Record-breaking British singer Adele is in the midst of touring Europe and the US – with Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing technology being used to manage both FOH and monitor sound.
Requested by the sound engineers, the system comprises two iLive-112 Control Surfaces with an iDR10 modular MixRack and iDR0 mini Rack, connected via ACE and input sharing over MADI.
“iLive stands apart from other consoles because of its ease of use,” said FOH engineer Dave McDonald, who had previously used iLive on tour Florence & the Machine and AIR. “Like painting, you want to be creating when you mix, not reading a manual. You can do that with this desk – you stand in front of it and it’s logical. It’s also reliable, you know that you can get up in the morning, turn it on, and it does exactly what it’s meant to do every day.
“I’m using iLive differently on this tour as there are a lot more channel inputs and additional instruments like banjos. However, the biggest challenge is keeping Adele’s voice under control because it is so big and so powerful. iLive’s compressors are of a quality that holds things down and keeps the sound together... they’re 10 out of 10!”
McDonald has produced a 64-channel live recording from iLive via the MADI connection. For broadcast, an additional iDR10 MixRack, daisy-chained to the MADI split, provides up to 64 XLR mic-pre outputs, or any mix signals as needed on the day without affecting front end gain.
Monitor engineer Joe Campbell – who mixes a combination of in-ears and wedges – had no previous experience of iLive, but found that it took him “10 minutes to learn how to use it. The way it’s set out is so simple, with a compressor and limiter/gate on every channel, it’s so obvious, no mystery at all. Another great thing is it’s really small and light but there are loads of inputs and outputs, so we have everything we need. We don’t carry any outboard gear because the EQ, compression, gates and FX are all within the console. I have six FX engines, mostly reverbs, and that’s it.”
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