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Allen & Heath dLive Provides Flexible Control At Norway’s Design & Architecture Foundation

dLive C1500 surface, DM0 MixRack, IP8/IP6 remote controllers, and DX168 expander are key to transportable and customizable system.

By PSW Staff July 19, 2019

A presentation underway at Machine Hall, supported by Allen & Heath audio infrastructure.

An audio system redesign for the Machine Hall at the Design & Architecture (DOGA) Foundation in Oslo, Norway, is headed by a compact Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system.

The foundation strives to strengthen the presence of design and architecture in Norway; promoting innovation and quality when developing products, buildings and services. Its facilities are regularly rented out for a variety of events, covering conferences, seminars, concerts and screenings. Allen & Heath Norwegian distributors Benum Norway was tasked with the unique installation, which required a simple, flexible and transportable sound system for the 340-square-meter hall.

The dLive system is comprised of a dLive C1500 surface paired with a DM0 MixRack (fitted with a Dante card), IP8 and IP6 remote controllers, and a DX168 expander for additional remote I/O. The goal was delivering a transportable and customizable system so that DOGA could switch between set-ups in a matter of minutes, depending on the event requirements.

“Working in the event business, we have a lot of different clients with various backgrounds and technical competence. Our goal with this installation was to transform our main space (Hallen) into a flexible and straight forward room to rent and using the dLive C1500, made it even more so,” explains Torstein Strand, technical manager/event coordinator at DOGA. “dLive has such an intuitive interface, it makes every process easy and efficient – it’s the perfect fit for this installation.”

He adds, “dLive also has some great advanced features; for example, I personally love how easy it is to route signals using the touchscreen, how intuitive the interface is and the quality of FX you have. The drag-and-drop feature when using the Strip Assign is also something that I’ve not experienced before, but love. It’s perfect for all types of people, whether with technical backgrounds or not, and that’s exactly what we were aiming for.”

The IP8 and IP6 remote controllers provide an easy to use solution for clients with limited engineering experience wishing to control the mix themselves and can also be used in place of a dLive surface, for events that require a small footprint with surfaceless control via the IP controllers and dLive’s Director app.

“The IP6 and IP8 controllers are fantastic,” Strand says. “I can easily set up channels, route signals, choose what I want to be displayed on the IP6/8 or what clients have control over. It makes the process much faster and allows users to become more confident in their abilities, which in turn makes Hallen and DOGA in general, a popular event space to use.”

Due to the size of the machine hall, dLive’s MixPad app (controlled via a tablet) is further utilized as a remote mixing tool; giving the DOGA team the freedom to walk around and manage soundchecks and levels from anywhere in the room.

“The endless possibilities that accompany this system really compliments our vision at DOGA; to be as flexible and efficient as we can be, catering to every need,” Strand concludes.

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