London, U.K. (January 23, 2006)–Highlighting the growing trend to digital audio for the world’s biggest music-for-TV shows, Richmond Studios’ Toby Alington, contracted to record and post produce his 12th successive BRIT Awards, has confirmed that the show will go ‘fully digital’ for the first time this year and be recorded digitally for broadcast using Floating Earth’s latest SSL C200-equipped recording mobile.
The February 15 event’s production will see at least two more significant changes: The show will move back to the giant Earls Court 1 arena, and, in another first, the PA sound will be mixed on a pair of DiGiCo D5 Live consoles at FOH. The move to digital in the BRITs’ broadcast audio follows the successful transition to digital of the live PA sound by the long-standing team of sound designer Derrick Zieba and PA supplier Britannia Row Productions.
The challenge the audio team faces at the BRITs is considerable, with 12 major artists featuring on an as-live two-hour broadcast with almost instantaneous changeovers. “The speed and complexity of the turnarounds has grown steadily,” says Alington, “so moving to one truck with instant recall of multiple setups and automated patching and routing will make an immense difference. It will provide even more capability than digitally controlled analogue or other hybrid solutions.”
The Floating Earth truck was designed from the outset with the very highest audio specification in mind and was fitted with the first SSL C200 digital mixing console in the U.K., with 96 microphone inputs and 5.1 and 7.1 capability. Alington will utilize the truck’s fiber optic connectivity, taking a single fiber feed from the stage splitters some 200 meters distant and recording to the truck’s two multitrack Pyramix recorders.
Alington previously used the Floating Earth mobile in early December to capture a David Gray show on the Pyramix system for a DVD by event producers Done & Dusted.