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Red Rocks Goes Green with Hawaiian Reggae

Hawaiian reggae act The Green recently played Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, mixed on Allen & Heath dLive desks.

Denver, CO (August 2, 2019)—If you think of Hawaii and music, perhaps ukuleles come to mind, but regional act The Green play a very different kind of “island music”—reggae—and what’s more, they don’t confine their performances to the middle of the Pacific. The hard-touring band has been making the rounds this summer, playing festivals around the world, and recently shared its loping rhythms at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, supported by a duo of Allen & Heath dLive S Class consoles.

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Denver-based IPG Tech provided two dLive S5000 Control Surfaces and two DM48 MixRacks outfitted with fibreACE and Dante audio networking cards to cover FOH and monitor mixing and multitrack recording duties at the large outdoor venue with seating for over 9,000 fans.

While internal dLive effects like snare plates, a transient controller, an automatic double tracker, stereo chorus and stereo tap delay were all used for the performance, FOH engineer Matt Lawrence says the OptTronik compressor was key.

“With the new DEEP OptTronik [‘2A-style compression] through a huge PA with five-part harmonies on vocals—you can’t beat the sound and feel,” he said. “The DEEP 16T was also a go-to compressor and found its way onto a number of channels in a reggae setting like this.”

Monitor engineer Ross Chergosky added, “I dug in on drums and vocals with quite a number of effects. It was so nice not having to worry about running out of processing and spaces for in-ear mixes all with compression and gates across the board. From the monitor mixing perspective, things can get wacky really quickly with layers of processing in other consoles and systems.”

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The end result was a successful show, bringing The Green to Red (Rocks). Lawrence reported, “The reverberation off of the rocks and the crazy night sky and the vibe of the show certainly took things to another level for sure.”

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