Live Sound News

  • November 4, 2019

    Press Release

    Rentex Upgrades AV Rental Portfolio with QSC CP Series

    CANTON, MA (November 4, 2019) – Founded in 1980, with  locations in major cities from coast to coast, Rentex is one of the largest and most trusted wholesale renters of audio-visual  equipment in the USA. Providing equipment to AV rental, staging, production and other live event companies, their business model thrives by partnering with their customers, ensuring that that contractors and event producers can handle any scenario their clients might throw at them. In fulfillment of this goal, Rentex offers a mammoth selection of meticulously maintained and quality-checked equipment -  that assortment most recently enhanced with the purchase of 200 QSC CP Series CP12 compact powered loudspeakers. “We house and maintain a very large inventory with the goal of augmenting our clients’ inventories,” says Director of Technology Ken Carmichael. “We can have gear at any…

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  • October 30, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Welcomes William Chan and Promotes Andy Pearce and Ron Marchant

    Costa Mesa, Calif. (October 30, 2019) – QSC is pleased to announce William Chan has joined QSC as Senior Director, North Asia reporting to Markus Winkler, SVP Asia and EMEA. In this newly created role, William is responsible for sales and business operations in the North Asia region, including a focus on driving new revenue growth in Greater China and Japan for QSC Live Sound, Cinema, and Systems portfolios. Additionally, William will be part of the APAC leadership team developing and implementing the long term expansion of QSC’s sales and support infrastructure across Asia. William brings with him a highly successful career leading Asia sales and marketing teams, with over fifteen years in senior leadership roles. Prior to QSC, William served as Managing Director for Shure Asia Limited, where he drove strategic direction and management of all vertical market teams…

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  • October 23, 2019

    Press Release

    FOH Engineer Larry Sanchez Mixes Poncho Sanchez with QSC TouchMix-30 Pro

    Costa Mesa, CA (October 23, 2019) — FOH Engineer Larry Sanchez can still remember being thrown into the lion’s den, decades ago, mixing his very first gig at front-of-house standing behind an aircraft carrier-sized analog console. Fast forward to today and Sanchez can typically be found behind his QSC TouchMix-30 PRO compact digital mixer. Sanchez has mixed on nearly every brand and type of live console, for the last 30-plus years working almost exclusively as FOH engineer for Poncho Sanchez (no relation), the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Award-winning band leader and conguero (conga player). But as the 67-year-old band leader has cut back on his busy touring schedule, says Sanchez, he started to open himself up to freelance work — and went looking for a mixing console to help book gigs. TouchMix was his top choice, says Sanchez. “I was already a fan. A friend of mine…

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  • October 17, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Promotes Anna Csontos and Markus Winkler

    Costa Mesa, Calif. (October 17, 2019) – [De, Es] – QSC is pleased to announce the promotions of Anna Csontos and Markus Winkler effective October 1, 2019. Csontos, who joined the company in 2011, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Market Officer and Chief of Staff, adding to her current executive sales leadership responsibility for QSC’s business and product portfolio in the Americas. Markus Winkler, who joined QSC in 2017, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, EMEA & APAC, expanding his executive sales leadership responsibilities to include QSC’s business and product portfolio for all of EMEA and APAC. The timing of these leadership changes were in part triggered by Gene Joly’s decision to retire at the end of January 2020. Joly joined QSC in 2016, assuming executive sales and business unit leadership responsibility for QSC’s Live Sound…

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  • October 8, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Adds Powerful KS118 Active Subwoofer to KS Series Family

    Costa Mesa, CA (October 8th, 2019) — [De, Fr, Es] — Succeeding the highly acclaimed KW181 model, QSC is pleased to introduce the KS118 active subwoofer, the newest member of the KS Series subwoofer family. With its robust design, legendary QSC amplification and versatile DSP features, the KS118 is the perfect choice for mobile entertainment, AV rental, event production, clubs and performance  venues for which very high output and commanding low frequency performance is needed. Featuring a long excursion 18-inch direct radiating driver powered by a 3600 Watt Class D amplifier, the KS118 delivers high sound pressure levels with dynamic and musical sound reproduction of very low frequencies. On-board DSP optimizes and protects system performance while also offering advanced capabilities such as the ability to array two units in a cardioid arrangement, maximizing low…

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  • September 25, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Rocks the House that Vans Built

