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David Foster Hits the Road

Following successful U.S. leg, the tour resumes up north for summer Canadian run.

New York, NY (May 6, 2019)—David Foster may be best-known as a 16-time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter, but this summer, he’s heading out of the studio and on to the stage with the Canadian leg of his The Hitman tour. When the production kicks off on June 3, the tour will be carrying audio production from OSA International, with multiple Grammy award-winning audio engineer Orlando Calzada mixing the proceedings nightly.

Calzada will be working nightly behind an Allen & Heath dLive S5000. “Initially I was searching for a bigger drum sound,” he said. “I needed more compression with added warmth. I had no idea then that I would also be getting a lot more in terms of how I handle my workflow.”

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Prior to Foster’s recent U.S. tour (his first here in eight years), Calzada had little time to assimilate to the dLive S5000 beyond being able to use a show file in the shop as the basis for going through his channels and dialing-in his sound as best as he could. Time was so tight that the first show of the U.S. run doubled as his first full run-through with the desk.

“The preamps were fantastic,” he reports. “The way they worked harmonically provided the basis for the drum sound I was seeking, all without distortion. I didn’t notice any latency either. In the past, when I added a channel to my drum group—a plug-in compressor, for example, or anything else—there was noticeable latency. On this console, there’s none.”

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To get that drum sound he was looking for, he combines his input/output matrix groups and aux sends all on one page of his displays, sums two kick drums in one group and places the ride cymbals right beside them, then adds his drum VCAs too. For vocals, he’s also created a fader that is accessible on every page, ensuring it’s always at hand. “I don’t know of another console that can do that so easily and intuitively,” he said. “Now I can always work the way I want, and go my own way. I’m both faster and more functional.”


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