Allen & Heath Console Debuts at DNA Conference

Jun 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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A/V event specialists Cambridge Audio-Visual acquired a new 24-channel GL3300 live sound console from Allen & Heath to manage sound reinforcement at a conference at the University of Cambridge in England.

Cambridge Audio-Visual's general manager, Julian Berry, explained, "Our available hire stock did not have the sound quality or number of channels to manage the audio requirements for this event. Previously, we had subhired Allen & Heath desks for larger events from a local trade supplier and had always been happy with the results. We had looked into buying other brands, but Allen & Heath came out on top for reliability, features and price. The DNA conference became the window of opportunity to upgrade our stock."

Hire manager Alex Parmee commented, "The conference was held in the University's Lady Mitchell Hall, a listed building with no in-built P.A. system. The original number of delegates was 500, but due to demand, this figure rose to 750. This meant we also needed to establish a sound feed to an extra 200 people in an adjoining building, as well as a video feed captured by four live cameras in the main lecture theater. Furthermore, there was a satellite truck on site sending a signal to The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in another part of Cambridge and beaming straight to London where the event went out on a live Webcast on the BBC.

"The new Allen & Heath desk supplied much more than just a greater number of channels," Parmee continued. "There was nowhere in the lecture theater to hang the speakers, and due to over-subscription, the room was too full to position speaker stands. This meant all of our equipment had to be set up from the front stage area. What's more, the lecture theater is wooden, concrete and an awkward shape, making sound difficult to project. Due to the desk's Matrix feature, we were able to overcome these handicaps as the main speakers were fixed to the left and right legs of the lighting truss and a center cluster fixed above on a mono feed in order to throw sound to the back of the hall. The console also has TRS jack direct outputs on all of the mic channels, a great feature for broadcast and recording and something our previous desks didn't have."

Pictured with the GL3300 are, from left, Robert Mills, senior technician; Parmee; Matthew Foster, technical manager; and Berry.

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