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Festival Profile

Twelve Foot Ninja Attacks Europe with Allen & Heath

Aussie metal/funk/Latin/reggae band freaked out the festivals of Europe this summer.

Australia (August 1, 2019)—Australian act Twelve Foot Ninja spent the summer tearing through Europe with festival slots at Download, Rock the Coast and Nummirock, as well as various headline shows, all mixed on an Allen & Heath dLive Wings digital mixing system.

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While the group carried a dLive C1500 surface for the journey, occasionally performances had to be mixed with just a CDM32 MixRack, an IP8 remote controller and a laptop running dLive Director software, such as what Dylan Mitrovich, sound engineer for TFN, had to do for a number of the band’s festival slots.

“Most of the input channels on the CDM32 are double patched to separate channel strips,” he said, “providing us with the ability to split the console up effectively into two consoles that look after FOH and monitors. It is only built on the trust that I have for the Allen & Heath dLive product, that I fly across the world to operate a complex show on an 8-channel controller!”

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Complex? Well, yes: “I utilize snapshots to help me to broadly control the dynamic range in certain sections of tracks. It allows me to implement sweeping changes to the mix throughout each song – to complement their drastic stylistic changes. For example, I can pull genuine tones from their funk/latin/reggae styles and then also maximize the dynamic impact of their heavy sections. I utilize a lot of the 16 FX units creatively to help really define the styles used in each section of their songs. I also use some FX purely for the band’s IEM mixes, just for vibe.”

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