Canadian composer and musician Daniel Snaith is a man of many talents. As well as recording and performing under the aliases Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni – spanning genres as diverse as IDM, folktronica, neo-psychedelia and dreampop - he also holds a PhD degree in Mathematics from Imperial College London for his work on Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols.
However, Snaith is probably best known for his musical output, and in February 2020 he released Suddenly, his 5th album under the Caribou moniker, garnering critical acclaim and the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year along the way.
With Covid shutting down touring just weeks after the album’s release, Snaith finally hit the road in support of the album in November 2021 with a string of dates taking the 4-piece live act across North America, Europe and the UK through to the Summer of 2022, accompanied by FOH engineer Christos Gogos.
The requirements for the live show included the ability to run FOH and IEMs from a single console and, critically, that the console was small enough to travel with the band. “When we decided with the band to take our own desk on tour, my first choice was the dLive C1500 because we wanted a desk that can fly anywhere with us” Gogos says.
The dLive C1500 Surface provides 12 faders over 6 layers to provide 72 fader strips in addition to 19 assignable SoftKeys and a 12” touchscreen, all in a form factor that is small enough to mount in a 19” rack – or in the hold of a plane. With the 4-piece band requiring 30 inputs onstage, Gogos partnered the C1500 with a CDM32 MixRack, offering 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs in a 5U frame, powered by Allen & Heath’s 96kHz XCVI FPGA engine, capable of 160x64 processing channels with ultra-low 0.7ms latency.
“I’ve used many different digital desks in the past, but when I first mixed on a dLive system I fell in love with the way that it sounded” adds Gogos. ““It’s really easy to set up and navigate around the desk. The compressors, FX units, dynamic EQ’s are great and I’m using the Dyn8 [multiband compressor and dynamic EQ] on almost every channel.
“It is small but mighty, I love it!” Gogos smiles.