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How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm After They’ve Mixed PVRIS?

FOH engineer / production manager Connor Hawkins focuses in on a favorite console.

New York, NY (July 16, 2018)—Deftly mixing rock and dance grooves, PVRIS (pronounced “Paris”) is having a relatively quiet summer, only playing a handful of festivals. When on tour headlining, however, the trio brings along veteran front of house engineer and production manager Connor Hawkins, who in turn has an Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing System in tow.

Some say More is More, when it came to mixing PVRIS, that wasn’t the case. Initially, Hawkins took out a dLive 28-fader S5000 control surface: “I’ve been wanting to mix in 96 kHz for a long time; now, right out of the box, I’m there. Every input I want, with my 55 channels and two drum kits and all of this crazy stuff going on—and no problems at all.”

Eventually, he scaled down to a more compact 12-fader C1500 without missing out on bells and whistles: “We tried out a number of things on tour and it was mind-blowing how powerful and compact the Allen & Heath C1500 was. It gave us the processing power and inputs/outputs we need in such a small package.”

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Paired with a DM64 MixRack, the system provides 128 input channels and 64 mix outputs, accessible via a rack-mountable control surface sporting a 12” capacitive touchscreen. Powered by the Allen & Heath XCVI processing core, all dLive Digital Mixing System configurations operate at 96 kHz with variable bit-depth and a 96-bit accumulator.

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“With only two or three days rehearsal, I was able to get fully up and running and comfortable with dLive,” he noted, including his use of virtual soundcheck. “I’ve also always been a huge advocate of virtual sound check, and it’s just so easy on the dLive compared to other desks. It’s so smooth to jump to the I/O and click from stage to virtual that I’ve really gotten cozy with the virtual check flow. Funny enough, the band doesn’t typically sound check anymore, they often come out in the evening and do the show and trust that we’ve got everything dialed in.”

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