Anthemic Scottish rock band Glasvegas is in the midst of a global tour with a compact Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system located at FOH.
FOH engineer Steve Pattison (pictured) has used iLive systems on a number of previous tours, and for Glasvegas is using an iDR-48 MixRack with rackmount iLive-R72. The iLive MixPad app is providing remote and instant control of key faders.
Pattison is using iLive’s onboard FX for drums, guitars and backing vocals to shape the band’s ethereal yet powerful soundscapes.
“I am using loads of reverb and the whole mix is quite ambient,” he said. “The drummer plays standing up so I use the subharmonic synthesiser, which has a really nice LF tone, to get some good bottom end and a solid backbeat for the song. I also have three guitar channels with FX: one is a pitch-shifted echo, a second with a panned delay, and the main guitar is set to jump to stereo so it punches through the middle. The FX returns are fully-featured so you can gate stuff and tweak channels as you wish.”
Use of the show file means that tweaking is largely restricted to the lead singer’s vocals.
“James Allen has chosen to use a low gain mic designed for snare drums in a studio environment, so I have to dial in the gain higher than usual and pick up loads of other things on stage, like the snare drum,” said Pattison. “I use lots of EQ and compression and then feed it to a subgroup with a graphic and a parametric EQ. I even have an EQ for when he talks between songs because it gets a bit muddy. I am also using a big plate reverb and a stereo delay on his vocals. We have actually been accused of miming because it sounds so much like the album!”