5 Seconds of Summer Tours with Rackmount iLive

Ben Booker with the iLive-R72 surface during sound check

Rising Australian punk pop band, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), has completed a tour of the UK, USA and Australia, and are about to embark on European dates supporting One Direction, travelling with a compact Allen & Heath iLive system to manage monitors.

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Comprising an iDR-48 MixRack and rackmount iLive-R72 control surface, the system was specified by monitor engineer, Ben Booker, a long time iLive user. Booker is providing mixes for 8 sets of in-ears - 4 for the band, 2 for the crew, one for himself and a matrix spare - as well as a drum sub mix.

“Crowd noise is a big problem in this gig,” comments Booker. “Imagine 3000 14-17 year old girls screaming at full volume. To combat this I have 4 Dyn EQ’s in use on the 4 vocals to add a wide 2.5k boost to the vocals when they sing on the mics. It works really well.”

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Booker is using the iLive MixPad iPad app during sound check to walk around the stage and adjust mixes in place. He is also multi-tracking the show every night using a Dante networking card in the MixRack’s B slot.

“This is great for virtual sound check and for future use if the band require live show recordings - it is a very neat and quick recording solution,” comments Booker.

“It’s a very active show and the R72 gives me all the channels at my finger tips really quickly,” he concludes.

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