Marc Repp (front), Browning McCollumMilwaukee, WI (October 22, 2010)--Lawo's mc≤66 digital audio console and Plug-in Server MTV's Remote Unit 8 truck handled the broadcast mix for Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America.
Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America took place at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Saturday, October 2nd and was broadcast on "Willie's Place," Sirius/XM Radio as well as DIRECTV's "The 101 Network."
Marc Repp is the senior audio operations engineer with Remote Unit 8 and Browning McCollum oversees technical and maintenance operations. In addition to engineering many of the events that Remote Unit 8 serves, Repp also handles mix assist duties when guest engineers are on on-site. For Farm Aid 25, he was the man behind the board. Seated at the 56-fader Lawo mc≤66 console-configured as 48 and eight faders with eight DSP cards (the maximum number available) for over 500 fully processed DSP channels, Repp was tasked with mixing all music performances.
"For this year's Farm Aid, which I mixed for broadcast in 5.1 surround sound, I only had actual soundchecks with half the acts on the roster," Repp reports. "For those acts, I was able to use the mc≤66's snapshot automation capabilities and simply recall the appropriate mix. The bigger challenge occurred with the remaining acts that never had a soundcheck. For those eight or so acts, I was advised of the inputs, what lines I could find them on, and we essentially mixed on the fly."
"One aspect of the mc≤66 that really helped me address this situation is its DSP Library feature where you can save favorite DSP setups per channel and they remain with the console until you actually delete them since they're not project-specific," Repp continued. "I had saved several favorite kick drum settings, drum settings, guitar settings, voice settings, etc., and I used these as starting points for those acts we never did a soundcheck with."
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