Clair Global (Lititz, PA), currently supporting Fifth Harmony’s “7/27 Tour” throughout the U.S., has provided an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system for use by front of house engineer Matt Lawrence.
The dLive system, comprising a S5000 control surface and DM64 MixRack with Dante card, was recently purchased and added to Clair Global’s rental inventory.
Lawrence has mixed the pop and R&B group’s successful recent tours in Asia and South America, choosing the dLive for Fifth Harmony’s current tour in support of the band’s second album, released in May. The U.S. portion of the tour kicked off in July and will continue through fall with shows in Canada, Mexico and Europe.
With five singers, extensive choreography, a live band and recorded tracks, Fifth Harmony’s show is fast-moving. “The console gives me freedom,” Lawrence notes. “With the drag-n-drop screens I can put anything anywhere and mold it to my style of mixing.”
He uses the dLive’s 16T and multi-band compressors along with its input channel EQ to blend Fifth Harmony’s vocals and put each singer “in the pocket.” Performances are recorded to a Waves Tracks Live rig via the dLive’s Dante card and played back for a “virtual sound check” during set ups. He adds that dLive’s sound quality is “warm like analog,” also stating, “I couldn’t be more excited to go on tour with this band and this desk.”
Justin Weaver, account executive at Clair Global, says the company’s engineers were very impressed with the dLive’s intuitive setup and great sound. “I can see this going out on many more Clair tours,” he notes.