. This desk has loads of inputs and outputs, and everything’s arranged neatly to provide clear and precise control of mixes. It’s really straightforward, and coupled with the rugged build and reliability of the MixWizards, we think we have a little cracker!”
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