Allen & Heath has launched the WZ3Monitor, a rackmount/desktop console that combines the design principles of the MixWizard Series with modern monitor facilities.
Furnished with 16 mono mic/line inputs, the desk boasts 12 mix outputs that can be assigned as either mono or stereo pairs to take advantage of personal monitoring.
Mechanically identical to other MixWizards—with individual card, nutted pot construction and Quick Change Connector pod—the WZ3Monitor presents the monitor engineer with a compact desk capable of mixing a large number of wedge and in-ear sources.
Input channels feature the WZ3 preamplifier and include a passive microphone splitter and individual phantom power. In common with the entire Wizard range, WZ3Monitor has four extended-range overlapping bands of EQ (two with frequency sweeps); a rotary channel fader, mute switch, PFL and signal and peak meters complete the strip.
The auxiliaries are arranged so that sends 1 through 4 may be switched pre- or postfader; sends 5 through 12 are set to postfade, though these may be set using internal jumpers to prefade. The mix-send controls are configured as level controls in mono mode but are level and pan in stereo mode. All mix controls are on 60mm faders, color-coded in pairs, and each stereo mix is provided with stereo AFL signal checking.
The user is provided with a monitor output for wedge speaker, as well as a stereo headphone output with level control. The mixer can be set up as required in either desktop or rackmount configuration, and the mixer has an internal power supply as well as a backup power-supply input socket.
The WZ3Monitor mixer will be shipping in February 2007.