Indonesian distributor for Allen & Heath, Sindo Exports, has equipped two up and coming live music venues in Singapore with Allen & Heath GLD digital systems.
Founded 20 years ago – the first of the two venues – Wala Wala, only started hosting live music acts 10 years after it first opened, following the refurbishment of its first floor storage area.
With increasing levels, the original sound system became insufficient – offering poor sound quality and ultimately prompting Wala Wala’s management to appoint an audio technician to mix for the 11 weekly live acts.
“Having decided to recruit an engineer in Mark Jason, we then realised that the club needed a sound system,” commented operations manager at Wala Wala, Maniam Krishnan. “Bands previously mixed themselves, which was a little inconsistent as some would be too loud and others were inexperienced.”
The new Allen & Heath GLD-8- digital console has been installed as a replacement for a small analogue console and integrates with the newly fitted KV2 Audio speaker system.
“Switching to digital made a lot of sense owing to the many, varied performers playing here,’ commented Jason.
The second venue, Cleopatra, is a karaoke themed nightclub featuring a nightly light show and live singers. The FOH system now consists of QSC Audio speakers and an Allen & Heath GLD digital system. The GLD-80 digital console has been extended by adding an AR84 Expander I/O Rack with 8 XLR inputs and 4 XLR outputs, connected via the dSNAKE CAT-5 protocol to the AR2412 I/O Rack on stage.
“I hadn’t used a GLD console before but I am very impressed,” commented technical engineering manager, Sulaiman Satriadi Simatupang. “The GLD-80 has an analogue-style channel processing section complemented by an 8in touch screen display.
“Anyone who hasn’t operated digital before can easily convert, and there’s even a user guide on screen. The USB ports allow direct playback of music files and can also take live stereo recordings of some assigned or all of the channels of the console. In addition, the 20 fader strips are well lit and clear to navigate. In fact, the GLD-80 comes with everything –there’s no need to start ordering extra hardware or software as everything you need is there.”