American singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter is using an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surface on her current US tour.
FOH engineer Jason Brandt created his dLive show file prior to rehearsals and made use of dLive’s virtual sound check (VSC) feature and a recording made with Waves Tracks Live.
Brandt said: “I continue to track every show because the tour has taken us to a variety of venues which are all very different sounding environments, and the VSC really helps with set-ups.”
Brandt set up separate show files for each opening act to allow them full flexibility with their mixing needs while maintaining his dLive setup for Carpenter.
He manages the tour’s 48 inputs, six recorded tracks, multiple effects returns and DCA masters with dLive layers, keeping critical controls on top at all times.
“I’m using scenes to help me deal with the varied environments and different songs,” Brandt added. "I also have a ‘show layer’ where I can pick off little things I need to touch during the show.”
The tour’s dLive S5000 Surface includes a Waves card and an AES3 I/O card. A DM64 MixRack is also being used at FOH, which includes a Dante card. These audio networking modules allow Brandt to quickly set up his various external effects.
“There’s a lot going on, connection-wise,” he commented. “But it’s pretty easy to set it up – very little patching.
“I’m hearing the console more on this tour and I’m very impressed with the quality. So, even in a lot of very different venues, the sound is great.”