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Allen & Heath dLive Key To Production Of “Kinky Boots” In Argentina

dLive C3500 surface using about 80 input channels paired with a CDM48 MixRack fitted with Dante card for multitrack recording and playback; personal monitoring handled with seven ME-1 systems connected to the MixRack.
An Allen & Heath dLive control surface in place for "Kinky Boots" at Teatro Astral in Buenos Aires.

The Teatro Astral in Buenos Aires, Argentina, relied upon an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system for the recent launch of the iconic Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”

The large-capacity venue accommodates up to 1,200 people and has become a home to various productions, events, conferences, congresses, seminars and exhibitions. With the theatre not having its own in-house system, the venue turns to audio rental company BR Sound to help host its events, and with the latest Kinky Boots production being scheduled for multiple times a week over the next two years and featuring a large crew of on-stage actors and musicians, the engineers needed a large-format desk that significantly expanded the theatre’s capabilities in terms of channel counts, processing power, and flexibility.

Lead engineer Santiago Rivero (BR Sound) explains, “We needed a flexible, compact and powerful mixer with an affordable price. We immediately thought of A&H mixers, because we are former GLD users and have always loved the sound.”

Facilitated by Allen & Heath’s Argentinian distributor, ARS Technologies, the full setup includes a dLive C3500 surface, which uses approximately 80 input channels and more than 100 scene changes during the show, paired with a CDM48 MixRack, which is fitted with a Dante card for multitrack recording and playback.

Personal monitoring for each musician is handled via seven ME-1 systems connected to the MixRack and deployed in the orchestra pit alongside a DX168 expander, which provides additional analog I/O.

Rivero concludes, “dLive is just the best fit for the show. From the amazing graphic interface, to the large number of customisable options & knobs, dLive can be used in a number of ways and it allows operators with different workflows to get to grips with it incredibly easily. Also, as we need to use various third-party software during the show, thanks to the optional networking cards, dLive can easily integrate and work with everything we could need.”

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