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Live Sound

Kaiser Chiefs’ Audio Team Wraps Up Tour

Touring once again with gear from Adlib, the audio team moved to new consoles.

New York, NY (March 5, 2019)—Kaiser Chiefs recently wrapped up a UK tour, playing a variety of venue types. The band was once again mixed by longtime engineers Chris Leckie (FOH) and Ilias Andrianatos (monitors).

Some aspects of the tour were the same as ever. “As with every Kaiser Chiefs outing since 2007, I’m using Liverpool’s Adlib as our audio vendor,” said Leckie. “As well as having something of a connection to the company, I’m always inclined to pick them simply because the crew are always great and the equipment is immaculate.”

Nonetheless, there were new wrinkles to the project, as the tour carried a pair of Allen & Heath dLive S7000 surfaces for use at FOH and monitors, and two DM64 MixRacks. The system was also used to handle audio needs for the support band, Novacub.

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“For this tour I chose dLive in spite of having had no experience of it before, as a number of people I respect have rated it very highly,” said Leckie. “One of the most important factors for me in selecting any console is the simplicity of operation and dLive is so intuitive that I was able to work out how to do almost everything I needed within about 10 minutes.”

Ilias Andrianatos, monitor engineer, has been with the band since 2005 and for this tour also opted for dLive, noting, “I love how user-friendly and easily customizable the whole rig is. The surface makes perfect sense in terms of layout and there’s a very straight forward and logical way of setting the desk up, making it easy to patch I/O, assign PAFL, FX and set up soft keys.”

Leckie notred he plans to keep using the desk this summer as the band makes the rounds again, the most notably date announced so far being an opening slot for The Who at Wembley Stadium in July.

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