Allen & Heath’s Qu-16 compact digital mixer and iDR-8 matrix mixer now feature in two installations in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The most recent – in the venue’s newly refurbished Verdi Italian Kitchen and Café Bar (previously Café Consort) – delivers audio for small group jazz performances around seven ‘bays’ in the hospitality area, with the Allen & Heath products chosen on the strength of their ease of use and reliability.
Lee Dennison, Director of Projects at Sound By Design (longstanding approved audio supplier to the Royal Albert Hall) explains, “I’ve specified Allen & Heath iDR-8 matrix mixers for many projects over a long period of years, because they’re very easy for non-technical staff to operate and they’re extremely robust. It’s a great product – as is the Qu-16 mixer, which we also installed in the Box Office area at the Royal Albert Hall last year. The in-house engineers at the venue have really taken to it and it’s an excellent, flexible and compact solution for them.
“In the RAH’s new Verdi restaurant, we needed to distribute audio from lunchtime gigs to various locations and a particularly useful feature of the Qu-16/iDR-8 set-up is the ability to use Allen & Heath’s Qu-Pad app to control the system remotely from an iPad. This allows the engineers to simply walk around the bays to which the performance is being delivered and balance the levels between amplified and acoustic sounds quickly and accurately. “The iDR system also gives us contact closure switching for the venue’s fire alarm system too, so all-in-all it represented an excellent, flexible solution for our client.”