Twin Allen & Heath Qu-32s installed at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral
SINGAPORE: St Andrew’s Cathedral has installed two Allen & Heath Qu-32 compact digital mixers at FOH, one in each of its main worship halls. The 32 input by 24 output Qu-32 mixers are cited as accommodating the variety of service types and frequent quick changeovers between events at the Cathedral.
‘The Cathedral has many services running back to back especially on Sundays from as early as 6.30AM. With the previous analogue mixer, a “reset” was needed during service changeovers. This caused some anxiety amongst our volunteers manning the mixer, as the time between services can be as close as five minutes. The numerous controls could be a headache, especially for new volunteers, and there were times when missing that one button caused some embarrassment,’ commented Kevin Quek, facilities manager at the Cathedral. Located within Singapore’s Central Business District, the iconic Cathedral was consecrated in 1862 and declared a national monument in 1973. The A&H Qu-32 digital mixers are installed in a traditional worship hall at the Cathedral’s Main Building and a contemporary worship space in an extension building.
‘With the QU-32, we preset the scenes to the service requirements. Now, all that the volunteers need to do is to recall their scenes, and almost instantaneously everything falls into place ready to go. One volunteer commented that now they have “so much time” on their hands whilst waiting for the service to commence!’ continued Mr Quek.
The consoles were provided by sound and A/V firm Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd. E&E’s Simon Wong provided training for nearly 40 volunteers. ‘The House of Worship environment is unique in the sense that the people responsible for the mixing of the sound are generally volunteers,’ said Gary Goh, deputy managing director of E&E. ‘A lot of time is saved with a mixer like the Qu-32, which works intuitively and helps make the operations much easier. It is always very satisfying when we see that the solutions provided work to our clients’ benefit. The Allen & Heath Qu-32 is designed with a logical layout, so you can get to what you need, fast.’