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PA and DJ Mixer Specifications

Analogue and Digital Live Consoles - Crossfade DJ Mixers

We have mixers that can meet a wide range of event applications, which can be hired on their own or with packaged PA systems. This section compiles manufacturers’ published technical information on our most popular consoles. If you would like information on a console that is not shown here (or if you would like to hire one), please ask.

Digital Mixers

Allen & Heath QU‑24

From £75.00 + VAT/day, £225.00 + VAT/week

Optional (chargeable) extras include: iPad and router; Analogue or digital multicore; Laptop and DAW software.

Allen & Heath rightly describe the QU‑series as The Shape of Things to Come. Providing 25 motorised faders, 30 inputs and 24 outputs, the QU‑24 combines ease-of-use and instant access to controls with an impressive armoury of processing facilities and crystal-clear audio.

With four mono and up to five stereo (pre- or post-fade) auxiliary channels, the QU‑24 is equally happy as a front-of-house or dedicated monitor console, as well as combining both roles without difficulty.

A USB hard-drive or Digital Audio Workstation adds live or location-based multi-track recording to it abilities.

QU-24 Specifications

INPUTS

Mic/Line Inputs

24 × Balanced XLR and 1/4″ TRS jack, fully recallable

Input Sensitivity (XLR / TRS)

−60 to +5dBu / −50 to +15dBu

Analogue Gain

−5 to +60dB, 1dB steps

Maximum Input Level (XLR / TRS)

+19dBu / +29dBu

Input Impedance (XLR / TRS)

5kΩ / >10kΩ

THD+N, Unity gain 0dB

0.0005% (−89dBu), 20Hz-20kHz, Direct Out @ 0dBu 1kHz

THD+N, Mid gain +30dB

0.001% (−83dBu) 20-20kHz, Direct Out @ 0dBu 1kHz

Stereo Line Inputs

ST1, ST2 connector

Balanced, 1/4″ TRS jack, half-normalled

ST3 connector

Unbalanced, stereo 3.5mm jack

Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2 / ST3)

Nominal +4dBu / 0dBu

Trim

±24dB

Maximum Input Level (ST1, ST2 / ST3)

+22dBu / +18dBu

Input Impedance

>7kΩ

OUTPUTS

LR, Mix 1-10, Group, Matrix

Balanced, XLR

Output Impedance

>75Ω

Nominal Output

+4dBu ≡ 0dB meter reading

Maximum Output Level

+22dBu

Residual Output Noise

−90dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)

Stereo Alt Out & 2Trk Out

Balanced, 1/4" TRS jack

Source (Alt Output / 2Trk Output)

Patchable / LR post-fade

Output Impedance

>75Ω

Nominal Output

+4dBu ≡ 0dB meter reading

Maximum Output Level

+22dBu

Residual Output Noise

−90dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)

