New York, NY (June 6, 2014)—While touring with American indie rock band Broken Bells, FOH engineer Dave McDonald is using an Allen & heath modular iLive system—specifically an iLive-112 Surface with iDR10 Mixrack, with the addition of a Dante network card delivering up to 64 channels to a recording rig.
The tour will continue into the autumn through the US and Europe, and is in support of the band’s first studio album. McDonald is utilizing many of iLive’s built-in FX to emulate the band’s recorded sound, including the Symphonic Chorus, ADT Doubler and Echo Chorus.
“There’s so much going on with the band’s vocals—it’s very ‘Beatles-esque’ and psychedelic, but iLive has all that I need onboard,” McDonald said. “Sometimes when you add effects, you’re struggling to hear them and it’s not quite right, but with iLive, they’re very accurate.”
McDonald is running 42 channels from the system. One of the complexities of the band set up is the fact that there are four keyboard stations on stage running through an Ableton rig to manage the keyboard sounds.
“There’s even a section left for any unforeseen requirements, such as broadcast feeds. The amount you can put through the system is amazing, and I only have to worry about one Cat 5 cable,” McDoald added.
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