Daly City, CA (June 13, 2007) -- Late night mainstay Conan O'Brien hit the road recently for a series of shows taped in San Francisco. Capturing the music/production and sending the final edit to the show's New York base for broadcast was XM/Effanel Music's L7 Production truck, with chief engineer John Harris and lead engineer EIC Joel Singer manning the faders of the Digidesign ICON D-Control integrated console.
The Digidesign ICON D-Control integrated console at work for XM/Effanel.According to Singer, Digidesign played a big part in keeping things on schedule. "For Conan in San Francisco, we did voice-overs during the day," says Singer. "On it's simplest level, I had a mic hooked up to an MBox 2 Mini for that. Joel Goddard, the voice-over talent for the show, came in, I opened a Pro Tools session on my MacBook Pro, recorded his voice into it, processed it a little bit, and then sent it over to the editing trailer for placement in the show where it needed to go. Even though we were three time zones away, we were still able to get the files back to 30 Rock to be rebroadcast in time."
XM/Effanel deployed a system similar to the ICON setup used daily at the show's home base in New York. "NBC has a full D-Control system, and they record the live hot mix right through the desk," Singer explains. "We did the same thing here in San Francisco. We had two house setups: one for the house band and another for the guest band. We assigned 48 channels to one side and 48 to the other. We dialed in the mix during the day and were able to change almost instantaneously."