Helene Bøksle, among Norway’s leading vocalists whose winter tours of churches and concert venues have become a tradition of the festive season, is being supported this year by audio engineer Kenneth Vaedset employing a just-released dLive CTi1500 mix surface from Allen & Heath.
Although scaled back due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 tour still covers a lot of ground, with long mountain drives and some internal flights bringing Bøksle and her accompanying musicians to 15 towns and cities on both sides of the arctic circle.
Vadset needed a mix system that could travel with him. Already familiar with Allen & Heath dLive, he noted the CTi1500 surface fit the brief very well.
The new model has been developed from the C1500 19-inch surface, with Titanium side panels and other weight-saving modifications driving its flightcased weight below the 50-pound (23 kg) limit needed to fly as standard baggage on most airlines. (The surface itself weighs 25.4 pounds.)
“Helene has this remarkable, crystal clear voice and tremendous dynamic range, and that’s what the audience has come to experience,” Vadset explains. “So having high-quality audio equipment from input to output is crucial. The CTi1500 has made it so much easier to carry the system I know and trust with me to every show.”
The CTi1500 is teamed up with a CDM32 MixRack, which accommodates Bøksle’s vocal microphones along with piano, percussion, trumpet, guitars, choir and string quartet. Vadset mixes both from of house and monitors from the CTi1500, making use of the dLive OneMix app to lighten the workload by allowing the musicians to control their own monitor mixes.
With a lot of mixing to do from a 12-fader surface, he also makes use of the CTi1500’s tools for streamlining his workflows. “The combination of scenes and softkeys make it very quick to get around the CTi1500, and there are a lot of features that help you be creative with such a small surface,” Vadset concludes. “I use a lot of softkeys for quick access to monitor mixes and sends, and to do things like muting the reverb in Helene’s in-ears between songs or toggling my talkback mic. The softkeys are also great for selecting the LR mix when I’m working in another layer of faders.”