FOH Music Mixer Ron Reaves manning ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD7 console at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2014)—California-based ATK Audiotek utilized a number of DiGiCo digital desks for the 56th annual Grammy Award telecast in Los Angeles, after purchasing the desks for the number of events the sound company participates in throughout the year.

ATK, which has supplied audio for the Grammys for the past 14 years, made the switch to DiGiCo in 2012, and this year supplied an SD10 for Mikael Stewart, FOH production mixer and ATK’s vice president of special events, plus an SD7 for Ron Reaves, FOH music mixer, seated alongside Stewart.

“All I use is the onboard processing,” said Reaves. “But my partner in crime at the Grammys, Mikael Stewart, uses the Waves plug-ins quite extensively. He mixes all the dialog and the production elements, so he makes use of the DNS plug-in on some of the podium mics.”

Stewart, whose console was directly connected to a DiGiCo SoundGrid server, used the Waves Dialog Noise Suppression plug-in to reduce the room regeneration coming back into the microphones and also made use of the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor.

Tom Pesa, the A stage monitor engineer, and Michael Parker, monitor engineer for the B stage, each mixed on an SD7 with a redundant engine. This year, for the first time, an SD8-24, supplied by Hi-Tech Audio for the occasion, was positioned backstage at A2 world, and that enabled an assistant engineer to monitor signal distribution throughout the venue.

As in previous years, Parker and Pesa each accessed common head amps in the four SD-Racks positioned backstage. But this year, in another first, two SD-Racks were added in parallel in order to provide Reaves with discrete preamp control at FOH.

Outside the venue, in the Music Mix Mobile (M3) Eclipse truck, which provides the 5.1 surround music mix for the broadcast, Joel Singer, engineer-in-charge and M3 company partner, made use of a DiGiGrid MGO dual-port optical MADI interface and SoundGrid SGS-1 Server One. The setup enabled co-broadcast music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling to insert Waves Renaissance Vox and DeEsser as well as CLA-76 and SSL Compressor plugins on the truck’s console and Pro Tools system.