By way of an online showcase, StreamAustria is helping Austrian fans to get their live music fix in isolation, with a little support from Allen & Heath’s dLive mixing systems.
Broadcast via Twitch from the chic Gӧsserhalle venue, a former beer warehouse in downtown Vienna, StreamAustria has hosted several live music performances and interviews each week since early April, including sets from Ina Regen, Josh, Nathan Trent and Wiener Wahnsinn. StreamAustria is a not-for-profit venture, with all donations from viewers going to the bands’ chosen charities.
The audio setup for StreamAustria was devised by co-founder, Richard Redl, whose day job is head of sound with leading live events specialist, Habegger. The main broadcast mix system is centred on a dLive S5000 surface, operated by Richard, which shares a DM32 MixRack in multi-surface mode over gigaACE with Monitor Engineer, Felix Zwerger’s C3500.
A DX32 expander is used for video feeds, with a further DX32 onstage, fitted with the new PRIME Input 8-channel preamps and PRIME Output premium output modules. A Dante card is fitted in the S5000 surface for multitrack recording, and another in the DM32 for integration with Shure QLX-D wireless mics. All equipment has been supplied from Habegger’s rental inventory, with the exception of the PRIME modules, which are on loan for evaluation from Allen & Heath’s Austrian distributor, ATEC.
Redl makes extensive use of dLive’s DEEP processing, as he explained: “I was the first dLive user in Austria and I still love the flexibility of the system. I love the sound, the Dyn8 dynamic EQ and all the DEEP processing. I don’t need any additional outboard equipment, everything is there. On many acts I use the Tube Stage preamp for bass, kickdrum and sometimes on acoustic guitars. I use a variety of different compressors – I particularly love the Opto on kick drum and vocals.”
StreamAustria’s following continues to grow, with the upcoming performance by Austria’s Eurovision icon, Conchita Wurst, sure to draw a big virtual crowd.