Oslo, Norway (December 20, 2010)–Cinevideogroup used a Lawo mc≤66 console to record A-Ha’s farewell concert for–ironically–the band’s first-ever live DVD.
The final four shows of the “Ending on a High Note” tour were played in the band’s hometown of Oslo at the famous Spektrum venue. Broadcast facilities company Cinevideogroup was called in by filmmakers Serpent Productions and director Matt Askem to provide a 10-camera HD recording of the event, complete with digital audio, for future release.
Inside the sound control room of flagship mobile production vehicle OB14 were British sound engineer Toby Alington, known for his work on the BRIT Awards and MTV Europe Awards, and Huub Lelieveld, Cinevideogroup’s senior audio engineer. Alington had responsibility for the final 5.1 mix of the project, while Lelieveld was responsible for the multitrack recording in Oslo.
Under their fingertips was the 56-fader Lawo mc≤66 console, one of four in the Cinevideogroup’s mobile fleet, connected through MADI fibre optic lines to remote Lawo preamps on the stage some 50 meters away from the truck. By using fiber optic and local PA power for the Lawo stagebox, Lelieveld removed the need for an active splitter, thus giving him clean capture of the signal from band and crowd microphones to a Merging Technologies 128-channel Pyramix multitrack system.
Lelieveld created a temporary stereo mix for Alington and the video editors on what he called “my console of choice.” He expressed a strong preference for the mc≤66 over other designs. “This is really the only console where you can change everything while you’re live. It is completely flexible, which means there is no need to set everything up beforehand, even when one is recording for a live TV broadcast. Whatever changes, the Lawo mc≤66 can adapt to it perfectly, and the sound quality remains really excellent.”