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Jeremy Grodhaus mixing on an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 surface at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa.

Allen & Heath dLive Platform For Historic Cain’s Ballroom In Tulsa

dLive DM32 MixRack at FOH is connected to a S5000 control surface while a gigaACE card provides a digital split to a DM0 MixRack powering the S3000 surface for monitors.

Historic live music venue Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma has implemented Allen & Heath dLive mix systems at both front of house and monitors under the direction of A1 Jeremy Grodhaus, who sought a platform to meet current needs while being future-proof for years to come.

“We get a lot of guest engineers of various different experience levels,” notes Grodhaus. “The console had to be relatively easy to walk up to and start mixing in a hurry.” He adds that the venue hosts a variety of corporate and non-music events, meaning the new console had to be flexible.

Grodhaus compared the Allen & Heath platform with those of other manufacturers during the purchasing process and landed on dLive due to its value and workflow, noting “I hadn’t heard a bad thing about dLive, and I appreciated that the company was continuously updating firmware with new features.”

A dLive DM32 MixRack at front of house is connected to a 28-fader, dual touchscreen S5000 control surface. The DM32 houses a gigaACE card, which allows for a simplified digital split over to a DM0 MixRack powering the monitor console, a 20-fader S3000. In addition, two DX168 expanders were included, providing accessible I/O on stage.

Grodhaus also added a 128-channel Waves card in the front of house system, in case any guest engineers wanted to use external Waves plugins. A Dante card was included too, which allows for multitrack recording or live streaming.

“My thinking behind the setup was flexibility and redundancy,” Grodhaus says. “The DM32 has a redundant power supply, and the two DX168s plus DM0 can easily work as a backup front of house system in case there’s ever an issue.

“The native processing is strong enough that I don’t feel like I miss my external plugins,” he continues. “The only thing I was lacking was a source expander, but that was thankfully added in a recent dLive firmware update and it has been very useful.”

Since Cain’s hosts many guest engineers, he also has the opportunity to hear their opinions on the new house consoles. “Everybody seems to be very favorable towards it,” he conclude. “Even the guest engineers who bring in their own consoles are curious about it, and some mention their interest in purchasing one in the future.”

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