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Mixing Devin Townsend’s Live Sound

 

FOH engineer Christophe Edrich handled mixing Devin Townsend's European tour on an Allen & Heath dLive C1500 control surface.
FOH engineer Christophe Edrich dealt with mixing the current Devin Townsend European tour on an Allen & Heath dLive C1500 management floor.

London, UK (May 26, 2023)—Canadian rocker Devin Townsend newest album, Lightwork, is heavy stuff, and crowds got here out to listen to it each evening on his current European tour, which noticed him going in all places from Oslo to London. Along for the experience was his in a position band and the audio staff of Christophe Edrich at FOH and Sam Chadwick at stageside in monitorworld.

In the post-COVID touring panorama, retaining issues light-weight and compact is an important side of bringing gear on the highway, and with that in thoughts, the engineers opted for compact Allen & Heath dLive C1500 management surfaces and a shared CDM32 Mix Rack, all provided by STS Touring Productions and Pulse PA.

Monitor man Chadwick famous, “The C1500/CDM package deal is unimaginable for touring. Although the venues we’re enjoying are related capacities, the variations in stage dimension might be vital. The CDM is simple to slot in wherever and I’ve by no means had a set-up this dimension that’s so useful and so ‘musical’, for the need of a greater phrase.

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“We’ve received the gigaACE networking card within the CDM32 in order that we will run each C1500 surfaces on the only MixRack and we’re breaking out into two DX168s on the drum riser, that are daisy-chained. It’s all very streamlined and it’s been completely flawless for the entire tour.”

The small-footprint desk was equally relevant out at FOH, stated Edrich: “I’ve an IP8 Remote Controller working at the side of my C1500 – I really like having these few further faders for my FX returns and tracks that I want entry to often. Even although it’s a small-format floor I discover the C1500 very tactile and nice to combine on this approach with.”

Neither Edrich nor Chadwick depend on exterior results, preferring to make use of the dLive’s built-in processing, with each singling out the Dyn8 EQ/multiband compressor. “I really like the Dyn8,” stated Edrich. “I’ve them on inputs, sub-groups – it’s actually helpful for Devin’s vocals as a result of he makes use of quite a lot of head-voice, which provides quite a lot of resonance, so the Dyn8 retains it actually managed and clear. I’ve a subgroup with Dev’s voice that I can use to compress all the things between 350 Hz and 4 okHz – that band is compressed by Dev’s voice, so that they’re ducked when he sings. Super-useful.”

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