Vernissa Culture Factory in the city of Vantaa, Finland, has gone all-in with a full dLive digital mixing system to support its busy events schedule.
Converted from a historic nineteenth century varnish factory building, Vernissa acts as a cultural hub for the surrounding region and hosts around 200 music and theatre performances each year.
As part of the venue’s 2020 renovation programme, technical manager, Timo Itkonen decided that its existing second-generation digital console no longer met Vernissa’s growing needs. Working with Allen & Heath’s Finnish distributor, F-Pro, Timo specified a new dLive system, based around a DM64 MixRack and 36-fader S7000 surface. “I chose the S7000 mainly because I liked the big surface with enough faders and the flexibility to arrange the channels as I want,” Timo explains. “It sounds good and the onboard FX and dynamics are great!”
Multitrack recording capability and the ability to run time-saving virtual soundchecks were high on Timo’s list of priorities, so a Dante option card was added to the system to enable both features. In addition to managing FoH audio in Vernissa’s main events space, the dLive system is also used to mix monitors for live band performances. The dLive MixPad app allows Timo to adjust monitor mixes from an iPad onstage during soundchecks, taking much of the legwork out of the process. A pair of stagebox format DX168 expanders rounds out the setup for Vernissa, granting Timo the flexibility to deploy additional IO according to the demands of the events schedule.
Vernissa’s new dLive system has recently been busy mixing livestreamed events filmed in the venue, helping it to remain at the heart of cultural life despite current restrictions on live performances.