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DiGiCo Quantum 225 upgrades “one man touring solution”

Sound engineer Karel Marynissen’s touring company Klaar Voor Opname - based in Ghent, Belgium - was established in 2004. The DiGiCo SD8-24 had always been the console of choice for Marynissen, but when the time came to replace it, he chose the DiGiCo Quantum 225. Belgian audio systems provider Amptec ensured that the entire system was up to high specification of his mixing console.


Predominately working alone this “one man touring solution”, Marynissen specialises in amplifying acoustic instruments for jazz and classical music. “We knew that Karel’s next logical step from the SD8-24 would be the Quantum 225”, says Amptec’s David Liebens. The upgrade also brought access to the DiGiCo Quantum Spice Rack and Nodal Processing.


Marynissen mixes FOH and monitors from his console, as well as managing the performers’ IEMs. The Nodal Processing makes this more streamlined, and the Spice Rack reduces his reliance on additional outboard effects units. “We had to figure out how to reduce the amount and size of the set up so that one man could load in and out from a small van”, recalls Liebens. “The real challenge was cabling - how could we reduce the multiple signal lines into a manageable package?” The answer came in the form of the Festival Box from Optocore.


Using the Festival Box meant that the FOH cabling could be reduced to a single rugged fibre cable running between two purpose built flight cases. The ruggedized Fibreco 4ch expanded beam connection enabled six MADI lines (3 in/3 out) and three 1G network lines to be patchable via the custom panels from Amptec Connx, enabling the system to be fully adaptable to any performance. Amptec Connex designed two cases, one for the SD rack and one FOH. Both of these have been built so that the Festival Box connections are patchable and integrated with the rest of the system.


“The new setup brings significant time savings during setup and teardown, and I have the flexibility to adjust the setup according to the needs of the day, thanks to the patching capabilities”, says Marynissen. “Having a computer and screen integrated into the console flight case means I no longer need to build and dismantle it separately.”


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