Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2017)—An Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack were key to Denver-based Initial Production Group’s recent work on the Professional Rodeo Cowboy (PRCA) awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
He’s also been using it on corporate and religious events as well, having first been introduced to the dLive during a demo by rep firm Pro Tech Marketing. "What really impressed me was the flexibility," he said. "You can make any fader into an input, output, DCA, aux send—anything. That's phenomenal! The other digital mixers we've used don't have this kind of flexibility. And, everything you need is right in front of you, not buried one or two menus deep. So, you can just sail through the console using its drag-n-drop touch screens and we can move through a setup and sound check so much faster. They've really thought this through well."
Smith uses Allen & Heath's dLive Director control software on a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet to set up and operate some shows. "The iPad app gives you the basic stuff but the dLive Director lets me access everything from patching to effects processing to routing and channel assigns."
He added, "The dLive saves me from having to take so much extra outboard gear to a show. I've got all the effects and processing so whatever they throw at me I'm going to be able to handle. At a big, press-heavy show, I can dedicate 20 outputs for press feeds and still take care of everything else I need to do. And, being able to record 96k wav files directly out of the console is another great feature."
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