BEL AIR, CA—QSC Audio recently donated audio support, with West Coast Sound providing supplemental gear and crew, to Haiti Food Project: A Second Aid Benefit Concert.
Dave Koz cuts loose at a Haitian aid fundraiser with audio support from QSC Audio. Held at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, CA, the event raised $200,000 for sustainable food programs to feed Haitian children and the communities they live in. The concert 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 the likes of 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; Louis Gossett, Jr.; Brenda Russell and others. Brian English, QSC Audio’s director of concert system solutions, ran a Yamaha PM5D console for front-of-house sound and David Cepeda, another QSC live sound engineer, ran a Yamaha M7CL console for monitors.
According to Evan MacKenzie, QSC Audio’s 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 that everyone at Innovation Protocol, Mazon and QSC Audio, can be proud of.”
A QSC Audio Wideline 8 system, consisting of six cabinets per side, augmented with two QSC Wideline WL212 dual-12 subs and GP218 dual-18 Ground Support subs per side, provided audio for the diverse program, ranging from live musical performances by Dave Koz to spokenword by Deepak Chopra and others.
A mix of QSC active loudspeakers provided foldback for entertainers and musicians, including two HPR153i three-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 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 event producer Steve Addison, “QSC’s sound system made the show. To have world-class sound and engineers for the event took it from being just good to absolutely magic.”
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