Nashville, TN (January 13, 2020)—While the holidays are a joyous occasion, they can hit hard for those in need. With that in mind, last month saw Music City services provider Soundcheck Nashville combine its 2019 holiday celebration with a charity drive that collected more than 700 toys and bikes for needy children in the Nashville area. The event, held in two of Soundcheck’s studios, featured live music from the Soundcheck House Band and by country act Sixwire, all of which was mixed on Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems at both FOH and monitors.
In-house audio engineer Caleb Rose noted, “Before working at Soundcheck, the only experience I had with Allen & Heath was with their older analog desks. But, after spending less than an hour with the dLive, I felt right at home.”
At FOH, Soundcheck used a dLive C3500 Surface with CDM48 MixRack. “I placed the FOH MixRack offstage next to the monitor position, giving me a super clean and uncluttered FOH setup,” said Rose. At monitors, Soundcheck used an S5000 Surface with DM48 MixRack. Allen & Heath’s gigaACE network made the connections and Rose adds, “The Cat 6 cabling was a lifesaver as we had a short time to setup and tear down the system to coordinate with our normal rehearsal schedule. Also, because gigaACE can handle bi-directional digital audio, I had a lot of flexibility to patch anything I needed from FOH.”
Sixwire’s appearance included guests John Elefante and Derek St. Holmes, and Rose notes, “I was able to drag their inputs onto the Surface without pause or stress, and I added FX to their mix to give the guest singers a more identifiable sound. The dLive made this a breeze.” Overall, the Soundcheck system had over 40 inputs, 14 outputs, and more than 10 FX units running simultaneously and Rose says, “There wasn’t any noticeable slowdown or lag. With all the flexibility, power, and the ease of use of these consoles, you would be hard pressed to find a situation they couldn’t accommodate.”
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