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QSC Audio Donates Sound Reinforcement Support To Star-Studded Haiti Fundraiser

More than $200K raised to assist earthquake-ravaged nation

By PSW Staff February 18, 2010

Dave Koz performing live, and heard via QSC Audio components, at Haiti Food Project: A Second Aid Benefit Concert

QSC Audio was integral to a recent star-studded charity event that raised much needed funds to assist the people of earthquake ravaged Haiti, donating all audio support, with the assistance of West Coast Sound providing supplemental equipment and crew, to the Haiti Food Project: A Second Aid Benefit Concert.

Held at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, California, the event was held in collaboration with Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, which since 1985 has granted over $50 million to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds, and The Board of Rabbis of Southern California. 

The event was attended by a bevy of leading personalities, entertainers and politicians, including Deepak Chopra, Her Excellency Geri Benoit, Haiti’s Ambassador to the UN World Food Program and Former First Lady of Haiti, Robert Wexler, Beverly Todd, Lou Gossett Jr., Brenda Russell and many others.

According to Evan MacKenzie, QSC Audio Director of Marketing & Communications, “When my colleagues at Innovation Protocol, the event’s branding and marketing strategy agency, called me about this need, no one at QSC hesitated for one moment about getting involved.

“It’s impossible to be passive when such devastating events take a tremendous toll on other nations. This is a privilege to donate our services and lend equipment to an event whose sole purpose is to relieve the suffering of others. It was a team effort and an honor everyone at Innovation Protocol, Mazon and QSC Audio, can be proud of.”

Brian English, QSC Audio Director of Concert System Solutions, an accomplished and talented soundman in his own right, lent his time and talent to run the PM5D console for front-of-house sound and David Cepeda, another QSC live sound engineer, who ran the M7 console for monitors. 

The QSC Audio Wideline 8 system, consisting of six cabinets per side, augmented with two QSC Wideline WL212 dual-12 subwoofers and GP218 dual-18 ground support subs per side, provided clear and articulate audio for the diverse program material of live musical performances by Dave Koz to spoken-word by Deepak Chopra and others.

A mix of QSC active loudspeakers provided foldback for entertainers and musicians, including two HPR153i 3-way loudspeakers for side fills, four HPR 122 12-inch two-way loudspeakers, one HPR181 subwoofer to augment low-end for the drummer, two K-10s and a wide range of QSC’s new Concert Stage Monitors. 

All passive loudspeakers were driven by two racks of QSC Audio PL-340 and PL-380 power amps.

According to Steve Addison, Event Producer, “QSC’s sound system literally made the show.  To have world class sound and engineers for the event took it from being just good to being absolutely magic.”

Dr. Eric Schockman, President of MAZON, creator of the event and program, stated, “The sound was breathtaking, and brought the crowd completely into the performances, giving us so many powerful moments that wouldn’t have been possible without it.”

Gear List: 
From QSC
12 x WideLine 8s (6 per side stacked)
4 x WL212 subs (2 per side)
4 x GP218 subs (2 per side)
Amp Racks A & B with QSC PL-340 & Pl-380 amps (for house)
2 x Monitor amp racks QSC PL-340 & Pl-380 amps (8 bi-amp mixes)
AC Power Distro (Plus drops for stage power)
All CSM monitors.
2 x HPR 153 (side-fills)
1 x HPR 181 (drum sub)
4 x HPR 122s
2 x K10s
Red FOH rack (playback & drive)
AC cable trunk
Speaker cable trunk
CAT5 reels

From West Coast Sound
PM5D for FOH
M7 for monitors
FOH AC run
Snake & splitter
Full mic package with a wireless package
Full mic stand package
All mic cables & stage boxes
Com between FOH & monitors
AC feeder cable

QSC Audio Website

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