Nashville, TN (June 5, 2006)–In April, Nashville-based producer/engineer Steve Bishir and his crew recorded two nights of Amy Grant’s performances at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall for an upcoming live DVD. The performances were shot in HD Video and recorded in high-resolution audio.
The concert was Bishir’s first outing with his new recording system anchored by an ADK computer using an AMD dual core Opteron processor running Nuendo 3.2, with analog and digital inputs and outputs handled by three Lynx Aurora 16 AD/DA converters.
Bishir’s goal was to build a world-class, portable 48-channel digital recording system, using the latest technology. Nashville colleague Chuck Ainlay recommended Lynx Aurora converters. This recommendation was supported
by Charlie Boswell and Kelly Stuart from AMD Digital Media & Entertainment, as well as by ADK’s Scott Chicelli, who designed and built the system.
“The Auroras sounded great,” explained Bishir. “The first thing that struck me was how invisible they were. The top end was very natural. In fact, the sound was so transparent, it didn’t feel like I was using a converter. It impressed me that Lynx did not seem to think it necessary to put its own ‘stamp’ on the sound. There was no coloration.”
This system was put together just in time for the Amy Grant concerts, with no time for a shake-down project. “Aurora’s set-up was easy and flawless. The front panel made set-up, operation and monitoring very easy and the interface to Nuendo was straight-ahead,” according to Bishir. Both concerts were recorded in Nuendo at 32-bit, 96 kHz. A variety of microphones and line level feeds went through ATI 8MX2 preamps into Neve and GML compressors directly into the three Aurora 16s.
All digital signals were controlled using a Lucid master clock. 48 channels of live audio were then sent to the AMD Opteron processor-powered ADK computer and Nuendo. All mixing was handled within Nuendo, and no console was used for recording. Dynaudio monitors were also part of the recording system. Bishir’s “studio” at the hall was an unused office under the stage. Although the room was just one floor under the actual performance, the new facility had the isolation needed for him to monitor the performance without compromise.
“Aurora offers what I want in a converter. I like to hear the cymbals without artifacts. With some converters, when the high end is working hard, you get a coloration, you get a ‘digital’ feeling. None of that with Aurora,” stated Bishir. “Aurora also has great midrange and bass that goes through the floor. It’s hard to describe, but when you push up the fader, it just sounds right–it feels very musical.
“I also appreciate the LT-ADAT interface option. I have a lot of older ADAT equipment that I like to use for specific effects and applications. This interface gives me that flexibility within Aurora. And I am anxious to add the new LT-HD interface for my Pro Tools work as well.”
The untitled Amy Grant DVD, tentatively titled Amy Live 2006, is set for a Fall 2006 release. Bishir’s credits for engineering and production are extensive, including the latest Vince Gill release as well as albums from Mercy Me, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman. An upcoming project is in the works for Irish operatic tenor Ronan Tynan for Sony Classical. He has also engineered the 5.1 surround mix for the 25th anniversary Saturday Night Live DVD.
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