Following the announcement of the imminent launch of the PA20 and PA28 live stereo consoles at the NSCA 2003 Show, Allen & Heath has now extended the series to include the new PA12 mixer. All three consoles will be seen for the first time in the USA at the 115th AES Convention in New York in October (Booth #337, Jakob K. Javits Center, New York, October 10-13, 2003).

The PA12, PA20 and PA28 mixers are unpowered siblings of the company's recently launched PA-CP (Constant Power) models. Rack-mountable or stand-alone, the PA12 has eight mono and two stereo channels. The PA20 has 16 mono plus two dual stereo channels, giving a channel count of 20 inputs, while the PA28 has 24 mono and the same stereo configuration.

The main features of the unpowered PA Series are a new padless preamp, internal and editable Digital FX, SPDIF output and parametric output EQ.

The PA series is targeted at live sound customers including PA and AV rental companies operating smaller systems, bands, music venues, churches and schools. The PA12 is particularly suitable for the requirements of smaller bands and performers in the MI market as well as a host of other applications.

PA Series mono channels feature an XLR input with individual +48V phantom power and a TRS jack input which feed a new two-stage padless preamp, which directs line sources to the second stage for improved matching and performance. The EQ is a specially designed four-band type with shelving LF and HF, a fixed LM band at 250Hz and a swept HM.

The four-band semi-parametric EQ which proved to be such an important feature on the amplifier outputs on the powered mixers is also available on the main outputs of the unpowered PA Series.

Four auxiliary sends are included, with two pre-fade sends for foldback, one post-fade for internal Digital FX or external effects and another post-fade for additional effects or special feeds. Mute and PFL switches with LEDs, peak metering and a 100mm fader are also provided. Also included in the mixers' comprehensive feature set are integral editable Digital FX, 12-segment LED meters, XLR lamp socket and background music facility.

The consoles provide a main output with 100mm fader, mute switch and LED on TRS jacks, plus a mono sum output with level control which can be switched to subwoofer mode. Pre/post fader analog and digital recording outputs are provided on RCA phono and SPDIF connectors.

Further information on all these additions to the range can be found on the company's web site: www.allen-heath.com.

Allen & Heath designs and manufactures professional audio mixing consoles for an international clientele in the live sound, installed systems and nightclub markets. Allen&Heath USA has been set up by North American Pro Audio (NAPA) to provide U.S. distribution for the British audio mixing console manufacturer.