Engineer Profile – Dave McDonald
How did you get started in the industry?
I started with a youth theatre company in Bristol when I was 18 years old as a projectionist. A colleague was the guitarist in a local reggae band called Restriction, and knew I was interested in sound, so he invited me to a show to watch but I ended up mixing that gig by asking a lot of questions and help from the house engineer. So, that was my start!
What tours have you worked on?
I’ve worked with artists including Portishead, Air, Sigor Ros, Florence & the Machine, Adele, Broken Bells and Frank Ocean.
How did you first hear about Allen & Heath?
Someone from Adlib Audio told me about the iLive mixing system, so I gave it a try and have never looked back. I spent 5 years carrying one all over the world and loved every moment.
What’s your mixer of choice and why?
Oh, dLive is my choice, of course! It’s got that analogue feel with digital focus, world class FX and outboard processing.
How do you see the future of live sound changing?
I think it’s going to be exciting. There are a lot of great up-and-coming engineers on the scene with all the toys. I think 5.1 surround sound live shows will be a big thing.