    CHICAGO, IL (September 25, 2019) – [De, Fr] – To skateboarders and musicians alike, Vans means more than footwear — the brand is a cultural institution that represents creative expression, urban grit, and independent spirit. Though the company is best known for their Warped tour (now in its 25th year), the more intimate House of Vans events bring together bands, DJs, visual artists, and skaters for concerts, workshops, and art installations at their Chicago and London venues with pop-ups from Detroit to Hong Kong. For these, Vans’ North America Lifestyle Events Manager Chuck Radue insists on live sound products from QSC, notably the TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer, KW153 and K12.2 active loudspeakers, and KW181 active subwoofers. Given the athletic and kinetic nature of the events, the first feature Radue flags as crucial is the ability of the TouchMix-30 Pro to be…

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  • September 3, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC TouchMix Captures Studio-Quality Recording of Def Leppard’s Phil Collen

    Costa Mesa, CA (September 3, 2019) – [De, Fr] – The Fender Factory is where you’ll find the iconic guitar maker’s full line of standard production guitars, as well as, limited edition, artist-inspired instruments. Working there is the ultimate gig for any guitar geek, because top artists regularly drop by to talk shop, try out new axes, and sometimes put on spontaneous concerts for the employees. Recently, Phil Collen of Def Leppard fame did just that with his band Delta Deep—which plays classic delta blues, only harder—and walked away with a recording he described as “perfect.” Fender’s IT Support Supervisor Steph Maffei describes how this was accomplished entirely on the same mixer that was running the live sound: a TouchMix-16 from QSC. “I’m a musician myself and have worked on both sides of the mixing console,” says Maffei. “This all started when Fender gave me…

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  • August 22, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Earns an A+ at Berklee College of Music

    BOSTON, MA (August 22, 2019) – [De, Fr] – Berklee College of Music has been known for decades as the premiere educational institution for students who are serious about developing careers in the contemporary music industry. Their diverse offering of both traditional instrumental performance and technology-based majors is well renowned in both musical and academic circles. Currently, the school is in the process of upgrading most of the rehearsal spaces on campus with the goal of providing high quality, easy-to-use live sound and real-time recording capabilities for its students and teachers. Bill D’Agostino, Senior Director of Academic Performance Technology and Facilities, explains why their choice for doing so is QSC from top to bottom, including K.2 Series powered loudspeakers and TouchMix Series digital mixers. “We’re extensively putting QSC in our rehearsal…

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  • August 15, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Brings Big-Time Sound to Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk

    Nashville, TN (August 15, 2019) – With five floors and four stages, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk and Rock ’n’ Roll Steakhouse is the largest and most advanced entertainment venue on Nashville’s always-crowded Broadway. Thanks to a comprehensive audio installation from QSC, the sound from multiple live acts on different floors is audiophile-grade. “The entire venue holds about 2,000 guests, with up to 600 in the main room and mezzanine,” says lead sound engineer Josh Hastick. “During busy seasons, all four stages are going at once, and we host as many as 16 bands, each with a four-hour set, in a business day.” That kind of turnover requires equal measures of flexibility and predictability from a P.A. system, which Hastick says that “QSC delivers in spades.” The stage in their main room is flanked by three KLA12 active line array cabinets per side, complemented by four…

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  • July 9, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Powers Jordan Rudess’ KeyFest at Sweetwater

    FORT WAYNE, IN (July 9, 2019) – Jordan Rudess may be best known as the fleet-fingered synth shredder in prog-metal phenomenon Dream Theater, but he’s also an educator, sound designer, virtual instrument app developer, and tireless evangelist of the joys of learning to play. Yearly, he puts on KeyFest, an intensive three-day clinic for keyboardists of all levels of ability, at the expansive facilities of acclaimed retailer, Sweetwater. This year’s co-instructors included David Rosenthal (Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper) and Latin jazz star Otmaro Ruiz. To hear and capture it all, KeyFest 2019’s live sound equipment was QSC—which, given the vast array of options available on the Sweetwater campus, is a testament to the brand’s performance and fidelity. Two clinician rooms were each outfitted with K12.2 powered loudspeakers for mains, K8.2 loudspeakers as monitors, and a…

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  • June 18, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Launches Firmware v2.0 for its acclaimed TouchMix-30 Pro Digital Mixer

