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Allen & Heath dLive Out With Steve ‘N’ Seagulls

Finnish bluegrass rockers tour the UK with dLive Wings system comprising C1500 surface, IP8 remote controller and CDM32 MixRack.

Finnish bluegrass rockers Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, have recently hit the UK for a series of shows supporting their third studio album ‘Grainsville’ – released earlier this year – while accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive Wings system.

The band’s set-up comprises a dLive C1500 surface (fitted with a Waves V3 card, which is used for multitrack recording, virtual soundchecks and running plugins during live shows), an IP8 remote controller and a CDM32 MixRack.

The Wings set-up was chosen due to the customization options and its size – which is perfect for flying. Front of house engineer, Antti Laitila, explains “Steve ‘n’ Seagulls tour around the world all the time, so I was looking for a compact and good sounding console for fly-dates. I’d heard a lot of great things about the dLive-series from my colleagues, so I decided to give it a try.”

He continues, “Pete Kaltala from Allen & Heath’s Finnish distributor, F-Pro, hooked me up with the demo set and from the very first show I was blown away by the sound quality and punch that dLive delivered. The band had never sounded so good. I love the fact that I can customize the surface the way I want and with the IP8 attached, I have all the control that I need to be able to focus on mixing without jumping between different layers and menus during the show.”

dLive at Lutakko – Jyväskylä, Finland

The single surface set-up is used to handle both front of house and the musicians IEM mixes. The IP8 is connected to the surface, providing an additional bank of 8 faders for further hands-on control, while the CDM32 is situated on stage for all analog I/O.

The band are well-known for their hard rock and metal covers and became increasingly popular in 2014 with a series of YouTube videos, the most famous being their cover of ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC, which received over 72 million views.

dLive’s DEEP processing and Dyn8 engine were another factor in the overall decision to use the system.

Laitila adds “Steve ‘n’ Seagulls have a large variety of different instruments and four vocals, so trying to fit everything together can be a bit challenging. The Dyn8 multiband dynamic processor is my favorite tool when controlling the dynamics of a blazing banjo or thunderous accordion. The variety and quality of different processors in dLive is amazing. Just being able to choose from the many different compressors gives you a powerful toolset.”

After six tour dates with F-Pro´s demo set-up, Laitila and the band enjoyed it so much that they decided to purchase the full system, commenting “After a few shows in different types of venues, I made the decision to purchase the system and I couldn’t be happier. The band members have also noticed a positive change in their IEM’s and describe the sound as being more open now compared to the old set-up.”

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