Los Angeles, CA (April 5, 2010)–RSS by Roland M-48 personal mixers were used at the recent 2010 NAACP Image Awards broadcast on FOX from the Shrine Auditorium.
For the Image Awards Band, the RSS by Roland M-48s were used as an extension of the normal monitor position with the lead and front-line singers on wedges and the band on personal mixers. The live band was lead by Rickey Minor and consisted of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keys, three background vocalists and a five-piece horn section. Each musician’s M-48 personal mixer provided fully personalized control of his or her personal monitors or headphones.
ATK Audiotek of Valencia, CA provided the audio production services. Andres Arango, staff engineer for ATK commented, “At first, we went with the typical setup where the musicians used the personal mixer for communication, click track, along with support from floor wedges–but after the horn section heard themselves through their M-48s, especially with the reverb ability, we took away the wedges and they went on in-ears alone.”
Each M-48 personal monitor can access 40 sources. Each musician can arrange the sources in any way–single, stereo or grouped. In this case, the drummer had kick, snare, hi-hat and tom stems spread out over many stereo groups, then a vocal and horn stem. The horn and vocal sections simply had a single drum stem, and other band/horn/vocal sources on their own M-48s with their own “more me” control.
Each musician controlled his or her own reverb, limiter and EQ. All sources came through the monitor board first so monitor engineer could apply basic level, EQ and compression. Each M-48 received power and 40 channels of audio via a single Cat5e cable.
Andres concludes, “The band loved this new M-48 setup so much that we’re planning on using it on a number of other projects moving forward.”
Roland Systems Group