Salt Lake City, UT (February 9, 2004)–The 46th Annual Grammy Awards telecast on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday February 8, will mark the second year in a row that the Lexicon Pro 960L multichannel digital effects system will be used for this landmark event. Last year, the Emmy Award-winning 45th Annual Grammy’s was the first-ever network broadcast prime-time awards program to be shown in HDTV and heard in 5.1 surround audio. This year’s event once again features the Lexicon 960L, the digital audio processor capable of handling up to eight channels of discrete digital audio simultaneously.
CBS will distribute HDTV’s 1,080 lines of picture resolution and 5.1 channels of CD-quality surround sound in a number of major markets on its High Definition Television Network. The HDTV/5.1 broadcast will be mixed and monitored by a combination of top-tier professionals, including award-winning location recording specialists Effanel Music. The 5.1 mix will be supervised by the legendary Phil Ramone, chairman of the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, along with advisory council member Hank Neuberger and Murray Allen for Cossette Productions. Effanel president Randy Ezratty is the official 5.1 sound designer and music mixers include John Harris and Jay Vicari.
Effanel Music will use an AMS-Neve Capricorn digital console that allows the audio teams to generate both a purpose-built stereo mix and a separate 5.1 mix simultaneously. Ezratty will add other mono and stereo elements and “sweetened” the audio using the Lexicon 960L.
“This year’s show is a chance for us to fine tune, as well as raise the bar even higher on the 5.1 content for the Grammy’s,” explained Ezratty. “One of the key pieces of gear that was spec’d back from last year is the 960L. In fact, it’s the only outboard effects processor on the whole show, and that in itself speaks volumes. I’m using the 960L on the 5.1 broadcast to enhance the room microphones that we are already employing in the Staples Center. There are some room anomalies in that space that we do want, and some we would like to minimize for the sake of musicality. Because the 960L has an extensive number of 5.1 surround halls and room presets, we can use those programs and ‘feather’ them into the 5.1 mix.”
Ezratty continued, “In addition, I’m using the 960L’s LOGIC7 UpMix algorithm on some of the stereo pre-taped elements. Using LOGIC7 on a few of these prerecorded stereo snippets will help keep the continuity of a 5.1 show as well as increase the audio’s impact. The 960L room programs are superb and we have had a tremendous amount of experience with them. Because it’s a live show and we’re going to be thinking on the fly, I need to use equipment with which I’m very familiar. It’s really the tool of choice for a project like this.”