Porsche celebrated its new Panamera Hybrid automobile with a live concert held at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson, CA mixed on an Allen &aamp; Heath dLive S Class with S7000 Surface, DM64 MixRack and DX32 Expander.
The concert featured Dave Navarro, Mark McGrath and others performing as The Royal Machines and was co-sponsored by Rolling Stone, featuring in the magazine’s ‘Engine Notes’ column on 11 December.
Shawn London mixed FOH for the concert while sound and lighting systems were provided by Los Angeles based Harmony Event Productions. London, a veteran FOH engineer with 20 years experience, has mixed for bands like Eagles of Death Metal, Jane's Addiction, 30 seconds to Mars, The Used and Fishbone.
“The production spaces were 350 feet from the mix booth,” London explained. “So we fed everything over the network from Dante cards in the S7000 and DM64.” He used the DX32 to send and receive channels to the video production area allowing time-code to be added to the multitrack recordings. “That’s the great thing about the dLive,” he added. “You can send audio all over the place and still have plenty of feeds left over. You can’t surpass that workflow with any other mixer.”
London (pictured above) used the dLive’s stereo delays, doublers and Symphonic Chorus for vocals and its Hyperbass for drums and bass. He continued: “I used the Transient Controller for snare and rack toms, but the Dyn8 multi-band compressor is my favourite. There are 64 of these on the dLive and you can put them anywhere with no latency. I never use external effects any more. The dLive with its DEEP Processing is everything you need as an engineer.”
London set up dLive scenes to coordinate these effects for different songs and managed the concert’s 40+ sources using dLive Layers.
London concluded: “The sound was amazing. And the great thing about the dLive is you don’t have to push it to sound this great. We gave this audience a huge rock and roll performance with the feel of a big venue!”