Allen & Heath Third Generation of MixWizard Range

May 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Allen & Heath’s next generation of its MixWizard range of multipurpose compact consoles, the WZ312:2, WZ314:4:2 and WZ316:2 (shown) mixers, offer a new mic preamp design, advanced grounding scheme, individual phantom power switches, channel signal indicators, lamp sockets and backup supply capability.

The new WZ316:2 and WZ312:2 feature a dedicated mono output fader with mode for control of aux fed subs, while the WZ314:4:2 builds on the company’s dual functionality and boasts a 6x2 matrix.

All models now offer internal configuration options for channel aux sends, and direct outputs are now on pluggable jumpers.

Allen & Heath is also launching the LEDlamp, an 18-inch, 4-pin XLR gooseneck console lamp containing a built-in thumbwheel dimmer. The lamp replaces traditional filament console lamps with more cool white light, lower heat discharge and less current draw. The lamp is compatible with all ML Series, PA Series, GL4000 desks and the new MixWizard3 range.

For more information on the WZ312:2, WZ314:42 andWZ316:2, visit www.allen-heath.com/DisplayProduct.asp?pview=47, www.allen-heath.com/DisplayProduct.asp?pview=48 and www.allen-heath.com/DisplayProduct.asp?pview=49, respectively.

In other company news, Allen & Heath has launched the latest version of the Windows-based iDR Software Manager that configures hardware components into an integrated audio distribution system.

Version 3.4 has custom serial port settings and strings, which allow the iDR system to communicate with a wide variety of third-party equipment, such as CD and DVD players, software programs and alarm/lighting systems. The new software also allows more PL remote-control devices to be connected, and uses chain/star configurations, which reduces the need for extensive wiring.

The number of automated, programmable presets has been increased to 250, providing more complex and flexible installations to be designed. It is also possible to gain universal management of larger systems involving a chain of iDR unit systems, as the software has been developed with bi-directional control between each unit group fader. More accurate management has also been enabled through the logging of significant events such as PL device connection or disconnection; logs are automatically generated and e-mailed to the operator.

Other new features include ambient noise compensators, in which output levels can be automatically adjusted to cater to differences in background noise, and an increased number of auto mic mixers.

A free trial download of Version 3.4 is available at www.allen-heath.com. For more new sound reinforcement products, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_products/.






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