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Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console  

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Overview

  • 32-channel frame
  • LR and M main outputs
  • 4 audio groups with pan control
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A massively versatile makeover of the popular GL2200.

The dual-function Allen & Heath 32-channel GL2400-32 Live Console is loaded to the teeth with the features you need for all kinds of mixing applications. It offers 4 group, 6 aux, and LR mixes, enhanced 7x4 matrix, multi-source stereo channels, and aux-fed subs capability.

Dual Functionality:

When mixing front-of-house, the monitors can be set pre-insert as well as pre-EQ to prevent your house mix EQ and compression affecting the stage mix. Per channel aux switching means you can mix pre-fade with post-fade sends such as theatre radio mics and sound effects. As a monitor console, the aux masters have faders, inserts, mutes, meters and balanced XLR drive. You even get a fader controlled engineer' wedge feed with Allen & Heath's GL2400-32 mixer. The Groups and LR mixes are still available to create yet more sends. In monitor mode the GL2400 can provide up to 10 mixes, for example 6 wedge and 2 stereo IEM.

Performance:

Allen & Heath's new mic preamp has an extended 74dB gain range with massive headroom able to deal with the widest range of signals right up to +34dBu. From a new low-noise mix amp through responsive 4-band EQ to the differential balanced +26dBu outputs, every stage has been carefully designed to ensure optimum gain structure and the best sonic performance possible.

Third Fader:

There are 3 master faders on the GL2400 mixing console. A configurable M fader lets you create an LR sum mono fill, an engineers monitor wedge feed, or a dedicated center or sub-bass speaker mix from Aux 6 which means you can dial in exactly what you need from each channel. L, R, and M each provide a dedicated meter, mute, AFL, and balanced XLR output.

7x4 Matrix:

The matrix is a big feature for corporate AV work, specialized recording and broadcast feeds, and personal monitoring. Smart auto-switching of the external inputs lets you add a common mono, stereo, or independent source to the matrix. Cross patch from the stereo channel mic breakpoints to add room ambience to your recording and IEM feeds.

Dual Stereo Channels:

These 2 multi-function channels provide a mic and 2 stereo line inputs each. Use the channels as mic inputs while the 4 stereos are independently routed to LR, or combine stereo sources such as backing tracks and reverbs while the mics are patched elsewhere. Or use conventional stereo channels while the second inputs provide additional returns and the mics patch into the matrix for ambience.

Features

  • 32-channel frame
  • LR and M main outputs
  • 4 audio groups with pan control
  • 6 auxiliary sends with per-channel pre/post fader switching
  • 2 stereo channels each with mic and dual stereo line inputs
  • 7x4 Matrix
  • Proper dual functionality for front-of-house and/or monitor mixing
  • M can be configured as LR sum, wedge, or aux-fed sub or C master
  • Recording capable with channel direct outputs
  • Matrix external inputs with level trims and common input capability
  • Stereo channel line inputs can be independently routed to LR
  • Stereo channel mic input breakpoints for cross patching into matrix
  • Responsive 4-band, 2-sweep EQ
  • 100Hz channel high pass filters
  • Individual phantom power and polarity switching
  • Dedicated channel, master and stereo monitor meters
  • Internal jumper plugs for pre/post-EQ aux, direct out and other options
  • Mutes, meters and AFL on all fader masters
  • Assignable talkback
  • 1kHz oscillator and pink noise generator
  • 2-track monitoring and replay to LR
  • Headphones and local monitor outputs
  • Electronically balanced XLR outputs with +26dBu drive capability
  • Preamp +34dBu maximum input capability for mic or line
  • Ultra low-noise mix head amp design
  • Internal power supply with MPS12 backup supply input
  • 100mm dust protected faders
  • Metal jacks, gold-plated XLRs, sealed pots and switches
  • Individual circuit card assembly with nutted pots
  • Solid copper bus bar grounding
  • Sys-Link V2 console linking option

Order it now and give yourself masterful control over all kinds of mixes.

