Found in the heart of Denver’s Lowry Field neighbourhood, The Soiled Dove was built cabaret-style with a lofty stage and three levels of tiered seating. Widely known for its sonic and systems quality, the room features ample acoustical treatments.
“This environment was built properly,” said Chris Steele, the venue’s production manager and audio engineer. “That fact allows me to focus on bringing what’s happening onstage to the audience with every bit of the artist’s true intent intact. I don’t have to focus on problems of any kind like a harsh slapback that’s ricocheting off the back wall.”
Utilised in conjunction with a CDM48 MixRack, an Allen & Heath dLive C3500 Surface was brought into The Dove following an extensive period of evaluation. “It’s the perfect system for a room like this with pristine acoustics,” Chris said. “At 96kHz it has a very coherent sound—never ‘wiggly’ in the upper frequencies, it sums appropriately, and it has a number of features built-in that I would otherwise have to buy additional components to get. With this desk, I can configure my workflow in such a way that everything is on the surface, like my DEEP compression and effects. I like to keep things straightforward, but if I want to install an expansion card, that’s easy enough without the use of any kind of external server rack.”