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Allen&Heath ME-1

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

$799.00 $649.00

Personal Monitor Mixer with 16 Assignable Keys, One-knob Control, USB Port, and OLED Screen

Description

The Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Mixer puts the musician in control of their own monitor mix. Each performer can be given a tailored setup that works perfectly for them, whether they crave maximum control over the fine details of their mix or just want the minimum of keys to press. Operation is intuitive and elegant, with simple controls, clear visual feedback and custom naming for instant familiarity.

ME-1 is the cornerstone of the ME Personal Mixing System and is ready to use with the Allen & Heath iLive and GLD series digital mixers. ME-1 is complemented by the ME-U hub, which opens up the benefits of ME to users of other professional digital mixers via Dante, EtherSound or MADI. ME-1 also has an Aviom® compatibility mode for use with Aviom® Pro16® systems.

Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Mixer Features:

  • Fully customizable
  • Intuitive operation
  • Compact, smart design
  • 40 sources from GLD or iLive
  • Compatible with MADI, Dante or EtherSound via ME-U hub
  • Daisy chain or use standard PoE Ethernet hubs
  • 16 assignable keys to suit application

Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Mixer Specifications:

  • Inputs: 40 inputs (Cat5), Stereo Aux, Ambient Mic
  • Outputs: 2x Stereo (Line or Headphones), Mono Line Out
  • Input Control: Level, Mute, Pan, Solo, Trim All
  • Master Control: Level, Mute, 3-band EQ, Limiter
  • Group Control: Level, Mute, Level/Pan for sources within Group
  • Groups: 16, Up to 40 sources assignable
  • Presets: 16, Store input Levels, Mutes, Pans, Key assign, Names, Group sources
  • Config: Stores Setup and all Presets
  • Names: Channels, Keys, Unit, Presets, Config
  • USB Data Port: Individual Presets or Config transfer, Firmware update
  • Cat5 Audio and PoE: Link In and Link Out, locking EtherCon connectors
  • Stereo Out:
    • Stereo 1/4″ and 3.5mm Jacks
    • Headphones 300mW+300mW into 100 ohm load
    • Max +21dBu
  • Mono Output:
    • Balanced TRS Jack
    • Nominal 0dBu, Max +18dBu
  • Aux Input:
    • Stereo 3.5mm Jack
    • Nominal -8dBu, Max +10dBu
    • Input Impedance >10kOhm
  • AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit Delta/Sigma, 48kHz
  • Residual Output Noise: -95dBu (Level down, 20-20kHz)
  • Frequency response: +0/-1dB 10Hz to 20kHz
  • Mains Power Unit (supplied): 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz in, 12V DC 1.25A out
  • Power over Cat5 cable (PoE): 10W (Requires 13W from PoE hub)
  • Dimensions: 8.9″ W x 5.9″ D x 2.2″ H (225 x 150 x 55 mm)
  • Weight (inc phones hook): 2 lbs (900g)

1 review for Allen&Heath ME-1

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Garrett

    Since my start as a monitor engineer oh so long ago, I have often felt like a grumpy old man when it comes to personal mixers for the band. Maybe it comes from my fear of being replaced, or my dislike of stage clutter. Either way, I have not generally been a huge fan. However, as I have transitioned into the church world, I have begun to warm up to the idea.

    In the fall of 2013 my church was in desperate need of a new monitor console: our existing 12-year-old analog console gave up the smoke. Literally, it started smoking. At this point, our setup consisted of personal stage mixers for the band, as well as vocalist feeds from a separate monitor console and split snake. This allowed the band to keep their gain structure separate from the front-of-house (FOH) console, thus eliminating any changes to the bands’ mix levels when gain adjustments were made. In addition, having a separate monitor board allowed for a simple transition to mixed monitors for vocalists if needed. When I was asked to demo Allen and Heath’s new personal mixer, the ME-1, I was delighted. With several new campuses opening in the near future, my church is beginning to think about how to outfit its new multi-campus technical infrastructure. Not wanting to stick with the current brand set up, I was looking forward to using the ME-1 in a real-life demo application. Having just installed an Allen and Heath monitor console, the ME-1 seemed to be the logical place for us to start.

    Options Abound

    Going into this review, I knew next to nothing about the ME-1. The only information I had was that Allen and Heath made a personal mixer for the band. For the demo, I received a pelican flight case with five ME-1 stations, an ME-U Personal Monitor Hub, and several card options. I was immediately impressed by the flexibility of the system as a whole: being able to work with a multitude of options. I initially just plugged the ME-1s in alongside our older, existing personal monitor mixers, and they worked just fine. The only caveat to doing this was that I was limited to 16 channels, and I wanted to take advantage of the 40 that the ME-1 boasts.

    Knowing how other more-than-16-channel personal mixers work, I figured that the ME-1 functioned the same way: each being able to select 16 channels from the pool of 40. Wrong. The ME-1 can actually handle 40 channels. This feature completely blew me away. Through the use of “groups,” the ME-1 is actually independently doing the sub-mixing on each unit. For example, on our existing personal monitor mixers, I can send the drums down an auxiliary output for the vocalists, and they have volume control over what they receive. The problem with this is it becomes a “deal with it” situation if you have multiple vocalists who want different mixes.

    On the ME-1, I made channel one “drums,” then in that channel I sent the kick, snare, high hat, toms, and cymbals. With the push of a few buttons and the turning of some knobs, each band member receives independent control of each microphone on the drum kit—with panning for toms and cymbals. Once you back out of group controls, channel one operates as an overall volume for the entire drum set. If I were tweeting right now I would include the hashtag #MindBlown.

    Having the increased channel count also eliminates the need for multiple systems. For example, to overcome the limitations of 16 channels in our current system, we run two separate systems: one for the band with channels that are important to them (see: separating the drums out and having the vocalists all in a single channel), and the other for the vocalists who prefer to have the drums all in one channel and vocalists separated. Because the ME-1 handles all the grouping features, it is no longer necessary to use auxes on the console to create summed mixes. Utilizing direct outs from the console, the engineer is free to use the available auxes for things other than sub-mixing.

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