Daly City, CA (June 15, 2004)–Third Wave Productions was the exclusive recording company brought on to record and mix the Bonnaroo Festival, which took place over the weekend on a 600 acre farm in Manchester, TN. Third Wave recorded and mixed over 30 complete live performances for digital download on LiveBonnaroo.com, using an impressive line-up of equipment, including Digidesign’s new ICON mixing system with Pro Tools HD 3 Accel mix engines.
Over 80 live acts performed on six stages at this year’s event, thirty of which were being recorded and mixed on Digidesign and Focusrite equipment. The gear included two complete Digidesign ICONs with Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel mix engines and multiple Digidesign 192 I/O and 96 I/O interfaces, as well as Digidesign PRE, Focusrite OctoPre, and Focusrite ISA 428 preamps. Digidesign ProControl and Control|24 control surfaces were also used during the recording process. A total of 9 fully integrated Pro Tools digital audio workstations rested on the backbone of a six-terabyte Avid Unity MediaNetwork server which allowed flexible workflow.
“We’re very excited to be chosen by Third Wave as the exclusive audio recording providers for Bonnaroo,” stated Dave Lebolt, Digidesign general manager. “The use of ICON and Pro Tools to capture one of the largest music festivals in the country further demonstrates the strength, flexibility, and reliability of our products as end-to-end solutions. People should no longer be surprised to see our systems used for a variety of applications, even on remote farms in the middle of Tennessee.”
Through Third Wave Productions’ utilization of Digidesign’s technology for the recording and mixing process, the Bonnaroo organizers are able to give fans the opportunity to extend the enjoyment of live music beyond the festival weekend through digital downloads on LiveBonnaroo.com. The website is the festival’s new online outlet offering digital, downloadable recordings of live performances from the festival soon after they take place. In addition to full sets from the festival in MP3 and FLAC formats, LiveBonnaroo.com will provide downloadable album artwork, CD labels, liner notes, and live photos. With the vast selection of high-quality artists performing at Bonnaroo, LiveBonnaroo.com presents an unprecedented opportunity for fans to enjoy the magic of live music.
“It simply would not have been possible to provide these digital downloads without the latest technology from Digidesign,” stated Hank Neuberger, managing partner of Third Wave Productions. “The timeframe that was mandated to us by the show producers necessitated unprecedented solutions. Digidesign is the only company that had the goods to accomplish this monumental feat in the midst of heat and humidity, on time and on budget. It just would not be possible without Digidesign.”
“ICON, Pro Tools|HD Accel, Avid Unity, and all the expertise that Digidesign has brought to this festival have been invaluable and absolutely necessary to the success of what we have been charged to accomplish,” stated Terry Fryer, managing partner of Third Wave Productions.
“We’re excited about the use of our technology to allow music fans fast access to the amazing performances coming off the stage at Bonnaroo,” stated Lebolt. “What Third Wave does is revolutionizing the way people can get their music…and that helps drive sales of the participating artists’ studio albums as well, so everyone benefits.”