Los Angeles, CA (October 17, 2008)–Terry Fountain, Emmy Award-winning sound mixer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is using the new Fairlight Pyxis-MT (Multitrack) to record audio and video on the daily talk/variety program.
Pyxis-MT is an audio and video capture, playback and file transfer system that combines a HD nonlinear recorder/player with a 192-track audio recorder.
Fairlight’s Pyxis-MT system has been placed in a new facility built on Warner Brothers’ stage 1-2-3 for Telepictures, the production company responsible for producing The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Systems sound consultant David Crivelli specified the system for the tapeless high-definition facility, which was built and engineered by systems integrator National Teleconsultants.
“The audio requirement was complex because the show features music performances as well as Ellen’s comedic monologues and interviews with celebrities and members of the public. This meant there was a need to record multiple tracks of isolated audio and to link this to picture so that daily rehearsals could be reviewed and remixed prior to recording for taping,” said Crivelli.
“The Pyxis-MT is used as a live multitrack recorder that is connected via MADI to a Studer Vista mixing console,” he adds. “The final program mix is carried out in the console but thanks to the system’s editing capabilities, editors can instantly locate the exact point where a remix is required. They can also copy and paste in post production mode to capture different elements of the performance and they can easily export the time-stamped audio to a nonlinear system using timecode-referenced Broadcast WAV files. This allows editors responsible for the final delivery to seamlessly drop the newly mixed audio back into their timeline for the blending and conforming prior to the delivery of the show.”