Cooking Up Mixes For Rachael Ray

Season 7 of The Rachael Ray Show kicked off in September with broadcast mixer Bob Aldridge and FOH mixer John Bates once again behind their Yamaha M7CL-48 and DM2000 digital consoles.
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John Bates (left) and Bob Aldridge with their Yamaha desks at The Rachel Ray Show
Buena Park, CA (October 1, 2012)—Season 7 of The Rachael Ray Show kicked off in September with broadcast mixer Bob Aldridge and FOH mixer John Bates once again behind their Yamaha M7CL-48 and DM2000 digital consoles.

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"An M7CL-48 and DM2000 are both used for the audience mix," states Bates. "The DM2000 is the production mix desk, while the M7CL is used for the music mix." Aldridge and Bates are also using the new Dugan-MY16 card with the DM2000 to tighten up the show's sound and, Aldridge said, "It works great."

"Season 1 of The Rachael Ray Show had the M7CL as the audience console and it worked quite well as both the production and music console," says Bates. "We had 16 RF mics, some production inputs and support for 24 channels of music inputs. Then the show decided that we should be ready to support 32 channels of music inputs and the M7CL was no longer big enough, so we moved it to the monitor position. Shows rarely get smaller as they develop, and it was at that point that we brought in a Yamaha DM2000, some outboard mics preamps fed through a bunch of Yamaha MY16-AT ADAT cards, bringing us up to 56 mic inputs, and mixed both production and music on the DM2000 through the end of season 6."

The set has several different locations that its namesake could be in at any point in time, notes Bates. "We took advantage of the Yamaha DM2000 to recall different scenes, depending on where in the studio we were working. The four remote layers enable us to customize the surface layout for the scene at hand. The built-in channel and bus delays allow us to really dial in the mix without the need for any outboard processing."

The number of music inputs the mixers have been asked to support has increased to 48, so the decision was made to add an additional M7CL-48 to the house position to mix music and the DM2000 is now a production-only console.

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