Toronto, ON, Canada (July 17, 2013)—Chief engineer Michael Nunan recently captured Canadian jazz vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's 85th birthday concert via a Lawo mc256 MKII mixing console.
On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Appleyard realized his dream of presenting a concert in his historic 1895 Nassagaweya barn. The Jazz in the Barn concert also included pianist Joe Sealy, trumpeter Guido Basso, bassist Dave Young, drummer Terry Clarke and saxophonist Jane Bunnett. The performers are all recipients of the Order of Canada, a national honor for merit recognizing scholarly, artistic, or other achievement.
Recording and mix engineer Michael Nunan served as the chief engineer for the concert. He was aided by Doug Smith, Lawo North America's engineering manager, and Anthony Montano, who also served as the producer for the concert. The mc256 MKII digital mixing console used for the event was configured with 32 faders total, including 16 main faders and 16 center-section faders plus DSP. The console was used for mixing both FOH and for the recording.
"For this performance, we had a total of 32 inputs at the board," said Nunan. "This included 22 digital microphone inputs, eight analog microphone inputs, and two line inputs.
The concert was recorded using a combination of Avid Pro Tools and Magix Sequoia recording systems. "In addition to the live and record mixes, we also used the mc256 MKII to drive a single loudspeaker to provide the pianist and vocalist with a monitor mix of the wind, brass and bass signals," said Nunan.