Liberty Stadium, home to Swansea City, has become the first English Premier League Football ground to install a Q-Sys audio management system from QSC throughout its arena. Shure Distribution UK, exclusive distributor of QSC and Q-Sys products in the UK and Ireland, supplied the Q-Sys hardware, which comprised two Core 250i compact integrated processors, six I/O Frame interfaces (two master interfaces in the control room, plus one at each of the main four seating stands at the stadium), and several audio input and output cards.
The new system was designed and installed by ETASound, part of SSE Audio Group, who have maintained the existing PA since its original installation. Design, build and installation of the new system, including customisation of the touchscreen software, was completed by ETASound's Ed Thomas within a three-week period earlier this year. "This was our first Q-Sys installation," explained Thomas. “I attended a Q-Sys consultants' seminar in London earlier this year with [European Q-Sys Specialist] Martin Barbour, and the programming looked so much simpler than the available alternatives. We only had a few weeks to get the new system up and running before the new football season began, so we were keen to do anything we could to shorten the programming time. “I had been wanting to try Q-Sys for some time anyway, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. We designed and programmed the system off site, and bar a few minor niggles which we managed to resolve quickly with calls to Martin Barbour, we installed it at the stadium without any problems." www.shuredistribution.co.uk