SIMPLICITY OF operation was one of the key factors in determining the choice of a new console by front-of-house (FOH) engineer Chris Leckie for the Kaiser Chiefs tour, which took in venues including London’s O2 Academy Brixton (cap. 4,900), Barrowland (2,100) in Glasgow, Exeter’s Great Hall (1,800) and The Engine Shed (1,600) in Lincoln.
The band played at theatres and seaside venues with a set combining their new LP with past releases, creating a nostalgic feel, according to Leckie.
“For this tour, I chose dLive [by Allen & Heath (A&H)] in spite of having had no experience of it before,” he says. “A number of people I respect rate it very highly. But dLive is so intuitive that I was able to work out how to do almost everything I needed within about 10 minutes.”
The audio set up includes two dLive S7000 surfaces on FOH and monitors and two DM64 MixRacks. The system was also used to handle audio needs for the support band, Novacub.
Monitor engineer Ilias Andrianatos adds, “I love how user-friendly and easily customisable the whole rig is. The surface makes perfect sense in terms of layout and there’s a very straight forward, logical way of setting the desk up, making it easy to patch I/O and assign effects.”