London, U.K. (February 14, 2013)—An Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system was recently installed at London’s Arts Club, a members-only venue that hosts shows, art and fashion events, and private parties.
Managing FOH and monitor audio in the live performance room, the modular system comprises an iDR10 MixRack and iLive-112 Surface installed in an extremely compact control area. Visiting sound engineer, Dave McDonald, took on the role of audio consultant at the venue, recommending iLive to replace the original FOH mixing console. Having used a similar system on tour with acts such as Adele, Florence & The Machine and AIR, the main reason for the change is that McDonald wanted to better meet the audio requirements of visiting artists.
“Many of the artists and bands are high-end and some of the technical mixing can be complex for such a tiny stage, so we needed more processing power, more effects returns, and a desk that was easy to use and sounded good,” said McDonald.
Due to space restrictions, iLive is located stage left, and provides six wedge and eight stereo in-ear mixes. The FOH mix is managed from the stage but often makes use of the ability to use the iLive Editor control software and iLive’s MixPad app over WiFi. Furthermore, a PL-10 rotary remote controller can make adjustments to, for instance, individual in-ear or wedge levels, even when the surface is switched off.
Resident house tech Jonathan Lewis wasn’t familiar with iLive, but said many visiting engineers have been happy with the system. “With several bands returning to the club on a regular basis, being able to recall settings from their previous visit is a timesaver, especially with the in-ears. There is also a record playback system via a Dante module, which allows 64 channels of recording. It’s fantastic—you can just connect a laptop and open up Logic. All the bands really like that.”
iLive is supplemented by Sennheiser IEMs and an L-Acoustics monitor and FOH rig. The main room also features a movable DJ booth, which can be used in two locations centered around Allen & Heath’s Xone:DB4 digital FX mixer.
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