While looking for a new audio console for country music singer Craig Morgan’s tour, front-of-house engineer Robert Harmon says he tried out three rival desks before settling on a digital package which impressed him.
He needed to be able to customise the new desk and keep a familiar range of features accessible for the singer’s shows at venues including The Buckhead Theatre (cap. 1,800) in Atlanta. The Beacon Theatre (cap. 1,500) in Hopewell, VA, and The Historic Everett Theatre (800) in Everett, WA.
Although happy with the analogue desks by Allen & Heath (A&H) he’d worked with in the past, he says he was initially cautious of its digital offering, the dLive S5000 console.
“After a talking to A&H’s Kevin Madden, I agreed to try the desk,” says Harmon. “He told me it could be customised any way I wanted and it was true. Using a show file I wrote at home, it loaded correctly the first time and sound check went quickly, starting from scratch. I configured the desk to mimic the layout of my old one exactly.
“That made the transition seamless. After using it for two shows, I never gave it back and sent the company a cheque instead.”