Welsh heavy-metal giants, Bullet For My Valentine, have recently embarked on their summer trek across the UK and Europe, supported by 2 Allen & Heath dLive S Class systems.
Supplied by SSE Audio, the band’s set-up includes two S5000 surfaces, each paired with its own DM64 MixRack, covering FOH and monitors, with gigaACE split and Dante Cards for virtual soundcheck.
“The Allen & Heath Range has been a ‘go to’ for a number of years now for me. I used to mix BFMV on iLive, then the GLD for fly shows, before making the move to dLive at the end of 2017”, comments FOH engineer, Adam Boole.
He added: “The effects on the board are great! The depth of the sound is deep, warm and very precise. Functionality wise I’ve not managed to get into a situation I can’t get out of with this console, there’s always a way and it is limitless.”
The band themselves are also big fans of Allen & Heath, having used the digital mixers for many years. According to Scott Howarth (monitor engineer for BFMV) “dLive gives the band exactly what they want in their personal mix. They like a big sound with lots of bite and depth, they don’t want a super clean polished sound and the dLive achieves this with very little effort. Cranking the PEQ and driving things into the on-board FX achieves the perfect blend of tonality and drive for the band.”
The tour covers multiple dates across the whole of Europe including several major British and European festivals such as Rock am Ring, Download Festival, Graspop and Impact Festival.
Howarth, who’s new to Allen & Heath’s dLive system added: “I really like the adaptability of the surfaces and the ease of putting things wherever I want on my board. The desk sounds fantastic, that is the main focus for me and it seems to surprise me every day. I can confidently say I am loving using the dLive on monitors for Bullet.