Allen & Heath’s dLive and Qu series mixing systems were recently deployed for front of house, monitor and broadcast duties at the week-long 14th edition of the Cartagena International Music Festival, set in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
Year after year, nearly 25,000 spectators flock to the festival, which brings together classical musicians. Held at various venues throughout the city, the festival also hosts a variety of exhibitions, musical masterclasses and educational programs for young, aspiring artists.
As per previous years, the festival turned to Colombian rental company 903 Event Production (903pro) to provide audio across several locations with dLive and Qu supporting the variety and volume of events and broadcasts taking place over the week.
“I’ve been mixing classical music festivals in different parts of the world for more than 20 years and I can honestly say that Allen & Heath consoles are just perfect for the job,” explains head engineer, Stefano Melone.
The main stage, located in the Plaza de San Pedro Claver and operated by Melone, featured a dLive C3500 setup, paired with a CDM64 MixRack and Waves card, used for multi-track recording. A Qu-16 provided support for the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Chapel, while a Qu-32 was deployed for TV broadcasting. Additionally, a GLD system handled audio within the Convention Centre.
Melone concludes, “I’ve always preferred the sound of Allen & Heath for its clarity, depth and quality of its FX. Overall, A&H was the best solution for the job and I’m very satisfied with the results from this festival.”