Tel Aviv, Israel (June 15, 2010)–Music Mix Mobile used Waves plug-ins to record Billy Joel’s 2008 Shea Stadium concert, which recently hit the silver screen in the documentary, Last Play At Shea.
The concert was the first major project for Music Mix Mobile’s then-brand new M3 remote recording truck, which was on the scene to capture the evening’s magic, with award-winning mixer Jay Vicari using processing by Waves’ plugins, including the SSL 4000 Collection, V-Series and Renaissance Maxx bundles.
Over the course of two nights in Queens, New York, in July 2008, Joel was joined on stage by artists including Steven Tyler, Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Roger Daltrey and, for the finale, Paul McCartney. Recently the event was screened as a concert documentary at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival to acclaim, and producers are gearing up for a wider release later this year.
Joel Singer, Music Mix Moble co-founder and assistant engineer on the project, recalls that the Waves plugins were used extensively in the tracking of the show and the initial two-track mix that accompanied the first video line cut of the shows. “About 90 percent of the processing we used was Waves,” he says.
It wasn’t until over a year later that the concept of a film began to be discussed in earnest. M3’s recordings would be crucial to the film’s sound. Singer notes, “Brian Ruggles, long-time associate of Billy Joel and the audio producer for the movie, contacted us and said, ‘We love the way this sounded to begin with, so we want Jay [Vicari] to mix it.’ So we then opened up the original Shea sessions we had done in the truck and started working on them again.”
In the intervening time, M3 had added the Waves Mercury bundle as well, streamlining the work. “With the Mercury bundle, it became a much easier task for us to solve some ambient problems from the live shows and also make this thing sound even better,” says Singer.
The post-production work was done at the Music Mix’s studio in Wayne, New Jersey.
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