German electro house duo Digitalism has been touring internationally this year with Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing systems for front of house and monitors.
“Early on in the tour, the band only carried one iLive system, to keep monitors consistent,” explains house engineer Daniel MacBean. “However, we were so impressed with how easy the system is to tour with and set up that we decided to get a second system in for front of house. It literally takes 30 seconds to set up: plug in Cat-5, turn on power, and I’m good to go.”
The band has performed in North America, Europe, Asia and the international festival circuit this year using two iDR-48 MixRacks and iLive-T80 control surfaces connected using Audinate Dante, which provides a digital split between the house and monitor systems along with suppling additional recording facilities.
“After ease of use, the most striking feature about iLive is the sound quality. It really is the most analogue-sounding digi board I’ve ever used. If you shut your eyes it genuinely sounds analog, it has warmth that you can’t find in any other digital desk. Plus, the effects, reverbs especially, sound amazing with very little fiddling, and the EQ’s, dynamics in particular, are a definite cut above the competition,” says MacBean.
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The attached image shows the iLive-T80 surface during a recent performance by Digitalism in New York.
Established for over 40 years, Allen & Heath designs and manufactures professional audio mixing consoles for an international clientele in the live sound, installed systems and nightclub markets.