Firehouse Fires Up The Wiz

Firehouse Productions in New York provided audio production for NBC’s recent live broadcast of The Wiz, the third annual December event in a row for the network, following last year’s The Sound of Music and Peter Pan in 2013.
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Monitor mixer Erik VonRanson at his Yamaha CL5 console.
New York, NY (December 18, 2015)—Firehouse Productions in New York provided audio production for NBC’s recent live broadcast of The Wiz, the third annual December event in a row for the network, following last year’s The Sound of Music and Peter Pan in 2013.

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The production again included three CL5 digital audio consoles, each utilizing two Rio3224-D input/output racks. Firehouse also provided all audio gear required for the production of The Wiz, including the monitor system and IEMs, 44 RF mics, a 160-speaker actors call system, and a Riedel intercom system.

“The CL5s worked great,” reported Mark Dittmar of Firehouse Productions, who functioned as the audio producer for the show. “The built-in Dugan auto mix and array of premium plug-ins means we need no outboard gear at all.”

Dan Gerhard engineered the dialog mix, Charles Vorce handled the RF pre-listen and Erik VonRanson mixed monitors. Each CL was identical, all using 56 inputs; the monitor CL console used 24 outputs and the two CLs used for dialog used 12 outputs. All of the Rio racks were connected via Dante, but for added redundancy, they used three separate networks.

The cast of The Wiz included Queen Latifah as the Wiz, Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West, Uzo Aduba as Good Witch Glinda, Common as Emerald City’s gatekeeper, Ne Yo as the Tin Man, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion.

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