Created to meet the surge in demand for livestreaming services resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, Swedish production company QTECH has launched a new streaming division, QTECH LIVE, developing a system approach that utilizes an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.
Reacting quickly to changing circumstances, on the day after Sweden announced restrictions on live performances in March, founder Timmy Qvarnström and CEO Kevin Qvarnström began the transformation of the QTECH warehouse near Gothenburg into a dedicated streaming facility. Although QTECH already possessed most of the equipment required for the new venture, it needed a mix system capable of handling tight setup times and a diverse program of interviews, presentations and performances across three separate studio spaces.
In response, Arnold Lindberg of Sound Industry Gbg, a long-time colleague of the Qvarnströms, offered to loan QTECH his dLive system, preferring to see it put to good use while touring is on hold. Lindberg has extensive experience with dLive, including a 2019 international tour with Swedish metal band Lok, and was able to help QTECH head of sound Jesper Sirenius with implementing the system.
Lindberg’s dLive system centers on a DM64 MixRack controlled by an S7000 surface, with an IP8 remote controller providing an extra eight faders for managing FX returns. A Waves 3 card fitted in the S7000 provides access to a Waves Mobile Server for additional plugins.
“I’d never worked on an A&H mixer before, but with about an hour crash course with Arnold I was up and running,” Sirenius notes. “The dLive has been the perfect tool for our livestream setup. With new bands and shows every day the switching between different setups is as easy as it gets. The drag and drop feature of the channels on the surface is one of the things that has made it super easy and quick to get the setup of the day up and running within a minute.”
QTECH LIVE is now expanding quickly in streaming talk shows and sports events as well as live shows by artists that include the Troublemakers, Attentat and Jävlaranamma, plus launch parties and interviews with bands such as Gathering of Kings and Amaranthe.