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Re Qu:Drive:
That was the case earlier. Now all 18 tracks are freely assignable: you can record whatever you want: mono and st ins, fx returns, mixes, groups, mains, mtxs, but up to a max of 18x tracks. Sample rate is fixed @ 48kHz. AFAIK the limitation is to do with buffering and the (potentially limited) write speed of the HDD. When using a computer via the USB-B socket on the rear of the machine, the computer can take its own CPU and RAM into account and be configured with whatever buffer is required such that no data is dropped for 32 tracks. When recording direct to HDD, you don’t have that luxury of the extra CPU and RAM to play with, so they limited it to 18 tracks. It may also have had something to do with the Qu16 coming out first and only having 16 inputs, so an 18-track Qu-Drive made sense. When the 24/32 came out A&H may not have wanted to re-write the whole Qu-Drive code to cope with extra inputs for the other consoles. Just my speculation.

RE Screen size:
Yes, 5″ is small, but not such that it’s un-usable. Also bear in mind that you’ve got your physical sends on faders to dial in your mixes, and dedicated controls on the superstrip for your processing, and GEQ on faders too. You can also mix from an ipad with a 10″ screen. You’ve also got your softkeys for tap tempos and scene recall too. All these add up such that you’ll probably find you’re not relying on the screen as much as you thought you would. It’s just dialling in the various parameters of the dynamics processors (attack, release etc, remember you’ve got dedicated threshold controls on the SuperStrip) and configuring the FX parameters that you really need the screen for. Screen on Qu32 is 7″.

Re issues:
Have a look in the toubleshooting section and feature suggestions section of the forums to get ideas of what some people see as shortcomings. Personally I think it’s great for the price. One major-ish issues seem to be that sometimes the Qu-Drive recordings would skip. A lot of these instances seem to be the result of vibrations caused by subs in a loud room affecting mechanical HDDs. People using flash storage/some sort of dampening around the HDD seem to have less issues. A&H did increase a buffer size in a pervious firmware update which also seems to have helped. A&H seem to listen to people on the forums though re bugs and requests, to a degree. They implemented channel naming and multiple iOS device control through firmware updates.

Re Channel A/B
Not ATM (though obviously I can’t comment on what A&H have planned for future firmware, if anything.) ATM all you can do is create scenes with the appropriate recall filters and assign the recall to softkeys.

Processing switch:
No. Fixed as per block diagram: input channels are polarity inversion>insert point>hpf>gate>peq>comp>delay. Be aware FX returns only have peq, no comp. Mixes/groups/mains/mtxs are insert point>peq>geq>comp>delay. You can switch different blocks in and out though.

Yep. Homescreen, press the meters tab. You’ve also got the main meter and LEDs above every fader too.

Mix routing:
ATM You can’t route mix1-10 to LR (unless you go via analogue.) You can route groups1-4 (which are really 2 stereo groups, you can’t split them to 4 mono groups) to LR. You can route mix1-10, gr1-4, and LR to a matrix, so if you were running your mains off a matrix, you could in effect use mix-10 as (4x mono and 3x stereo) extra subgroups if gr1-4 wasn’t enough.


Edit: beaten. Sorry.