Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer Driver
Allen & Heath's GLD digital mixer is the heart of the company's GLD Series live mixing system. By adding optional rack I/O units, you can expand the system. The GLD and GLD-AR AudioRack system—a great package, at a great price, that is both simple and intuitive for volunteers to use, but has a feature set. Ron Simonson of CCI Solutions reviews the Allen & Heath GLD
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Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer Driver
The GLD and GLD-AR AudioRack system—a great package, at a great price, that is both simple and intuitive for volunteers to use, but has a feature set that even experienced engineers look for. First impressions The reality is, any new sound board makes me feel like a kid at Christmas time.
But, being a Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer employee for many years, my immediate instinct is to look at any product with an eye for ease of use by church volunteers, many of which have no working experience outside of the church setting. That said, straight out of the box, this board looks like something that makes sense without even turning it on. The labeling is clear, the fader banks make sense, the control strip across the top is laid out well, and the surface is very uncluttered.
I received a GLD-AR AudioRack, which upon unboxing and plugging a supplied network cable into the console, started talking with the console with no required addressing once again, simple. At this point, my brain is immediately aware of the ease of physical setup that could benefit the average mobile church, or a church installing a system themselves. I'm going to see how far I can get before I have to pick up the manual. But I tend Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer view technical systems through the eyes of a church volunteer, and I'm always looking for items to recommend to other churches that might not have a lot of help.
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So, if I can recommend something that's quick to get up and run on, that means whomever is on the receiving end will be more successful day one. Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer chose the Factory Scene 1, which laid out 46 inputs on the left bank of 12 faders in four layers, six mono aux mixes which were used for wedgesone stereo aux mix which was used for the drummers headphone mix.
It also sets up four effects sends with four stereo returns on the same master page—nice ideasix DCAs, two matrix outs, and six group sends. Remember, we just plugged in this board straight out of the box. Smooth, with a low end that sounds a little like something you'd hear on surround sound at the movies—deep and powerful without being overwhelming.
So, on to setting up the board as the band walks in. I was quickly able to select individual channels and label them accordingly with the pop-up keyboard on the touch screen.
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The worship leader's guitar normally has this slightly annoying thing in the hi-mid that's not there, and his guitar has tremendous low end that I've not hear on it before—cool, but engage HPF high-pass filter and keep moving. Another very useful feature: This means one less button or screen to push to get where you want to go.
Drums sound great—smooth, deep once again but controlled. Dialing in some crispness on the snare and toms makes me notice that the upper mid range of the EQ is very usable and smooth. Then I accidentally stumble on a very useful feature. One can now look at what's being sent to all aux's on a master bank one input channel at a time.
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The band starts playing. Faders up— the mix sounds nice and full. Dial down the gates on the toms, add compressors to the bass and vocals, now add one to the acoustic. Now, add some effects, pan a couple of things slightly, and check with the band on their monitors.
The woman singing harmony with the quiet voice asks to be turned down in her monitor—not turned up because she has a quiet voice. At this point it should be noted that we plugged this board in about 50 minutes ago. The band has been setting up and rehearsing now for about 20 minutes. Aside from programming a scene mute and adding a couple of headset mics for the presenters, we now have a new board set up on our system, a mix to Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer wedges and one headphone, a mix dialed in sort ofand a happy band.
Oh … and it sounds great. Product impressions As you can see, the GLD's feature set Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixer robust, offering even veteran engineers options that would make them pleased.
The expandability that is possible through the available card slot leaves a lot of room to dream about what could you do. Its layout and workflow are incredibly efficient. Though we were not able to pin down a release date, the app will be in an upcoming firmware update. I want to highlight the touch screen, too.