Belgian sound engineer, Jan De Rycke, has just finished the second leg of the ‘In the Shadow of Toon Hermans’ tour, carrying a dLive S Class digital mixing system, comprising a dLive S5000 Surface and DM48 MixRack.
"dLive sounds great and has a huge amount of processing power, flexibility and useful plugins. Details like the selectable and steep HPF - the most underestimated parameter on any sound desk - and the gain reduction spectrograph, show Allen & Heath has got it right,” says Jan De Rycke. "Another main benefit for me is the full redundancy throughout the system, which is essential in high end live sound."
This leg of the tour visited 34 cities in Belgium and The Netherlands, celebrating the centenary of the birth of renowned Dutch comedian, singer and writer, Toon Hermans. The tour saw his friend and manager, Herman Van Hove, collaborate with singer, Lissa Meyvis. The dLive system was supplied by Allen & Heath’s distributor, XLR.
"Working on dLive is fast and the touchscreens are very responsive but at the same time it offers enough buttons, faders and rotaries so you are not forced into an “ipad-touch-style” way of mixing. If you want to change EQ on the screen it’s there but personally I prefer the 12 dedicated EQ buttons, just like when I started out 17 years ago," continues De Rycke. "Running on 96K with 0,7ms latency whilst being buss aligned at the same time is another strong point. And then there’s the expandability with 5 x 128ch slots, tie lines, IP controllers, and ME1’s. In conclusion: dLive is amazing!"