Los Angeles (July 2, 2004)–The Jimmy Kimmel Live show has just finished installing a Steinberg Nuendo system for its daily live broadcasts of musical acts. Broadcast from the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood, the show has updated its tape-based broadcast/archive environment to a native-based computer solution by installing a PC with 2 Nuendo 96/52 DSP PCI interface cards, 6 Nuendo DD8 format converters to interface with three Yamaha 02R96 mixers via AES/EBU, and driven by Nuendo and Wavelab software.
The system records 48 simultaneous channels of 24-bit, 48kHz multichannel audio from several performance locations on the set. “The flexibility and workflow of the Nuendo system allows me to handle several music sources very efficiently,” noted Bart Chiate, the show’s music mixer. “In live television, the most important thing has to be reliability. I can record 48 tracks wide at 24/48 on the 7200 rpm IDE boot drive of my little 2.6 gig PC with only 1 gig of Ram and the system is rock solid. Not even a hick-up.”
When confronted with the technical challenge of pulling together live music from up to three different stages on any given night, Chiate turned to Steinberg having used Wavelab to back-up and archive previous shows. With Nuendo, Chiate can now bring the entire show into the digital domain while broadcasting, do quick tweaks for time delayed broadcasts, and archive the entire show in high resolution multitrack format for planned future releases of musical performances on DVD.
Chiate added, “You have to move fast and be ready for anything. Nuendo lets me stay on top of things without any compromise in sound quality and also gives me creative options down the road. I can archive a show for a 10th of the cost of our tape based system and the bean counters love that.”
Now in its second season, Jimmy Kimmel Live has secured itself as a late night destination for viewers to get a glimpse of their favorite pop icon. Among the performers to appear on the show are No Doubt, Coldplay, Enrique Iglesias, Counting Crows, DMX, Toby Keith, Snoop Dogg, Jane’s Addiction, Godsmack, Cypress Hill, and 50 Cent.