The Institute of Audio and Lighting Technology (Instituut voor Audio- en Belichtingstechniek; IAB) in Utrecht has selected Allen & Heath’s GLD mixers and ME personal monitoring system for its audio training courses.
The IAB, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding this year, required an up-to-date audio system that can mix both FOH and monitors and record a live performance in one simple, integrated package. It purchased six GLD-80 mixers fitted with Dante network cards, AR2412 and AR84 remote IO racks and a ME-U hub with four ME-1 personal monitor mixers – a system which, connected via the Dante network, allows six students to mix and record simultaneously.
“Before the Allen & Heath gear was installed, set-up times for classes was taking a long time as there were multiple systems that needed to talk to each other," says the school's owner, Frans Ockeloen (pictured with IAB students). "The new system is fantastic: it’s versatile, simple to set up, easy to use and enables students to perform various tasks as a group. It’s the perfect system for teaching,”
The AR racks are connected to the primary GLD mixer, which supplies gain and routing to the other five mixers. Stereo PFLs from each GLD can be sent to the teacher’s iMac, where he or she can listen to individual mixes and analyse with the whole class at the end of each session. A 32-channel multi-track can be streamed from a DAW to all the GLDs for multitrack training sessions, while the ME system is used to monitor the band. A GLD and the ME system are also used for any live performances outside of the classroom.