London, UK (July 26, 2016)—Electronica mainstay Air is out on the road this summer, playing myriad European festivals, including London’s recent Field Day, Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland and Primavera festival in Spain. Along for the ride is FOH engineer Dave McDonald and an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system.
Spec’d by McDonald and supplied by Belgian PA company, Four Ears Audio, the system comprises an S5000 control surface with DM48 MixRack. While the festival run marks the first time that McDonald has toured with the new dLive system, he’s used iLive rigs for many years with acts such as Adele, Florence & The Machine and Frank Ocean.
“On the Air tour, we are using 14 vintage keyboards on stage, some mono and some stereo, and the stereo image and depth of sound coming from dLive is like nothing I’ve heard from a mixer before,” he reported.
“The jump in sound quality is the difference between night and day,” added McDonald. “I was very happy with its predecessor, iLive, but dLive is something else; it has all the great FX and dynamics plus lots of new toys, and it is so natural to operate it feels as if it is, well, designed for mixing.”
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