By PSW Staff • August 6, 2019 Craig Morgan's FOH engineer Robert Harmon test drove Allen & Heath's dLive S5000 and refused to give it back. With a career spanning 19 years, 12 songs that have made Billboard’s country charts, and word of a new major label record deal in the oﬃng, country artist Craig Morgan is on the road this summer, touring with new gear in the form of an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 console/DM0 MixRack at front of house, an SQ-7 for monitors, and four DX168 I/O expanders on-deck. “I had been looking for a new console since last year,” Morgan’s front of house engineer Robert Harmon relates. “I narrowed down my search to three, but none of them worked out. Then I ran across a console I didn’t recognize online. It looked highend. It turned out to be an Allen & Heath S5000. Having logged thousands of hours on a GL2400 and other Allen & Heath analog products in the past, I have to admit my mind was having a hard time wrapping itself around this new digital oﬀering.” Harmon agreed to try the desk following a conversation with Allen & Heath’s eastern regional sales manager, Kevin Madden. He wound up using it for two shows and never gave it back, choosing to send the company a check instead. “They told me it could be customized any way I wanted,” he recalls. “I heard that before, but this time it was true. Using a show ﬁle I wrote at home, it loaded correctly the ﬁrst time and sound check went quickly for starting at zero. I conﬁgured the desk to mimic the layout of my old one exactly, that made the transition seamless. I also brought things to the top surface I never could before. I always wanted my matrix out with my VCAs and channels, and I didn’t want to sift through layers and layers constantly. I was able to do all that, plus retain the familiarity of my old desk. Everything felt the same, but now I had so much more right at my ﬁngertips, and the complexity of making that happen was about as difficult as using a smartphone.” Monitor engineer Marshall Bastin, Craig Morgan, and FOH engineer Robert Harmon with the Craig Morgan tour’s FOH dLive S5000 console from Allen & Heath. Marshall Bastin lends direction to the Allen & Heath SQ-7 now residing in monitor world, while four Allen & Heath DX168 expanders bring 96kHz I/O to the stage. “The SQ-7 sounds like a dLive but has a smaller screen,” Harmon adds. “Like everything else we bought from Allen & Heath, you get a lot more than you pay for.” Allen & Heath Tagged with: Allen & Heath Concerts dLive S5000 SQ-7 Tours · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!