Los Angeles, CA (February 16, 2007)–As we’ve been reporting throughout the week, many audio experts and some truly reliable equipment stepped up last Sunday night to deliver a heck of a Grammy Awards Show. Among the literally truck-loads of equipment used, the Effanel/XM team employed the second-largest installation of Aphex 1788A remote-controlled 8-channel mic pre’s.
Joel Singer (left) and Marvin CaesarWith 96 channels each used for the recording and broadcast feeds, music’s most prestigious event marked the second largest installation of Aphex 1788As.
“We couldn’t be happier about the performance of the Aphex 1788A,” said Joel Singer, head of technical operations for Effanel/XM. “They sound amazing, first and foremost. When we installed them into the L7 truck, we tested other remote preamps, but none allowed for input gain adjustment on the fly without popping and clicking. Along with the seamless interaction with our Pro Tools systems, the 1788A is the only preamp we would turn to for something as important as the Grammys.”
While most of the Aphex 1788A preamps used at the Grammys were those installed in Effanel/XM’s L7 remote truck, another 32 channels (to handle orchestral string overflows) were rented from Audio Specialties in Burbank. They claim that the preamplifier’s MicLim feature makes it perfect for unpredictable events such as live awards shows and reality television production.
“The 1788A is simply the world standard in remote preamplification,” said Marvin Caesar, Aphex president. “Just in the past few months, the 1788A has been the preamp of choice for the Grammys, Super Bowl XLI, Barbra Streisand’s tour and live album, and much more. We’re thrilled that every note the world heard from this year’s Grammys came through the converters of the 1788A.”
The world’s largest installation of Aphex 1788 preamplifiers is Canada’s House of Commons in Ottawa, ON, where 50 units (400 channels) are used to facilitate communications between the country’s more than 300 Members of Parliament.
Aphex’ Model 1788A provides eight preamps in 2RU space. All of its settings are remotely controllable via Ethernet or MIDI, using Aphex’ 1788RC hardware remote or on PC or Mac using the company’s 1788SW control software.