Atlanta, GA (November 28, 2016)—Platinum-selling R&B mainstay Musiq Soulchild is on the road behind his seventh album, Life on Earth, with Digital World Live, an Atlanta-based live sound training company providing Allen & Heath desks for the journey.
DWL set up the tour with an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 Surface and DM48 MixRack at front of house, and a dLive S5000 Surface with DM64 MixRack in monitorworld.
Digital World Live’s Harry Timothee—the tour’s production manager—brought the dLive desks to rehearsals, he reported, “And, after a few days of rehearsal, everyone was blown away.” Digital World Live also added a Shure wireless microphone system with Dante output. “Now, with the dLive’s Dante card,” he continued, “we’ve got a pure digital signal throughout our entire system.”
Tonderick Watkins mixes Musiq’s FOH on the S7000 Surface, and noted that, as an R&B singer, Musiq’s ballads often feature softer, falsetto vocals requiring a higher gain setting with an accompanying increase in hiss noise. “With the dLive,” he said, “we’re running at 96/24 and we didn’t get the noise.”
Both engineers use scenes to set up the dLive for different songs and use layers to keep track of the show’s 48 microphones, direct feeds and recorded tracks. Throughout the tour, they’ve recorded Musiq’s performances to Tracks Live and Studio One setups and played them back during rehearsals using the dLive’s “Virtual Sound Check.” Musiq’s musicians also use the recordings to update their show files during free time.
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