VME’s Andre Davie (left) and Dion Davie with the new Allen & Heath GL2800 in their warehouse. Photo credit: James Cumpsty.
VME Ltd., a rental, sales, and installation company based in Cheshire, UK, has purchased two Allen & Heath GL2800 dual-function live sound consoles (24- and 32-channel versions) as part of an upgrade to its P.A. hire stock. VME already owns several Allen & Heath consoles from the ML, WZ, PA and Xone Series.
“The GL2800 is the perfect size for smaller venues, gigs and festivals, which make up a huge portion of our hire business. The mixer’s 10 auxes provide plenty of capacity, so we are easily able to manage FOH, monitors and have room left over for effects,” says VME director Dion Davie. “The GL2800 has a new mic preamp design, which offers great headroom and clean sound, and a brand new 4-band EQ, which is incredibly accurate and musical. All in all, they are very rider-friendly consoles and a fantastic addition to our stock.”
The 32-channel version recently went out on its debut gig at a new live music night, “Apathy Descends,” held at Blackpool’s The Tache Rock Club. The night featured rising UK punk bands 180 Degrees, Phinius Gage and Failsafe.
“The GL2800 performed brilliantly,” says VME engineer Owen Hardman. “We easily managed FOH and monitors for the three bands. Plus, as with all of Allen & Heath’s mixers, it’s nicely set out and easy to use, which is ideal for any guest engineers.”
The GL2800 was complemented by Kling & Freitag speakers, Lab Gruppen amps, and Drawmer and Yamaha gates, compressors and effects units.