Hamburg, NJ (August 26, 2016)—Producer/engineer Robert Cline recently acquired an Allen & Heath Qu-32 digital mixer for his RJC Studios facility, which also operates a DJ service.
The studio provides audio recording and production services for clients including TV and film composer B. Christopher, and also uses it to create special DJ sets. The Qu-32 is tightly integrated into a Pro Tools environment providing mixing and DSP services and acting as a control surface for the DAW.
RJC Studios had previously housed an Allen & Health GL3300 running through a MOTU interface. “The GL3300 proved to be so reliable and it produced such a clean sound that owning it was a major reason why we decided to purchase the QU-32,” says Cline. He also chose the Qu-32 for its selection of DSP effects, its mixing versatility and its ability to operate as a Pro Tools control surface via the HUI MIDI mapping protocol, he says.
Cline uses the Qu-32’s reverb and delay on selected mics or instruments and its ADT module to double vocal channels for a “fatter” sound. He notes that Pro Tools effects and plug-ins can be processor-intensive so he likes to use the Qu-32’s DSP effects as much as possible.
RJC also uses Qu-32 layers: Layer 1 controls the mixer’s 32 input channels which are routed to Pro Tools during live studio recording sessions, while Layer 2 controls all of the Qu-32’s Groups, Mix, Matrix, Master and DCA Outputs.
Cline uses Layer 3, the “custom” layer, as his Pro Tools control surface. “I can assign faders in Pro Tools and control them via the QU-32 using the HUI MIDI interface,” he explains. Layer 4, assigned to the Qu-32’s GEQ Fader Flip, turns the faders into a 28-band graphic equalizer matching the mixer’s touch screen GEQ display.
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