Allen & Heath’s dLive series recently supported one of Russia’s biggest pop star’s, Leonid Agutin, during his recent 50-year jubilee show held at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The show also featured performances from many famous Russian artists, as well as special guests such as the Jazz-trumpet player, Arturo Sandoval and guitarist, Al Di Meola.
dLive was used for front of house, monitors and the TV broadcast mix, with a total of five surfaces and four MixRacks employed throughout the production.
At the front of house position, an S7000 was utilized as the main control surface with an S3000 used for the guest artists’ engineers, as well as offering additional control over the mix for the higher channel count performances.
Monitors were controlled by two C2500 surfaces that were located on either side of the stage, which handled mixes for the musicians, orchestra and choir. Additionally, each console was accompanied by a laptop running dLive Director for further control options.
“dLive was an obvious choice for this show – it has superb sound, a fast, simple interface, very low latency and unlimited routing options” comments Robert Boim, sound engineer and head of show production for Leonid Agutin. He adds “Since the latest firmware update release, I’ve stopped using all external dynamic processing plugins – now I keep all dynamic processing inside the system and my mix sounds even better. The sound has never been so incredibly clear and transparent.”
Two DM48 MixRacks and a DM64 MixRack were positioned on the stage, with a DX32 and DX168 Expander connected to the DM64 for additional analogue and AES I/O. Furthermore, gigaACE cards were fitted in all MixRacks enabling low latency transport of audio between the systems.
Additionally, Dante cards were fitted to the S7000 and the MixRacks to facilitate audio playback from connected computers. While, Waves 3 and superMADI cards were both used for redundant 120 channel, 96kHz multitrack recording.
With help from dLive and an Allen & Heath SQ-5, the show was also recorded for TV and a DVD – to be released later next year. A dLive C2500 surface and DM48 MixRack handled the broadcast mix for a mobile TV station, while the SQ-5 tackled the recording of audience applause, singing and other live show noises (captured by a number of studio microphones positioned around the seating areas), which will be added during the mastering stage for the DVD release.