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QSC Audio Donates Audio Support to Haiti Fund-Raiser

A performance from “Haiti Food Project: A Second Aid Benefit Concert,” held at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, Calif.

On February 4, QSC Audio donated all audio support, while West Coast Sound provided supplemental equipment and crew, to the “Haiti Food Project: A Second Aid Benefit Concert” for sustainable food programs that feed and nourish the Haitian children and the communities they live in. This star-studded charity event raised more than $200,000 in much-needed funds to assist the people of this earthquake-ravaged nation in obtaining food, water, shelter and medicine.

The event was held at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, Calif., in collaboration with Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, which since 1985 has granted more than $50 million to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds; and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

The event was attended by leading personalities, entertainers and politicians, including Deepak Chopra; Her Excellency Geri Benoit, Haiti’s Ambassador to the UN World Food Program and former First Lady of Haiti; Robert Wexler; Beverly Todd; Lou Gossett, Jr.; Brenda Russell; and many others.

According to Evan MacKenzie, QSC Audio’s director of marketing and communications: “When my colleagues at Innovation Protocol, the event’s branding and marketing strategy agency, called me about this need, no one at QSC hesitated for one moment about getting involved. It’s impossible to be passive when such devastating events take a tremendous toll on other nations. This is a privilege to donate our services and lend equipment to an event whose sole purpose is to relieve the suffering of others. It was a team effort and an honor everyone at Innovation Protocol, Mazon and QSC Audio can be proud of.”

QSC Audio states that Brian English, QSC Audio’s director of Concert System Solutions, lent his time and talent to run the Yamaha PM5D console for front-of-house sound, while QSC live sound engineer David Cepeda ran the Yamaha M7CL console for monitors.

Saxophonist Dave Koz performs at “Haiti Food Project: A Second Aid Benefit Concert”

The QSC Audio Wideline 8 system, comprising six cabinets per side, augmented with two QSC Wideline WL212 dual-12 subs and GP218 dual-18 Ground Support subs per side, provided clear and articulate audio for the diverse program material of live musical performances by Dave Koz to spoken-word by Deepak Chopra and others.

A mix of QSC active loudspeakers provided fold-back for entertainers and musicians, including two HPR153i 3-way loudspeakers for sidefills, four HPR 122 12-inch two-way loudspeakers, one HPR181 subwoofer to augment low-end for the drummer, two K-10s and a wide range of QSC’s new Concert Stage Monitors. Two racks of QSC Audio PL-340 and PL-380 power amps drove all passive loudspeakers.

According to event producer Steve Addison, “QSC’s sound system literally made the show. To have world-class sound and engineers for the event took it from being just good to being absolutely magic.”

Dr. Eric Schockman, the president of Mazon who created the event and program, states, “The sound was breathtaking and brought the crowd completely into the performances, giving us so many powerful moments that wouldn’t have been possible without it.”

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