Allen and Heath rocks-out at a royal venue

iLive FOH systems deployed at Hampton Court gig.
The gig took place during celebrations of the coronation of King Henry VIII.
The gig took place during celebrations of the coronation of King Henry VIII.

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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.”

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