Los Angeles, CA (March 10, 2005)–Although the Neilsen ratings for the 47th annual Grammy Awards were at a 10-year low, people who missed the show also missed out on a spectacular audio broadcast, made possible by Aphex’s 1788A 8-channel remote-controlled mic preamps.
“We’ve been using the Aphex 1788 for many years,” said Joel Singer, lead engineer for XM Productions/Effanel Music, who were responsible for mixing the event’s music and other performances in 5.1, as well as delivering stereo and 5.1 broadcast feeds. “We believe in them quite heavily because they have so much flexibility and they sound great.”
Eight of the 8-channel preamplifiers were used for 64 input channels for music, which included performances by Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Green Day, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge and others. Another five 1788As were used with more than 40 spot mics positioned in the audience, and additional 1788As helped capture audio for the event’s mobile video production segments. Effanel music mixers, John Harris and Jay Vicari, were tasked with creating the 5.1 surround and stereo feeds for the Grammy broadcast, while Paul Sandweiss provided the dedicated 5.1 surround mix with Joel Singer’s assistance.
Working from their famous L7 mobile studio, the XM Productions/Effanel Music team relied on the Aphex mic preamps to handle the intricate production, which required 144 inputs for the opening music segment alone. “The 1788A’s flexibility allows us to make use of multiple digital and analog outputs simultaneously, which we use frequently,” Singer explained. “We love the MicLim feature, which saves our necks time and time again. We also love the 1788’s architecture that lets us change gain settings on fly without pops or clicks. It’s such a well-designed piece of gear. You can’t beat it.”