Independent engineer Ted White mixed various live performances of OneRepublic in HD Video using a modular Tonelux console and a hybrid Pro Tools rig.Las Vegas, NV (February 14, 2008)–Right out of the gate, Colorado-based five-piece OneRepublic has scored a major hit with its Grammy-nominated debut single “Apologize.” In addition to performances on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show and many others, the band recently played to a wall-to-wall crowd at the Anaheim House of Blues.
Live Nation, Universal Music, and Interscope arranged to capture the performance in HD Video. They had originally planned to only follow through with post-production on the band’s three biggest hits. However, when the organizers heard independent engineer Ted White’s mixes, completed on a hybrid Pro Tools/Tonelux analog system, they asked him to mix the entire performance.
White is best known for his work in the L.A. indie blues and jazz scene, though he has recently branched out to provide mixes for Five For Fighting, Switchfoot and others. White does some sub-mixing and processing in Pro Tools|HD at 96kHz and then outputs 32 channels to his modular Tonelux console through Aurora converters before mixing down to 5.1 or, in this case, stereo.
“It seems that almost every project that a mix engineer is asked to work on these days is in a digital format,” White comments. “We don’t always have any control over that, and I think sound quality suffers for it. Tonelux is the first solution to come along that melds perfectly with the DAW environment to give a mix a high-end analog sound. And since it’s totally modular, an engineer can build a console that perfectly fits his or her needs.”
Although he recently added some EQ modules, White’s Tonelux board at the time of the OneRepublic mixes consisted entirely of summing mixers. Specifically, he has 16 TR8 Bus Assign modules and 16 MX5.1 Mixer modules, which allow him to mix and pan in stereo or surround. “I’ve always been a fan of Paul Wolff’s designs, and when I heard about the modular approach to Tonelux gear, I knew it was the solution I had been searching for,” White says. “The Tonelux retains the warm bottom end of all the best large-format analog consoles, but the top end is noticeably more open. In addition, the stereo image has much more detail coming out of the Tonelux console than it has when I mix solely in Pro Tools.
White’s OneRepublic mixes are currently available as MPEG 4 video on iTunes as bonus material for purchasing the entire album Dreaming Out Loud.
Tonelux (distributed by TransAudio Group)