Miami (March 8, 2007)–Dive-time Grammy Award winning R&B vocalist, songwriter, and pianist John Legend recently performed on CBS’ The Early Show when the daily series broadcast from Miami. Locally-based Roxy Productions handled sound reinforcement for the event, providing a D.A.S. Audio-based PA.
The Early Show’s Julie Chen and John Legend onstage, along with a D.A.S. stage monitor.Roxy Productions-under the guidance of Technical Director/Partner Ulises Otero–handled both the live sound reinforcement aspects of the event as well as providing mix stems to the broadcast truck. “Because of the way the show was sub-grouped and mixed down to TV,” said Otero, “we were largely responsible for both aspects of the production. We handled a variety of direct outs and a few sub groups of mixes coming from the band, and ended up with roughly 40-plus inputs to the broadcast truck. We also handled the entire live program with the same set of groups, and this was ultimately brought down to 12 channels.”
As the immediate area surrounding the performance was only to have roughly 300 people, Otero selected D.A.S. Audio CA-28A self-powered, bi-amplified, two-way compact line array elements in tandem with CA-215A monoamplified arrayable subwoofers.
At FOH, a Yamaha DM2000 digital mixing console–with 48 mic pres and several mirrored outputs to drive both the live mix and the truck inputs–resided. The setup included two Aviom A-16ii drive cards, with one card supporting monitor world and all the stage monitors, and the other handling the mirrored outputs at FOH plus the outputs that went to the truck. This arrangement enabled Otero and his crew to accommodate both the live mix as well as the feeds that were ultimately mixed down to the stereo nationwide TV feed.
On stage monitoring was provided by a combination of six Shure PM-700 personal monitors in tandem with four D.A.S. Audio SML-12A and four D.A.S. Audio Compact 115 stage monitors. Otero opined, “We’re finding that D.A.S. Audio is really having success penetrating that wall of riders everyone wants to get on. The equipment performs beyond expectations, the company provides the best service and support in the industry, and they are rapidly becoming one of the leading accepted names in the market. The Early Show project was yet another success for us, and D.A.S. Audio was integral to that success.”