After receiving delivery of the new Allen & Heath DLive series surfaces and MixRacks, SRD Group Ltd of East Peckham, Kent were delighted to provide the FOH console for 90’s indie rockers ‘The Bluetones’, who were concluding their 20th Anniversary tour of the UK at London’s Roundhouse.


First impressions of the console are great. It looks impressive and there is an instant familiarity from the iLive series. Having not used one previously before I was apprehensive about using it for a headline show, but straight away I was flying round the controls. The layout is very well arranged.

DLive S5000 Surface connected to DM64 MixRack.
DLive S5000 at The Roundhouse

Sonically the pre's are very clean, responding very well to being driven hard, and the EQ is very accurate. The additional options for analog modeled compressors are a nice touch. They all genuinely sound different to each other and with the vast array of built in effects (which sound fantastic); the need for plugins is negated. The multiband compressors are great too, and really helped to tidy up the bass guitar in the space.


When asked what he thought set the DLive apart from the ILive he commented “The extra rotaries are a welcome change. Being able to assign these as aux sends for mixing FX on the fly whilst still maintaining the rotaries on the channel strip was great. Operating at 96K is also an excellent improvement, and with the exceptionally low latency it would be a great choice for monitors”.

Turner concluded by saying “All in all a very well thought out console with huge potential, and at a price point that makes it an extremely viable option straight out of the box”.

SRD Group have been a long time supporter of Allen & Heath and are extremely excited about the new DLive and what it can offer against the competition of other premium consoles in it’s class.


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