INTERNATIONAL STAR, SIGRID, TAKES UK BY STORM
Since achieving international success in 2017 with the single “Don’t Kill My Vibe”, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid has recently completed her biggest UK tour to date – with the last show taking place at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London – supported by an Allen & Heath dLive system.
The tour utilises a multi-surface set-up comprising a dLive C3500 on FOH (supplied through BCS Audio) and a dLive C1500 on Monitors (purchased through Benum Norway). A DM32 MixRack fitted with a gigaACE module is located on stage and controls both FOH and MON duties, with the configuration providing 64 channels to both FOH and MON engineers with discrete processing. Additionally, a DX168 expander is used to increase the analogue I/O count onstage.
“We originally chose the C1500 surface due to its fly-in possibilities and the fact it carries the same powerful engine that the larger surfaces use. The multiband compression and dynamic EQ´s are also great features! We then acquired the DM32 MixRack because of its I/O slots and easy use with both Dante and digital splits,” comments Jan Thomas Halsvik, FOH engineer. “For Sigrid’s shows, we usually just bring our C1500 and DM32, however for this run we needed an extra C3500 surface due to the size of the tour and I wanted more control at FOH on less layers.”
Monitor engineer, Sigri Hovde adds, “The thing I like the most about the dLive (apart from the obvious sound quality) is the flexibility and seamlessness of adding different racks, modules or option cards – such as Dante and gigaACE – for the multi-surface solution.”
Sigrid continues to reach new heights, with multiple sold-out shows and regular major festival appearances. Earlier this year Sigrid was announced as the BBC’s Sound of 2018. Next year will also see her perform alongside acclaimed artists including George Ezra and Maroon 5.
Halsvik continues, “The ease of dLive is great and I love the opportunities for system expansion. Having the possibility to add analogue inputs easily via the DX ports has proven very valuable too and is one of the main reasons we purchased our dLive C1500! Also, being able to use just one MixRack and still have a full Mon-split is essential for us and then being able to just add a split to a second rack and a mixer without any problem, is incredible!”