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New At NAMM: ME Personal Mixing System from Allen & Heath

Central to the ME system is a compact, fully-customisable ME-1 personal mixer, powered and connected via CAT5 and capable of managing up to 42 sources.

 

 

The accompanying ME-U hub enables star connection of multiple ME-1 mixers and interconnection to other professional digital mixers via MADI, Dante or EtherSound. ?ME-1 receives 40 sources via CAT5 (either mono or linked as stereo), and has a built-in ambient mic and local stereo aux input.

 

The mixer’s flexible grouping function enables any combination of sources to be mixed and laid out on the surface from a simple 2 button ‘Me and Everything else’ set up to a full mix of 16 buttons, allowing the user to control the whole mix with just 16 or fewer keys. The configuration and up to 16 presets can also be stored, recalled and transferred via USB key for quick set ups or archiving. ME-1’s layout incorporates backlit keys, soft rotary control, separate mic and mix levels, and an OLED display for custom channel naming (it is possible for names to automatically load when the mixer is connected to an A&H digital console).

 

The mixer uses Power Over Ethernet (POE) or can be mains powered using the included power supply. A mounting bracket for easy attachment to mic stands and a convenient headphone holder are also supplied. There are headphones and earpiece sockets, and a mono output for connection to powered monitors. Two locking EtherCon connectors allow daisy-chaining or star topology connection using the ME-U or off-the-shelf Ethernet hubs.

About the author

Bruce Bartlett

Audio Engineering Society member Bruce Bartlett is a recording engineer, audio journalist, and microphone engineer (www.bartlettaudio.com). His latest books are "Practical Recording Techniques 6th Edition" and "Recording Music On Location."


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