Cambridge, UK (August 25, 2008)–Nottingham, UK-based post studio Spool used Prism Sound’s Maselec MEA-2 equalizers to help create the 5.1 soundtrack for an Arctic Monkeys DVD that is scheduled for release at the end of this year.
Spool was involved in the Arctic Monkeys DVD project from its inception, following a commission from Warp Films to handle the audio. The initial location recording was carried out before Christmas at the band’s Manchester Apollo gig. Sixty-eight tracks were recorded using discreet splits from the front of house and stage microphones, along with some additional surround microphones brought in by the Spool team. The audio was captured on a Digidesign Venue live console and a Pro Tools|HD system and backed up using Pyramix.
“It was a question of getting it right first time because this was the band’s last concert,” says Spool’s technical director, Greg Marshall, who was in charge of the project. “We were also aware that the film crew were running an expensive six camera shoot using 16mm film and digital video, so there was absolutely no room for error.”
The audio was then taken to Spool for final mixing. A visual edit was carried out using time-coded rough stereo mixes recorded during the show, before the multitrack was edited and mixed to the final pictures.
“The Prism Sound MEA-2 equalizers were an integral part of the mix-down chain,” says Greg Marshall. “We mixed on our Neve VR console and used three MEA-2 units, which gave us six channels (i.e 5.1) of mastering EQ. The clarity these units were able to deliver was truly amazing, especially at the top end where the audio can sometimes sound brittle and shrill. With the MEA-2s, we were able to achieve a really smooth sound, particularly in the gaps between songs where we wanted to capture the crowd’s interaction with the band for the surround channels.”