London (January 12, 2004)–The Royal Albert Hall recently hosted a series of Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The four firework spectaculars were mixed by freelance engineer Simon Honywill, working for sound hire company RG Jones. A trio of DPA Microphones MSS6000 microphone summation systems were recently used for the event
Designed to reduce 10 or more individual mics down to a single stereo pair, each MSS6000 features independent level and pan controls, freeing up input channels on a console. This meant that most of the string section of the RPO–miked with DPA 4061 miniature mics–could be mixed down to just six channels.
The three MSS6000s were used on 10 of the first and 10 of the second violins and the 10 violas respectively. The first two violinists from first violins were on individual channels, as were the eight cellos and six double basses, while the second pair of violinists in first violins and the first pair in second violins were combined on a passive split. This gave a total of 50 DPA 4061 miniature mics on stage.
For over a decade, RG Jones has provided sound for the Classical Spectaculars, which this year featured the RPO with Anthony Inglis conducting, the Royal Choral Society, the London Philharmonic Choir, Band of the Welsh Guards and Muskets & Cannon of the Moscow Militia
Interestingly, the shows were mixed through 96 inputs on the new Digidesign Venue mixing console.
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