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Allen & Heath At The Hub Of Distance Mixing Effort For Annual Conference In New Zealand

Sound engineer Rich Bryant mixes broadcast feed utilizing dLive system based in Australia for the annual Passionate Women’s Conference in Wellington, more than 2,250 kilometers away.
The crowd at the Passionate Women’s Conference 2021 in Wellington served by remote mixing via the Allen & Heath dLive platform.

The most recent edition of the annual Passionate Women’s Conference, New Zealand’s largest event for Christian women that’s held every March at the Michael Fowler Centre in Willington, saw sound engineer Rich Bryant mixing a broadcast feed from a studio in Sydney, Australia — a distance of more than 2,250 kilometers from the venue — working with an Allen & Heath dLive mix system to handle a live program of music, worship and spoken word presentations.

“Normally I’d travel to Wellington to mix the broadcast, but that was not an option this year due to the quarantine requirements,” Bryant explains. “After talking to Andrew Crawford at Australian A&H distributor TAG about the network control capabilities of dLive, plus the minimal requirements for additional equipment and infrastructure, we proceeded down that route.”

With onsite support in Wellington provided by local hire company Lampros Sound, a dLive DM64 MixRack was deployed at the venue for Bryant to control remotely from his Sydney studio. The DM64 was fitted with a Dante card for interfacing with the onsite AV network plus a Waves card for virtual sound check and additional output processing.

Rich Bryant mixing the broadcast feed for the event from the studio in Sydney.

The DM64 was connected to a dLive S7000 control surface in Sydney via a secure VPN connection, managed by Riverbed’s SD-WAN service using the integrated network ports on both units. Luke Sheaves of Riverbed was on hand to provide IT and network support in Sydney, with Alistair Lambie of Lampros Sound monitoring the connection on the New Zealand end.

Audio and video monitoring of the broadcast feed in Sydney was provided via an SRT stream to Bryant’s iPad, arriving with less than 150 milliseconds of latency, ensuring he could react quickly to the performances taking place across the Tasman Sea. Additionally, Bryant utilized Audiomovers software fed by the Waves card in the DM64 to monitor the Solo/PAFL bus with a manageable latency of 200 ms. The Intercom Unity app, running on a second iPad, was used to handle comms between Rich and the technical team in the venue.

The dLive S7000 at the heart of the studio in Sydney.

It wasn’t just the broadcast sound that relied on dLive. Back in the venue, another DM64, configured for multi-surface operation, was employed to handle both FOH and MON duties, with a pair of S7000 control surfaces deployed for engineers Andrew Forde (MON) and Simon Faisandier (FOH). Two DX168 expanders were added to feed performer IEMs and provide additional AV I/O, with Waves and Dante cards utilized for audio transport and additional processing.

“What started as an ambitious endeavour ended as a resounding success” Bryant says. “It was a truly ground-breaking weekend, and we couldn’t have done it without the dLive, and the support provided by TAG, Lampros Sound and Riverbed.”

The racks at the venue in New Zealand, including two DM64 MixRacks providing sound for FOH, MON and Broadcast.

“The conference livestream was a total success, with the client and Rich both very happy with the results,” adds Andrew Crawford, Product Specialist at TAG. “It was great to see the dLive platform deliver these results with minimal infrastructure and readily available products. It was a pretty amazing experience to sit here in Sydney and watch Rich mix a conference that I knew was running live in New Zealand over 2,000 km away.”

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