AES Digital Output

2 channel, 48kHz sampling rate, XLR

2.5Vpp balanced terminated 110Ω

CONTROL

Faders

25 × 100mm motorised

Touch Screen

5″ TFT, 800x480 resolution

Soft Keys

10

Mute Groups

4

DCA Groups

4

Network

TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI and iPad app

INPUT PROCESSING

Source

CH 1-24

Local, dSNAKE, or USB

ST1, ST2

Local, dSNAKE, or USB

ST3

Local, dSNAKE, or USB stereo

USB Global Source

Qu-Drive or USB B Streaming

Stereo Linking

Odd/even input pairs

Parameters linked

EQ, dynamics, insert, delay, assignments, sends

Parameters linked

EQ, dynamics, insert, delay, assignments, sends

Link options

Preamp, polarity, sidechains, fader/mute, pan

Polarity

Normal/Reverse

High Pass Filter

12dB/octave 20Hz – 2kHz

Insert

Assign FX 1-4 into Input channels

Delay

Up to 85ms

Gate

Self key Sidechain

Threshold / Depth

−72dBu to +18dBu / 0 to 60dB

Attack / Hold / Release

50µs to 300ms / 10ms to 5s / 10ms to 1s

PEQ

4-Band fully parametric, 20-20kHz, ±15dB

Band 1

Selectable LF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell

Band 2, Band 3

Bell

Band 4

Selectable HF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell

Bell Width

Non-constant Q, variable, 1.5 to 1/9th octave

Compressor

Self key Sidechain

Threshold / Ratio

−46dBu to 18dBu / 1:1 to infinity

Attack / Release

300µs – 300ms / 100ms - 2s

Knee

Soft/Hard

Types

Peak Manual, RMS Manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag

Channel Direct Out to USB

Follow Fader, follow Mute ( global options)

Source select (global)

Post-Preamp, Pre-EQ, Post-EQ, Post-Delay

MIX PROCESSING

Insert

Assign FX into Mix channels

Delay

Up to 170ms

GEQ

Constant 1/3 oct, 28 bands 31Hz-16kHz, ±12dB Gain

PEQ

4-Band fully parametric, 20-20kHz, ±15dB

Band 1

Selectable LF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell

Band 2, Band 3

Bell

Band 4

Selectable HF Shelving (Baxandall), Bell

Bell Width

Non-constant Q, variable, 1.5 to 1/9th octave

Compressor

Self key Sidechain

Threshold / Ratio

−46dBu to 18dBu / 1:1 to infinity

Attack / Release

300µs – 300ms / 100ms - 2s

Knee

Soft/Hard

Types

Peak Manual, RMS Manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag

FX

Internal FX

4 × Rack FX engines, Send → Return or Inserted

Types

Reverbs, Delays, Gated Reverb, ADT, Chorus, Symphonic Chorus, Phaser, Flanger

4 dedicated Stereo FX returns

Fader, Pan, Mute, Routing to Mix/LR, 4-Band PEQ

AUDIO TOOLS

PAFL

PFL or stereo in-place AFL, 0 to −24dB Trim, 85ms Delay

Talkback

Assignable to any mix, 12dB/oct HPF

Signal Generator

Assignable to any mix, Sine / White/Pink/Bandpass Noise

RTA

31-Bands 1/3 oct ave 20-20kHz, follows PAFL source

USB AUDIO

Qu-Drive

USB A

Device

Use a USB hard drive (not a USB key)

Stereo Record

2 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, patchable

Stereo Playback

2 channel, WAV, 44.1 or 48kHz, 16 or 24-bit, to ST3

Multitrack Record

18 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, patchable

Multitrack Playback

18 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit

USB Audio Streaming

USB B, Core Audio compliant

Send (upstream)

32 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24- bit

Return (downstream)

30 channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24- bit

SYSTEM

Measured balanced XLR in to XLR out, 0dB gain, 0dBu input

Dynamic Range

112 dB

Frequency Response

+0/−0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz

Headroom

+18dB

Internal operating Level

0dBu

dBFS Alignment

+18dBu = 0dBFS (+22dBu at XLR output)

Meter Calibration

0dB meter = −18dBFS (+4dBu at XLR out)

Meter Peak indication

−3dBFS (+19dBu at XLR out), multi-point sensing

Meter Signal indication

−48dBFS (−26dBu at XLR out)

Meter Type

Fast (peak) response

Sampling Rate

48kHz ±100PPM

ADC, DAC

24-bit Delta-Sigma

Latency

1.2 ms (local XLR in to XLR out)

0.7 ms (local XLR in to AES out)

Operating Temperature Range

0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F)

Mains Power

100-240V AC, 50/60Hz

Maximum Power Consumption

120W

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

Desk-mounted WxDxH

632 × 500 × 186mm (24.9″ × 19.7″ × 7.4″)

Flightcased WxDxH

692 × 637 × 247mm (27.2″ × 25.1″ × 9.7″)

Unpacked weight

14 kg (31 lbs)

Flightcased weight

24 kg (53 lbs)

Small-format (19″) Analogue Mixers

Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ3 16:2

From £45.00 + VAT/day, £135.00 + VAT/week

The MixWizard 16:2 boasts 16 full mono channels, onboard effects - as well as pretty much everything a sound-engineer might need - in a 19″ frame.

