Allen & Heath has unveiled a new generation of its industry classic MixWizard range at the Infocomm show. Comprising the WZ4 16:2, WZ4 12:2 and WZ4 14:4:2, new 4th generation MixWizards feature enhanced styling and improved performance and functionality, including EQ in/out switching and new dual digital FX engines on the 16:2 and 12:2 models, along with an optional USB multi-track recording and playback interface card.
Originally launched in the 1990s, the MixWizard 19” rack mountable mixer range earned industry standard status for great audio, build quality and versatility, and is used in thousands of rental companies, live venues, houses of worship, recording and broadcast studios all over the world.
Every MixWizard features the new EQ in/out switching, and optional multichannel USB interface with high quality multichannel soundcard for easy recording and stereo playback. All models retain the highly acclaimed transparent mic pre-amp and 4-band EQ with 2 sweepable mids, high quality 100mm faders, 6 auxiliary sends, 12 segment bar graph metering, and unique QCC connector system for easy desktop, rack or flightcase mounting.
The WZ4 16:2 has 16 mic/line inputs and 2 stereo returns, plus separate LR and Mono faders. The WZ4 12:2 has 8 mono channels, 2 dual stereo channels and 2 stereo returns, separate LR and Mono output faders. Both feature the new stereo Dual FX engines, with 7 segment LED display as part of the improved user interface which also includes tap tempo and an encoder to adjust FX parameters, which provide an updated suite of 20 studio quality FX presets. WZ4 14:4:2 is a dual function mixer, with 10 mono inputs, 2 dual stereo inputs, 4 sub groups, a 6 x 2 matrix for creating custom mixes, and an oscillator and pink noise generator for line-up and speaker testing.
“It’s been 17 years since we launched the first model and nearly 100,000 have been sold but MixWizards are still a relevant choice for today’s sound engineers, providing a tough, reliable and easy to service compact mixer, which can manage any number of events from church services to radio broadcast,” comments leading analogue designer, Mike Griffin.
Pricing will remain the same as the WZ3 models, and available from July 2013.