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QSC Gets Classical at Château de Grignan

A QSC TouchMix-30 Pro was used to mix a three-month outdoor production of Alfred de Musset’s Lorenzaccio at France’s Château de Grignan’s summer festival.

Grignan, France (December 8, 2017)—An outdoor dance and theatre adaptation of Alfred de Musset’s Lorenzaccio was presented this summer by the Pietragalla-Derouault theatre company, performing for three months as part of Château de Grignan’s summer festival, which attracts more than 30,000 people every year. Mixing the show was engineer Mohn Pincemin, who put a QSC TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer to the test.

A priority for Mohn was to have a small FOH position, because it had be assembled and dismantled every night; accordingly, the compact mixer caught his eye as he prepared for the three-month production. “It is truly portable, very robust, the ergonomics are very relevant and it sounds great,” said Mohn. “I knew that TouchMix-30 Pro had all the options an engineer could dream of to face complex situations.”

“To manage the coverage of multiple loudspeakers, I used 12 outputs as well as two additional inputs for video recordings. Thanks to the TouchMix-30 Pro, I also had graphic EQ, delay and dynamics also available on each output,” said Mohn. “As the show was also filmed frequently, I was able to use TouchMix to record it in multitrack very easily with an external hard drive. Being able to use my iPad to adjust delays and be able to move freely throughout the site was a big help. Most of all, the sound quality of the TouchMix was really natural and rich-sounding, which is not always the case with a digital console.”

Mohn plans to keep using the mixer on upcoming projects, such as adapting the Lorenzaccio show for the stage at the Alfortville Theatre, and mixing concert at the Avignon Opera House featuring a choir of 350 singers accompanied by 11 musicians. The desk, he feels, is a tool that supports his mixing philosophy: “As an engineer, my role is to highlight a performance, to give it character and framework and help to deliver impact on the audience. It’s important to ensure that people have not gone out to a show without good reason!”