Manchester, UK (June 15, 2004)–Manchester-based production company Multi Media Arts has selected a Midas Verona 400 and a Venice 160 to use on the second series of ITV1’s hit daytime show Reality Bites with celebrity chef Kevin Woodford. Engineer Alan Sheldon is using the Verona to handle the restaurant sound, which comprises 18 microphones in total, while the Venice is on kitchen duty where engineer Matt Morris has six radio mics and various atmosphere mics to handle.
“We have 12 Sanken PZM microphones placed on the six restaurant tables, which give us plenty of separation,” explained Sheldon. The individual mics are allocated their own channels on the Verona, which allows the table mix to be balanced on a mic-by-mic basis. These channels are then assigned to a group by table number, which simplifies the mix down to seven faders–six tables plus atmosphere mics. Sheldon also uses the auxiliaries on the desk to record the tables individually to tape.
“I confess, when we first got the Verona, I thought to myself, ‘We’ll never use all 40 channels,’ but we have,” said Sheldon. “Not only all the channels, but virtually all the functions of the desk as well. The more I use it, the more I realize what I can do with it, the better it gets. In fact, I’m now at the point where I’m using the desk to almost full capacity, having thought at first that we’d barely use half of it.”
The show is designed for amateur chefs wanting to take on the challenge of running a professional restaurant kitchen catering for 20 covers at any one time, all under the critical eye of chef Kevin Woodford.
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