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Scott Sutherland

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Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« on: April 13, 2008, 05:12:29 pm »

I have been pondering for about 4 months whether to purchase an A&H GL4800 mixer.  I had a few questions that the tech staff was able to answer... sort of.  The next request was to the local distributor for A&H products: "Where could I go to look at a GL4800 before I purchase one?  I would be willing to travel up to 100 miles to see one."  His response was "No, I can't think of any right now."

Is it too much to ask to see an $8000+ mixer before you buy one?

When I expressed an interest in a Yamaha LS9-32, the local dealer called me back 8 times to try to persuade me to purchase one.  He probably would have dropped one off at my door for me to demo, but I explained to him I really wanted an analog board with automation.

Should I give up on A&H?

Scott (stuck on analog)
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Steve Hurt

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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2008, 06:23:12 pm »

Why not post what city you are located in.

You might get lucky and find a Labster who will let you come and check their's out.
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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2008, 06:32:06 pm »

Done! Thanks!
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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 11:39:41 am »

Scott Sutherland wrote on Sun, 13 April 2008 17:12

...I really wanted an analog board with automation.



The GL4800 has automation?  Or are you talking about the various mute scenes you can have?  Maybe I'm just not up-to-date on the ne version of console.


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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2008, 08:39:34 pm »

Jordan,

I consider it automation (128 mute scenes and 8 mute groups).  No flying faders.

How do you like the GL4000? Has it met your expectations?

Thanks,

Scott
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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2008, 01:39:14 am »

I enjoy using it.  The board is a permanent install at my university in a 697-seat auditorium.

I wish there was a switchable shelving/bell filter on the highs/lows.  The switchable wide/narrow bell on the peaking filter is handy for pinpointing those pesky freqs. that like to creep up on ya.  I would prefer a swept Q control, but I guess that's why there are more expensive consoles...

Some people don't like the feel of the faders on A&H boards - too flimsy; I enjoy their smooth and easy operation, but it is important not to bump a fader as it will move more easily than those on some other brands.

The MIDI is great if you set it up with Mute Scene automation to work with outboard FX, etc. (change the FX with the scene, good for theater/repeated song sets).

I've never worked on a Midas or a large-format Yamaha, so I can't compare features, feel, or intuitive design, but from my experience, it's a good board that anyone can work on so long as they know the basics.

<aside>I have been hankering to try an APB Dynasonics' Spectra series board.  They don't have mute scenes, but they have gotten rave reviews and many on the SR forums will be glad to share their experience(s).  PM Chuck Augustowski for more details or search the forum.</aside>
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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008, 03:31:23 pm »

Scott, shoot me an email, and I will arrange a demo for you with the GL4800 console..

Are you in the Pittsburgh area???

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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 07:42:01 pm »

Mike Palmer wrote on Fri, 18 April 2008 15:31

Scott, shoot me an email, and I will arrange a demo for you with the GL4800 console..

Are you in the Pittsburgh area???

Michael Palmer
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Allen & Heath USA
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And there you have it...  Great to see a company looking out for it customers, past, present, and future!
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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2008, 06:50:30 am »

Mike,

Thanks for your help in expediting the delivery of my new console.

It's everything I expected and more.

Thanks again,

Scott Sutherland
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Re: Too much to ask? A&H GL4800
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008, 01:29:10 pm »

No Problem Scott, Any Time, I Glad we
could make it work for you.
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