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Captivate AV finds both a beauty and a beast in the Quantum 338

Captivate AV finds both a beauty and a beast in the Quantum 338

Captivate AV finds both a beauty and a beast in the Quantum 338


Gold Coast-based Captivate AV specialises in events and installations, providing purpose-fit audio visual solutions for corporate events, schools, houses of worship, festivals and more. Spearheaded by founders Chris Lang and Russell Baker, Captivate AV has invested in DiGiCo’s Quantum 338, following a surge of activity in the events space.

Bolstered by the robust foundation of its existing DiGiCo eco-system, and the company’s enthusiasm for new technology, director Chris Lang outlines Captivate AV’s integration of the Quantum 338: “When first starting Captivate AV, both Russell and I each had our own SD11i console with D-Racks. As our need to supply larger systems grew, we added a SD8-24, SD10-24 and S21 to our inventory, along with various racks and connection accessories. When the Quantum series was released, it was clear this was now a new era of audio consoles and we wanted to be on the leading edge. With high demand for fibre systems from the touring market, this was a must and integrates nicely with our SD10 which is already on fibre. The Quantum’s I/O port capacity is unmatched, and we can safely put the console in any situation with confidence that audio will make it to its destination - wherever needed, and by whatever means required.”

Lang recounted his experience in adopting the Quantum 338 into Captivate AV’s workflow: “Upon first firing up the console and running some multi-tracks through it, we were pleasantly surprised by how much nicer the effects processing came across. We also enjoyed applying some of the new Mustard compressors, bringing new life to traditional band instruments. After running it through some gigs, we really got used to having channels across three bright and responsive touch screens – something hard to go back from! Nodal processing came in handy on some effects busses but was a really impressive touch being able to EQ and compress things a little differently through different wedges, without having to duplicate channels for particular sends.”

Taking full advantage of the 338’s extensive DMI interface options, Captivate AV have loaded its console’s DMI ports with Dante connectivity and KLANG Immersive In-Ear mixing. “We have been using KLANG IEM processing since it became a part of the DiGiCo infrastructure and love being able to roll out great sounding In-Ear mixes with ease,” Lang explained: “The KLANG DMI card is a useful tool and we have recently added a KLANG:konductor to our inventory which we can also loop in via HMA fibre. We are looking forward to deploying it with our larger multi-console setups.”

Hillcrest Christian College, a Gold Coast-based education centre and client of Captivate AV, was said to be equally impressed with the Quantum 338. Recently employing the system for use in a school production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, theatre manager, Anthony Kissick, said: “I have personally been a DiGiCo user for more than a decade and we currently have an SD11 as the primary console for our college theatre. Knowing that Captivate AV had acquired a Quantum 338, I was overjoyed when we were able to use it for our musical theatre production.”

With the show encompassing hundreds of snapshots to manage a considerable number of inputs and outputs, Kissick was able to pre-program the production using DiGiCo’s offline editor during rehearsals. Consisting of 36 channels of headset microphones, plus an 11-piece orchestra along with multiple channels of playback, the show’s engineering requirements were significant. The Quantum 338 served to keep Kissick on top of these complex demands, with its trio of screens allowing efficient and flexible operation of channels.

He continued: “With young singers, it was important to keep stage volume low to allow their voices in the space to be heard and captured by their headset mics. The KLANG processing integration on the Quantum 338 allowed the orchestra and I to have a seamless in-ear mix and allowed the volume to be reduced on stage and in the orchestra pit, while not compromising the experience of the musicians. The season was a huge success. The powerful snapshot and control group capability permitted easy automation of the input channels, while the Mustard channel processing and effects engine allowed us to creatively design a spectacular mix.”

Demonstrated in both Captivate AV and Hillcrest Christian College’s implementation of the console to enhance and refine production, the Quantum 338’s capabilities bring a welcome boost in workflow, enjoyed by engineers and performers alike.

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