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Allen & Heath Compact Consoles Deployed Across Coachella

Qu Series consoles and dLive C1500 control surfaces cover multiple venues at music and arts festival drawing over 250,000 attendees annually.

By PSW Staff April 30, 2018

Hayley Kiyoko’s Coachella set, powered by an Allen & Heath C1500 (right) while an Allen & Heath Qu Series mixer provides stage production support (left).

Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems were in use on multiple Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival stages in support of a diverse lineup of musical acts and production needs.

Launched in 1999, Coachella has grown into a premier music and arts festival, grossing over $114 million and drawing over 250,000 attendees annually. Coachella 2018 saw a large number of dLive artists on the lineup, including BØRNS, Hayley Kiyoko, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Nothing But Thieves, PVRIS and The Neighbourhood.

With an intuitive workflow and tiny footprint, the dLive C1500 control surface was a popular choice across Coachella festival stages. The C1500 is the first rack-mountable surface for the dLive system. Packed in a diminutive frame are 12 faders over 6 layers, built-in audio I/O, an audio networking port and a 12-inch capacitive touchscreen. All dLive control surfaces pair with a MixRack to deliver 128 input processing channels, 16 stereo FX returns and a configurable 64 bus architecture, all at 96kHz, while providing latency of 0.7ms.

Allen & Heath C1500 at FOH supporting The Neighbourhood at Coachella 2018

Michael Bangs, Allen & Heath USA Live Sound Touring manager comments, “Sometimes coming into a festival environment as a visiting artist is a real pain — getting a large mix surface into the front of house position is frequently just impossible. We saw many acts bypass this limitation with the (Allen & Heath dLive) C1500, carrying in a flyable 19-inch wide desk with the horsepower and capability of desks literally 4-5 times the size.”

In addition to traditional front of house/monitor console support with dLive, compact Allen & Heath Qu Series mixing consoles were deployed to cover a wide range of production duties. A number of Qu production desks were used to play house music while front of house consoles were swapped from act to act, support event announcement playback and carry ‘shoutbox’ communications for production staff across stage positions and from monitor world to front of house.

“While engineers love to drool over high-end desks like dLive, it is easy to forget some of the unsung production gear heroes of these types of shows,” notes Allen & Heath USA marketing manager Jeff Hawley. He adds, “Many times the flexible and rock solid operation of consoles like Qu are the key to keeping festivals running smoothly.”

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