Multi-venue theatre production company, Drayton Entertainment, has made a major investment in its audio equipment, including three Allen & Heath dLive S Class systems, as part of an upgrade to its systems.
The company operates seven theatres located in regional communities, comprising the Cambridge Dunfield Theatre, Huron Country Playhouse and Playhouse II in Grand Bend, King’s Wharf Theatre, St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs, and the flagship Drayton Festival Theatre.
The dLive systems are all S7000 Surfaces and DM64 MixRacks, provided by Drayton Entertainment’s long-time audio partner, Angus Audio, which also supplied eight new Apple Macs, and Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphone systems.
“We are thrilled with dLive. We have a system with a smaller footprint taking up less seat space but with a large fader count so we can access as many channels as possible on one layer. It is also reliable, easy to use, has an excellent FX suite, and the sonic quality is warm and very musical,” explains Allan McMillan, Drayton Entertainment’s head of audio.
With seven theatres and four shows running simultaneously, the gear allocation is determined by the shows’ needs.
“The current scenario is that the dLives are managing the three large musical productions,” explains McMillan. “The other productions remain on the Allen & Heath analogue GL consoles but we aim to have a dLive in every venue in the future.”
Drayton prides itself on hiring some of the best actors, musicians, directors, and technical professionals in Canada to bring world-class production to local theatres. The first real-world test for the new dLive systems was on a production of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
“That show is like a freight train going 100 miles an hour! I’ve got a lot of vocal dynamics happening where I have three layers in the mix, and then you’ve got to include the band mix in there as well, so there’s a lot of mic groups to manage. But with dLive at the helm, it’s effortless.” concludes McMillian.