Allen & Heath WZ3 12:2

From £40.00 + VAT/day, £120.00 + VAT/week

This versatile mixer has 8 mono & 2 stereo channels, as well as six auxiliary channels and a built-in effects unit.

MixWizard Specifications

INPUTS

Mono Channel

Balanced XLR

−60 to +10dBu

Balanced 1/4″ TRS jack

−40 to +10dBu

Pad Out (MIC)

2 kΩ

Pad In (MIC or Line)

>10 kΩ, −20dB

Maximum Input Level

+30dBu

XLR phantom power

+48V, on/off

Stereo Channel

ST1, ST3

1/4″ TRS, unbalanced, >10k ohm, −16 to +20dBu

ST2, ST4

1/4″ TRS jack, balanced, >10k ohm, −16 to +20dBu

Stereo Returns

ST1(5)

1/4″ TRS jack, balanced, >10k ohm, −6 to +20dBu

ST2(6)

1/4″ TRS jack, unbalanced, >2k ohm, −2 to +20dBu

Inserts

Channel

TRS, tip send, ring return, 0dBu

Output

TRS, tip send, ring return, -2dBu

OUTPUTS

Left, Right, Mono

Balanced XLR

<75 ohm, +4dBu nominal

Maximum Output Level

+26dBu

Aux 1-6

TRS impedance balanced

<75 ohm, −2dBu nominal

Maximum Output Level

+21dBu

Direct out

TRS impedance balanced

<75 ohm, 0dBu nominal

Maximum Output Level

+21dBu

AB out

TRS impedance balanced

<75 ohm, −2dBu nominal

Maximum Output Level

+21dBu

Headphones

TRS, tip L, ring R

30 to 600Ω recommended

Lamp

4-pin XLR

12V 5W max

INPUT PROCESSING

Channel HPF

12dB/octave below 80Hz

Mono EQ

HF

Shelving, ±15dB, 12kHz

HM

Peak/dip, ±15dB, 500Hz to 15kHz, Q=1.8

HM

Peak/dip, ±15dB, 35Hz to 1kHz, Q=1.8

LF

Shelving, ±15dB, 80Hz

Stereo EQ

HF

Shelving, ±15dB, 12kHz

HM

Peak/dip, +/-15dB, 2.5kHz, Q=1.8

HM

Peak/dip, +/-15dB, 250Hz, Q=1.8

LF

Shelving, ±15dB, 80Hz

FX

Internal FX

Send → Return

Types

Reverbs, Delays, Gated Reverb, Chorus, Tremelo, Detune

SYSTEM

Frequency Response

±0.5dB 20Hz to 50kHz

Headroom

Channels

+21dB

Mix

+23dB

Crosstalk at 1kHz

Fader shutoff

>90dB

Channel mute

>100dB

Inter channel

>90dB

Noise, rms 22Hz to 22kHz

Mic EIN

−128dB

Residual output noise

>−95dBu (−99dB S/N)

LR unity fader mix noise

>−83dBu (−87dB S/N)

Meters

Type

3 colour LED, quasi peak response

Sensitivity

0VU = +4dBu at XLR output

Master meters

12 segment, −30 to +16dB

Channel meters

2 segment, −12, +16dB (5dB before clip)

Power supply

Internal

100-240V, 50/60Hz auto sensing, IEC input

External

Input for optional MPS12 backup supply

Maximum Power Consumption

35W

Mains fuse

T630mA, 20mm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

Desk-mounted WxDxH

507 × 530 × 194mm (20″ × 20.9″ × 7.7″)

Flightcased WxDxH

540 × 625 × 275mm (21.25″ × 24.6″ × 10.8″)

Unpacked weight

10 kg (22 lbs)

Flightcased weight

20 kg (44 lbs)

Soundcraft EFX12

From £35.00 + VAT/day, £105.00 + VAT/week

Soundcraft EFX8

From £25.00 + VAT/day, £75.00 + VAT/week

Soundcraft's compact EFX range is great for events requiring a small general-purpose mixer. With 8 or 12 mono channels, each mixer also has have 2 stereo channels, editable Lexicon effects, and well-laid-out controls.

