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Hardworking in Mayfair

2013/05/31 in Site Visit

Spent the evening with Dave McDonald (Portishead, Air,Florence and the Machine, Adele) at his residency in London’s Mayfair Arts Club before he heads out to LA to start rehearsals on the Frank Ocean Tour which Dave will mix FOH on his favourite iLive modular 112 surface and iDR10 rack.
Arts Club has live bands 4 nights a week and Dave has a slick regime is in place providing up to 8 stereo ears mixes plus 6 wedges and the FOH mix to the nice L’Acoustics rig. Visiting musicians are handed complete in-ears packs as required, by Jon Lewis, able house technician. Inputs are split with’FOH’ channels in bank 1 and Mons clone on bank 2 to allow for independent processing.
Jon recently did a fly-in gig in Azerbaijan with some of the regulars (top session freelancers who work with the top acts in the business) only to discover the house console was a T112/48! home from home! In his absence, the Arts Club staff can fire up the PA and run basic control from a PL10 leaving the surface covered up and ‘safe’ from enthusiastic fingers!

As expected the sound was tight and expensive-sounding! Musicians often remark on how good the onstage sound is as they get to know and respect iLive! They do many regular TV shows and gigs and are exposed to typical systems and many digital consoles. The A&H concept of keeping it simple, and an easy work-flow seems to doing the job.