Having recently completed a major tour of the US, platinum recording artist Hozier has just hit European shores to continue his run of sold-out shows in support of his “Nina Cried Power” EP, with front of house engineer Steve Pattison behind an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.
Supplied by Adlib, the set-up includes a dLive S7000 surface fitted with both Waves and Dante cards for virtual soundcheck and live multitrack recording. Additionally, a dLive DM64 MixRack fitted with a superMADI card is placed at front of house, which is used to feed broadcast multitrack during festival shows.
“dLive was chosen primarily for its sound quality but also for its reliability and flexibility. Pretty much anything you’ll ever need is on there and the FX and processing are ever expanding with each firmware release,” comments Pattison.
Pattison continues, “FX and reverb feature heavily on Hozier’s recordings and there are so many great sounding reverb pre-sets with dLive that get you right where you need to be instantly. I’ll simply ask Andrew (Hozier) what compressors and reverbs were used in the studio and I can always dial them all in for each song, quickly and easily.”
In December, the tour will head to the UK and Ireland for another fully sold-out run, before shipping out to Australia next Spring.
Pattison adds, “I get a lot of engineers come up to me after the shows to ask what outboard gear and plugins I’m using. They’re always stunned when I tell them it’s all onboard and there are no external effects, outboard or plugins at all.”