Product Reviews

Heil PR30 - The Last Choir Microphone You’ll Ever Need?

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pr30_4Several years ago, one of our clients called with a challenge.  He needed to hear his choir without resorting to lots of signal processing and radical equalization.  What's a song without the words, right?!  So he asked, "We've tried lots of different condenser microphones; what about a large diaphragm dynamic microphone?" 

My first reaction was that a dynamic microphone couldn’t possibly be sensitive enough to pick up a choir well.  The benefit of a condenser microphone is that its diaphragm has a lower mass and is more responsive to sound.  He went on to say that his condenser microphones ($600 each) were too sensitive and that, even though they sounded great, he was having trouble with feedback and that he was picking up not only the choir, but everything from the third row of the congregation, to the drums, to the guitar amplifier along with the choir, and 6’ up the back wall where the monitors were being reflected.


In short, he had plenty of sensitivity, but no isolation – he was picking up every noise on the platform.  And when the choir ended an upbeat number, he had to make sure that the cutoff wasn’t marred by feedback.  Needless to say, that wasn’t what he wanted.

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Allen & Heath GL2400 Series

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A real mixer at a reasonable price!

The Allen & Heath GL2400 Live Console is loaded with the features you need for all kinds of mixing applications. If you’re like me, you’ve had enough of bad audio to last a lifetime.  The old soundman’s joke is that we’ve all bought at least two systems (hopefully not three) – the cheap one and the right one, with the right one, of course, being less expensive than the combination of the cheap one and the right one together. 

I’ve been in your shoes.  I evaluate new equipment every day, and sometimes get sidetracked by pretty gear masquerading as good gear.  I’m always curious (and hopeful) to see if a company can really create something that works reliably, sounds good and that it can stay in business while selling for 60% less than the competition.  Chinese labor can only go so far before quality has to be thrown out the window in order to hit a specific price point. 

In my almost 20 years in this chair, I’ve seen many companies come and go, and have heard the stories often enough that I do everything that I can to steer you the right way.  Quite frankly, if I’m trying to get a manufacturer to fix your mixer, I’m not as productive as I want to be, so it’s in the best interest of both of us for me to sell high-quality products that don’t break. 

That way, your gear becomes a non-issue for you, you think that I’m a genius, and I can spend my time doing something more important – whether it’s eating lunch with the guys, watching my nephews play soccer, or telling you about something new.  I really don’t like having to mess with product repair service, so I try not to, even if that means less money for me by not selling something that I know isn’t good. 

I can’t count the number of times that people have said to me, “I wish that I had taken your advise and not purchased the other product.”  Whatever you’re buying, there’s generally a reason to watch for when something appears to be too good to be true.  There is no “something for nothing.”

In the world of audio gear, you get what you pay for every time.  Who’s selling $300 ounces of gold today?  No one.  Why?  The market price is closer to $1100.  If someone offered you single ounces of gold for $300 in a $1100 environment, wouldn’t you be suspicious? 

The GL2400 is within financial reach of most people, even those just starting out.  It’s quite possibly the best mixer than money can buy in its price range.  It offers 4 subgroups, 6 auxiliaries, and LR mixes, enhanced 7x4 matrix, multi-source stereo channels, and aux-fed subs capability.  It has great microphone preamp circuitry (with an extended 74dB gain range) with massive headroom (up to +34dBu). Its responsive 4-band EQ, and every other element of circuit design has been carefully engineered to ensure the best sonic performance possible.

When I picked a new analog mixer for my own church, I picked the GL2400 32-channel model, and I get to mix on it quite often.  Never a day goes by that I miss our other mixer.  From day one, the system sounded better, and I found that the GL2400 was worth every penny. 

Allen & Heath GL2400 Live Console Features:

* 16, 24, 32, and 40-channel frame sizes
* 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
* 4-pin XLR lamp sockets

If you’re tired of cheap gear that acts like cheap gear, find your way to Allen & Heath for high quality gear at reasonable prices.  When you turn the knobs on the channel equalizer, the GL2400 will actually do something – and that “something” will be consistent from channel to channel to channel, all the way up and down the mixer. 

Allen & Heath GL2400 – Ground Shipping Included! 
16-Channel      $1699
24 Channel      $1999
32-Channel      $2499 - $100 off!
40-Channel      $3599

   

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