After sold-out performances in Europe, Joan Baez continues her 2018 Fare Thee Well tour in North America with both FOH and monitors mixed by engineer Jason Raboin of Klondike Sound on an Allen & Heath dLive C Class C3500 Surface with CDM48 MixRack.

Joan Baez‘I’ve worked for Joan for 15 years, and she’s an amazing performer,” Raboin says. ‘At one point, she simplified to a three-piece band and I started doing both FOH and monitors. so I knew I needed a better console. I did a lot of research and talked to some people I really trust. Then, I got to demo a dLive. Even with just music playback, it sounded better than what I was using. So I went for it and it has been great.

‘I have 24 inputs from the stage, with three in-ear mixes and four wedge mixes plus whatever is required for the house,’ he continues. ‘Ticket demand is so high that we’re sometimes selling seats behind the stage. That results in a lot of zones to manage.’

On two dates in France, Raboin supplied Dante feeds to a broadcast truck: ‘There’s a documentary film crew following us around, and I give them eight analogue feeds from the MixRack,’ he explains. ‘Having 24 analogue outputs plus the AES feed has made this all possible.’

dLive fader banks and layers help Raboin manage his inputs. Raboin uses the mixer’s internal RackExtra FX reverbs and delays for instruments and vocals and dLive scenes for specific moves. Raboin records each show from a dLive Waves card and uses the mixer’s Virtual Sound Check to help set up for each venue. ‘The VSC has made our sound checks so short now,’ he reports. 


The tour carries its own in-ear and wedge monitors: ‘Joan’s in-ear mix is mostly post-fader, and I split her vocal channel so the band hears what the audience hears. The percussionist does his own in-ear mix on an iPad with the dLive OneMix app. That’s been great.

‘On this tour, we’ll go from an outdoor shed to a symphony hall, and the band plays to the venue’ he adds. ‘Their dynamics can change a lot from night-to-night, but the dLive has really helped. The sound quality is amazing and I feel like I’ve found what I’ve been chasing for years.’

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