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Allen & Heath GS3000 8-Bus Recording Console – with tubes (valves)! (part 2)

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The Allen & Heath GS3000 is an 8-buss console. 8-buss consoles are very
popular since the combination of eight mixable outputs and direct outputs from
the channels (which the GS3000 features) covers virtually every situation you
are likely to come across in music studio recording. 24-channel and 32-channel
frame sizes are offered which give respectively 52 and 68 inputs to the mix.
The topology is in-line, meaning that each channel strip contains the monitor
controls for one channel of the multitrack, as opposed to the now quite rare
split monitoring design where the multitrack monitors are somewhere else on
the control surface entirely. As a surprising bonus, the GS3000 includes a two
channel valve stage which can be patched into the console wherever necessary,
and can also be used as a guitar input preamplifier. I have been saying for
a long time that mixing consoles should have high impedance inputs as well as
the traditional mic and line inputs, suitable for electric guitars and pianos
etc. Here, at last, we have them and with valve warmth too! Although the GS3000
doesn’t have fader automation (which you could hardly expect in its price
range) it does have the potential for mute automation, which is really half
the battle when it comes to mixing band recordings, and in addition it offers
integrated machine control. This means that your multitrack(s) can be away in
a machine room somewhere and you can perform all necessary transport and track
arming commands right from where you are sitting. This originally was how SSL
made their big breakthrough, by incorporating machine control and automation
into the console, and Allen & Heath have made a similar breakthrough on
a project studio level. Of course machine control is nothing if it isn’t
easy to use and gives you the functions you need. We’ll see later whether
it does or not. But first…

David Mellor

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