Fresh off his recent world tour with Franz Ferdinand, monitor engineer Tom Howat took the same Allen & Heath iLive modular setup – an iLive-112 Surface and iDR10 MixRack, with additional PL10 remote controller – around the UK with Paolo Nutini.
Starting with a set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival in Glasgow and culminating in a performance at the Roundhouse in London, Nutini (pictured on stage at the University of East Anglia in Norwich) played on four d&b M2 wedges run as a stereo mix, with guitarist Dave Nelson on two M2 wedges and nine other musicians on in-ears – plus Tom’s PFL wedges, run “a little unusually” in stereo. Audio production for the tour was managed by Britannia Row.
“It was very interesting to mix a different act on the same iLive system,” Howat says. “Having spent many years working with Paolo, this was an excellent opportunity to properly compare the iLive to past experiences.
“I ended up with only half a dozen unused input channels, and because of the configurable bus structure, I could get the maximum out of the system. iLive performed impeccably and sounded excellent, as expected.”
Paolo Nutini returns to the UK on 16 August for the V Festival in Weston Park, Staffordshire, UK.