New Zealand (February 24, 2016)—Held annually at the Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland, January’s edition marked the 43rd year of the Auckland Folk Festival. Audio provider Sound Light And Stage tackled audio for the event, providing Allen & Heath’s Qu-32 compact digital mixers.
The three stages comprised the Festival Stage, Mill Stage and new for 2016, the Village Stage; Qu-32 mixers were installed at FOH and monitors on each stage, with AR2412 and AR84 racks for additional remote IO.
“I have managed the folk festival for about 15 years,” said Dave Hodge, director and engineer at Sound Light And Stage. “It requires 14 hours of mixing a day, so reliability is key, which is why we have always used A&H mixers.
“Due to the fabulous recall ability, we just use the compact QU-32 at FOH and monitors. Set up is so easy with scene recall for each band, song, individual instrument, and even a ‘just in case’ scenario, as acoustic groups often bring on an additional guest player. Two iPads are also an integral part of my set up, one to control the matrixes, sub send and groups, and another to manage EFX sends/returns and stereo returns for MCs and background music.”
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