Wilkesboro, NC (May 14, 2010)—Usually you have to work your way up the ranks to play a major festival, but the JoeCo BlackBox Recorder made its North American debut recently at Merlefest 2010.
The JoeCo BBR (Balanced) unit made it's 48-track North American debut this past week at the annual MerleFest Americana Music Festival with over 70,000 people in attendance.
The BBR plugs into any standard live mixing console via the normal insert points, allowing users to capture of the performance, record soundcheck to help set foldback mixes or allow the performers to hear the live mix for themselves.
In this case, recording was handled by Frank Martin of Media Production Associates (Winston-Salem, NC) for Airshow Mastering. The 48-Track feed came from event sound provider SE Systems’ Midas Heritage FOH console directly into the JoeCo BBR unit.
The entire four day festival main stage was tracked for 8-10 hours per day. Martin commented, “The BBR just worked day-in and day-out, through dust and heat for four straight days and nights. An amazing product that took up very little space in my rack, too."
Acts that were recorded for the event included Rhonda Vincent, Taj Mahal, Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Little Feat, The Tony Rice Unit, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Cadillac Sky, The Kruger Brothers, Missy Raines and The New Hip, Donna The Buffalo, Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins, The Greencards, Harry Manx, The Waybacks, The Avett Brothers and many others.