    Costa Mesa, CA (June 18th, 2019) – [De, Es, Fr] – QSC, LLC is pleased to introduce a major firmware v2.0 update to its highly acclaimed TouchMix-30 Pro compact digital mixer. Quickly becoming the new standard for performance in a compact digital mixer, the TouchMix-30 Pro with firmware v2.0 now further satisfies the needs of the most demanding professionals with a comprehensive list of the most-requested feature enhancements including:  New Custom Fader Banks function supporting three fader bank assignments, each with eight channels, that are saved as part of a Mixer Scene Capability to interface with third-party external control surfaces with motorized faders (QSC has verified operation with iCon Platform M+, Behringer XTouch Compact and PreSonus FaderPort 8 control surfaces) 28 New Instruments Presets (Cajon, Accordion, Harmonica, Ukulele, Cello, Clarinet,…

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  • May 14, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC K.2 Loudspeakers Delight Musicians and Audiences Alike at Arizona’s Low Key Piano Bar

    Glendale, AZ (May 14, 2019) – There’s nothing quite like the phenomenon of dueling pianos to get people out to enjoy live music together. Located in the popular Westgate sports and entertainment district of Glendale, Arizona, Low Key Piano Bar needed a sound system with ample punch to deliver all the humor and emotion of their high impact performances, along with the finesse to reproduce all the musical detail. Following the recommendations of a number of their pianists, they chose QSC K.2 Series powered loudspeakers and KS212C cardioid powered subwoofers. Designed by Adolfo Acevedo of regional QSC reps ProTech Marketing and sold by Sal Davi of Guitar Center Pro, the system comprises four K12.2 at front of house, two K12.2 plus one K10.2 as stage monitors, a dozen K8.2 units distributed throughout back bars and other ancillary spaces, and two KS212C cardioid…

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  • April 30, 2019

    Press Release

    QSC Brings ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to Life for World Premiere in Los Angeles

    Costa Mesa, Calif. (April 30, 2019) – [Es, De] – QSC is proud to announce it provided sound for the spectacular world premiere of Avengers: Endgame on April 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Premiere guests enjoyed a stunning presentation of film in DolbyVision and ATMOS using QSC loudspeakers, amplifiers, and signal processing featuring Q-SYS in a custom-built movie theater. Altogether, the system used ten WideLine 10 line array loudspeakers and three WL218-sw subwoofers per screen channel, totaling thirty WideLine 10’s, and nine WL 218-sw’s suspended behind the 30 by 70-foot screen. Twelve SB-7218 double 18-inch subwoofers handled the extended low frequencies of the subwoofer channel. The overhead speakers for Dolby Atmos immersive sound required sixteen SR-5152 loudspeakers. An additional sixteen SR-5152 loudspeakers provided coverage on the left and right…

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  • April 23, 2019

    Press Release

    Dweezil Zappa Chooses QSC as Reference for Classic Guitar Tones

    Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2019) — Dweezil Zappa knows a thing or two about guitar. Steeped in music since early childhood thanks to his father — virtuoso rock guitarist and maverick composer Frank Zappa — Dweezil’s own illustrious career has become the poster for an encyclopedic knowledge of technique, tone, and gear, bolstered by the perfectionism and work ethic that famously runs in the family. From his solo work to his tribute project encompassing his father, Frank Zappa’s Astounding Compositions, to his upcoming tenure on the 2019 Experience Hendrix tour, Dweezil has relied on QSC powered loudspeakers to recreate iconic guitar tones and craft entirely new ones. In his latest stage rigs, these include multiple K12.2 and K10.2 cabinets. “I first discovered QSC close to 11 years ago,” recalls Zappa. “I had started using and the Axe Effects digital modeling devices…

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  • April 8, 2019

    Press Release

    Flight of Voices Journeys Far And Wide with QSC

    Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2019) — If great music is like fine wine, then Los Angeles-based collective Flight of Voices is music’s sommelier. Calling on an extensive stock of artists, their tastings offer a diverse musical palate for audiences to savor. These ensembles perform in a wide variety of unique indoor and outdoor venues from Malibu’s Saddlerock Gardens to the legendary Village Studios to a room in Beverly Hills made entirely of pink salt. Needing a powerful but lightweight and easy-to-use P.A. system, they found QSC to be the perfect pairing. Everything is mixed and recorded with a TouchMix-30 Pro compact digital mixer. Two K12.2 powered loudspeakers serve as mains, supplemented by a KS112 powered subwoofer and three K10.2 powered loudspeakers handle monitor duties. “We do gigs in all different kinds of locations,” says co-owner Alex Nimier. “Mountains,…

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