Charlotte, NC (March 14, 2016)—All Carolina Panthers NFL games are broadcast over the Panthers Radio Network and panthers.com; an Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer is a key component for the team’s game day programming, post-game show and numerous other programs.
Technical producer Harrill Hamrick sets up the system and mixes the broadcasts, which combine local sources like the play-by-play announcer, locker-room interviews and crowd microphones with remote announcements and advertisements fed over a tie-line from the Panthers’ broadcast station. After using an analog console for some time, he recently upgraded to the Qu-16, noting, “The Qu-16 has an analog feel to it,” he says, “and you don’t get lost in the layers and the complexity.”
During broadcasts, a Qu-16 mix feeds the studio and another goes to the Spanish-language broadcaster. Additional Qu-16 outputs feed local monitor mixes. An Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Mixer with Lectrosonics wireless transmitter and receiver enables a custom monitor mix for the producer as he wanders around the booth and into the stadium. Hamrick carries the Qu-16 in a portable case and sets up the overall system using Cat 5 cables for both digital and analog connections. He chose the ISDN transmission protocol to send programs to the station.
The Qu-16’s “Qu-Drive” provides a multi-track recording of Panthers’ games and its two-track output feeds a pair of Sony PCM recorders. Hamrick uses the Qu-16’s compression and EQ on selected microphones and saves the entire Qu-16 configuration to a USB thumb drive as a backup.
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