The Azan Shrine Center in Melbourne, FL, a multipurpose facility that hosts festivals, corporate events, weddings and more, was recently outfitted with a new sound reinforcement system incorporating a Qu-16 digital mixer from Allen & Heath.
“In terms of the events this room hosts, they’re about as wide-ranging as you can get,” says Kris Johnson of Colorado Springs-based Sight and Sound Technologies (SST), the firm that handled the upgrade, “Those who rent out the hall have audio needs that are just as varied. They want sound for video, to play music, have a full complement of mics, and even do small theatrical productions — and they want it all in a package that anyone can just walk up to and operate.”
The compact Qu-16 mixer was added to the new system’s front-end after the incorporation of ceiling-mounted loudspeakers throughout the 5,600-plus-square-foot main hall and ancillary rooms. The rest of the system’s supporting electronics were assembled and housed in a lockdown rack behind the stage.
Johnson also implemented Allen & Heath’s Qu-Control iOS app. Offering up to five screens with 15 control “widgets” on each, the app was configured with custom-made pages controlling zone levels, sources, scenes, and microphone selections. Starting at the top with a page of primary functions such as a push button for on/off and sliding volume controls, more specialized functions follow beneath, such as individual mic control. A default scene was also created that can be used to quickly restore normal functions if they’re ever lost.
“The system has surpassed everyone’s expectations,” Johnson concludes. “We installed a number of safeguards as well, so even if someone accidentally turns a microphone up all the way it won’t feedback. Everything about this design is simple and robust. This was one of those jobs that you know you’ll walkaway from and never get a phone call for help. The only thing the Shriners have said is that they love it.”