After some years of gigging with an Allen & Heath PA12 console and a side rack, me and my blues and rock band went for a digital console. We chose the Qu-16 over the obvious competitor, the Behringer X32. These were our reasons: a) From previous experience, we have trust in the brand. b) The Qu-16 doesn't have too many features. Since we cannot afford an FOH engineer for almost any gig, we need something that can be operated on the fly once the show is running. c) Still, the Qu-16 is one of the first desks available and affordable that is able to replace our entire side rack consisting of an USB audio interface for recordings, a multi-channel graphic EQ with built-in analyzer, a high-quality FX unit and a gate/compressor unit. And, having unpacked our new gadget, we found: d) The Qu-16 is really small and handy.
Still, there is one issue for bands without an FOH engineer: There is no foot switch option for the Qu-16. Reverb on the vocal mic between songs is a no-go and dropping in a delay in the right part of the song just sounds so great. We managed to solve this problem by creating our own DIY foot switch. And there the story goes…
»›Yes,‹ Mustapha Mond was saying, ›that's another item in the cost of stability. It isn't only art that's incompatible with happiness; it's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.‹«
»Even though his best days were gone, some of the girls in my class at school still liked Elvis. He would have asked their dads' permission for a date; The Beatles would be content to hold their hands, but Mick would have shared them with Keith. The Stones were what rock music was all about.«
This is a talk by Philip Zimbardo (from Standford) that is really worth listening to. Plus, it comes with some great drawing action. Time, and how we deal with it. Did you know that there are six different ways how people perceive events in time and that you are one of those types? Actually I got two books about time on my to-read list, but of course I do not have time for reading at the moment. Or never, perhaps. Sometimes we are all too busy to be busy. Take your time:
Some of this goes on line with an idea that Marshall McLuhan had in his 1968 book War and Peace in the Global Village, in which he states the opinion that the computer is an extension of the human nervous system.