Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2010)–A Stagetec Crescendo appeared at the Winter X Games for the first time this year, as part of the new refurbishment of CP Communication’s RF5 truck.
The Crescendo was used as a sub-mixer and routing for all RF feeds used at the events. Coverage included all four events at the 14th Winter X Games: pipe, slope, big air and snowmobiles.
More than 30 RF audio feeds were coming into the truck from the talent, athlete and effects mics, follow-cams, hand-held cameras and on-board sled cameras. In the truck was a 16-fader/80-channel Crescendo console controlled by audio mixer Jeff Shuey from Denver, CO.
Using the Crescendo for the first time, Shuey was routing signals after one afternoon of training. “The visual feedback provided by the console surface and the additional metering of the Nexus system gave me a really clear snapshot of what was going on at anytime. The Crescendo was really easy to understand and operate” states Shuey, “and that enabled me to concentrate on getting everything else up and running.”
This was CP and Total RF Productions’ second year supplying a turnkey operation for all the RF mics, RF cameras and fiber infrastructure for the Winter X Games–and everyone was set to go a day early this year. According to Kurt Heitmann, president of Total RF Productions, “Although 75 percent of the equipment on the truck is new, my team was able to get all the fiber laid up the mountain, RF HD cameras and audio going in record time. We were very happy with the results and with the new Stagetec console, as was our client, ESPN. The Crescendo is packed with I/O capabilities including MADI through the NEXUS and we hope to use even more of its resources on future events.”
RF HD 5 is a hybrid RF and fiber HD truck that is used on major events like the X Games, the New York and Chicago marathons and golf events.
Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup