New York, NY (September 4, 2014)—The Internet technology company eTech Events has grown into a full-service event technology integrator, purchasing 21 Allen & Heath Qu-16 to move into the digital realm at corporate events.
“Our goal is for full digital breakout rooms with our corporate clients. This way no matter what format they bring their content in, I can put it up on the screens and broadcast their audio to the room with no problems. “ said Josh Fillingim, technical lead for etech.
Having positioned their offerings as full service, as opposed to simply rental, certain challenges may arise, particularly when it comes to size of equipment.
“We used to send a bigger board out with a separate equalizer and compressor, but the new Qu-16 takes up one fifth of the space. Plus, with the 1/3rd octave EQ and compressors on every channel line, patching is eliminated. Our lighting guy is often left to keep an eye on the audio mixer, he really loves the RTA (real time analyzer) feature, he see’s a red light and knows exactly which fader to bring down,” explained Fillingim.
For Jeremy Kearns, director of Operations, the Qu series from Allen & Heath fits into the core of etech’s branding. “We rent and deliver a service, not just gear.” he says, adding, “we can have 20 to 50 rooms at an event; our tech people needed to have the same gear in every room, gear that is reliable, but also feature-rich and simple to operate.”
One feature of the Qu series that both Kearns and Fillingim identify as big with their customers is the built-in audio recorder in the consoles. “The built-in recorder saves us so much editing time with its stop & start feature. Our clients now get their audio recording right after the event, on site,” said Kearns.
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