Allen & Heath ML Series VCA Consoles

Mar 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Allen & Heath's (NSCA booth 2322) ML Series of VCA live sound mixing desks has been further extended with new “B” Option models, offering an increased stereo input channel count, and a 48-mono/2-stereo input configuration frame to the existing 24+2, 32+2 and 40+2 input frame options.

Additional stereo option models of the ML4000 and ML3000 (pictured) have also been introduced. The new B Option for each console in the ML Series now offers an additional four or eight stereo channels, fitted in place of mono input modules, to handle multistereo source applications. In addition to the standard input module count, two dual-stereo channels providing mixable A and B inputs with gain, 4-band EQ, and mono summing are also fitted as standard in every ML Series console.

The dual-function ML Series offers full functionality at front-of-house or monitor position. GRP/Aux Mode switches allow engineers to reverse the group fader and aux rotary master sections to provide a combination of aux sends and audio subgroups on fader masters with inserts and full metering.

Additional features include four or eight audio groups; eight VCA groups; eight mute groups; 8x4, 11x4 or 12x8 matrix fed from the groups, LR&C and external input on rotary controls; and LCRplus panning, allowing any signal positioning across the C and LR buses. The ML5000 and ML4000 include 4-band EQ and HPF “Responsive” feel with separate controls for sweep and cut/boost, plus Q on midrange. The swept HPF covers 20 to 400 Hz.

Show automation supports up to 128 snapshot memories of VCA assignment/mute “scenes,” which can be up/downloaded via MIDI/RS232 to Archiver software. In the master section, the engineer's toolbox includes phones, wedge and local monitor controls; talkback to all outputs; -20dB dim when TB active; PFL trim control; pink noise and oscillator; balanced direct outs on channels; 2TRK; and LR&C monitor selection with mono check.

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