One year and a major firmware update later, we take a second look at QSC’s flagship digital console.
Since I wrote about the TouchMix‑30 Pro last year, there have been some firmware updates, and the remote control apps have similarly been refreshed with improvements and the odd bug fix. I remember concluding my original review with comments about wanting to have this mixer’s GUI and workflow combined with a traditional hardware surface because that’s what I was used to — I still tend to use consoles with physical faders, mainly because much of my work these days involves mixing musical theatre shows where I often find it necessary to ‘grab‑fade’ a bunch of inputs, an operation which most times just isn’t feasible on a multi‑touch screen, however good. So, on getting behind the TM‑30 for a second time, I found myself looking at the potential of this compact but powerful digital desk from a slightly different angle.
Over the past year I have started offering direct user access to the musicians in the pit: as a matter of course I now rig up a dual‑band Wi‑Fi router and encourage the band members to download the relevant monitor control app so that they can set up and stay on top of their personal foldback mixes. I also make a lot more use of remote access for front‑of‑house and ‘official’ stage‑side monitor mixing, and the QSC TouchMix apps are not only excellent in the way they perform their functions, but maybe they represent the way to go for many applications where the TouchMix‑30 Pro would be located in the stagebox position, with all the mixing done from a remote point. The lack of a dedicated remote stagebox was, last year, something I was concerned about and wished for; however, when you consider that virtually everything the TM‑30 can do is accessible from a remote device, it just leads you toward a different way of operating. About the only parameters you can’t access remotely are the analogue input trim controls, but any reasonable mid‑show level changes can be...
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