Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2008)–The CBS telecast of Garth Brooks’ concert from the Staples Center in Los Angeles benefiting F.I.R.E. (Fire Intervention Relief Effort) and the victims of last fall’s Southern California wildfires made use of MTV Networks’ Remote Unit 8 audio truck, which is outfitted with two Lawo mc≤66 digital audio consoles.
The concert, which included guest performances by Huey Lewis and Trisha Yearwood, was broadcast in HD with 5.1 sound. “Doing these shows in 5.1 surround adds a level of complexity,” said Greg Lankford, the truck’s engineer in charge, “and with this particular project, we didn’t get to hear Trisha Yearwood at all during the rehearsal. She performed a duet with Garth and the first time we heard her sing was during the live performance. We had to make several last minute modifications to the mix, and the mc≤66 is an excellent console for this sort of situation, because it’s very easy to navigate the console’s surface and get to things quickly. Besides the great sound of the mc≤66, this is one of its best attributes.”
MTVN Remote Unit 8 served as the music mixing truck for the Brooks broadcast. MTVN staff engineer Stan “Quack” Dacus handled the music mixing chores, delivering the music to the production truck, where audio engineer Mike Abbot handled the production audio mix.
In addition to the main 56-fader Lawo mc≤66 console, MTVN’s Remote Unit 8 also has a second, smaller mc≤66 in an 8 x 8 x 8 configuration with 16 main channel faders and eight center assignable faders, with its own core, MADI interfaces and DSP facilities. Depending upon the type of project, the smaller console can serve as a standby, catastrophic failure backup system, or it can handle completely independent tasks. As part of a recent upgrade to the truck, increased functionality between the main mc≤66 and the secondary console was performed to significantly improve the sharing of resources.
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