Aspen, CO (September 13, 2017)—The centerpiece of Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) is the 2,050-seat Benedict Music Tent, where this year a Lawo mc256 mixing console delivered a broadcast stereo mix and simultaneous 5.1 surround mix of each performance.
Thanks to contributions from a benefactor, AMFS recently entered a lease-to-own agreement with Lawo for a 32-fader mc256 MkII mixing console with a Lawo DALLIS frame configured with 32 channels of mic preamplification and 16 channels of audio I/O. “A couple of years ago, our old board died mid-season. You can imagine the stress that caused,” recalls Lisa Nigris, Aspen’s director of audio production.
“With our unique mix of 5.1 and stereo recording needs, finding another console that could handle our requirements was really challenging. We had spoken with the Lawo folks, and a few other manufacturers the previous year at AES, so when the convention came around again, discussions became serious and Lawo, the focus. Lawo was willing to step in as a sponsor allowing us to test drive the gear for the entire 2016 season. What a godsend.”
The just-completed AMFS encompasses eight weeks every summer, with multiple venues and more than 400 concert events for classical music enthusiasts, many of which are broadcast to audiences worldwide. The festival also provides a learning opportunity for audio engineers. “We are responsible for 200 to 250 events during the festival,” says Scott Wynne, chief audio engineer of the school’s Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Center. “Some years, we have returning engineers, but sometimes we have an entirely new staff. For some of them, it’s their very first time using equipment from companies such as Lawo or Neumann.”
The mixes are digitally recorded and archived by the school’s Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Center (ESARC) for later use by broadcasting partners such as American Public Media, SiriusXM, Colorado Public Radio, Aspen Public Radio’s KAJX-FM, and the European Broadcast Union.