THE PINEAPPLE Thief required a compact but sophisticated console for their brand of progressive rock when they toured venues including The Leadmill (cap. 900) in Sheffield, The Liquid Room (700) in Edinburgh and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2,000), says sound engineer Simon Baxter.
Working with the band’s tour management Reece Productions, Baxter specified a dLive C2500 control surface, plus a CDM32 mixrack, provided by manufacturer Allen & Heath (A&H) via distributor AC Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
“I needed a small footprint desk, with the power and flexibility that the dLive provides,” says Baxter, who ran front-of-house sound.
Reece Productions founder James Reece-Ford says he invested in the console because, “we’ve been big fans of A&H. The whole console feels like it was designed with [the engineer] in mind, rather than the console. The sound quality is way beyond my expectations.”
Baxter adds, “The on-board FX are fantastic, the multi band EQ was really useful and I was impressed with the ease of the workflow throughout.”
The band tours Europe with the desk next year.