GLD Chrome consoleAllen & Heath has launched Chrome Edition models of its GLD series of audio mixers, with extensive new features and FX.

GLD Chrome firmware adds automatic microphone mixing capability and extends its processing suite withnew FX and channel-based compressor emulations. The Chrome Edition GLD-80 and GLD-112 mixers have been redesigned with a new metallic livery, while the AR84 and AR2412 AudioRacks have a sleek black finish.

The automatic mic mixer (AMM) can be configured to work across all 44 microphone sources, allowing selected inputs to be auto-mixed without the restrictions of a 16-channel, insert-based system. The AMM can be set to work in two modes – D-Classic dynamic gain sharing for a simple quick set-up, and Number of Open Microphones (NOM) logic gate technology for a flexible auto mix. A Best Mic Lock system detects cross talk between different sources and limits open microphones.

GLD Chrome firmware includes a DEEP Plug-In architecture that allows users to select from a number of different processing units on every input and mix channel. Two new RMS-VCA inspired compressor models, the 16T and 16VU, are included. Integrated within the mixer’s channel processing, all six compressor models can be selected on any of the input and mix channels on the fly, without burning valuable FX slots or adding latency.

Version 1.5 Chrome firmware also features additions to Allen & Heath’s onboard FX suite, including a new Stereo Tap Delay, with 2.7s maximum delay time, split LR beat fraction control, millisecond mode and comprehensive Tap Tempo functions. There is also a new bucket brigade delay ,emulating the nonlinearity of solid-state delay units, and an emulation of classic tape echo from the 1970s.

‘Having toured with artists such as Rita Ora and Of Mice & Men, and installed in numerous prestigious venues including the Maracana stadium in Rio, GLD has earned its reputation for superb audio quality, class-leading processing, and incredibly intuitive workflow,’ says A&H Senior Product Manager, Nicola Beretta. ‘GLD Chrome opens up new applications thanks to the sophisticated AMM, whilst at the same time strengthening GLD’s position in the live/touring market with an array of processing tools and new style options.’

The GLD Chrome Edition is shipping now.


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