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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Deploys Allen & Heath dLive

Veteran front of house engineer Dave McDonald selects S Class surface and DM MixRack for world tour with psychedelic rockers.

American-based psychedelic rockers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, have set out on a world tour this year with veteran front of house engineer, Dave McDonald, and an Allen & Heath dLive system.

The band’s set-up includes a dLive S Class system, usually comprising an S5000 or S7000 surface and DM MixRack, with a Dante card for live recording. Dave McDonald, who has been using dLive for a number of years, comments in an interview run by Muzyka i Technologia magazine; “I like the ability to work at 96kHz sampling and thanks to this, I have a much wider signal spectrum and greater depth in the mix. dLive also enables extremely intuitive work, almost like an analog desk.”

dLive with Dave McDonald (FOH, Krakow Live Festival, Poland)

He continues, “dLive includes a variety of plugins, from those emulating old studio equipment, up to the latest virtual blocks. The DEEP processing I use for the mix really feels like the original units I used on records in the studio, not only do they sound great, they look great.”

The band has already performed multiple dates across Europe including several major festivals and sold out shows and are set to hit UK shores this November. With just under 30 shows left to go, the rest of the tour will be in support of their new instrumental album ‘IC-01 Hanoi’ – released October 26th.

McDonald adds, “I’ve been working on Allen & Heath consoles for approximately six or seven years, initially I was a bit skeptical, but now dLive is always my first choice console.”

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