Taylor Sound is a full-service studio serving musicians in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. Located just west of Minneapolis, the complex features rehearsal rooms, on-site recording, and even music video production in a massive, green-screen-equipped room. Facilities manager T. Perry Bowers wanted to increase access for local bands and artists who lacked the budget to lock out a rehearsal space of their own, so he created the Band Share program, in which bands pay for one or two nights per week in a room equipped with a drum kit, backline, and P.A. For the latter, he chose QSC TouchMix-8 and TouchMix-16 touchscreen digital mixers as well as the full range of QSC K.2 Series active loudspeakers.
“All three of our Band Share rooms are bookable online, and you can get an access code and come in without ever talking to a human being in person,” explains Bowers. “Room A, the smallest, is good for a trio or quartet, and contains a TouchMix-8 digital mixer and K8.2 series loudspeakers. Room B has a TouchMix-8 and pair of K10.2s. In room C, the largest, we have the TouchMix-16 and four K12.2s. All of the loudspeakers are set up as main PA monitors, though sometimes bands move them because they want to practice as if they’re onstage.”
Coronavirus safety has been an obvious benefit of the automated, Airbnb-style access, but bands coming in “cold” means P.A. equipment needs to be easy to use. Between the TouchMix series’ “Simple Mode” for new users and built-in tutorials, the mixers pleasantly surprised Bowers in this regard.