UK hire company SSE Audio Group is providing iLive modular digital systems from Allen & Heath for Paolo Nutini and Morrissey's upcoming summer tours.
Following a series of gigs in the UK and Europe earlier this year, Morrissey will be performing four nights at the Sydney Opera House, followed by a comprehensive tour of the USA throughout June and July. Meanwhile, Paolo Nutini will be playing outdoor and festival dates across Europe this season with a control package from Wigwam Acoustics.
“iLive has been out of tour with both of these artists a number of times, and SSE is delighted to be able to fulfil the tour requirements by continuing to provide the systems,” said Dan Bennett, hire project manager at SSE. “iLive has proved to be a great success on the road, it’s easy to travel with, compact, quick to set up, and everyone is very pleased with the sonic quality.”
Selected by engineer Tom Howat, the monitor system for Paolo Nutini’s tour comprises an iDR10 MixRack with iLive-112 control surface, as well as a PL10 controller for additional ‘per-song cues’ and an ME-1 for remote tech monitoring duties.
iLive will be managing both FOH and monitors for the Morrissey tour. FOH engineer David Millward has opted for an iDR10 MixRack and iLive-80 surface, while on monitors – engineered initially by Howat, with Will King taking over for the US leg – an iDR10 with iLive-112 surface will feature. All engineers will be using PL10s for remote control, along with 64 channels of Dante available for recording.
“This will be the third time I’ve travelled around the globe with iLive. It's an exceptionally compact surface, which is great fun to mix on," Millward added. "I love the quality of sound, and the range of built-in effects have in my opinion the best reverbs I've heard on any console in any price range.
"I also particularly love the ability to drag ‘n drop any type of channel strip, inputs, outputs, DCAs, FX returns anywhere on the entire surface and even on a per scene basis without affecting audio or worrying about re-patching inputs. Bringing just the channels needed specifically for each song right to your fingertips means you can really concentrate on mixing and being creative. I enjoy it so much it is currently the only console on my audio specification."