Allen & Heath announced the release of the ME-500 Personal Mixer, an accessible personal monitoring solution for houses of worship, rental companies and performing artists.
ME-500 Personal Mixer
As a 16-channel complement to the existing 40-channel ME-1, the ME-500 allows musicians to quickly and independently build and control their own monitor mixes with simplified setup and controls. Like the ME-1, the new ME-500 is plug ‘n’ play compatible with Allen & Heath’s digital mixer range or with third party digital consoles via the ME-U hub.
ME-500 features include a crisp, dimmable display, 16 backlit select keys, mute and solo buttons, a master level with limiter and EQ, plus a single rotary encoder for all main navigation and control. Each ME-500 can store and recall 8 user presets for different mixes, users and shows and save them to a USB thumb drive. Outputs include a minijack and ¼” headphone jack and a TRS mono out for wedge monitors.
Any number of ME-500 and ME-1 personal mixers can be added to a system. Secure EtherCon connectors allow ME-500s to be daisy-chained, or deployed in a star topology using the ME-U or an off-the-shelf PoE switch.
“Allen & Heath’s Personal Mixing Systems help venues and tours keep stage levels under control and use their sound check time more efficiently," said Ben Morgan, Allen & Heath’s Live Sound Product Manager. "Our established ME-1 Personal Mixer allows a user to craft the perfect mix from up to 40 sources, but many customers have been asking for a more accessible alternative for volunteers and first-time users. That’s exactly what we achieved with the ME-500.”