San Antonio, TX (December 13, 2004)–Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas concert on December 6 in San Antonio was broadcast live to American troops in Baghdad, Iraq, and 176 other countries on the Armed Forces Radio Television Network. The new Masterpiece 2 Buss Analog Mastering/Mixing System by Legendary Audio was used for the final stage of the broadcast link to the worldwide satellite. The couple performed with a full orchestra at San Antonio’s SBC Center.
Showco/Clair Bros. provided sound reinforcement for the show, and Reelsound Recording Co. did the broadcast mix. MASTERPIECE by Austin, TX-based Legendary Audio is a new Analog Mastering System conceived by Billy Stull of Legendary Audio, and designed by Mr. Rupert Neve. The MASTERPIECE was presented by Legendary Audio at the AES Convention in San Francisco in late October. The MASTERPIECE is of modular design with plug-in modules that are reminiscent of old Neve designs.
Pictured (l-r) are: Malcolm Harper of Reelsound Recording Co. and Brad Irvin of Showco/Clair Bros.
The 6U 19″ rack unit MASTERPIECE includes pairs of modules featuring precision Peak and Shelf Equalizers, Dynamics Controllers, Tape Texture, Classic Audio, incremental Phase rotation, and Image control–a powerful stereo feature that can increase or reduce the width of the sound image, enhance or reduce the level of ambience inherent in the recording, and adjust the placement of elements on the sound stage.
The order of signal flow can easily be reconfigured for a specific user preference by changing the positions of the modules. The MASTERPIECE, arranged in stereo pairs, empowers the audio engineer to enhance, restructure, or repair stereo audio masters. Sets of High Pass, Band Pass and Low Pass filters can be inserted in the path of each circuit block except, of course, the EQ sections, allowing fine adjustments to be made in any part of the high, mid, or low bands or across the full frequency spectrum.
All inputs and insertion points are accurate “Transformer-Like” topologies and the main outputs use new Toroidal transformers. A massive Linear Toroidal-based Power Supply is incorporated as are many illuminated pushbuttons and accurately calibrated controls that clearly reveal the status and performance to the educated user.