Montreal, Quebec (October 15, 2008)–Last summer saw non-stop recording sessions for Le Studio Mobile’s remote truck, from Rencontres (an event featuring Canada’s best known singers) and Les Misérables to Alanis Morissette and Simple Plan. But the most unforgettable recording was the 400th birthday celebration of Quebec City on July 20, featuring a concert by Sir Paul McCartney.
McCartney and his band performed to a roaring crowd that swelled to over 230,000 fans in the Plains Of Abraham National Park, which would normally hold around 60,000. The birthday celebration was an historic event in and of itself, but it also marked McCartney’s first performance in Quebec.
“It was certainly a highlight for me personally that Le Studio Mobile was used to record Sir Paul’s first concert in Quebec and on this very special anniversary,” states Guillaume Bengle, owner and operator of Le Studio Mobile.
Le Studio Mobile was hired to record the event for Videotron for a live pay-per-view special and an HD special to be aired around Christmas. Paul Hicks, who mixed the Beatles’ Love, produced the recording and Stéphane Lemay engineered the show, which lasted close to three hours.
“For the McCartney performance, we used about 72 channels of the two Yamaha DM2000s we have installed in our truck, 48 from our Yamaha AD8HR-24 stage preamps and the rest from the consoles’ preamps,” Bengle continues. “The inputs then went to redundant 48-track recorders.”
By using both Yamaha DM2000s and six AD8HR-24s, Le Studio Mobile has a total of 96 microphone inputs with the consoles’ built-in preamplifiers. On-board recorders include a Steinberg Nuendo 48-track hard disk recording system and three Tascam X-48 48-track hard disk recorders; both systems output Pro Tools-compatible Broadcast Wave files.
The truck also has Sony PCM 800 48-track and Studer A80 24-track recorders available. Processors include Aphex, dbx, TC Electronic, Lexicon, Urei and Waves with a Klein + Hummel 5.1 system, and Yamaha, Auratone, and Crown monitors and amps. Video components include a Panasonic 42-inch plasma display and three Sony KV8-AD10 video monitors with camera. Microphones include Shoeps, AKG, Sennheiser, Electro-Voice, Crown-PZN, Shure, Beyer, Audio-Technica and Sony.
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