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903pro Goes Classical in Cartagena

Colombian rental company 903pro provided audio support across several locations at the 2020 Cartagena International Music Festival.

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (February 5, 2020)—Every year, nearly 25,000 classical music lovers make their way to the Cartagena International Music Festival. The week-long celebration of classical music brings together enthusiasts as well as top musicians from around the world for concerts, exhibitions, master classes, education programs and more.

For the recent 14th edition, held January 4-12, the thematic focus was placed on the main musical elements characterizing the transition from classical style to early romanticism, exploring how the two stylistic movements co-existed during the same period and, in particular, in the musical production of the revered 19th century Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

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Throughout the festival, Colombian rental company 903pro was on-hand to provide audio support across several locations and ensure that everyone attending could hear the proceedings as intended.

903pro has tackled audio for the festival before and with that in mind, opted to field Allen & Heath’s dLive and Qu series mixing systems variousliy for FOH, monitor and broadcast duties in different locations.

“I’ve been mixing classical music festivals in different parts of the world for more than 20 years and I can honestly say that Allen & Heath consoles are just perfect for the job,” said head engineer, Stefano Melone.

The main stage, located in the Plaza de San Pedro Claver and operated by Melone, featured a dLive C3500 setup, paired with a CDM64 MixRack and Waves card, used for multi-track recording.

A Qu-16 provided support for the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Chapel, while a Qu-32 was deployed for TV broadcasting. Additionally, a GLD system handled audio within the Convention Centre.

Melone concludes, “I’ve always preferred the sound of Allen & Heath for its clarity, depth and quality of its FX. Overall, A&H was the best solution for the job and I’m very satisfied with the results from this festival.”

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