Swedish singer-songwriter LÉON on tour with Dual dLive
Front-of-house engineer Clint Rowland was looking for a compact yet versatile mixer for his tour with Swedish music sensation LÉON. “I wanted to streamline our setup and avoid the complications of analog separation,” Rowland recounted. The final system included a compact Allen & Heath dLive CTi1500 19” rack-mountable control surface, along with a MixRack CDM32 for FOH.
Rowland remarked that the CTi1500’s smaller footprint was no barrier to mixing a full-scale tour. “I have all my groups and DCAs on the top layer. If I need to adjust an individual channel, I can always scale down and adjust the settings as needed.”
Next to the stage, sound engineer Julian Higareda worked with a dLive C3500 surface and a CDM48 mixrack that fed back to Rowland via a digital Dante split. “We used the same Dante network to patch our wireless mics and for our FOH/Monitor separation,” Higareda explained. “Having that Dante versatility and simple integration was a big deal for us on this tour.”
Rowland and Higareda both noted that dLive’s DYN8 engine, which includes a multiband compressor and dynamic EQ, came in handy during LEON’s performance. “It’s just a game changer,” Rowland said. “Especially with LÉON’s way of singing, she uses her full range and she uses it differently from song to song. I used to constantly adjust the EQ and dynamics of each song, but the dLive did all that work for me. All dLive systems can support up to 64 instances of DYN8, inserted on input or mixer channels.
To quickly change recall settings, Higareda used the fully granular scene controls on dLive. “I loved how easy it was to create scenes and edit them so quickly. I didn’t have to dig to make updates, I could do it in real time with the update feature. integrated update.
“We continue to see cool uses of the CTi1500 around the world,” commented Jeff Hawley, Marketing Director of Allen & Heath USA. “In this case, Clint and Julian not only designed a system around meeting the basic needs of the tour, but also around the musical needs of the artist. Being able to put dLive to work to tame and enhance the dynamics vocals, achieving optimal mix balance from song to song, setting up scenes to systematically handle these changes night after night; really cool!”
In future tours, Rowland wants to expand his dLive system with a few additional components. “The goal is to dig deeper and maybe leverage some DX or DT stageboxes for additional I/O,” Rowland explained. “This system made me look like a rock star, and it made things more convenient on all fronts. This is how we ride from now on.