London (November 2, 2006)–Avastor HDX series hard drives were chosen as the master hard drives to record Depeche Mode on every date of their just concluded world tour. The first live recordings happened April 27, at San Francisco’s Shoreline Amphitheater, followed by numerous dates across the U.S., Mexico and Europe until the August 1 conclsion, in Athens, Greece. Depeche Mode, in collaboration with Live Here Now, recorded 50 dates, and will release live material on limited edition albums and via digital downloads.
Every concert was recorded to Avastor drives, by an engineering team from Mute Records and Will Shapland Mobiles. The live recordings were mixed by Will Shapland, a veteran live engineer originally with the Virgin Manor Mobile studio. Using two Pyramix digital workstations to record each show, Will’s choice of master hard drive was the Avastor HDX-800 triple interface (FireWire 800) solution.
Shapland commented, “I was very impressed with the build quality and spec of the drive. Although we recorded the shows powered by a 240v UPS, Chris and Dave (engineers) regularly spot-checked the drives in their hotel rooms–where the internal switchable AC power supply could flawlessly accept different voltages in each of the 31 countries by simply plugging it in. This solved the huge headache of not having to use step down transformers of different voltages. Secondly, the ultra quiet cooling fan was very reassuring to optimize the performance of the drive in some of the extremely hot and humid environments we recorded in.
“Recording each live show direct to the Avastor drives comprising 64 tracks at 16-bit 48k resolution, meant drive failure was not an option, and the Avastor drives delivered. Finally, the excellent Lockbox packaging with a pro label set, really rounded off a well thought out professional hard drive product. It was reassuring audio professionals had developed this product, with the performance demands of pro engineers in mind.”
During the “Touring The Angel” 2005-2006 World Tour, Depeche Mode played to more than two and a half million people across 31 countries. Their latest album, Playing the Angel, released in October of last year, reached Number 1 in 16 countries and has sold two million copies worldwide.
Depeche Mode Live
Live Here Now