Shepperton, UK (July 15, 2009)–A newly installed Fairlight Xynergi was central to Classic Media Group’s post work on Rick Wakeman’s new DVD project.
The first live rendition of Rick Wakeman’s 1973 debut solo album, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, in its entirety took place recently at Hampton Court Palace as part of celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the English throne. Wakeman manned his customary rack of keyboards accompanied by a 40-strong choir, a full orchestra and a rock band.
For the Classic Media Group, the event marked the start of a major project to bring Wakeman’s performance to a much wider audience. Based at the legendary Shepperton Film Studios, Classic Media Group was responsible for filming the concert for subsequent release on DVD. The audio was mixed at Classic’s in-house production facilities using a Fairlight Xynergi.
Classic Media Group sound engineer and dubbing mixer John Buckley says, “Mixing Rick at Hampton Court was a huge project for any system, but the Fairlight coped with it effortlessly and with no loss in speed or performance. Throughout the mix we never got the impression that we were going to run out of processing power. The system was more than capable of handling the vast track count and ever changing video (you can edit the pictures with the audio), as well as supplying the final mixes in different formats. This saved us a lot of time because as the system allows you to apply the same mix to the required formats simultaneously, which meant we didn’t have to do several separate mixes.”
“This is not our first Fairlight system–many years ago we had an MFX3 Plus, but due to its low track count in those days we could only upgrade from 16 tracks to 24. However, the new Xynergi system has a track count of 192, which is more than enough for our current requirements.”
Wakeman’s project will be released on DVD and BD through Eagle Rock Entertainment in October.