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Allen & Heath’s dLive System Elevates the Performance – And Efficiency – For Kaylee Bell’s Tour

The recent integration of an Allen & Heath dLive system into Kaylee Bell’s Boots ‘N All tour brought about a great transformation, revolutionizing the performance experience for both the renowned New Zealand singer-songwriter and her band.

As someone who wears multiple hats during the live show, Kaylee Bell’s Front-of-House Engineer and Production Manager Joshua Anderson described the arrival of the dLive system supplied by Jansen Pro Audio as a game changer for both him and the performers. “Eliminating the task of maintaining show files for multiple consoles has saved me endless amounts of time and has brought a whole new level of consistency to everything.” Said Anderson.

One of the standout features of the dLive system is its DEEP processing capabilities, which have left the production team astounded. The ability to use onboard processing like DYN8, a powerful and sophisticated processor boasting four bands of dynamic EQ and four bands of multiband compression, and other FX have allowed Anderson to move away from relying on the external plugin solutions that were previously utilised. This transition has not only streamlined operations but has also significantly enhanced the audio quality of the performances. 

In a notable shift, the band’s monitoring has been seamlessly integrated into the dLive system, managed on a dLive Director setup handled by Nick Campbell. dLive Director serves as an editor and control software for dLive, enabling users to pre-configure the system offline, review and modify Show files from guest engineers, and conduct live mix control using a laptop or touch tablet. 

“We have both loved the architecture Allen & Heath has built for gain sharing and separate show file/scene control within the one MixRack we travel with.” Commented Anderson. “Shifting from the previous IEM system, the band instantly noticed the improvement in quality.” 

“For our 17-date tour of New Zealand in May this year, we utilized a dLive C3500 control Surface for FOH, a CDM32 MixRack, and DX168 expander. While the C3500 offers a fantastic Surface size, we absolutely love our CTi1500 Surface too. The flexibility of such a small and lightweight Surface is incredible,” Anderson affirms. 

The C3500 is the largest C Class Surface for the dLive series and features 24 faders over 6 layers, with dual 12″ touchscreens for a smooth workflow. Meanwhile, the CTi1500 was designed for lightweight touring with a small footprint of 12 faders over 6 layers and one touchscreen, weighing in at under 23kgs including a flightcase. 

With the national tour wrapped up following multiple sold-out shows and a performance at Auckland’s iconic Powerstation venue, Kaylee Bell has since made her way over to the United States to focus on songwriting in Nashville.

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