The QSC Touch Mixer: A Perfect Fit for Breakout Rooms

The QSC Touch Mixer series is a popular choice for a variety of audio applications, but here at Freelance Audiovisual, we find it to be a great solution specifically for breakout rooms. While it might not be the ideal choice for general sessions due to its limitations on faders and knobs, it shines in smaller, more controlled environments. Let’s break down why the Touch Mixer is a breakout room champion:

Technical Specs to Consider

The Touch Mixer series comes in three variations: TouchMix-8, -16, and -30 Pro. Each variation boasts a different number of channels, with the -30 Pro offering the most at 32 total channels. Breakout rooms typically have a smaller number of audio sources, so the TouchMix-8 or -16 would likely be sufficient. For reference, here’s a table outlining the number of channels for each mixer:

MixerTotal Channels
TouchMix-30 Pro32

When it comes to recording capabilities, all three mixers allow for direct recording of all channels. This can be particularly useful for capturing presentations or meetings in breakout rooms for later reference.

The Power of Touch

One of the key features of the Touch Mixer series is its intuitive touchscreen interface. This makes it easy for even non-technical users to adjust audio levels, add effects, and route signals. In a breakout room setting, this user-friendly design is a major benefit. Imagine attendees being able to make minor adjustments to the sound themselves, without needing to rely on an AV technician.

Compact and Portable

Breakout rooms tend to be smaller spaces, and the Touch Mix series’ compact design makes it a great fit. The mixers are lightweight and easy to transport, allowing you to quickly set up and tear down your audio system in each room.

Here’s Why it Might Not Be Ideal for General Sessions

While the Touch Mixer excels in breakout rooms, it’s important to acknowledge its limitations for general sessions. For larger events with more complex audio needs, you’ll likely want a mixer with more physical faders and knobs for more hands-on control. General sessions often have multiple microphones, music sources, and other audio elements that require faster adjustments than a touchscreen interface can provide.

Ultimately, the QSC Touch Mixer series is a versatile tool for audio professionals. When it comes to breakout rooms, however, its user-friendly interface, recording capabilities, and compact size make it a perfect solution. For larger general sessions, consider a mixer with more traditional controls.

Key features include:
*Stated features require Firmware Version 3.0 or greater

  • Capacitive touchscreen offers a wealth of on-screen information while also providing confident hands-on control
  • 120 presets provide real-world live sound settings for commonly-used instruments and microphones (see Presets Listing under Resources / Support)
  • Simple and Advanced modes offer either basic or comprehensive controls 
  • Anti-Feedback and Room Tuning Wizards simplify complex equalization tasks
  • Real-time analyzer (RTA) provides instantaneous display of channel tonal balance and room response
  • 4 Aux outputs provide ample monitor configuration options
  • 14-channel direct-to-hard drive record/playback — capture and recall performances without the need for an external computer 
  • MP3 playback direct from USB
  • On-board multi-language user guide 
  • Download future upgrades directly from the Internet

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