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Fifth Harmony Tours With Allen & Heath dLive

FOH engineer Matt Lawrence with Allen & Heath dLive S5000.

Clair Global is currently providing its services for Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 Tour throughout the U.S. in support of the band’s second album, 7/27, released in May. The U.S. tour started in July and will continue through the fall with shows in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

The company purchased an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system, comprising a S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack with Dante card or its rental inventory. That console is currently being used at front-of-house on the tour.

Matt Lawrence is Fifth Harmony’s FOH engineer and has mixed the pop and R&B group’s recent tours in Asia and South America. Lawrence says he chose the dLive for Fifth Harmony’s current tour.

With five singers, extensive choreography, a live band and recorded tracks, Fifth Harmony’s show is fast-moving and exciting, and gives Lawrence the opportunity to make good use of the dLive’s digital mixing power.

“The console gives me freedom,” he says. “With the drag-and-drop screens I can put anything anywhere and mold it to my style of mixing.”

Lawrence uses the dLive’s 16T and multiband compressors along with the console’s input channel EQ to blend Fifth Harmony’s vocals and put each singer “in the pocket.” He records performances to a Waves Tracks Live rig via the dLive’s Dante card and plays it back for a “virtual sound check” during setups. Lawrence says the dLive’s sound quality is “warm like analog.”

Justin Weaver, Account Executive at Clair Global, says the company’s engineers were very impressed with the dLive’s intuitive setup and great sound and they were happy to provide it for the Fifth Harmony tour. The dLive has been added to Clair Global’s rental inventory and Weaver says, “I can see this going out on many more Clair tours.”

Lawrence concludes: “I couldn’t be more excited to go on tour with this band and this desk!”

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