Comedy Store’s technical manager Simon Mason (seated left) and freelance engineer Andy Pullinger of Remedy Sound in the sound booth with the venue’s new iLive mixing system
London-based Comedy Store’s new Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system handles a large selection of input sources, including a stage mic, an MC mic, radio mics for improv
groups, and DVD and CD playback devices, while the club’s output structure is complex with 12 matrixes feeding various speaker zones—including different seating sections, the bar area, restrooms and entrance hall— plus time align delays and broadcast feeds for Paramount Comedy channel and the BBC, who both record shows at the Store.
The club also has a tiny sound booth requiring a console with a small footprint and due to the demanding schedule, the club employs various engineers to cater for the nightly performances, presenting the need for a recall settings function.
An iDR10 stagerack with 32 mix buses, accompanied by an iLive-112 control surface, was selected through London-based Autograph Sales, who configured and installed the system with freelance engineer Andy Pullinger of Remedy Sound, and the venue’s technical manager, Simon Mason.
“The dynamics are really important to us and we wanted accurate compression and limiting to protect the various areas, and have EQ on all the channels,” says Mason. “In iLive, we have a compact one-stop solution rather than a mixer and a load of outboard gear on the side.”
The Comedy Store plans to enable remote-control access in the entrance hall via Allen & Heath’s PL Series wallplates, so security staff can change the levels independently. Broadcast feeds will also be made easier as they will be able to run a Cat-5e cable straight to the OB
truck without the need for multicores.