DiGiCo’s Quantum 338 consoles were deployed at both FOH and monitoring
Germany - The Pur and Friends 2022 live concert took place at Veltins-Arena, originally known as Arena auf Schalke, an impressive indoor football stadium in Gelsenkirchen. Over 68,000 fans celebrated two notable occasions - the 40th birthday of the German band, and the 20th anniversary of Pur at Schalke.
With every seat sold out, the audience was treated to an extraordinary performance by Pur and an array of acts including Peter Maffay, Max Giesinger, Cassandra Steen and other musical luminaries. DiGiCo’s Quantum 338 consoles, supplied by TDA Rental, were deployed at both FOH and monitoring, with KLANG deployed for in-ear monitoring.
Patrick Eckerlin has been with Pur since 1995 and has gained expertise in various sound systems and consoles over the years. The FOH position that Eckerlin has held with Pur since 2001 is now equipped with a DiGiCo Quantum 338 console, which he aptly describes as the ‘sound centre’.
“Previously, I relied heavily on external effects and plug-ins from third-party suppliers,” Eckerlin says. “Now, I exclusively use the on-board processing of the Quantum 338, so you could say I have become more minimalist in my mixing approach. I had around 80 input channels at Schalke, and I noticed that the sound quality has not deteriorated without external plug-ins. In fact, it has improved significantly.”
According to monitor engineer Dirk Happel, the Q338 console has features that set it apart from other consoles. “The almost unlimited internal routing alone is a dream,” he states. “The Mustard processing and the Spice Rack are a real gain. However, as soon as you switch to a Mustard, it intentionally alters the sound, much like high-quality analogue outboard devices. As a result, one must be mindful of this and rely on their ears instead of visual cues.”
Happle is also using a DMI-KLANG for in-ear monitoring. “KLANG is definitely the logical evolution of in-ear monitoring,” he explains. “It cleans up the sound so wonderfully, making it easier to place challenging signals like a Leslie or the audience mics in the mix. It offers full control via the Quantum 338, including automation.”

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