 
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Allen & HeathGL2400-32 Live Console
 
4.5

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5.0

Love of My Life (Practically)

By William Manhattan

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Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

I started mixing on one of these at my church, left it for a Mackie, went to a Soundcraft, did some recording in studios and mixed on their consoles, and then recently ordered one of these to use. I think that this is my favorite board aside from maybe a Soundcraft M4, but quite honestly that is an unfair comparison. After using several Allen & Heath boards I have yet to be disappointed. They all have great build quality, never are weird (granted I have had one or two stereo channel defects, just went in with a soldering iron and fixed it) and are just great to use. I have used my GL2400 for live shows, tracking and mixdown and it has been a pleasure to work with! Quite honestly I think that people need to remember that audio technology is still an extension of electronics, things break and most problems are easily fixable. Just be creative! And in the case of this board, that should be easy with all the features on it. I would recommend this product to almost anyone besides an idiot (that said, there are very few of those in the audio community). If you have the cash, the need and the ear, this is your best choice for an all purpose sound board!

Fun Fact: If it was mixed on my board there is a signature of Cameron Aubrey on the mix CD. If it was on my old board it was a signature of Marcy.
Plenty of flexibility, sends, stereo channels, groups, auxillaries, and matrices.
Everything on this board rocks. Beautiful sound, great response, feel, and outperforms most other boards, if not all of them aside from touring and digital boards.
While I hate having to pay big bucks for this thing, it is worth it.

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4.0

Beware of Power Supply

By hendkm

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Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

We had this mixer Professionally installed in our church 3 years ago, and it just went haywire. Started making screeching sounds with all channels muted. We called the installer, and they knew exactly what it was about - faulty power supply. They've gotten several calls in recent months on this particular unit. It's served us well to this point, but now it's a $500 repair and we're out of luck for a couple of months.

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4.0

Ok console

By Jon-BpAUm

from Nashville TN

Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

I use this for recording ( I work at BNA Records) and its not the best thing I have ever had. I do enjoy some of the options on the console but I have a 24 channel Mackie and 16 Behinger that will out do this thing by a mile. Will recommend for expirenced engineers.

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5.0

Can't ask for more!

By hayasa8

from Atlanta

Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

Perfect mixer for most environments. Works great, Sounds great, Great support from A&H. Absolutely pleased with it.

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5.0

Profesional Board

By WfFDeHaJB

from Michigan

Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

For what this board offers;construction, the versitility set-ups for live and studio recording,an accurate EQ response,tight pre-amps,all around sound, feel and look of the board.I owned 3 boards pryer to this,I am totatly sold on Alen & Heath!!If your looking for a desk,save your money,this be the 1st.and last board you will buy!!!

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3.0

Mediocre experience with monitors

By GPengineer

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

I used this desk as a walk-in monitor engineer. I have used the 24 channel version and loved it and I own a 16 channel Gl2200. This desk however had some problems. The company that owned it told me this was the first time it had been out on a show but had been broken-in in their shop. The pre's sounded good and the EQ worked fine. This may just be the Allen and Heath but the sends on the group inserts were hot! I also would loose my group one with no warning. In order to get it back I would have to crank audio from a talk-back into it. Not a pleasant experience in the least.

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5.0

Great Dual Purpose Board

By Brad Calderwood

from Chicago

Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

I use this board for recording and sending signal to my live room PA. I'm really happy with the sound of this board. Punchy mic pres, a bit aggressive on the EQ's, but the matrix mixer section is pretty cool. I set the jumpers in the console on each track to allow EQ's before the direct out section for recording. I would have set the stereo channels at the end of the board. Sets off my channels by two after CH 14 in my 24 track set-up. I use this with two HD192's and I like the tones that I get. Very organic. Phase flip, line/mix switch and phantom pwr switch for each channel is a standard for these mixers. The dual purpose feature is awesome. Can be a monitoe/live mixer or a recording console. Just wish it had 8 group channels instead of 4. Pink noise and 1K test tone for calibrating with a DAW set-up was really nice. Great analog console. Helps to get those 'real' sounding tones.

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5.0

Solid mixer!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Allen & Heath GL2400-32 Live Console:

I've been using this as a FOH mixer for about 6 months. It is packed with features for the price. It sounds great, and has a responsive EQ. 7x4 Matrix is a nice added feature. I also like the stereo input channels, they're great for effects returns.

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