Kenai, Alaska (September 16, 2020)—“Business has been slowly but surely picking back up—we did three major shows over the last four weeks,” reports Alex Koch, owner of Koch Sound. Providing audio around the Kenai Peninsula, the company covers the subarctic South-central Alaska area. Like all parts of the U.S., the region’s live sound events essentially stopped with the arrival of the pandemic, but Koch used the time to reassess his company’s inventory, ultimately opting to upgrade his main console to an Allen & Heath Avantis—one of the first in the state—and his PA to VUE Audiotechnik AL4 speakers.
Recent shows included concerts by national acts like Parmalee and Tim Montana & the Shrednecks, as well as the socially distanced annual Backyard BBQ 3, which featured national acts like Craig Morgan, Matt Stell and Jimmie Allen. “We tackled a couple of them with our trusty [Allen & Heath] GLD-80 paired with AR2412 and AR84 AudioRacks,” said Koch. “It was great to get back to mixing…Avantis came in later and we are loving it at front of house with the GLD shifted to serve up monitor duties.”
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In addition to the recent Avantis acquisition, Koch Sound also added a GX4816 48 input / 16 output Portable Expander with DX sockets. Koch continues, “The ability to easily tie in ME Personal Monitors to the system through the GX4816 is such a big deal. Most churches are skipping floor wedges and going in-ear, so we get a lot more requests for ME systems now. Simply plug them in to the GX box and call it a day. You can even daisy-chain them or choose to go with PoE power for a super clean and easy setup.”
The Advantis is housed in a ProX Live Performance Gear ZCase—a hydraulic lift case that moves from a vertical transport position to a typical horizontal operation position. “The ZCase takes it up a few levels,” Koch admits. “Push the magic button and it flips up for you. Have FOH done in about 30 seconds…We’re excited to keep ramping it up with A&H as live shows come back more and more.”
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