Sound engineer Jeff Pitt of production company 242 Concepts, who has been mixing blues rock legend George Thorogood for nearly a quarter century, has switched to the Allen & Heath dLive platform for the current tour with Thorogood and his band The Destroyers, as has monitor engineer Colten Hyten.
The duo went through several options before selecting dLive during a hands-on demo. “We spent a week going through about twenty five iterations of dLive surfaces, mix engines, and expanders,” Hyten explains. “That’s what really attracted us to dLive — the fact that there are so many different hardware configuration possibilities, without sacrificing any processing power.”
Thorogood’s current tour with his band The Destroyers is being mixed on two dLive S5000 surfaces, one at front of house and one at monitors. Each surface is paired with its own DM0 MixRack to manage their respective 128 channels of 96 kHz processing, and two gigaACE cards handle the digital split between the systems.
Off the monitor console’s DM0, Hyten connects multiple DX168 portable I/O boxes on the stage to keep the mic preamps closer to the performers. A DX012 expander adds twelve more line outputs for the band’s in-ear monitors. “We’ve eliminated so much analog cabling,” remarks Hyten. “That’s been a huge thing for us, since Cat-5e cables are so easy to run and simple to replace if there is ever a continuity issue.”
“Another feature we like is the ABCD Preamp option,” Pitt adds about the feature that allows for the input source of a particular channel strip to be toggled between four different options, allowing for fast changeover to a backup mic or an alternate wireless system as needed. “If our main RF mic goes down, we have a one-touch solution that places our backup right in the same line so we don’t have to move channels or remix anything,”
Pitt also points to the recently added RTA overlay on channel equalizers. “It lets you really see the frequency response on an individual channel, getting instant visual feedback on what you’re changing.”