Chessington, UK (November 23, 2015)—The team at La Boutique Studio in North London is busy mixing a live Sir Tom Jones album, recorded at his recent show at the SSE Arena, using DiGiGrid interfaces.
Owned and managed by producer, engineer and mixer Matteo Cifelli, La Boutique Studio houses production rooms, mix rooms, a large live room and even a video production suite. Cifelli is in charge of the 5.1 mix, aided by Sir Tom's long-time musical director and drummer Gary Wallis, who tweaks and repairs tracks in the adjacent room. Then there's studio engineer Raoul Terzi, who, Cifelli says, with tongue-in-cheek, “does all the donkey work,” sync-ing and looking after the audience mics from the show.
The whole team is able to work on the same session simultaneously due to a sizeable DiGiGrid system. “I have always loved trying out new gear, and the minute I saw DiGiGrid, I just kind of 'got it,'” says Cifelli, who has also been Sir Tom's front-of-house guy for nearly a decade. “What we need here at La Boutique is integration, and we achieve this through DiGiGrid. There is at least one DiGiGrid interface in each of our production rooms, which allows for seamless connectivity throughout the studio. You don't necessarily see it, but it's everywhere; it's basically our audio backbone.”
DiGiGrid was also used to record the SSE Arena show. “For live recording, two DiGiGrid IOXs have essentially replaced the Mac Pro, three HD cards, and monitor; it gives me capacity for 128 tracks, and all I need is a laptop with a single hard drive,” Cifelli reports. “And I had no issues at all. It didn't stop once.”