EFX Specifications

INPUTS

Mono Channel

Balanced XLR

2kΩ, +15dBu max

Balanced 1/4″ TRS jack

10kΩ, +30dBu max

Stereo Channel

1/4" TRS jack, balanced

65kΩ stereo/35kΩ mono, +30dBu max

OUTPUTS

L-R

Balanced XLR

150Ω, +20dBu max

Other

1/4" TRS jack

150Ω balanced/75Ω unbalanced

Headphones

TRS, tip L, ring R

>150Ω

INPUT PROCESSING

Mono EQ

HF

Shelving, ±15dB, 12kHz

Mid

Peak/dip, ±15dB, 150Hz to 3.5kHz, Q=1.5

LF

Shelving, ±15dB, 80Hz

Stereo EQ

HF

Shelving, ±15dB, 12kHz

Mid

Peak/dip, +/-15dB, 720Hz

LF

Shelving, ±15dB, 80Hz

FX

Internal Lexicon FX

Send → Return

Types

Reverbs, Delays, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremelo, Vibrato

SYSTEM

Frequency Response

±1.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz

Crosstalk at 1kHz

Aux send pots off

>86dB

Channel mute

>96dB

Inter channel

>90dB

Noise

Mic EIN (max gain)

−127dBu (150Ω source)

Aux/Mix/Masters (0dB, faders down)

<−95dBu (−99dB S/N)

LR unity fader mix noise

<−83dBu (−87dB S/N)

Maximum Power Consumption

35W

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

EFX12

Desk-mounted WxDxH

432 × 362 × 91mm (17″ × 14.25″ × 3.6″)

Flightcased WxDxH

525 × 515 × 205mm (20.7″ × 20.3″ × 8.1″)

Unpacked weight

5.8 kg (13 lbs)

Flightcased weight

14 kg (31 lbs)

EFX8

Desk-mounted WxDxH

330 × 362 × 91mm (13″ × 14.25″ × 3.6″)

Flightcased WxDxH

525 × 515 × 205mm (20.7″ × 20.3″ × 8.1″)

Unpacked weight

4.6 kg (10 lbs)

Flightcased weight

12.8 kg (28 lbs)

DJ Mixers

Vestax VMC-002XL

Unlike many basic DJ mixers which have only unbalanced Phono outputs, the two-channel crossfade VMC-002XL is built to professional standards, with balanced XLR output sockets.

It can be used on its own with any amplifier and loudspeaker system, or can be easily routed through the main console on any system that includes one of the mixers detailed above.

VMC-002XL Specifications

INPUTS

Line 1, 2

RCA Phono

10 dBv, 7 kΩ

Phono 1, 2

RCA Phono

−45 dBv, 49 kΩ

Mic

1/4″ Jack

−52 dBv, 3.3 kΩ

OUTPUTS

Line Out

RCA Phono

0 dBv, 220 Ω

Headphones

1/4″ Jack

100 mW max (47 Ω)/>8 Ω

SYSTEM

Frequency Response

20 Hz ~ 20 kHz ±3 dB

Cross talk

>65 dB

S/N Ratio

>70 dB

Power Supply

15 V DC, 500 mA

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

Desk-mounted WxDxH

264 × 260 × 105mm (10.4″ × 10.2″ × 4.1″

Flightcased WxDxH

310 × 450 × 160mm (12.2″ × 17.7″ × 6.3″

Unpacked weight

4.0 Kg

Flightcased weight

12.0 Kg