London, UK (March 2, 2009)–London-based Wired For Sound used its new SADiE LRX2 Location Audio Workstation for a series of junkets promoting U.S. TV shows on the radio.
Typically, during these, DJs from a number of radio stations are flown to a relevant location (such as the Bahamas in the case of The Real Gilligan’s Island, pictured at right) to record a series of face-to-face interviews with the cast of the show. “Our job is then to ensure that each radio station–and there can be up to 50–goes home with a one-on-one interview with every member of the cast, plus a package of edited highlights. We usually have just one day to record, edit and drop individualized USB sticks to every DJ’s hotel room,” explains director Johnnie Dymock.
The process entails recording several hundred interviews in a very short timeframe, which is usually accomplished by setting up a series of between eight and 16 recording ‘booths,’ each kitted out with mics and simple mixing desks, installing the talent in the booths and shuffling the radio DJs past them in sequence.
“The booths are supervised and the audio recorded centrally, and this is where the LRX has given us a huge advantage in terms of the number of interviews we can process in one day,” Dymock says. “Clips are topped and tailed, named and have comments attached on the fly. The flexibility in naming means that we can be well organized–which is crucial to ensure that everyone gets the right audio, and that we can quickly identify the best clips amongst hundreds for inclusion as highlights.
“At the end of the day, we have little time to cut together the highlights package and put this, along with each station’s individual interviews, on USB sticks. The LRX’s multi-bounce feature means that all the separate interviews can be bounced down to wav files in one operation–with all the clip names preserved.”