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Robert Walker

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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2015, 11:57:08 am »

OP - Are those things happening to you?

The need is not because of lack of inputs.  I just don't like the quality of the M32 and want a board that provides better sound to my clients and a better user experience for me.  I can certainly sell it today and get most of my money back on it.  So that's not a business decision.

And what you guys are saying, is that the GLD series is pretty much a lateral move, which was my fear and why I asked the question.  I've not used one live.  Just been able to handle it at trade shows.

Thank you all for you opinions.
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2015, 12:02:49 pm »

I disagree about the GLD being a lateral move from the X32/M32.  In my opinion, it's a solid step up.  If 32ch are enough, and you don't need the ME-1 mixers, then even though it's better it's not enough better in this case to spend money on. 
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2015, 12:03:52 pm »

I prefer mixing on a GLD over an M32 for sure, if you want a better experience. The bigger touchscreen interface and freely assignable fader layers, as well as more dedicated encoders for EQ and etc, make it much more like a DiGiCo or other high end desk to me than an M32 or etc. The channel processing include vintage emulations on every channel in addition to several compressor modes, leaving lots of room for creativity on all channels you just don't get on the M32. The case will be smaller than an M32 case for sure, which was a big deal for me. If you're looking for a better experience, the GLD definitely is more on par with the Pro1 and SD11 than the M32 IMHO.
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2015, 12:53:48 am »

Speaking of Digico, have you looked at the new S21? It should be out soon.
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2015, 01:08:26 pm »

Speaking of Digico, have you looked at the new S21? It should be out soon.

I saw it a Infocomm a couple of weeks ago.  While I expected it to be the bomb, I was quite disappointed in it.  It just didn't live up to the hype of the video announcements that I saw.  I guess they set the bar so high with the videos, that not even a gold plated desk could have met my expectations.

I'm sure it's a great board that I just need to spend more time with.

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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2015, 01:13:37 pm »


I saw it a Infocomm a couple of weeks ago.  While I expected it to be the bomb, I was quite disappointed in it.  It just didn't live up to the hype of the video announcements that I saw.  I guess they set the bar so high with the videos, that not even a gold plated desk could have met my expectations.

I'm sure it's a great board that I just need to spend more time with.

Can you describe your disappointment in more detail? Feel free to PM me as well.
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2015, 01:41:58 pm »

Can you describe your disappointment in more detail? Feel free to PM me as well.

I didn't like the software.  I found myself unable to walk up and do some of the simplest of tasks with it (although I'm sure with a 10 minute tutorial I'd be just fine).  I didn't like the feel.  I thought the faders felt very cheap and plasiticy.  I liked the large dual screens, but felt that their resolution wasn't as crisp as it should have been.  I love the overall look of the desk, though.

And of course, what we all judge by, the sound, was not something that I could determine just by looking at the desk.  That is reserved for another day.
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2015, 06:37:04 am »

I'm curious about where this board sits in the world of digital consoles.

Is it considered at the peak of the prosumer consoles or is it considered at the bottom of the pro-end consoles?

I'm looking to move up from the Midas M32 that I currently own and want to move into a higher quality of desk.  The GLD 112 seems like a step up.  But it also seems like a half step down from the Midas Pro 1.

However, I'm not really fond of the Pro 1's design, but love the "Midas Sound".  The Pro 2 is over my budget.

I run sound for local/regional bands, so I'm not concerned with rider friendliness.  They choose me, not my gear.  The bands expect me to provide excellent sound for them and trust the gear that I've selected.  I'm going to a new desk to further MY skills and be able to offer even better sound.

Any input from those who've used all of three of these desks (M32, Pro1 and GLD), I'd love to hear your input.

Thanks.

Robert

The GLD series of consoles are quite under-rated, actually.  That's not to say they are better or worse than what you have or are looking into.  For you it might be a big step up, it might be a sideways move, or it might not be the best move in the end.  There are many questions to be asked to determine that.  However I'll say this---I deal with LARGE-scale design/build installations and systems upgrades as well, for all kinds of facilities, user-bases, and budgets.  Some projects are in the millions of dollars, others are well---nowhere near that.  I seek to find the best solution for the needs of that space/user so that the recommendation made is the best one.  My point is, it's best to get your needs on the table, what you want, what you're not getting out of your system now, and what you expect to achieve.

Okay to get down to the nuts and bolts.... I've installed a fair amount of GLD80 and GLD112 consoles and I must say they are amazing consoles for what they do and their price point.  The pre's are excellent, the EQ's are very musical, the compressors and limiters are quite transparent, and the board definitely does NOT have a digital sound.  Now, the console itself feels a little "cheap" compared to say a higher-end iLive series console but it's a solidly built product that performs as advertised.  The fact that you can add (1) 24x12 and (2) 8x4 digtial snakes, either at FOH or on the stage, is great.  Personally I do prefer the GLD112 for the extra fader count but the GLD80 is certainly more compact.  Is this the solution for you?  Couldn't tell you, would need to know a great deal more information.  But I can and will say this---I've not put a GLD series console into the hands of any of my clients and them not love the console. Even one of my former colleagues couldn't get into it (didn't like the layout) until I sat him down to demo the console, he agreed it's a pretty amazing board. 
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Re: Allen & Heath GLD-112
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