Two Allen and Heath iLive digital mixing systems were recently deployed at England’s Hampton Court Palace, taking pride of place FOH at a performance by prog rocker, Rick Wakeman.
The gig was held to mark the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Henry VIII, with the help of a full choir and orchestra, a church organ, a grand piano and the English Rock Ensemble.
Wakeman’s FOH engineer Ian Barfoot selected two iLive systems, an iDR10 MixRack and iLive-80 control surfaces to manage the myriad of mics required by the choir and orchestra. These were then fed to a second, main FOH iLive system comprising an iDR10 MixRack and iLive-112 control surface.
All connections between the iLives and the loudspeaker management systems were carried out in the digital domain using the iLive digital I/O option cards to preserve the audio quality.
“With a 50-strong orchestra, 30-member choir, and a full band including multiple keyboards, there was a lot to manage,” says Barfoot.
“However, iLive coped admirably and we didn’t require any additional outboard equipment, unless you count a CD player for BGM,” he explains.
“Working with musicians of this skill and talent requires very little effort - they only need space to shine - and iLive does that with ease. Its simple user interface, excellent analogue-like sound and classic-sounding onboard FX are a major contribution to creating a first class production.”